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Electrochemical scission of dinitrogen under ambient conditions

Project description

A green approach to making ammonia

Ammonia is currently produced in large quantities at centralised facilities, at extremely high temperatures and pressures. The main industrial procedure followed is the Haber–Bosch process, but it is responsible for 1 % of global carbon dioxide emissions. The EU-funded NitroScission project will point towards alternative, greener ways of synthesising ammonia. Using electrochemical methods at ambient temperatures and pressures would mean ammonia could be synthesised with renewable energy and on site. Inspired by an enzyme that reduces dinitrogen to ammonia, the project will try to emulate it onto the solid surface of an electrode. For this important reaction, the project will employ advanced thin-film preparation methods and conduct electrochemical tests and operando and ex situ spectroscopy.

Call for proposal

ERC-2019-COG
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Host institution

IMPERIAL COLLEGE OF SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY AND MEDICINE
Address
South Kensington Campus Exhibition Road
SW7 2AZ London
United Kingdom
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 2 744 880

Beneficiaries (1)

IMPERIAL COLLEGE OF SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY AND MEDICINE
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 2 744 880
Address
South Kensington Campus Exhibition Road
SW7 2AZ London
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments