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WATCH: Novel methods for producing ammonia

Did you miss this presentation? Watch to learn more about ongoing research attempting to develop a new production method for ammonia requiring less energy and leaving a smaller carbon footprint than the current method.

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Ammonia is being used as a raw material for fertilizer and there is a well-established infrastructure for ammonia production and transport. It also has a potential as fuel, e.g. in deep sea shipping. 

The Haber-Bosch process is the primary method in producing ammonia from nitrogen and hydrogen. Ammonia production as of today requires much energy and has a high CO2 footprint. There is ongoing research to replace the current industrial production process with a one-step green production method. PhD-fellow Jonas Himmelstrup from UiB presents the status for this new method. 



Jonas Himmelstrup, PhD-fellow at the Department of Chemistry. I am a PhD student in Vidar Jensen's group. Here I study highly active homogeneous catalysts for ammonia synthesis from dinitrogen using validated quantum chemical methods. This can be used to find which properties that differentiate a good catalyst from a bad. This can subsequently be used to design new and more efficient catalysts for the reaction. The designed catalysts are then synthesized in the laboratory and evaluated experimentally. Here, knowledge from the experimental performance of the catalysts can be used in further catalyst design.