A low-temperature active catalyst in an electric field is a catalyst that shows increased activity even at low temperatures when applied to an electric field. Combining a catalyst with a high-voltage direct current (DC) electric field can promote chemical reactions at lower temperatures than previously possible. In one catalytic reaction, reactions at temperatures ranging from 600 K to 1000 K have been highly active at room temperature to below 500 K by applying a DC electric field. This catalytic reaction is expected to be used in the energy field to achieve chemical synthesis of hydrogen and ammonia with high energy efficiency because of its ability to react at low temperatures.

It is generally accepted that chemical reactions are promoted at higher temperatures. This reaction is known as the Arrhenius equation. A low-temperature active catalyst in an electric field promotes chemical reactions even at low temperatures when an electric field is applied to the solid catalyst, which does not obey the Arrhenius equation.

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