9-2015-3154 | Novel Catalysts for Hydrogen Release from Formic Acid for Renewable Energy
, HUJI, Faculty of Science, The Institute of Chemistry
Formic acid acts as primary energy carrier
Energy, Cleantech, Processes, Catalysts
Provisional patent submitted
Formic acid is a basic organic chemical raw material widely used in the pesticide, leather, rubber, dyes and pharmaceutical industries.
Formic acid is also a promising material for chemical hydrogen storage since pure formic acid releases 52 g/L of hydrogen.
The process of hydrogen release from formic acid is CO-free - an advantage in the design of catalytic fuel cells.
The process is coupled with the conversion of carbon dioxide to use as feedstock for various basic chemicals without the need for a petrochemical source.
New catalysts and catalytic process for the efficient, environmentally-friendly production of hydrogen from formic acid as well as the catalytic conversion of carbon dioxide into useful chemicals without relying on petrochemicals
Efficient, clean process
Low-cost, easily available raw materials
Mild and efficient hydrogenation of CO2 into formic acid – optimization of the reaction conditions are currently being carried out.
Design of the direct formic acid-based fuel cells utilizing the suggested catalyst.
The catalysts may be used
For CO-free controllable release of H2 (TON is up to 5*105, TOF is up to 1.2*104 h-1) toward employment in formic acid-based fuel cells
To produce formic acid, formic acid derivatives
Researcher Information http://chem.ch.huji.ac.il/~dgelman/cv.html