Decarbonized Fertilizer Manufacturing

2022 ~ Present | International Fertilizer Development Center


This VIP will try to answer the following questions. How will the world produce more food from less land while minimizing waste and energy? To address world hunger, current estimates suggest that the production of food over the next 40 years, will need to equal the production of food over last 8000 years. This will occur primarily through democratization of fertilizer usage globally. This promotes a growing need for low cost ways to manufacture fertilizers (ammonia) to promote equity in food production. 

Issues Involved or Addressed

1. Design and test plasma reactor for converting nitrogen to nitrate. 2. Design and test a electrocatalytic reactor to convert nitrate to ammonia. 3. Design continuous process that combines the two reactors. 4. Design controls system for the process. 5. Assess how this technology could disrupt the current supply chain for ammonia production. 6. Evaluating the environmental impacts of a decentralized solar driven fertilizer device.

Methods and Technologies

  • Modeling and simulation (ansys,matlab, python)
  • Systems designing in cad software.
  • Electrochemical Testing
  • control system production(labview)
  • GIS software

Academic Majors of Interest

  • BusinessOperations and Supply Chain Management
  • ComputingComputational Science and Engineering
  • EngineeringChemical and Biomolecular Engineering
  • EngineeringElectrical Engineering
  • EngineeringEnvironmental Engineering
  • EngineeringMaterials Science and Engineering
  • EngineeringMechanical Engineering
  • SciencesChemistry

Preferred Interests and Preparation

Ansys modeling, thermodynamics, basic chemistry, interest in electrochemistry, interest in sustainability, interest in clean energy production.

Meeting Schedule & Location

Meeting Location 
312 Love Building
Meeting Day 

Team Advisors

Marta Hatzell
  • Mechanical Engineering

Partner(s) and Sponsor(s)

International Fertilizer Development Center

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