US DOE funding research into sustainable ammonia synthesis

The US Department of Energy (DOE) is currently supporting six fundamental research projects that aim to develop “novel catalysts and mechanisms for nitrogen activation,” which the DOE hopes will lead to future sustainable ammonia synthesis technologies.

These projects, announced in August 2016 and administered by the Office of Basic Energy Sciences, aim “to investigate some of the outstanding scientific questions in the synthesis of ammonia (NH3) from nitrogen (N2) using processes that do not generate greenhouse gases.”

There are two substantial differences between these awards and the other recent DOE funding for sustainable ammonia technologies, announced in December 2016 and administered through ARPA-E’s “REFUEL” program …

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