The catalytic dehydrogenation of methylcyclohexane over monometallic catalysts for on-board hydrogen storage, production, and utilization

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A methylcyclohexane-toluene-hydrogen system employs methylcyclohexane as a recyclable organic hydride for the on-vehicle production, storage, and utilization of hydrogen gas. The success of the methylcyclohexane-toluene- hydrogen system lies in the success of the dehydrogenation reaction of methylcyclohexane. A highly active, selective, and stable catalyst is required to carry out the dehydrogenation reaction. A range of commercial and in-house development catalysts are studied for the dehydrogenation of methylcyclohexane. The catalytic data is compared with the study in the literature. Alumina-supported Ni metal catalyst and Pt/-zeolite show poor activity and selectivity towards toluene. Pt/Al 2O 3 in-house development catalysts show reliable results of activity, selectivity, and stability.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2231-2238
Number of pages8
JournalEnergy Sources, Part A: Recovery, Utilization and Environmental Effects
Issue number24
Publication statusPublished - Oct 21 2011



  • dehydrogenation
  • methylcyclohexane
  • MTH system
  • Pt catalysts
  • recyclable organic hydride

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Nuclear Energy and Engineering
  • Fuel Technology
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology

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