Special Issue "Plasma Oxidation and Reduction of Nitrogen: Towards Electrification of Nitrogen Fixation"

A special issue of Applied Sciences (ISSN 2076-3417). This special issue belongs to the section "Chemical and Molecular Sciences".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 May 2021)

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Yury Gorbanev
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Guest Editor
Research Group PLASMANT, Department of Chemistry, University of Antwerp, Universiteitsplein 1, 2610 Wilrijk, Belgium
Interests: plasma chemistry; catalysis; green chemistry; sustainable chemistry; plasma-liquid interactions
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

We are honoured to announce this Special Issue of Applied Sciences. We cordially invite authors to contribute their works, which we expect to be focussed on all aspects of N2 fixation by plasma, including experimental and computational research in areas of plasma chemistry, physics, biomedicine, catalysis, diagnostics, etc.

Nitrogen fixation has always been one of the most challenging tasks of sustainable production research. Both reduced and oxidised nitrogen (e.g., ammonia, nitrogen oxides, peroxynitrous compounds) are crucial chemicals in modern agriculture, biomedicine, fuel and energy industry. The naturally occurring N2 fixation is becoming negligible compared to the ever-growing global demand. At the same time, the industrial processes of N2 fixation are highly energy demanding, and rely on fossil-derived energy, thus massively contributing to the total global CO2 emissions. Naturally, new, more benign routes of N2 fixation are under investigation. Among these are the processes involving plasma.

The naturally occurring N2 fixation is becoming negligible compared to the ever-growing global demand, while the chemical production of NH3 alone reaches hundreds of millions of tonnes, predominantly by the Haber-Bosch process, which relies heavily on fossil-derived energy and massively contributes to the total global CO2 emissions. Naturally, new, more benign routes of N2 fixation are under investigation. Among these are the processes involving plasma.

The many examples of plasma discharges for N2 fixation range from the early Birkeland-Eyde process with oxygen to the recent advances of plasma with nitrogen and hydrogen, or even simply water. These produce NH3 or nitrogen oxides, sought-after as feedstock for fertilisers. In biomedicine, peroxynitrite has been identified as one of the main chemicals responsible e.g. for the anti-cancer effects of plasma. In both cases, plasmas offer a simple, on-spot production of chemicals, eliminating the requirement for their storage.

In the past 5 years, the highly interdisciplinary research in N2 fixation has grown beyond the plasma field specifically, for example combining plasma with catalytic or electrochemical processes. This vast interest in plasma-assisted and plasma-driven methods is due to their operation under benign conditions, which complies with the desired electrification of chemical industry, leading towards a more sustainable future.

Dr. Yury Gorbanev
Guest Editor

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Keywords

  • Nitrogen fixation
  • Plasma chemistry
  • Plasma catalysis
  • Plasma physics
  • Plasma diagnostics
  • Ammonia
  • Nitrogen oxides

Published Papers

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