Saturday, April 16, 2016

Artificial leaf? Successful synthesis of ammonia using visible light, water, and atmospheric nitrogen -- ScienceDaily

ScienceDaily

The research group of Professor Hiroaki Misawa and Assistant Professor Tomoya Oshikiri of the Research Institute for Electronic Science of Hokkaido University, by using a photoelectrode in which gold nanoparticles are loaded on an oxide semiconductor substrate, has worked to develop a method of artificial photosynthesis that has received attention as an ultimate light energy conversion system.

At this time this research group has developed a co-catalyst that can convert di-nitrogen into ammonia with good efficiency, and by supporting this co-catalyst on a photoelectrode in which gold nanoparticles are loaded, they have succeeded in using water, di-nitrogen, and visible light to selectively synthesize ammonia, which has gained attention as a next-generation energy carrier.

Artificial leaf? Successful synthesis of ammonia using visible light, water, and atmospheric nitrogen -- ScienceDaily

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