AIChE Annual Meeting
Tuesday, October 30, 2018 - 8:00am to 8:05am
Ammonia was electrochemically produced from nitrogen and water using a rutheniumâplatinum (RuPt) alloy catalyst cathode and a nickel anode at ambient pressure and room temperature. The rate of ammonia formation was 5.1 Ã 10â9 gNH3 sâ1 cmâ2 with a 13.2% faradaic efficiency at an applied potential of 0.123 V vs. RHE; it reached 1.08 Ã 10â8 gNH3 sâ1 cmâ2 at 0.023 V. Ammonia production was investigated under selected potentials and temperatures. Real-time direct electrochemical mass spectrometric (DEMS) analysis of the evolved gases was performed at various applied potentials. In general, the mass-to-charge ratio signals of hydrogen and ammonia were detected, and their intensities increased with increasing potentials; however, there was no trace of a hydrazine signal. Compared to metallic ruthenium and platinum catalysts, RuPt showed a synergistic effect toward electrochemical formation of ammonia due to co-catalysis.