Electrochemical Hydrogenation with Gaseous Ammonia

Jin Li, Lingfeng He, Xu Liu, Xu Cheng, Guigen Li

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As a carbon-free and sustainable fuel, ammonia serves as high-energy-density hydrogen-storage material. It is important to develop new reactions able to utilize ammonia as a hydrogen source directly. Herein, we report an electrochemical hydrogenation of alkenes, alkynes, and ketones using ammonia as the hydrogen source and carbon electrodes. A variety of heterocycles and functional groups, including for example sulfide, benzyl, benzyl carbamate, and allyl carbamate were well tolerated. Fast stepwise electron transfer and proton transfer processes were proposed to account for the transformation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1759-1763
Number of pages5
JournalAngewandte Chemie - International Edition
Issue number6
StatePublished - Feb 4 2019


  • ammonia
  • electrochemistry
  • hydrogen-storage material
  • hydrogenation
  • sustainable chemistry


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