Synthesis of ammonia

1909 Synthesis of ammonia

The book of science

Tom Sharp

Fritz Haber chemistry Synthesis of ammonia

Synthesis of ammonia

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All organic life, animal and plant, relies on trace amounts of water-soluble nitrogen. We do not get it by breathing air, which contains 78.09% diatomic nitrogen gas. Bacteria in the digestive tract break down proteins into nitrogen compounds including ammonia. The liver removes extra ammonia from the bloodstream by converting it to urea which is released from the body in urine.

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