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General Chemistry ›› 2019, Vol. 5 ›› Issue (3): 190006-190006.DOI: 10.21127/yaoyigc20190006

Special Issue: Photocatalysis

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Photocatalytic Reduction of N2 for Ammonia Production

Xiangchao Meng, Zisheng Zhang*   

  1. Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, University of Ottawa, 161 Louis Pasteur Private,Ottawa, ON, K1N6N5 Canada
  • Received:2019-02-08 Online:2019-09-29 Published:2019-09-28
  • Contact: Zisheng Zhang , Email: zzhang@uottawa.ca (Z. Z.)

Abstract: Photocatalytic fixation of dinitrogen has become a research hotspot in recent years. Compared with traditional processes for the production of ammonia, photocatalysis exhibited superiorities, such as easy-to-operate, mild operating conditions and low cost. However, the production rate of ammonia from photocatalytic reduction of N2 is pretty low. Also, the selectivity of ammonia is very low as regards the influence of water splitting. Lots of works have been reported with the presence of these hindrances. This is a challenge as well as an opportunity for global researchers. With this perspective in view, a recommendation for future work was included.


Key words: N2 fixation, photocatalysis, Haber-Bosch, ammonia, solar energy

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