Composites of Platinum-Iridium Alloy Nanoparticles and Graphene Oxide for the Dimethyl Amine Borane (DMAB) dehydrogenation at ambient conditions: An Experimental and Density Functional Theory Study
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In this paper, we present the synthesis, characterization, catalytic and computational studies of Composites of Platinum-Iridium Alloy Nanoparticles and Graphene Oxide (PtIr@GO) for dimethylamine borane (DMAB) dehydrogenation. The prepared PtIr@GO nanocatalysts were synthesized using an ethanol super-hydride method, and the characterization procedures for PtIr@GO alloy nanoparticles were carried out by various advanced spectroscopic methods like X-ray Diffraction (XRD), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), Transmission Electron Microscopy(TEM) and high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM). Additionally, catalytic activity, reusability, substrate concentration, and catalyst concentration experiments were performed for DMAB dehydrogenation catalyzed by PtIr@GO alloy nanomaterials. According to the results obtained in this study, PtIr@GO NPs catalyst was found to be active and reusable for the DMAB even at ambient conditions. Besides, DFT-B3LYP calculations have been utilized on PtIr@GO cluster to reveal the prepared catalyst activity. The calculated findings based on DFT was found to be a good agreement with experimental results.