Yu-Lin Kuo 1, Wei-Chen Huang1, Wei-Mau Hsu1, Yao-Hsuan Tseng2, Young Ku2

  • 1 Department of Mechanical Engineering, National Taiwan University of Science and Technology, 43, Section 4, Keelung Road, Taipei, 10607, Taiwan
  • 2 Department of Chemical Engineering, National Taiwan University of Science and Technology, 43, Section 4, Keelung Road, Taipei, 10607, Taiwan

Received: May 11, 2015
Revised: August 17, 2015
Accepted: November 11, 2015
Download Citation: ||https://doi.org/10.4209/aaqr.2015.05.0300  

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Kuo, Y.L., Huang, W.C., Hsu, W.M., Tseng, Y.H. and Ku, Y. (2015). Use of Spinel Nickel Aluminium Ferrite as Self-Supported Oxygen Carrier for Chemical Looping Hydrogen Generation Process. Aerosol Air Qual. Res. 15: 2700-2708. https://doi.org/10.4209/aaqr.2015.05.0300


  • Spinel NiFeAlO4 was synthesized by a simple solid state reaction.
  • NiFeAlO4 structure was verified by AlIII substitution into the NiFe2O4 lattice.
  • NiFeAlO4 with high CO2 conversion and H2 generation has been proved in FxBR.
  • Self-support function and agglomeration resistance of NiFeAlO4 was recognized.



Chemical looping hydrogen generation (CLHG), as a new technology involved in chemical looping combustion (CLC) process and steam-iron process, has attracted attention for clean energy generation and efficient energy conversion. A systematic investigation of spinel NiFeAlO4 has led to characterization of a well-defined self-supported oxygen carrier which was prepared by solid state reaction. The redox behavior of NiFeAlO4 shows the enhancement on the resistance to agglomeration exceeding previously reported CLC process using similar compositions including Fe2O3, NiO and NiFe2O4 without any inert support. Moreover, the high CO2 conversion and H2 generation by NiFeAlO4 oxygen carrier under a fixed-bed reactor (FxBR) were obtained. The reaction mechanism of NiFeAlO4 subjected to the isothermal stepwise reduction in a sequence of varying durations by XRD was also demonstrated, which provided with a novel function of self-supported and agglomeration-resistant characteristic in the oxygen carrier system.

Keywords: Oxygen carrier; Chemical looping hydrogen generation; NiFeAlO4; Spinel; Redox behavior

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