Ruthenium-catalysed decomposition of formic acid: Fuel cell and catalytic applications

Lorenzo Piola, José A. Fernández-Salas, Fady Nahra, Albert Poater, Luigi Cavallo, Steven P. Nolan

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The decomposition of formic acid into H2 and CO2 was successfully performed using a ruthenium hydride catalyst, without any concomitant CO evolution. The reaction mechanism is investigated by means of density functional theory calculations (DFT). The generated H2 was further exploited in a fuel cell to produce electricity. The catalytic hydrogenation of conjugated olefins, using this dihydrogen generation procedure, is also reported.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)184-189
Number of pages6
JournalMolecular Catalysis
StatePublished - Aug 8 2017


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