Synthesis of ammonia directly from wet air using Sm0. 6Ba0. 4Fe0. 8Cu0. 2O3− δ as the catalyst

Rong Lan, Khaled A Alkhazmi, Ibrahim A Amar, Shanwen Tao

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    Ammonia was directly synthesised from wet air at 400 °C at atmospheric pressure. A new perovskite Sm0.6Ba0.4Fe0.8Cu0.2O3−δ was used as the electrocatalyst for electrochemical synthesis of ammonia. Ammonia formation rates of 9.19 × 10−7 mol s−1 m−2 and 1.53 × 10−6 mol s−1 m−2 were obtained at 400 °C when wet air and wet N2 were introduced into a simple single chamber reactor, respectively. The perovskite catalyst is low cost compared to the previously reported Ru/MgO and Pt/C catalysts. This experiment indicates that ammonia can be directly synthesised from wet air, a very promising simple technology for sustainable synthesis of ammonia in the future.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)353-363
    Number of pages11
    JournalFaraday Discussions
    Early online date8 Apr 2015
    Publication statusPublished - 2015


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