Here, first-time preparation, characterization, and catalytic use of hydroxyapatite-supported nickelbased
Ni-M (NiRu@HAP, NiRh@HAP, NiPd@HAP) nanoclusters in hydrogen evolution from methanolysis
of ammonia borane is reported. Ni-M nanoclusters have been in-situ formed by reduction of
hydroxyapatite-supported corresponding metal ions during methanolysis reaction of ammonia borane.
The hydroxyapatite-supported Ni-M nanoclusters are isolated as stable solid materials to be characterized
by advanced analytical techniques of ICP-OES, TEM, XPS, and XRD. They are found to be isolable,
highly redispersible and reusable nanocatalysts for hydrogen evolution from ammonia borane methanolysis
under ambient conditions. Ni20Ru80@HAP, Ni38Rh62@HAP, and Ni20Pd80@HAP nanoclusters have
TOF values of 58.9, 120.3, and 25.2 min1, respectively, in the methanolysis of ammonia borane at
25 ± 0.1 C. Their apparent activation energy (Ea) values for the same reaction are calculated to be 65.9,
66.8, and 58.1 kJ/mol, respectively, for Ni20Ru80@HAP, Ni38Rh62@HAP, and Ni20Pd80@HAP nanoclusters.