Reaction Kinetics, Mechanisms and Catalysis

, Volume 127, Issue 2, pp 691–703 | Cite as

Valorization of coal treatment residues as a host matrix of nanosized nickel, copper and zinc ferrites

  • Tanya TsonchevaEmail author
  • Ivanka Spassova
  • Radostina Ivanova
  • Daniela Kovacheva
  • Daniela Paneva
  • Nikolay Velinov
  • Boiko Tsyntsarski
  • Nartzislav Petrov


High quality activated carbon was prepared using by-products from the pyrolysis of low rank coals as a precursor. The obtained carbon material was applied as a host matrix of nanosized MFe2O4 ferrites (M = Ni, Cu or Zn). XRD, Mössbauer and TPR analyses were performed for samples characterization and their catalytic behavior in methanol decomposition as a source of hydrogen was tested. In contrast to the reference mesoporous KIT-6 silica based analogues, the active phase in the carbon modifications was more accessible for the reactants and represented a complex mixture of metals, alloys, substituted magnetite and finely dispersed ferrites, which ensured their higher catalytic activity in methanol decomposition.


Catalysts from waste Methanol decomposition Ferrites modified activated carbon 



Financial support Bulgarian National Science Fund, project KП-06-29/2 is gratefully acknowledged.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Tanya Tsoncheva
    • 1
    Email author
  • Ivanka Spassova
    • 2
  • Radostina Ivanova
    • 1
  • Daniela Kovacheva
    • 2
  • Daniela Paneva
    • 3
  • Nikolay Velinov
    • 3
  • Boiko Tsyntsarski
    • 1
  • Nartzislav Petrov
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of Organic Chemistry with Centre of PhytochemistryBulgarian Academy of SciencesSofiaBulgaria
  2. 2.Institute of General and Inorganic ChemistryBulgarian Academy of SciencesSofiaBulgaria
  3. 3.Institute of CatalysisBulgarian Academy of ScienceSofiaBulgaria

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