Tokyo Tech catalyst enables lower-temperature synthesis of ammonia; energy and GHG savings
Green Car Congress
APRIL 26, 2020
Scientists at Tokyo Institute of Technology (Tokyo Tech) have developed an improved catalyst for the synthesis of ammonia by taking the common dehydrating agent calcium hydride and adding fluoride to it. The catalyst facilitates the synthesis of ammonia at merely 50 °C, with an extremely small activation energy of 20 kJmol -1 —less than half that reported for conventional catalysts, said Dr. Michikazu Hara, who led the team.