UMD, Princeton, PPPL, and ANL receive $4.5M for Low Carbon Manufacturing

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Electrified tubular reactor at 1000 K, used for synthesizing ammonia at ambient conditions.

A project led by Profesoor Liangbing Hu, Herbert Rabin Distinguished Professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) at the University of Maryland (UMD), was recently awarded a total of $4.5 million in funding from the U.S. Department of Energy Basic Energy Sciences Program (DOE BES).

The BES funding opportunity for Chemical and Materials Sciences to Advance Clean Energy Technologies and LowCarbon Manufacturing (CEM) expands ongoing research directions to provide fundamental science that is foundational to clean energy technologies and low-carbon manufacturing. Fifty-three projects led by researchers at 33 universities and 11 National Laboratories received a combined $140 million from this opportunity. Most greenhouse-gas emissions come from the production and use of energy, so building strong scientific foundations for reducing emissions across the energy lifecycle is crucial in creating a net-zero emission world.

The UMD project, “A Programmable Non-Equilibrium Electrified Ammonia Synthesis for Efficient Hydrogen Storage,” is in collaboration with Professor Dongxia Liu from the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at UMD, Professors Yiguang Ju and Emily Carter from the Princeton University, Dr. John Mark Martirez from the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL), and Drs. Stephen J. Klippenstein and Ahren W. Jasper from Argonne National Laboratory (ANL). This collaborative project will focus on fundamental studies on electrified ammonia synthesis by exploring novel synthesis, multiscale modeling, advanced in-situ diagnostics, and dynamic catalysis technologies.  Ultimately, the research will provide a novel non-equilibrium ammonia synthesis method using renewable electricity.

The full abstract can be found here.

Published October 12, 2022