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Issue 18, 2020
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ZIF-supported AuCu nanoalloy for ammonia electrosynthesis from nitrogen and thin air

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Abstract

Nitrogen fixation via the electrochemical nitrogen reduction reaction under ambient conditions has the potential to disrupt the energy-intensive Haber–Bosch process with a more environmentally friendly alternative. Utilizing air as the feed stock would represent an important step towards future industrialization of green ammonia. Herein, a gold–copper nanoalloy-decorated zeolitic imidazolate framework, denoted as AuCu/ZIF-8, exhibits high NH3 yield, remarkable efficiency, long-term stability and pH independence for the electrochemical synthesis of ammonia. Making ammonia from thin air and renewable electricity speaks well for the development of sustainable ammonia refineries.

Graphical abstract: ZIF-supported AuCu nanoalloy for ammonia electrosynthesis from nitrogen and thin air

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Submitted
11 Mar 2020
Accepted
21 Apr 2020
First published
22 Apr 2020

J. Mater. Chem. A, 2020,8, 8868-8874
Article type
Communication

ZIF-supported AuCu nanoalloy for ammonia electrosynthesis from nitrogen and thin air

X. Lv, L. Wang, G. Wang, R. Hao, J. Ren, X. Liu, P. N. Duchesne, Y. Liu, W. Li, Z. Yuan and G. A. Ozin, J. Mater. Chem. A, 2020, 8, 8868
DOI: 10.1039/D0TA02832K

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