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The Nobel prize for chemistry has been awarded to Gerhard Ertl, now based at Fritz-Haber-Institut der Max-Planck-Gesellschaft in Berlin, for his work in establishing a fundamental experimental approach to surface chemistry. His experiments laid the foundations, quite literally, for the development of catalytic converters. He …

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Good gracious

So Haber-Bosch is quite a dangerous process as it removes nitrogen from the air, leaving enriched in oxygen (which is toxic - no joke) etc?

No gents, Haber-Bosch is the standard process (invented in the 20s or 30s in Germany) to synthesize ammonia NH3 (which Libavius called 'spriritus urinae' ) from N2 (air) and H2 (from industrial raw gas mixtures) under pressure using a catalysator.

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Re: Good gracious

I don't think the article implies that Dr. Gerhard Ertl invented the Haber-Bosch process. It merely says that his work helped understand how the process exactly works.

Desirider.

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Strange Comment on NPR News

Heard yesterday morning on NPR news -

"All of this year's Nobel laureates so far have been born in Europe."

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I'm in the wrong job

Fritz-Haber-Institut der Max-Planck-Gesellschaft

Oh to be paid by the word

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A victory for sf!

Given El Reg's occasional science fiction coverage, it should be noted here that Lessing's work includes several well-regarded (except by Harold Bloom) sf novels, and she was a guest of honor at the 1987 World Science Fiction Convention in Brighton.

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