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Direct Conversion of Benzene as a Tar Analogue to Methane Using Non-thermal Plasma

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

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© 2019 American Chemical Society. Direct conversion of benzene to methane (>90%) was achieved in a hydrogen atmosphere in a non-thermal plasma dielectric barrier discharge reactor at atmospheric pressure. The distribution of products was a function of both plasma input power and temperature. At ambient temperature, the selectivity to lower hydrocarbons increased from 20 to 56% as the power was increased from 50 to 85 W. However, at a wall temperature of 200 °C, the selectivity to lower hydrocarbons increased to 80% at 50 W and 97% at 75 W. The major product was methane, reaching a selectivity to 90% at 85 W and 200 °C. Increasing input power and temperature both promoted the formation of methane. However, the selectivity to >C 1 started to increase when increasing the concentration at a constant power (85 W) and temperature (200 °C).


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

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Energy and Fuels

Year: 2019

Volume: 33

Issue: 3

Pages: 2598–2601

Print publication date: 21/03/2019

Online publication date: 07/03/2019

Acceptance date: 01/03/2019

Date deposited: 31/05/2019

ISSN (print): 0887-0624

ISSN (electronic): 1520-5029

Publisher: American Chemical Society

URL: https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.energyfuels.8b04528

DOI: 10.1021/acs.energyfuels.8b04528


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