The goal of this project is to set the base for the development of an alternative route to produce nitric oxide (NO), circumventing the traditional route via nitrogen fixation through ammonia (Haber-Bosch) and subsequent ammonia oxidation (Ostwald) in which the produced ammonia is burned to NO and water.
The approach is to produce NO directly from the elements (N2 and O2) or with other sources of oxygen. Furthermore, the intention is to utilize plasma technology in combination with a catalyst. The use of catalysts for plasma based N2 activation to produce NO is a novel approach which shall be followed exploiting the knowledge about catalysts useful for O and O2 activation. Consequently, plasma experiments on laboratory scale supported with and without catalyst candidates supported by in silico simulations of the plasma and the reactor design, are subject of evaluation