Activated carbon supported nanocomposites attract attention due to functionality, low-price and simple synthetic method. Such nanocomposites are used as catalysts, adsorbents, electrodes and in other areas. Carbon support provides high surface area, protects metal nanoparticles and adsorbs various chemicals. So far, carbon based nanocomposites are synthesized by impregnation methods.
In this study, we prepare porous carbon nanocomposite materials by carbonizing copper nanoparticle and polymer mixtures in a tubular furnace under inert atmosphere. Resulting material was analyzed in BET instrument to determine surface area, ICP-MS to determine metal content, XRD to analyze metal crystallinity and TEM to analyze surface morphology. Porous carbon and copper nanocomposite was then studied for CO2 reduction with H2 gas. The products were identified using GC-MS system and catalytic parameters like temperature, flow rate and regeneration were carefully screened.