Microreactors for the production of hydrogen from ammonia

Ed Seebauer, Jason Ganley, Rich Masel

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This paper describes the development of a structured aluminum-anodized alumina microreactor that exhibits high catalytic activity for the decomposition of anhydrous ammonia to nitrogen and hydrogen at moderate temperatures. Modifications such as adjustments to the geometry of the microreactor features, surface area enhancement of the anodized catalyst support, choice of Ru precursor, and application of a catalyst promoter are each shown to affect the reactor performance. The reactor converts 99% of ammonia at 600°C into the equivalent of 60 W of hydrogen. These numbers are sufficient for to merit serious consideration for use in practical applications, particularly in mobile devices fueled by hydrogen where monolithic structures are advantageous.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2005 AIChE Spring National Meeting, Conference Proceedings
Number of pages1
StatePublished - Jul 29 2005
Externally publishedYes
Event2005 AIChE Spring National Meeting - Atlanta, GA, United States
Duration: Apr 10 2005Apr 14 2005

Publication series

Name2005 AIChE Spring National Meeting, Conference Proceedings


Other2005 AIChE Spring National Meeting
CountryUnited States
CityAtlanta, GA

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)

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