Structural evolution in Pt/Ga-Zn-oxynitride catalysts for photocatalytic reforming of methanol

Ádám Vass, Zoltán Pászti, Szabolcs Bálint, Péter Németh, Gábor P. Szíjjártó, András Tompos, Emília Tálas

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Products of microwave-assisted urea-induced co-precipitation of Ga(NO3)3 and Zn(NO3)2 or Ga2O3 and ZnO were nitridated in order to obtain Ga-Zn-based photocatalysts. Irrespectively to the starting material, wurtzite-like Ga-Zn-oxynitride phases formed. The preparation was completed by deposition of a Pt co-catalyst, which was activated by either reduction in hydrogen or calcination in air. It was demonstrated by X-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) that during oxidative activation the oxynitride started to transform into a nitrogen-free Zn-containing Ga- oxyhydroxide. Regardless to the structure of the catalysts after the activation step, almost complete oxynitride to oxyhydroxide transformation was observed during the methanol photocatalytic reforming reaction, accompanied by complete reduction of the Pt co-catalyst to metallic state. The observations of this study point to the importance of phase transitions under reaction conditions in the development of the active ensemble in the Ga,Zn-based photocatalysts.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)65-76
Number of pages12
JournalMaterials Research Bulletin
Publication statusPublished - nov. 1 2016

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering

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