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Surface Assisted Combustion of Hydrogen-Oxygen Mixture in Nanobubbles Produced by Electrolysis

Yaroslavl Branch of the Institute of Physics and Technology, Russian Academy of Sciencies, 150007 Yaroslavl, Russia
P. G. Demidov Yaroslavl State University, Sovetskaya 14, 150000 Yaroslavl, Russia
MESA+ Institute for Nanotechnology, University of Twente, PO Box 217, 7500 AE Enschede, The Netherlands
Zernike Institute for Advanced Materials, University of Groningen, Nijenborgh 4, 9747 AG Groningen, The Netherlands
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Academic Editor: George Kosmadakis
Energies 2017, 10(2), 178;
Received: 13 December 2016 / Revised: 26 January 2017 / Accepted: 2 February 2017 / Published: 4 February 2017
The spontaneous combustion of hydrogen–oxygen mixture observed in nanobubbles at room temperature is a puzzling phenomenon that has no explanation in the standard combustion theory. We suggest that the hydrogen atoms needed to ignite the reaction could be generated on charged sites at the gas–liquid interface. Equations of chemical kinetics augmented by the surface dissociation of hydrogen molecules are solved, keeping the dissociation probability as a parameter. It is predicted that in contrast with the standard combustion, the surface-assisted process can proceed at room temperature, resulting not only in water, but also in a perceptible amount of hydrogen peroxide in the final state. The combustion time for the nanobubbles with a size of about 100 nm is in the range of 1–100 ns, depending on the dissociation probability. View Full-Text
Keywords: nanobubbles; combustion; dissociation nanobubbles; combustion; dissociation
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Prokaznikov, A.; Tas, N.; Svetovoy, V. Surface Assisted Combustion of Hydrogen-Oxygen Mixture in Nanobubbles Produced by Electrolysis. Energies 2017, 10, 178.

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