A novel highly active and reusable carbon based platinum-ruthenium nanocatalyst for dimethylamine-borane dehydrogenation in water at room conditions

Karatas Y., Acidereli H., Gulcan M., Sen F.

SCIENTIFIC REPORTS, vol.10, no.1, 2020 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 10 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2020
  • Doi Number: 10.1038/s41598-020-64046-9
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus, Academic Search Premier, BIOSIS, CAB Abstracts, Chemical Abstracts Core, EMBASE, MEDLINE, Veterinary Science Database, Directory of Open Access Journals
  • Van Yüzüncü Yıl University Affiliated: Yes


In this paper, we present platinum/ruthenium nanoparticles supported on Vulcan carbon (PtRu@VC) as a nanocatalyst for the dehydrogenation of dimethylamine-borane (DMAB) in aqueous solution under mild conditions. PtRu@VC nanocatalyst was fabricated using the alcohol-reduction techniques which is a facile and effective method. The prepared PtRu@VC nanocatalyst exhibited a good stabilization and an effective catalytic activity for hydrogen evolution from the DMAB dehydrogenation in water at room temperature. The composition of PtRu@VC nanocatalyst was investigated using different analytical techniques inductively coupled plasma optical emission spectroscopy (ICP-OES), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HR-TEM), powder X-ray diffraction (P-XRD) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). A monodispersedPt/Ru metals distributions on VC (as supporting material) were revealed by TEM and HR-TEM analyses. The mean particle size of PtRu@VC nanocatalyst was found to be 3.15 +/- 0.76 nm. XPS analysis for PtRu@VC nanocatalyst showed that almost Pt-Ru metals were found to be the metallic state. Catalytic experimental results showed that PtRu@VC nanocatalyst has a high catalytic activity with an excellent turn-over frequency (TOFinitial) value of 14926.2 h(-1) (248.77 min(-1)) in the dehydrogenation of DMAB in water at room temperature. Additionally, in the paper, we report some different kinetic data obtained from different experimental parameters of temperature, catalyst and substrate concentrations conducted for DMAB dehydrogenation in water catalyzed with PtRu@VC nanocatalyst.