Fueling the world sustainably: synthesizing ammonia using less energy

EUREKA ALERT | Scientists at Tokyo Institute of Technology (Tokyo Tech) have developed an improved catalyst by taking the common dehydrating agent calcium hydride and adding fluoride to it. The catalyst facilitates the synthesis of ammonia at merely 50 °C, by using only half the energy that existing techniques require. This opens doors to ammonia production with low energy consumption and reduced greenhouse gas emission.

Ammonia is a critical for making plant fertilizer, which in turn feeds approximately 70% of the world's population.

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