Definition of Solvay process in English:

Solvay process

Syllabification: Sol·vay pro·cess
Pronunciation: /ˈsälvā ˌpräses


An industrial process for obtaining sodium carbonate from limestone, ammonia, and brine.
More example sentences
  • In the Solvay process, ammonia and carbon dioxide are used to produce sodium carbonate from salt and limestone.
  • In the Solvay process, carbon dioxide and ammonia are passed into a concentrated solution of sodium chloride.
  • Were it not for the recycling of ammonia, the Solvay process would be economically impractical.


late 19th century: named after Ernest Solvay (1838–1922), Belgian chemist.

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