Molybdenum carbide catalysed hydrogen production from formic acid - A density functional theory study

Qiquan Luo, Tao Wang, Guido Walther, Matthias Beller, Haijun Jiao

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Abstract

Density functional theory computations have been employed to investigate the decomposition of formic acid (HCO2H) into CO2 and hydrogen on the β-Mo2C(101) surface. The adsorption configurations and energies of the surface intermediates (HCO2H, CO2, CO, H2O, HCO2, CO2H, CHO, OH, O and H) have been systematically characterized. Among the different dissociation steps considered, our results showed the formate route (HCO2H → H + HCO2; HCO2 → H + CO2) is the minimum energy path for hydrogen formation and CO2 has very strong chemisorption. The adsorption and dissociation of formic acid on the Mo 2C(101) surface have been compared with those of Pt group metals.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)548-555
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Power Sources
Volume246
DOIs
StatePublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • CO
  • Catalysis
  • DFT
  • Formic acid
  • Hydrogen
  • Molybdenum carbide

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