Decomposition of 1,2-dichloroethane in an RF plasma environment

Chun Teh Li, Renbo Yang, Minliang Shih, Chuh-Yung Chen, Lien Te Hsieh

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A radio frequency (RF) plasma system has been used to decompose 1,2-dichloroethane (DCE). Final products were identified by a Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectrometer. The main products of DCE decomposition in O2/Ar plasma were CO2, CO, and HCl. Other minor chlorinated products were CCl4, C2HCl3, C2H3Cl, C2Cl4, CHCl3, C2HCl5, and COCl2. Nonchlorinated products were C2H2, C2 C2H6, and HCOOH. The plasma reactor with a brass electrode had a higher decomposition fraction of DCE [ηC2H4Cl2 (Cin - Cout)/Cin × 100%] than that obtained with other materials (Au, Ni, and Cr). Different electrode configurations (inner and outer) were also evaluated for the decomposition of DCE. Argon plus oxygen was found to be the most suitable carrier/auxiliary gas for DCE decomposition. In addition, operational parameters for DCE decomposition in RF plasma including concentration, operational pressure, and total gas flow rate were evaluated.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)817-823
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Chemical Technology and Biotechnology
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 2003 Jul 1

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Biotechnology
  • Chemical Engineering(all)
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Fuel Technology
  • Waste Management and Disposal
  • Pollution
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry


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