Self-reconstructed Co-B active sites for high-efficiency hydrolysis of ammonia borane

Kang Wang, Yufeng Chen, Shuo Li, Kun Feng, Shifeng Wang, Jun Zhong

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Low-cost and efficient catalysts are highly required for the hydrolysis of ammonia borane (AB) to conveniently produce H2. Here, we have designed a CoOx catalyst grown on an ErOx nanosheet substrate (Co9Er1Ox) for the efficient hydrolysis of AB. Due to the favorable interfacial interaction between catalyst and substrate, the hybrid Co9Er1Ox catalyst shows a high total turnover frequency (TOF) value of 70.5 (H2) mol/(Cat-Co) mol·min with an activation energy of 48.5 kJ/mol, which is nearly 3 times higher than that of pure CoOx catalyst. Moreover, by using in situ X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS) experiments, the self-reconstruction of Co during the hydrolysis process has been probed, which can transform the oxidized Co into a metallic Co particle as the real active site. Interestingly, a Co-B intermediate based on metallic Co has been first observed from the in situ XAS, strongly supporting the catalyst-AB interaction to facilitate the hydrolysis reaction.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1188-1195
JournalACS Materials Letters
Publication statusPublished - 16 Mar 2023

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