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Open Access The Ammonia Oxidation Process for Nitric Acid Manufacture

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It is little more than fifty years since the first manufacture of nitric acid by the oxidation of ammonia over a platinum catalyst. Ostwald’s original industrial plant had an output of some 100 tons of acid a year; today the world capacity for nitric acid manufacture by this process is about ten million tons a year. This article traces the beginnings and early developments of the process until it became commercially established.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: October 1, 1958

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