Reduction of dinitrogen to ammonium through a magnesium-based electrochemical process at close-to-ambient temperature

Melinda Krebsz, Rebecca Y. Hodgetts, Sam Johnston, Cuong K. Nguyen, Yvonne Hora, Douglas R. MacFarlane, Alexandr N. Simonov

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The Li-mediated nitrogen reduction enables practical synthesis of ammonia, but its energy efficiency is limited by the Li0/+ redox potential. To improve on this, a mediator with a more positive potential, like Mg0/2+, is required. Herein, we demonstrate that electrodeposited Mg0 reacts with N2 at a close-to-ambient temperature, and the resulting material can be converted into NH4+.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages7
JournalEnergy & Environmental Science
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2024

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