Catalytic properties of Ni3Al for hydrogen production reactions

Ya Xu, Satoshi Kameoka, Kyosuke Kishida, Masahiko Demura, An Pong Tsai, Toshiyuki Hirano

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Ni3Al has attractive high temperature properties, such as high strength and good oxidation/corrosion resistance, and is possible to be used for high temperature chemical processing and manufacture. Until now, the catalytic properties of Ni3Al were rarely investigated since the leaching of aluminum from Ni3Al is difficult to obtain a porous Raney-Ni compared to NiAl3 and Ni2Al3. In the present work, the catalytic properties of Ni3Al were examined for hydrogen production reactions from methanol. It was found that alkali-leached Ni3Al showed high activity for methanol decomposition (CH3OH→2H 2+CO). Furthermore, Ni3Al catalysts suppress the formation of methane, i.e. they show higher selectivity for the methanol decomposition reaction than Ni catalyst. These results indicate a possibility for Ni 3Al used as a catalyst for hydrogen production reaction.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)755-758
Number of pages4
JournalMaterials Science Forum
Issue numberI
Publication statusPublished - 2005
EventPRICM 5: The Fifth Pacific Rim International Conference on Advanced Materials and Processing - Beijing, China
Duration: 2004 Nov 22004 Nov 5


  • Catalyst
  • Intermetallics
  • Methanol decomposition
  • NiAl


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