Issue Date: April 25, 2016 | Web Date: April 22, 2016
Light sparks conversion of dinitrogen to ammonia
In an effort to improve on the way both nature and industry run chemical reactions, researchers have developed a technique that uses light to spur a bacterial enzyme to convert dinitrogen (N2) into ammonia (NH3). The method might one day lead to a more environmentally friendly industrial process for making NH3.
Currently, the iron-catalyzed Haber-Bosch process, used to make NH3 from N2, is one of the world’s largest industrial processes in terms of tonnage produced. . . .
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