Photocatalytic decomposition of formic acid and methyl formate on TiO 2 doped with N and promoted with Au. Production of H2

Andrea Gazsi, Gábor Schubert, Péter Pusztai, Frigyes Solymosi

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The photo-induced vapor-phase decompositions of formic acid and methyl formate were investigated on pure, N-doped and Au-promoted TiO2. Infrared (IR) spectroscopic studies revealed that illumination initiated the decomposition of adsorbed formate formed in the dissociation of formic acid and located mainly on TiO2. The photocatalytic decompositions of formic acid and methyl formate vapor on pure TiO2 occurred to only a limited extent. The deposition of Au on pure or doped TiO2 markedly enhanced the extent of photocatalytic decomposition of formic acid. The main process was dehydrogenation to give H2 and CO2. The formation of CO occurred to only a very small extent. Addition of O2 or H 2O to the formic acid decreased the CO level from ∼0.8% to ∼0.088%. Similar features were experienced in the photocatalytic decomposition of methyl formate, which dissociated in part to give surface formate. Experiments over Au deposited on N-doped TiO2 revealed that the photo-induced decomposition of both compounds occurs even in visible light.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)7756-7766
Number of pages11
JournalInternational Journal of Hydrogen Energy
Issue number19
Publication statusPublished - Jun 27 2013



  • Au/TiO catalyst
  • Effect of N-doping
  • Formic acid
  • Methyl formate
  • Photolysis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Fuel Technology
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology

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