Topics in Catalysis

, Volume 61, Issue 9–11, pp 875–888 | Cite as

Hydrogen evolution in the photocatalytic reaction between methane and water in the presence of CO2 on titanate and titania supported Rh and Au catalysts

  • Balázs László
  • Kornélia Baán
  • Albert Oszkó
  • András Erdőhelyi
  • János Kiss
  • Zoltán Kónya
Original Paper


The photocatalytic transformation of methane-water mixture over Rh and Au catalysts supported on protonated (H-form) titanate nanotube (TNT) was investigated. The role of the catalyst structure was analyzed using titania reference support. Furthermore the effect of carbon-dioxide addition was also investigated. The catalysts were characterized by high resolution transmission electron microscopy and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). Photocatalytic tests were performed with a mercury-arc UV source illuminating a continuous flow quartz reactor which was attached to a mass spectrometer. The surface of the catalysts was analyzed by diffuse reflectance infrared spectroscopy during the photoreactions. The changes of the catalysts due to photocatalytic usage were investigated by XPS and temperature programmed reduction methods as well. Most of the methane was generally transformed to hydrogen and ethane, and a small amount of methanol was also formed. The carbon dioxide addition enhanced the rate of the photocatalytic transformation of methane on Rh/TNT with increasing the lifetime of the electron–hole pairs. Bigger gold particles with mainly plasmonic character were more active in the reactions due to the photo induced activation of the adsorbed water. Surface carbon deposits were identified on the catalysts after the photoreactions. More oxidized carbon formed on the Au-containing catalysts than on the ones with Rh.

Graphical Abstract


Heterogeneous photocatalysis Titanate nanotube Gold nanoparticle Molecular-like cluster Surface plasmon resonance 



The authors wish to thank Erika Varga for the XPS measurements, Zsuzsa Ferencz for the TPR measurements, László Nagy for the synthesis of the titanate nanotubes and Tamás Varga for the HRTEM measurements. Financial support of this work by the National Research Development and Innovation Office through grants GINOP-2.3.2-15-2016-00013 and NKFIH OTKA K120115 is gratefully acknowledged.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Balázs László
    • 1
  • Kornélia Baán
    • 1
  • Albert Oszkó
    • 1
  • András Erdőhelyi
    • 1
  • János Kiss
    • 3
  • Zoltán Kónya
    • 2
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Physical Chemistry and Materials ScienceUniversity of SzegedSzegedHungary
  2. 2.Department of Applied and Environmental ChemistryUniversity of SzegedSzegedHungary
  3. 3.MTA-SZTE Reaction Kinetics and Surface Chemistry Research GroupSzegedHungary

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