Advancements in Non-Thermal Plasma Catalysis Processes

A special issue of Catalysts (ISSN 2073-4344). This special issue belongs to the section "Environmental Catalysis".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (20 November 2022) | Viewed by 4788

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ICMN UMR7374 Université d’Orléans/CNRS; 1B, rue de la Férollerie, CS 40059, 45071 Orléans Cedex 2, France
Interests: activated carbons; adsorption; advanced oxidation processes; water treatment; pollution abatement
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Interests: non-thermal plasma; plasma chemistry; water treatment; pollution abatement; advanced oxidation processes

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The combined Non-Thermal Plasma–Catalysis processes are actually extensively studied in the fields of energy and environment. In these applications, the combination of plasma with catalysis can enhance pollutant degradation rate, improve energy yields, and modify the reaction pathways and the selectivity of the generated products, which can lead to the reduction of unwanted byproducts. To improve the processes, a better understanding of the mechanisms and implied species is necessary.

This can be obtained by experimental studies but also by molecular simulations of the processes and their interactions. The interactions of plasma catalysis can be done with a high number of non-thermal plasma configurations (Dielectric Barrier Discharges, coronas, etc.), catalysts (nature of the catalysts, geometries, support materials, etc.), and interactions between the discharge and the catalysts (catalysts in contact with the discharges, post-discharge, etc.).

This Special Issue concerns recent advances of the plasma-catalysis process dealing with energy, including CO2 valorization, hydrogen production, syngas production, and environmental fields concerning industrial, domestic, or agricultural pollution of air, waters, or soil by pharmaceuticals compounds, herbicides, metals, dyes, etc. Submissions are welcome in the form of original research papers on experimental work and/or fundamental aspects of plasma–catalysis or short reviews that reflect the state of research.

Dr. Benoît Cagnon
Dr. Olivier Aubry
Guest Editors

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  • energy
  • environment
  • degradation of pollutants
  • soil pollution
  • VOCs decomposition
  • pollution abatment
  • H2 production
  • CO2 valorization
  • plasma–catalyst synergy
  • coupling plasma/materials for environment and energy

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Dielectric Barrier Discharge Plasma-Assisted Catalytic CO2 Hydrogenation: Synergy of Catalyst and Plasma
by Xingyuan Gao, Jinglong Liang, Liqing Wu, Lixia Wu and Sibudjing Kawi
Catalysts 2022, 12(1), 66; - 8 Jan 2022
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CO2 hydrogenation is an effective way to convert CO2 to value-added chemicals (e.g., CH4 and CH3OH). As a thermal catalytic process, it suffers from dissatisfactory catalytic performances (low conversion/selectivity and poor stability) and high energy input. By utilizing [...] Read more.
CO2 hydrogenation is an effective way to convert CO2 to value-added chemicals (e.g., CH4 and CH3OH). As a thermal catalytic process, it suffers from dissatisfactory catalytic performances (low conversion/selectivity and poor stability) and high energy input. By utilizing the dielectric barrier discharge (DBD) technology, the catalyst and plasma could generate a synergy, activating the whole process in a mild condition, and enhancing the conversion efficiency of CO2 and selectivity of targeted product. In this review, a comprehensive summary of the applications of DBD plasma in catalytic CO2 hydrogenation is provided in detail. Moreover, the state-of-the-art design of the reactor and optimization of reaction parameters are discussed. Furthermore, several mechanisms based on simulations and experiments are provided. In the end, the existing challenges of this hybrid system and corresponding solutions are proposed. Full article
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