Dissolution behavior of ammonia electrosynthesized in molten LiCl-KCl-CsCl system

Nobuyuki Serizawa, Hajime Miyashiro, Katsuhito Takei, Taro Ikezumi, Tokujiro Nishikiori, Yasuhiko Ito

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The dissolution behavior of ammonia (NH 3) in a molten LiCl-KCl-CsCl system was studied in order to determine the feasibility of low-energy NH 3 production via electrochemical synthesis in a high temperature molten salt system. In the presence of nitride ion (N 3-), a portion of NH 3 chemically dissolved in the melt as imide (NH 2-) and amide (NH 2 -) anions formed by the reaction between N 3- and NH 3. Although the dissolved NH 2 - anion thermally decomposed to form NH 3 and NH 2- anion, this phenomena may lower the yield of electrochemical NH 3 production. The dissolved NH 3 can be recovered by supplying hydrogen or water vapor to the melt. The anodic reaction between N 3- and H 2 to form NH 3 at a hydrogen gas-diffusion electrode was also examined and the NH 3 yield was estimated. Although the competing N 2 evolution reaction occurred at potentials more positive than 1.2 V vs. Li(I)Li, the conversion of Li 3N approached 70%, following the recovery processes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)E87-E91
JournalJournal of the Electrochemical Society
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Materials Chemistry
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Electrochemistry
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment


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