Atomic Layer Deposition of Ruthenium Nanoparticles on Electrospun Carbon Nanofibers: A Highly Efficient Nanocatalyst for the Hydrolytic Dehydrogenation of Methylamine Borane

Khalily M. A., Yurderi M., Haider A., BULUT A., Patil B., Zahmakıran M., ...More

ACS APPLIED MATERIALS & INTERFACES, vol.10, no.31, pp.26162-26169, 2018 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 10 Issue: 31
  • Publication Date: 2018
  • Doi Number: 10.1021/acsami.8b04822
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.26162-26169
  • Van Yüzüncü Yıl University Affiliated: Yes


We report the fabrication of a novel and highly active nanocatalyst system comprising electrospun carbon nanofiber (CNF)-supported ruthenium nanoparticles (NPs) (Ru@CNF), which can reproducibly be prepared by the ozone-assisted atomic layer deposition (ALD) of Ru NPs on electrospun CNFs. Polyacrylonitrile (PAN) was electropsun into bead-free one-dimensional (1D) nanofibers by electrospinning. The electrospun PAN nanofibers were converted into well-defined 1D CNFs by a two-step carbonization process. We took advantage of an ozone-assisted ALD technique to uniformly decorate the CNF support by highly monodisperse Ru NPs of 3.4 +/- 0.4 nm size. The Ru@CNF nanocatalyst system catalyzes the hydrolytic dehydrogenation of methylamine borane (CH3NH2BH3), which has been considered as one of the attractive materials for the efficient chemical hydrogen storage, with a record turnover frequency of 563 mol H-2/mol Ru x min and an excellent conversion (>99%) under air at room temperature with the activation energy (E-a) of 30.1 kJ/mol. Moreover, Ru@CNF demonstrated remarkable reusability performance and conserved 72% of its inherent catalytic activity even at the fifth recycle.