PhD Student (Chemical Engineering), Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria/ National Research Institute for Chemical Technology
The aim is study copper supported MCM-41 for methanol steam reforming which has hydrogen as one of its major products. This is an effective way to produce hydrogen for automobile fuel cells. The feed, methanol is quite similar to gasoline so existing automobile systems dont have to be altered much. Methanol can also be sourced from biological sources so in a way it can be termed as a renewable source of energy. Clean hydrogen from methanol steam reforming is a viable way to power fuel cells. The main challenge presently is are catalysts which are deactivation resistant and have high yield.