• Anthony S. Travis


From 1918, BASF prevented access to the Haber-Bosch process and declined multiple requests for operating licenses. The clear preference for promoting its product, ammonium sulphate, rather than its technology, created a barrier that stimulated research elsewhere, based on the availability of cheap electrical power, the application of sophisticated engineering techniques equal to those of Germany, and alternative routes to pure hydrogen.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Anthony S. Travis
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  1. 1.Sidney M. Edelstein Center for the History and Philosophy of Science, Technology and MedicineThe Hebrew University of JerusalemJerusalemIsrael

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