Probing the role of a non-thermal plasma (NTP) in the hybrid NTP catalytic oxidation of methane

Gibson, E. K. et al. (2017) Probing the role of a non-thermal plasma (NTP) in the hybrid NTP catalytic oxidation of methane. Angewandte Chemie (International Edition), 56(32), pp. 9351-9355. (doi: 10.1002/anie.201703550) (PMID:28623870)

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Three recurring hypotheses are often used to explain the effect of non-thermal plasmas (NTPs) on NTP catalytic hybrid reactions; namely, modification or heating of the catalyst or creation of new reaction pathways by plasma-produced species. NTP-assisted methane (CH4) oxidation over Pd/Al2O3 was investigated by direct monitoring of the X-ray absorption fine structure of the catalyst, coupled with end-of-pipe mass spectrometry. This in situ study revealed that the catalyst did not undergo any significant structural changes under NTP conditions. However, the NTP did lead to an increase in the temperature of the Pd nanoparticles; although this temperature rise was insufficient to activate the thermal CH4 oxidation reaction. The contribution of a lower activation barrier alternative reaction pathway involving the formation of CH3(g) from electron impact reactions is proposed.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Gibson, Dr Emma
Authors: Gibson, E. K., Stere, C. E., Curran-McAteer, B., Jones, W., Cibin, G., Gianolio, D., Goguet, A., Wells, P. P., Catlow, C. R. A., Collier, P., Hinde, P., and Hardacre, C.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Chemistry
Journal Name:Angewandte Chemie (International Edition)
ISSN (Online):1521-3773
Published Online:17 June 2017
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2017 The Authors
First Published:First published in Angewandte Chemie (International Edition) 56(32):9351-9355
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons License

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