Runa Tschekorsky Orloff


Runa Tschekorsky Orloff

Chair of Heterogeneous Catalysis and Technical Chemistry


Building: Sammelbau Chemie

Room: 38C 330

Worringerweg 2

52074 Aachen


Phone: +49 241 80-26595
Fax Fax: +49 241 80-22177

Nitrogen is one of the world's most important resources, and the ammonia produced by its reduction is used for the production of fertilizer. Currently, the energy-intensive Haber-Bosch process is used to activate the stable N-N triple bond. It consumes over 1 % of the energy produced worldwide. To mitigate this energy consumption, the development of a less energy-intensive process is a current area of research. This often involves the use of transition metals. In 2018, the Braunschweig group presented the possibility of nitrogen activation using a boron complex. In the following years, they succeeded in activating nitrogen by means of this. However, stoichiometric amounts of reducing agents were used for this process. To make this process more sustainable an electrochemical conversion is conceivable. By applying an electrochemical reduction, the amount of reducing agent needed could be reduced or fully replaced.