X-ray Nanochemistry
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Co/Ni nanoparticles on SWCNTs as CRM catalysts

We have discovered that well-made nanomaterials can be ten to hundred times better than conventional catalysts, especially at high temperatures. Many energy production processes occur at high temperatures of well above 900 degrees Celsius. At these temperatures, not only the nanomaterials need to be robust, the substrate supporting them needs to be robust as well. Single-walled carbon nanotubes are one such substrate. We are exploring many different catalysts as well as substrates to be used in biomass conversion, reforming of coal and hydrocarbon, and fuel cell applications. We are focusing on carbon dioxide reforming of methane, although other reactions and catalysts are also being explored.


Qu, Y., A.M.Sutherland and T. Guo; Carbon Dioxide Reforming of Methane by Ni/Co Nanoparticle Catalysts Immobilized on Single-Walled Carbon Nanotubes, Energy & Fuels, 22(4) 2183-2187 (2008).

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