Hydrogen production by photocatalytic alcohol reforming employing highly efficient nanocrystalline titania films
Hydrogen production by photocatalytic alcohol reforming has been studied in the presence of a Pt/TiO2 photocatalyst. Nanocrystalline titania was deposited on glass slides by using a sol–gel process in the presence of surfactant template. Band-gap excitation of titania was made by using a low-energy Black-Light source. Water–ethanol mixtures proved the most efficient substrate for hydrogen production. This system demonstrated an impressive efficiency, which reached up to 74% active electron to incident photon ratio and 32% energy conversion efficiency.
Journal: Applied Catalysis B: Environmental - Volume 77, Issues 1–2, 30 November 2007, Pages 184–189