The Effect of Temperature on the Plasma-Catalytic Destruction of Propane and Propene: A Comparison with Thermal Catalysis

  • Tarryn Blackbeard
  • Vladimir Demidyuk
  • Sarah L. Hill
  • J. Christopher Whitehead
Original Paper


A comparison has been made of plasma-catalysis with thermal-catalysis and plasma alone for the removal of low concentrations of propane and propene from synthetic air using a one-stage, catalyst-in discharge configuration. In all cases, plasma-catalysis produces better hydrocarbon destructions (~40%) than thermal catalysis at low temperatures. At higher temperatures, little difference is observed between plasma-catalytic and thermal-catalytic operation. Plasma operation by itself had a similar effectiveness to plasma-catalysis at low temperatures but was significantly lower (up to 50%) as the temperature was raised. By examining the form of the temperature dependence for the plasma-catalytic destruction processes, it is possible to phenomenologically distinguish two contributions to the destruction; one that is specifically plasma-induced and another (at higher temperatures) in which both plasma and thermal activation have similar mechanisms.


Plasma catalysis Non-thermal plasma Atmospheric pressure Plasma Propane Propene 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Tarryn Blackbeard
    • 1
  • Vladimir Demidyuk
    • 1
  • Sarah L. Hill
    • 1
  • J. Christopher Whitehead
    • 1
  1. 1.The School of ChemistryThe University of ManchesterManchesterUK

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