Faculty Advisor

Callahan, Michael P.

Faculty Advisor

Kmiotek, Stephen J.


This reviews the history of the ammonia industry and its use as a nitrogen rich fertilizer. The economic comparison shows a breakeven point for a current medium-scale ammonia plant to be five years with a production cost of $600/ton, where the patented process plant can break even in less than two years and has a relative production cost of $232/ton. It was found in the environmental comparison that the patented process, if scaled globally, would address and eliminate 7% of the total CO2 emissions on the planet. Lab works as well as calculations were made to predict and recommend continuing research to further optimize the industrial production of ammonia and related fertilizers.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

August 2015


Chemical Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Physical Education and Athletics

Advisor Department

Chemical Engineering