Exhibition display concerning the fixation of atmospheric nitrogen at the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Fixed Nitrogen Research Laboratory located in Washington, D.C. The display includes several diagrams depicting steps in synthesis of ammonia, as well as models of various apparatus used in the process. The display also features several photographs of agricultural crops, presumably sites of the fertilizer research conducted at the laboratory.
The Fixed Nitrogen Research Laboratory (F.N.R.L.) was established at American University in 1919 under the directorship of Arthur B. Lamb. Initially part of the War Department, the F.N.R.L. was the successor to several wartime initiatives to develop a secure domestic supply of nitrate compounds necessary for the manufacture of explosives during World War I. With a staff of about 110 individuals, including 35 to 50 chemists, the F.N.R.L. focused on the manufacture, production, and development of products of atmospheric nitrogen, including munitions and fertilizers.
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United States. Department of Agriculture. “Exhibit Concerning the Fixation of Atmospheric Nitrogen,” circa 1926. Travis P. Hignett Collection of Fixed Nitrogen Research Laboratory Photographs, Box 1. Science History Institute. Philadelphia. https://digital.sciencehistory.org/works/2r36tx615.
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