Gas-phase isopropanol degradation by nonthermal plasma combined with Mn-Cu/-Al2O3

Ken Lin Chang, Yu Chieh Lin, Ming Ze Qiu, Chun Wei Tu, Chih Ping Chang, Jhong Lin Wu, Yung Chang Lin, Chien Kuei Chang

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In this study, the dielectric barrier discharge (DBD) induced by nonthermal plasma (NTP) technology was used for isopropanol (IPA) degradation. IPA, intermediate, final product, and ozone concentrations were analyzed using GC-MS, carbon dioxide detector, and ozone detector. The experimental flow rate and concentration were fixed to 1 L/min and 1200 ppm ± 10%, respectively. Different reaction procedures were proposed for self-made metal catalyst combined with a plasma system (plasma alone and γ-Al2O3 combined with plasma, Cu (5 wt%)/γ-Al2O3 combined with plasma, Mn (3 wt%)-Cu (5 wt%)/γ-Al2O3 combined with plasma). In addition, the effect of the carrier gas oxygen content (0%, 20%, and 100%) on IPA conversion and intermediate and carbon dioxide selectivity was also investigated. The results revealed that the Mn (F)-Cu/γ-Al2O3 combined with plasma exhibited more efficient IPA conversion. In the 100% oxygen environment, the IPA conversion rate increased from 79.32 to 99.99%, and carbon dioxide selectivity increased from 3.82 to 50.23%. IPA was completely converted after 60 min of plasma treatment with the acetone selectivity, carbon dioxide selectivity, and tail ozone concentration of 26.71% ± 1.27%, 50.23% ± 0.56%, and 1761 ± 11 ppm, respectively. This study proved that the current single planar DBD configuration is an effective advanced treatment technology for the decomposition of VOCs.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)40693-40702
Number of pages10
JournalEnvironmental Science and Pollution Research
Issue number30
Publication statusPublished - 2021 Aug

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Pollution
  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis


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