Discovery - Can Chemistry Save The World? - 2. Fixing the Nitrogen Fix
Fixing the nitrogen fix. Roland Pease asks whether after a hundred years of the old industrial process, there's a better way of making nitrogen fertilisers.
Roland Pease asks whether, after a hundred years of the old industrial process, there’s a better way of making nitrogen fertilisers.
Nitrogen is one of the most important elements for life, and we’re virtually swimming in it – the atmosphere is four fifths nitrogen gas.
And yet nitrogen is one of the hardest elements for life to capture – it’s a molecule that’s almost completely inert.
Can chemists copy nature’s tricks to ensnare this elusive molecule, using gentle reactions and without harming the environment in the process?