Novel Catalysts for Ammonia Cracking and Synthesis

Bill David*1,2, Josh Makepeace1, Thomas Wood2
[1] University of Oxford; [2] Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, United Kingdom

NH3 Fuel Conference, Minneapolis, November 1, 2017
AIChE Annual Meeting, Topical Conference: NH3 Energy+


The most effective ammonia cracking catalysts are currently based on rare metals such as ruthenium and cobalt. While iron can efficiently crack ammonia at 600 °C, it is desirable to develop similarly inexpensive catalysts that are effective at lower temperatures between 350 °C and 500 °C. In this presentation, a new family of imide-based catalysts are described that crack ammonia around 400 °C to 550 °C. These materials do not behave as conventional surface-based catalysts and offer an affordable route for on-board cracking of ammonia for hydrogen fuel-cell cars. The operational parameters of a small 50W lab-based demonstrator will be described and the presentation will conclude with a discussion of the promise of these materials as ammonia synthesis catalysts.

Read the abstract at the AIChE website.


Download this presentation [PDF, 3.5MB].


2016: Cracking Ammonia
2015 Ammonia for low-temperature fuel cells
2014: A novel approach to ammonia decomposition
2014: Investigating and Understanding Ionic Ammine Materials


Bill David, Department of Chemistry, University of Oxford
ISIS Facility, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory
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