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Demonstration of the photothermal catalysis of the Sabatier reaction using nickel nanoparticles and solar spectrum light

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The promise of light-to-chemical energy conversion has led researchers to explore photo-thermal processes for chemical reactivity of nanoparticles. Previous work has examined particles as an element of a supported catalyst, but not as an unsupported nanopowder. We present a preliminary examination of a photo-thermal Sabatier reaction performed on suspended Ni nanoparticles. This new system performs a catalytic Sabatier reaction at lower bulk temperatures than reported for a standard reaction, driven by light. This result occurs only when the particles are suspended freely in a gaseous mixture; implying that particle isolation enhances photo-thermal catalysis.

Graphical abstract: Demonstration of the photothermal catalysis of the Sabatier reaction using nickel nanoparticles and solar spectrum light

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Submitted
23 Nov 2020
Accepted
05 Feb 2021
First published
23 Feb 2021

This article is Open Access

RSC Adv., 2021,11, 8394-8397
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Demonstration of the photothermal catalysis of the Sabatier reaction using nickel nanoparticles and solar spectrum light

T. M. Steeves and A. P. Esser-Kahn, RSC Adv., 2021, 11, 8394
DOI: 10.1039/D0RA09939B

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