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  • Study demonstrates energy-efficient conversion of nitrate pollutants into ammonia

    Chemical and biomolecular biology professor Xiao Su in his lab

    Illinois chemical and biomolecular engineering professor Xiao Su and colleagues found a new approach for converting nitrate-contaminated waters – a known carcinogen and a cause of algal blooms in waterways – into valuable ammonia within a single electrochemical cell.

    Photo by Fred Zwicky


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  • Editor’s notes:

    To reach Xiao Su, call 217-300-0134; email

    The paper “Coupling nitrate capture with ammonia production through bifunctional redox-electrodes” is available online.

    DOI: 10.1038/s41467-023-36318-1