Chen, X., Zhang, T., Xia, L. et al. Catalysis Letters (2002) 79: 21. doi:10.1023/A:1015343922044
The catalytic decomposition of hydrazine over a series of MoNx/γ-Al2O3 catalysts with different Mo loadings was investigated in a monopropellant thruster (10 N). When the Mo loading is equal to or higher than the monolayer coverage of MoO3 on γ-Al2O3, the catalytic performance of the supported molybdenum nitride catalyst is close to that of the conventionally used Ir/γ-Al2O3 catalyst. The MoNx/γ-Al2O3 catalyst with a loading of about 23 wt% Mo (1.5 monolayers) shows the highest activity for hydrazine decomposition. There is an activation process for the MoNx/γ-Al2O3 catalysts at the early stage of hydrazine decomposition, which is probably due to the reduction of the oxide layer formed in the passivation procedure.