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					Haber Process



                              Fritz Haber

  The Haber Process is used to make ammonia, NH3:


        3 H2 (g) + N2 (g) ↔ 2 NH3 (g) + heat


Ammonia ranks in the top five of all chemicals in terms of total mass

produced. It is used to make fertilizer and explosives (e.g.- TNT).
Even though the Haber process has a very large Kc (5 X 108), the

reaction rate is virtually zero at room temperature and pressure. How

did Haber maximize the yield rate of production AND yield of

ammonia?




http://www.freezeray.com/flashFiles/ammoniaConditions.htm
Fritz Haber was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in

1918, but the award was contested because Haber made it

possible for Germany to use mustard gas as a weapon during WWI.




         Fritz Haber explaining the benefits of poison gas.
Haber was forced to leave Germany in 1933 because of

Nazi persecution of persons of Jewish ethnicity.

				
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