Ammonia Synthesis: State of the Bellwether Reaction
Book chapter, 2013

Catalytic ammonia synthesis has been judged to be one of mankind's greatest scientific achievements during the twentieth century. The socioeconomic implications of producing ammonia industrially have been a strong driving force, and this development has spurred a range of new discoveries within physics, chemistry, and chemical engineering. In this chapter, we describe how it has been possible in recent years to provide a full understanding of the catalytic ammonia synthesis reaction at the atomic level through the combined use of experiments and quantum mechanical electronic structure calculations, thus clearly showing many of the reasons why ammonia synthesis has been, and still is, the bellwether reaction in heterogeneous catalysis.

Ammonia decomposition

Fe

Electrochemistry

Surface science

Ru

Scaling relations

Ammonia synthesis

Haber-Bosch

First-principles

Micro-kinetic models

Brønsted-Evans-Polanyi

Rate-determining step

Steps

Author

Anders Hellman

Chalmers, Applied Physics, Chemical Physics

K. Honkala

University of Jyväskylä

S. Dahl

Technical University of Denmark (DTU)

C.H. Christensen

DONG Energy

J.K. Nørskov

Stanford University

Comprehensive Inorganic Chemistry II (Second Edition): From Elements to Applications

459-474

Subject Categories

Chemical Sciences

DOI

10.1016/B978-0-08-097774-4.00725-7

ISBN

9780080965291

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