Postgraduate YPEC 2022

PG02 – Electrifying the Nitrogen Cycle: An Electrochemical Endeavor

The advent of the Haber-Bosch (HB) process has made accessible all forms of nitrogenous derivatives (ammonia, nitrates, nitrites, and amines), revolutionizing the chemical industry. However, the depleting natural resources and growing environmental concerns demand a shift towards an energy-abated and environmental-friendly alternative to the HB process, hence the shift in the recent research focus. The electrochemical reduction pathway offers one of the most alluring prospects as a carbon-free, environment-friendly, energy-abated alternative to the HB process. In this context, we explore a rarely explored avenue; molten hydroxide system for electrochemical ammonia synthesis. The molten hydroxide systems boast the highest ammonia production rates from nitrates and nitrites, with the potential to revolutionize the ammonia industry.