The end of Haber-Bosch (video)

News Releases


WASHINGTON, June 26, 2023 — Billions of people rely on a single, hundred-year-old chemical reaction every day: the Haber-Bosch process. This simple, short reaction consumes 1% of the world’s energy supply and releases 2% of its carbon dioxide emissions. Chemists have been trying to come up with a fundamentally better way to fix nitrogen for over a century. Have they finally succeeded?

Youtube ID: dFcaEUj43OY

Reactions is a video series produced by the American Chemical Society and PBS Digital Studios. Subscribe to Reactions at and follow us on Twitter @ACSReactions.


The American Chemical Society (ACS) is a nonprofit organization chartered by the U.S. Congress. ACS’ mission is to advance the broader chemistry enterprise and its practitioners for the benefit of Earth and all its people. The Society is a global leader in promoting excellence in science education and providing access to chemistry-related information and research through its multiple research solutions, peer-reviewed journals, scientific conferences, eBooks and weekly news periodical Chemical & Engineering News. ACS journals are among the most cited, most trusted and most read within the scientific literature; however, ACS itself does not conduct chemical research. As a leader in scientific information solutions, its CAS division partners with global innovators to accelerate breakthroughs by curating, connecting and analyzing the world’s scientific knowledge. ACS’ main offices are in Washington, D.C., and Columbus, Ohio.

To automatically receive press releases from the American Chemical Society, contact

Note: ACS does not conduct research, but publishes and publicizes peer-reviewed scientific studies.

Media Contact

ACS Newsroom