Autores: Garcia-Munoz, P; Ivanez, J; O’Shea, VAD; Keller, N; Fresno, F

Catal. Today. vol: 413. page: 0920-5861.
Fecha: mar-15. 2023.
Doi: 10.1016/j.cattod.2022.12.018.

In this work, we have explored the feasibility of alveolar open-cell beta-SiC foams as catalyst support for solar hydrogen production. For that purpose, Pt and Ru nanoparticles have been obtained, by means of photoassisted synthesis, on TiO2-coated foams and tested in gas-phase hydrogen production from water-ethanol mixtures in a tubular reactor coupled to a compound parabolic solar collector (CPC). Subnanometre-sized metal or metal/ oxide nanoparticles are obtained for Pt/TiO2/SiC and Ru/TiO2/SiC foams, respectively, where co-catalyst nanoparticles decorate the TiO2 coating which in turn is attached to the SiC foam through an amorphous SiO2 washcoat formed by SiC pre-calcination. In solar photocatalytic reactions, all of the assayed foam-supported photocatalysts are active for the production of hydrogen, with Pt/TiO2 ones being the most active and foam pore size exerting little influence on hydrogen outcome. In the best conditions, 14 % UV-to-hydrogen (equivalent to 0.49 % solar-to-hydrogen) conversion efficiency, with photonic efficiency higher than 30 %, is attained..