Catalyzing ammonia formation at lower temperatures with ruthenium — ScienceDaily

Nitrogen is an essential nutrient for plant growth. While about 80% of earth is nitrogen, it is mostly contained in the atmosphere as gas, and hence, inaccessible to plants. To boost plant growth, especially in agricultural settings, therefore, chemical nitrogen fertilizers are needed. A crucial step in the production of these fertilizers is the synthesis […]

Turning the heat down: Catalyzing ammonia formation at lower temperatures with ruthenium

IMAGE: The metal ruthenium, supported with lanthanide oxyhydrides, can efficiently catalyze the synthesis of ammonia at a much lower temperature than the traditional approach. view more  Credit: Tokyo Tech Nitrogen is an essential nutrient for plant growth. While about 80% of earth is nitrogen, it is mostly contained in the atmosphere as gas, and hence, inaccessible […]

Catalyzing ammonia formation at lower temperatures with ruthenium

The metal ruthenium, supported with lanthanide oxyhydrides, can efficiently catalyze the synthesis of ammonia at a much lower temperature than the traditional approach. Credit: Tokyo Tech Nitrogen is an essential nutrient for plant growth. While about 80% of earth is nitrogen, it is mostly contained in the atmosphere as gas, and hence, inaccessible to plants. […]

Japan carbon pledge boosts hopes of ammonia backers

Ammonia is already made on a massive scale and exported throughout the world to make fertiliser Japan’s pledge to become carbon-neutral by 2050 is offering hope to industry heavyweights pushing ammonia as the fuel of the future—but critics say the corrosive gas is still far from a clear-cut clean energy. Burning ammonia, unlike fossil fuels, […]