Research Update: The nitride route to ammonia fertilizers: decoupling food and fossil fuel

K-REx Repository

Show simple item record Pfromm, Peter H. 2016-09-07T15:19:12Z 2016-09-07T15:19:12Z
dc.description.abstract A new three-year project at Kansas State University, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy, Basic Energy Sciences (U.S. DOE Office of Science, Award No. DE-SC0016453, "Step Catalysis to Synthesize Fossil-Free Ammonia at Atmospheric Pressure"), with $598,866 pursues ammonia for fertilizers produced from renewable resources with a new simple and rugged process. The team of Principal Investigator Dr. Peter Pfromm (Chemical Engineering), and co-Principal Investigators Dr.'s Bin Liu (Chemical Engineering) and Viktor Chikan (Chemistry) and their graduate students are investigating forming metal nitrides from metal alloy nanoparticles to activate nitrogen from air, and then synthesizing ammonia in a second step, all at atmospheric pressure and moderate temperatures. The recent precipitous decline in the cost of renewable electricity allows the needed hydrogen to be made by electrolysis of water so that the entire process is essentially fossil fuel free, economically competitive with fossil fuel based ammonia, and proceeds under conditions that will allow down-scaling and operation on stranded or intermittent renewable electricity. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.rights Copyright 2016 Pfromm en_US
dc.subject Research Update en_US
dc.subject U.S. Department of Energy en_US
dc.subject Ammonia en_US
dc.subject Fertilizers en_US
dc.subject Renewable Resources en_US
dc.subject Fossil-Free Ammonia en_US
dc.title Research Update: The nitride route to ammonia fertilizers: decoupling food and fossil fuel en_US
dc.type Text en_US 2016 en_US
dc.contributor.authoreid pfromm en_US
dc.description.funder U.S. Department of Energy en_US
dc.description.funderID en_US
dc.description.awardNo DE-SC0016453 en_US

Files in this item

This item appears in the following Collection(s)

Show simple item record

Search K-REx

Advanced Search


My Account


Center for the

Advancement of Digital


118 Hale Library

Manhattan KS 66506

(785) 532-7444