High-throughput screening system for catalytic hydrogen-producing materials

Jaramillo, Thomas F., Ivanovskaya, Anna and McFarland, Eric W. (2002) High-throughput screening system for catalytic hydrogen-producing materials. Journal of Combinatorial Chemistry, 4 1: 17-22. doi:10.1021/cc010054k


Author Jaramillo, Thomas F.
Ivanovskaya, Anna
McFarland, Eric W.
Title High-throughput screening system for catalytic hydrogen-producing materials
Journal name Journal of Combinatorial Chemistry   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1520-4766
2156-8944
Publication date 2002-01-01
Year available 2001
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1021/cc010054k
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 4
Issue 1
Start page 17
End page 22
Total pages 6
Place of publication Washington, DC, United States
Publisher American Chemical Society
Language eng
Formatted abstract
A high-throughput screening system and methodology were developed for libraries of hydrogen (H2) producing catalytic materials. The system is based on the chemo-optical properties of WO3, which give rise to reflectance changes in the presence of H2. Pd-coated WO3 sensors were synthesized and examined for their hydrogen sensitivity, wavelength-dependent reflectance, and performance in the presence of water vapor. For high-throughput screening, a polypropylene reactor block was designed and constructed to house 8 × 12 catalyst libraries deposited as thin films. When the library and reactor block are assembled together, 96 independent microreactor units are formed. A large-area Pd/WO3 sensor film covers and seals all microreactors, forming a 96-element 2-D H2 sensor array. As H2 is produced differentially across the library, the reflectance changes of the Pd/WO3 film are monitored by reflectivity sensors that scan the surface every 30 s. The time-dependent changes in reflectance indicate relative rates of H2 production. A library of cathode electrocatalysts was synthesized from Ti, Pt, Ni, Au, Pd, Al, Ag, Ge, and mixtures thereof to demonstrate the H2 high-throughput screening system. The results of the electrolytic screening are in agreement with expected literature trends: mixtures of Ni and samples containing Pt and Pd generated H2 at the greatest rates, while Ge- and Ti-based materials were the least effective electrocatalysts. A mixture of 80% Al and 20% Pt was found to have the highest rate of H2 production. This high-throughput screening system is applicable in a variety of catalytic screening applications where hydrogen is the desired product.
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Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Chemical Engineering Publications
 
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