Photocatalytically induced fixation of molecular nitrogen by near UV radiation

@article{Bickley1979PhotocatalyticallyIF,
  title={Photocatalytically induced fixation of molecular nitrogen by near UV radiation},
  author={Roger I. Bickley and Venkataraman Vishwanathan},
  journal={Nature},
  year={1979},
  volume={280},
  pages={306-308}
}
A MAJOR method whereby molecular nitrogen is fixed in the soil is through microorganisms1. Recently, however, molecular nitrogen has been shown2 to react with water vapour in the presence of TiO2 under the stimulus of near UV radiation to produce ammonia and hydrazine according to the photoreducing reactions summarised as: We report here the results of some recent experiments in which molecular nitrogen has been fixed, at room temperaure in oxidising conditions, on the surface of rutile (TiO2… 

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