Ruthenium-catalysed decomposition of formic acid: Fuel cell and catalytic applications

Lorenzo Piola, José A. Fernández-Salas, Fady Nahra, Albert Poater, Luigi Cavallo, Steven P. Nolan

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The decomposition of formic acid into H2 and CO2 was successfully performed using a ruthenium hydride catalyst, without any concomitant CO evolution. The reaction mechanism is investigated by means of density functional theory calculations (DFT). The generated H2 was further exploited in a fuel cell to produce electricity. The catalytic hydrogenation of conjugated olefins, using this dihydrogen generation procedure, is also reported.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)184-189
Number of pages6
JournalMolecular Catalysis
StatePublished - Aug 8 2017

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Acknowledgements: We are thankful to Dr Lanying Lu and Prof John Irvine for assistance with the fuel cell and windmill experiments. We also thank Dr Philip Landon and Sasol for the GC gas analyses. We thank King Saud University and King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (Award No. OSR-2015-CCF-1974-03) for support. A.P. thanks the Spanish MINECO for a project CTQ2014-59832-JIN.


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