Preparation of Nitrogen-Doped Carbon Material from Monosodium Glutamate and Its Catalytic Performance

Ying Mei Zhou -  School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Xuzhou University of Technology , Xuzhou, Jiangsu 221018, China
Xiao Hui Wang -  School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Xuzhou University of Technology , Xuzhou, Jiangsu 221018, China
*Ke Ying Cai -  School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Xuzhou University of Technology , Xuzhou, Jiangsu 221018, China
Ji Ming Wu -  School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Xuzhou University of Technology , Xuzhou, Jiangsu 221018, China
Peng Wang -  School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Xuzhou University of Technology , Xuzhou, Jiangsu 221018, China
Ming Song -  School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Xuzhou University of Technology , Xuzhou, Jiangsu 221018, China
Received: 19 Mar 2018; Revised: 16 Aug 2018; Accepted: 20 Aug 2018; Published: 15 Apr 2019; Available online: 25 Jan 2019.
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N-doped carbon materials (NCMs) are generally used as electrode materials, and seldom used as catalysts in chemical reaction. In this work, NCMs were prepared by high-temperature pyrolysis using monosodium glutamate as sources of both carbon and nitrogen, magnesium acetate as a porogen, and nickel hydroxide as a graphitization catalyst. The catalytic performance of NCMs was investigated in the reduction of 4-nitrophenol (4-NP) with potassium borohydride at 30 ºC. As metal-free catalysts, all of the NCMs can catalyze the reaction. The graphitization degree and N-doped amount of NCM have a great influence on the catalytic activity. The NCM annealed at 800 ºC has higher activity and stability. The reaction rate constant can reach 0.57 min-1, and the activation energy was about 36.4 kJ/mol. Copyright © 2019 BCREC Group. All rights reserved

Monosodium glutamate; Nitrogen-doped carbon material; Reduction; 4-Nitrophenol; Metal-free catalyst

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