Reaction mechanism of 1,2-dichloroethane/O2/Ar in the cold plasma environment

Chun Teh Li, Renbo Yang, Minliang Shih, Perng Jy Tsai, Lien Te Hsieh, Chuh Yung Chen

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1,2-Dichloroethane(EDC) is known to be hazardous to the environment and public health. In this study, application of radio frequency (rf) plasma as an alternative technology for the decomposition ofEDCwas demonstrated. The species detected in the effluent gas stream included CO2, CO, HCl, CCl4, C2HCl3, C2H3Cl, C2Cl4, CHCl3, C2HCl5, COCl2, C2H2, C2H4, C2H6, and HCOOH. The decomposition fraction of EDC ηC2H4Cl2, (Cin-Cout)/Cin × 100 (%) was dependent on input power. When input power was 80W, stable products such as CO, CO2, and HCl were dominant and other product species were inhibited. Equivalence ratio [φ = (C2H4Cl2/O2)actual × (O2/C2H4Cl2 stoichiometric] was the other important operational parameter in a plasma system. When the chlorocarbon/oxygen flow was fuel rich, more soot formation was found in the plasma reactor. When it was fuel lean, CO2 and CO dominated over other product species. Within the mixture of EDC and dichloromethane (DCM), the competition of DCM with EDC could affect the decomposition fraction of EDC.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)177-184
Number of pages8
JournalChemical Engineering Journal
Issue number1-3
Publication statusPublished - 2003 Apr 15

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Chemical Engineering(all)
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering


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