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Producing ammonia using less energy
Scientists at the Tokyo Institute of Technology have developed an improved catalyst facilitating the synthesis of ammonia at merely 50°C (when conventional techniques require temperatures of 450°C).
Ammonia is commonly used as a refrigerant (known as R717). Its production is typically carried out through the Haber process, which converts atmospheric nitrogen to ammonia by a reaction with hydrogen under high temperatures and pressures (between 400 °C and 500 °C and 15-25 MPa).