Nitrogen reduction to ammonia at high efficiency and rates based on a phosphonium proton shuttle

  title={Nitrogen reduction to ammonia at high efficiency and rates based on a phosphonium proton shuttle},
  author={Bryan H. R. Suryanto and Karolina Matuszek and Jaecheol Choi and Rebecca Y. Hodgetts and Hoang Long Du and Jacinta M. Bakker and Colin S. M. Kang and Pavel V. Cherepanov and Alexandr N. Simonov and Douglas R. Macfarlane},
  pages={1187 - 1191}
Shuttling protons in ammonia synthesis An electrochemical route to ammonia could substantially lower the greenhouse gas emissions associated with the current thermal Haber-Bosch process. One relatively promising option under study involves reductive formation of lithium nitride, which can be protonated to ammonia. However, the ethanol used to date as a local proton source in these studies may degrade under the reaction conditions. Suryanto et al. report the use of a tetraalkyl phosphonium salt… 

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