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Journal of Nanomaterials
Volume 2014 (2014), Article ID 294350, 9 pages
Research Article

Catalytic Hydrolysis of Ammonia Borane by Cobalt Nickel Nanoparticles Supported on Reduced Graphene Oxide for Hydrogen Generation

1College of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Jiangxi Normal University, Nanchang 330022, China
2Department of Information, Yunnan Institute of Technology and Information, Kunming 650224, China

Received 19 February 2014; Accepted 11 March 2014; Published 14 April 2014

Academic Editor: Ming-Guo Ma

Copyright © 2014 Yuwen Yang et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Well dispersed magnetically recyclable bimetallic CoNi nanoparticles (NPs) supported on the reduced graphene oxide (RGO) were synthesized by one-step in situ coreduction of aqueous solution of cobalt(II) chloride, nickel (II) chloride, and graphite oxide (GO) with ammonia borane (AB) as the reducing agent under ambient condition. The CoNi/RGO NPs exhibits excellent catalytic activity with a total turnover frequency (TOF) value of 19.54 mol H2 mol catalyst−1 min−1 and a low activation energy value of 39.89 kJ mol−1 at room temperature. Additionally, the RGO supported CoNi NPs exhibit much higher catalytic activity than the monometallic and RGO-free CoNi counterparts. Moreover, the as-prepared catalysts exert satisfying durable stability and magnetically recyclability for the hydrolytic dehydrogenation of AB, which make the practical reusing application of the catalysts more convenient. The usage of the low-cost, easy-getting catalyst to realize the production of hydrogen under mild condition gives more confidence for the application of ammonia borane as a hydrogen storage material. Hence, this general method indicates that AB can be used as both a potential hydrogen storage material and an efficient reducing agent, and can be easily extended to facile preparation of other RGO-based metallic systems.