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Decomposition of benzene as a tar analogue in CO2 and H2 carrier gases, using a non-thermal plasma

Lookup NU author(s): Faisal Saleem, Dr K Zhang, Professor Adam Harvey



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© 2018 Elsevier B.V. Cracking of benzene in a non-thermal plasma (NTP) dielectric barrier discharge reactor (DBD) was investigated in CO2 and H2 carrier gases. Benzene was acting as an analogue for gasification tar, and CO2 and H2 are abundant in gasifier product gas. A parametric study in terms of specific input energy (SIE), residence time, concentration and temperature was performed to determine the optimal conditions for tar conversion. It was found that almost complete removal of benzene (36 g/Nm3) was observed in each carrier gas above 30 kJ/L and at 4.23 s. Lower hydrocarbons (

Publication metadata

Author(s): Saleem F, Zhang K, Harvey AP

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Chemical Engineering Journal

Year: 2019

Volume: 360

Pages: 714-720

Print publication date: 15/03/2019

Online publication date: 26/11/2018

Acceptance date: 25/11/2018

Date deposited: 13/02/2019

ISSN (print): 1385-8947

ISSN (electronic): 1873-3212

Publisher: Elsevier BV


DOI: 10.1016/j.cej.2018.11.195


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