Advances in Catalytic Materials and Mechanisms for Sustainable Ammonia Synthesis

A special issue of Catalysts (ISSN 2073-4344). This special issue belongs to the section "Catalytic Materials".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 April 2024) | Viewed by 225

Special Issue Editors

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Guest Editor
KAUST Catalysis Center, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia
Interests: hydrides; intermetallics; electrides; Haber–Bosch; solid-state ionics

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Chemistry and Biological Chemistry Division, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, Singapore
Interests: nanocatalysts; electrocatalysis; photocatalysis; plasmonic

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The activation of nitrogen and ammonia synthesis has been of constant importance in basic organometallic chemistry, chemical manufacturing, biochemistry, and has recently been used as an effective hydrogen carrier to support the transition into a carbon-free hydrogen economy. In thermal catalysis, the Haber–Bosch process still operates on a huge scale, while many new alternative catalysts have been studied in the past decade to potentially address the high energy demand and large carbon footprint of the century-old industrial process. Electrocatalysis is also a rapidly expanding field, with many studies aiming to produce ammonia via chemistry, such as with nitrate reduction, direct nitrogen fixation, and with strategies to combat competing reactions such as HER. At the same time, alternative routes such as chemical looping, mechanochemistry, photocatalysis, plasmon-mediated catalysis, and molten salt/metals have also been examined. Computational chemistry is also a valuable tool for providing critical insights into the mechanism of ammonia formation at the molecular level, as well as guiding catalyst design to facilitate ammonia generation from various starting nitrogen-containing species. This Special Issue invites submissions concerning the latest research in various aspects of ammonia synthesis, including photocatalytic/electrocatalytic methods, chemical looping, mechanochemistry, computational studies, and Haber–Bosch catalysts.

Dr. Yoji Kobayashi
Dr. Hiang Kwee Lee
Guest Editors

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  • NRR
  • Haber–Bosch
  • chemical looping
  • N2 activation
  • ammonia synthesis

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