Isotopic studies of the ammonia decomposition reaction mediated by sodium amide

Thomas J. Wood, Joshua W. Makepeace, Hazel M A Hunter, Martin O. Jones, William I F David*

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Abstract

We demonstrate that the ammonia decomposition reaction catalysed by sodium amide proceeds under a different mechanism to ammonia decomposition over transition metal catalysts. Isotopic variants of ammonia and sodium amide reveal a significant kinetic isotope effect in contrast to the nickel-catalysed reaction where there is no such effect. The bulk composition of the catalyst is also shown to affect the kinetics of the ammonia decomposition reaction.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)22999-23006
Number of pages8
JournalPhysical Chemistry Chemical Physics
Volume17
Issue number35
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 4 Aug 2015

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