Hydrogen journal pulls palladium paper for data misuse

intjhydrogenenergyThe International Journal of Hydrogen Energy is retracting a 2013 article for what appears to be the misappropriation of data.

The paper,  titled “Hydrogen production by an anaerobic photocatalytic reforming using palladium nanoparticle on boron and nitrogen doped TiO2 catalysts,” was written by researchers from the Veltech Dr RR & Dr SR Technical University, in Chennai, India, and Arizona State University.

According to the abstract:

The present work reports the renewable hydrogen production by an anaerobic photocatalytic reforming of glucose and methanol, using noble-metal and hetero-atom substituted TiO2 and sol–gel method prepared SrTiO3 as photocatalysts. XRD and SEM-EDX analysis confirm the typical anatase and rutile phase formation for B, N-doped TiO2 samples and palladium and other doped element existence confirmed by EDX analysis. These catalysts are preferred due to their identical wide band gap values of semiconductor oxide material. Interestingly, sol–gel method prepared B, N-doped TiO2 catalyst show higher activity compared to SrTiO3. The sluggishness of the photocatalytic transformation on SrTiO3 might be the reason for poor hydrogen evolution with 1% glucose solution under visible light. Pd@B9N5–TiO2 prepared by sol–gel and Pd-photo deposition methods show very high hydrogen evolution (1000 μmol/g) from glucose aqueous solution compared to reported B, N–TiO2 catalyst and also exhibit good stability upon long time irradiation.

Here’s the notice:

This article has been retracted at the request of the Authors, because after publication, some discrepancies regarding the proper citing of the supporting reference data in this paper have been brought to our attention. The authors of the supporting reference data have requested their data not be used. Accordingly, the authors are retracting the paper.

The paper has yet to be cited, according to Thomson Scientific’s Web of Knowledge.

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