Hydroxyl radical production in DC streamer discharge

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Abstract

Plasma-induced advanced oxidation processes do not suffer from the drawbacks, such as carcinogenic by-products, associated with conventional water treatment, and enable the removal of micro-pollutants. The high oxidation strength of hydroxyl radicals enables degradation of resistant contaminants. Many reactions are known to occur at the plasma-water interface; however, the mechanisms of hydroxyl radical production are still not clear.
To understand the physical and chemical processes occurring at the plasma-water interface, this research involved investigation of the hydroxyl radicals produced during d.c. streamer discharges. A needle-plate electrode configuration in atmospheric air was used, with the treated solution used as the ground electrode. To understand the effects of polarity and gas type on hydroxyl radical production, both positive- and negative-polarity energization in air, nitrogen and helium were investigated. Plasma filaments were developed from the needle electrode, which was in contact with the solution. Terephthalic acid (TA) was used as a scavenger of hydroxyl (OH) radicals, with OH density subsequently being quantified by fluorescence emission from 2-hydroxyterephthalic acid (HTA), which is formed through specific reaction between TA and OH.
The power inputs in positive pulsed streamer discharges were 0.125 W, 0.18 W and 0.26 W in air, nitrogen and helium, respectively; the corresponding hydroxyl radical production efficiencies were 0.56 mmol/kWh, 1.1 mmol/kWh and 5.94 mmol/kWh, respectively. For negative pulsed streamer discharges in air, the power input was 0.063 W and the efficiency was 1 mmol/kWh. The hydroxyl radical production rates were 2.6× 10-7 Ms-1 in negative air discharges, and 2.7× 10-7 Ms-1, 1.8× 10-6 Ms-1, and 2.2× 10-6 Ms-1 in positive air, nitrogen and helium discharges, respectively.
LanguageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of IEEE International Pulsed Power Conference 2015
Place of PublicationPiscataway, NJ.
PublisherIEEE
Pages1-4
Number of pages4
ISBN (Print)9781479984039
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 12 Oct 2015
Event2015 IEEE Pulsed Power Conference - TX, Austin , United States
Duration: 31 May 20154 Jun 2015

Conference

Conference2015 IEEE Pulsed Power Conference
CountryUnited States
CityAustin
Period31/05/154/06/15

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Air
Discharge (fluid mechanics)
Helium
Plasmas
Nitrogen
Needles
Acids
Grounding electrodes
Oxidation
Electrodes
Water treatment
Contacts (fluid mechanics)
Byproducts
Water
Fluorescence
Impurities
Degradation
Gases

Keywords

  • hydroxyl radical
  • hydrogen peroxide
  • non-thermal plasma
  • plasma water interface reactions

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Zhao, Y. Y., Wilson, M. P., Wang, T., Timoshkin, I. V., & MacGregor, S. J. (2015). Hydroxyl radical production in DC streamer discharge. In Proceedings of IEEE International Pulsed Power Conference 2015 (pp. 1-4). Piscataway, NJ.: IEEE. https://doi.org/10.1109/PPC.2015.7296962
Zhao, Yi Yi ; Wilson, Mark P. ; Wang, Tao ; Timoshkin, Igor V. ; MacGregor, Scott J. / Hydroxyl radical production in DC streamer discharge. Proceedings of IEEE International Pulsed Power Conference 2015. Piscataway, NJ. : IEEE, 2015. pp. 1-4
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Zhao YY, Wilson MP, Wang T, Timoshkin IV, MacGregor SJ. Hydroxyl radical production in DC streamer discharge. In Proceedings of IEEE International Pulsed Power Conference 2015. Piscataway, NJ.: IEEE. 2015. p. 1-4 https://doi.org/10.1109/PPC.2015.7296962