The invention is directed to a catalyst and a method for making a reforming catalyst for the production of hydrogen from organic compounds that overcomes the problems of catalyst poisoning and deactivation by coking and high temperature sintering, yet provides excellent durability and a long working life in process use. An embodiment is the formation of a unique four-metal ion hexa-aluminate of the formula M1.sub.aM2.sub.bM3.sub.cM4.sub.dAl.sub.11O.sub.19-.alpha.. M1 and M2 are selected from the group consisting of beryllium, magnesium, calcium, strontium, barium, lanthanum, cerium, praseodymium, neodymium, promethium, samarium, and gadolinium. M3 and M4 are selected from the group consisting of chromium, manganese, iron, cobalt, nickel, copper, molybdenum, ruthenium, rhodium, palladium, tungsten, rhenium, osmium, iridium, platinum, wherein 0.010.ltoreq.a+b+c+d.ltoreq.2.0. Also, 1.ltoreq..alpha..ltoreq.1. Further, M1.noteq.M2 and M3.noteq.M4.
CONTRACTUAL ORIGIN OF THE INVENTION
 The U.S. Government has rights in this invention pursuant to Contract No. DE-AC02-06CH11357 between the U.S. Department of Energy and the -University of Chicago representing Argonne National Laboratory.