By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Science Letter -- Investigators discuss new findings in Nitrogen Compounds. According to news reporting originating from El Minia, Egypt, by NewsRx correspondents, research stated, "Among reported hydrogen storage materials, ammonia borane is a promising candidate to be utilized in many industrial applications. The high chemical resistance of the ceramic catalysts makes them one of the most stable classes of catalytic materials."
Our news editors obtained a quote from the research from Menia University, "In this study, CuO nanoparticles (NPs) -doped TiO2 nanofibers (NFs) are introduced as a highly effective and reusable catalyst for ammonia borane complex hydrolysis. The incorporation of CuO NPs inside the TiO2 NFs provided distinct advantages for the introduced catalyst; the aggregation problem of the CuO NPs was overcome and a synergistic effect was created as the synthesized CuO NPs-doped TiO2 revealed higher activity compared to the individual components. Typically, after 10 mm, the obtained hydrogen equivalent was 2.7, 0.9 and 0.95 when CuO NPs-doped TiO2 nanofibers, CuO NPs and pristine TiO2 nanofibers were used as the catalyst, respectively. The catalytic activity of the introduced nanofibers did not change after being used for three successive cycles. Moreover, the catalytic performance was strongly modified when the hydrolysis process was performed under sunlight irradiation because of the photocatalytic activity of the TiO2 and CuO. The introduced nanofibers were prepared by the simple, effective, low cost and high yielding technique of electrospinning."
According to the news editors, the research concluded: "The present study introduces TiO2 nanofibers as a promising catalyst for the ammonia borane complex, as well as an interesting support used for functional materials."
For more information on this research see: Electrospun Cu-doped titania nanofibers for photocatalytic hydrolysis of ammonia borane. Applied Catalysis A-General, 2013;467():98-106. Applied Catalysis A-General can be contacted at: Elsevier Science Bv, PO Box 211, 1000 Ae Amsterdam, Netherlands (see also Nitrogen Compounds).
The news editors report that additional information may be obtained by contacting A. Yousef, Menia Univ, Dept. of Chem Engn, Fac Engn, El Minia, Egypt. Additional authors for this research include N.A.M. Barakat and H.Y. Kim.
Keywords for this news article include: Egypt, Africa, Ammonia, El Minia, Nanofiber, Photocatalyst, Nanotechnology, Photocatalytic, Nitrogen Compounds, Emerging Technologies
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