Base Metal Complexes for Dinitrogen Activation and Reduction

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Funder's project number: 340060

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  • 279 040,00

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Project start date: 01/09/2021

Project end date: 31/08/2024


Conventional ammonia synthesis through the Haber-Bosch process is a large environmental strain which demands the expenditure of 1-2 % of annually produced global energy and 60 % of annual global hydrogen. As it stands, ammonia production requires centralized infrastructure and global distribution channels owing to extreme operating conditions (temperatures of 400-500 °C and 150-250 bar pressure). A consequently large ecological footprint from Haber-Bosch operations necessitates major advances in the catalytic conversion of dinitrogen and a pivot to a system which can deliver scalable and site-independent ammonia synthesis. Inspired by chemical transformations in nature, this project studies the synthesis and characterization of new low-valent earth abundant transition metal complexes and their application in the catalytic reduction of dinitrogen. Research will be carried out at the University of Jyväskylä, with a secondment at Yale University, USA.

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