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Nitrogen reduction

Molybdenum does it again

Nature Chemistry volume 3, pages 9596 (2011) | Download Citation

Nature reduces dinitrogen under mild conditions using nitrogenases, the most active of which contains molybdenum and iron. The only abiological dinitrogen reduction catalyst that avoids the harsh conditions of the Haber–Bosch process contains just molybdenum.

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  1. Richard R. Schrock is in the Department of Chemistry, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachussetts 02139, USA. rrs@mit.edu

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