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Acta Phys. Chim. Sin.  2012, Vol. 28 Issue (02): 450-456    DOI: 10.3866/PKU.WHXB201112141
Hydrogen Evolution by Photocatalytic Steam Reforming of Methane over Pt/TiO2
LI Cao-Long1,2, CHEN Wei1, YUAN Jian1, SHANGGUAN Wen-Feng1
1. Research Center for Combustion and Environment Technology, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai 200240, P. R. China;
2. Department of Inorganic Chemistry of Basic Courses, China Pharmaceutical University, Nanjing 211169, P. R. China
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Abstract  Photocatalytic reaction of CH4 gas with H2O vapor over Pt/TiO2 at around room temperature (ca 323 K) was examined in a flow reactor. H2 and CO2 were the main products, and only trace amounts of C2H6, C2H4, and CO were observed. After an induction period, the molar ratio of H2 to CO2 in the outlet gas became close to 1.7. Thus, the main reaction is suggested to be: CH4+2H2O(g)→4H2+CO2, which can be referred to as photocatalytic steam reforming of methane (PSRM). The reaction would be promoted by photoexcited electrons and holes, which were generated by band gap photoexcitation of the TiO2 photocatalyst. In addition, the effects of reaction parameters, such as molar ratio of CH4 to H2O, total flow rate, noble-metal cocatalysts, wavelength of irradiating light, amounts of catalysts, and recycling efficiency of the p-Pt/TiO2 photocatalyst via light deposition of preformed Pt nanoparticles on P25, on the hydrogen evolution were investigated.

Key wordsPhotocatalytic reforming      Hydrogen      CH4      Steam      TiO2     
Received: 05 August 2011      Published: 14 December 2011
MSC2000:  O643  

The project was supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (20973110) and National Key Basic Research Program of China (973) (2009CB220000).

Corresponding Authors: SHANGGUAN Wen-Feng     E-mail:
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LI Cao-Long, CHEN Wei, YUAN Jian, SHANGGUAN Wen-Feng. Hydrogen Evolution by Photocatalytic Steam Reforming of Methane over Pt/TiO2. Acta Phys. Chim. Sin., 2012, 28(02): 450-456.

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