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Sustainable Fuel Production by Thermocatalytic Decomposition of Methane using Ni/ZnO Catalyst

K. Srilatha, D. Bhagawan, S. Shiva Kumar, V. Himabindu



Thermo catalytic decomposition of methane (TCD) is a promising method to produce COx free hydrogen and carbon. In this study, Nickel supported on zinc oxide (Ni/ZnO) catalyst for the hydrogen production through thermo catalytic decomposition of methane was reported. The effect of Ni weight percentage (10%, 20%, 30% and 40wt %) and reaction temperature (650, 700, 750 and 800ºC) with ZnO catalyst was performed for hydrogen production studies at 54 sccm flowrate of methane. It was observed that at 30wt% Ni/ZnO catalyst showed the maximum hydrogen production of 34.54 volume% respectively at 60min of reaction time and temperature of 700ºC. Before and after hydrogen production studies, catalysts were characterized by XRD, BET surface area, SEM and TEM analysis. Apart from hydrogen production, carbon nanorods were observed with a diameter of 5–10 nm and length is found to be around 0.4µm for Ni/ZnO catalysts.


Keywords: Hydrogen, Nickel supported on zinc oxide (Ni/ZnO), thermo catalytic decomposition

Cite this ArticleK. Srilatha, D. Bhagawan, S. ShivaKumar et al. Sustainable FuelProduction by ThermocatalyticDecomposition of Methane usingNi/ZnO catalyst. Nano Trends: AJournal of Nanotechnology and ItsApplications. 2017; 19(2): 1–7p.


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