Journal of Materials Science

, Volume 53, Issue 9, pp 6831–6841 | Cite as

Highly dispersed RuCo bimetallic nanoparticles supported on carbon black: enhanced catalytic activity for hydrogen generation from NaBH4 methanolysis

  • Fanghui Wang
  • Yanan Wang
  • Yajun Zhang
  • Yimeng Luo
  • Hong Zhu
Energy materials


A series of carbon black-supported bimetallic Ru–Co nanoparticles catalyst were synthesized via the chemical reduction of corresponding metal precursor in ethylene glycol, for H2 generation from NaBH4 methanolysis. The composition, morphology and structure of the novel nanomaterial were well characterized by XRD, XPS, HRTEM, EDX and SEM, showing the good dispersion of supported Ru–Co nanoparticles with an average diameter of 2.4 nm. Significantly, the highest H2 generation rate is observed in the case of Ru–Co/C catalyst with Ru/Co ratio of 5, achieving 9.36 L min−1 g−1 at 25 °C, which is comparable to the reported pure Ru catalysts. Furthermore, the recycle test confirms our catalyst can be practically applied. Our work highlights the synergetic effect in bimetallic catalytic system for boosting H2 generation rates from NaBH4 methanolysis.



The authors gratefully acknowledge the financial supports from National Natural Science Foundation of China (No. 21476020 and No. 21376022), the National Key Research and Development Program of China (Program No. 2016YFB0101200 (2016YFB0101203)) and Changjiang Scholars and Innovative Research Team in University (IRT1205).

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.State Key Laboratory of Chemical Resource Engineering, Institute of Modern Catalysis, Department of Organic Chemistry, School of ScienceBeijing University of Chemical TechnologyBeijingPeople’s Republic of China

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