Eur. Phys. J. AP
Volume 4, Number 2, November 1998
|Page(s)||171 - 179|
|Published online||15 November 1998|
Plasma treatment of aqueous solutes: Some chemical properties of a gliding arc in humid air
Département de Chimie, Université de Mostaganem, Chemin des Crêtes,
2 STMI, 1 rue de la Noue, 91196 Gif-sur-Yvette, France
3 Laboratoire d'Électrochimie, UFR des Sciences, Université de Rouen, 76821 Mont-Saint-Aignan Cedex, France
Revised: 7 July 1998
Accepted: 8 July 1998
Published online: 15 November 1998
The chemical properties of the gaseous species generated in a humid air gliding arc discharge are investigated. Aqueous solutions are used as the targets exposed to the plasma, and this allows to evidence strong acid and oxidizing effects on various solutes by means of spectrometric or potentiometric methods. The influence of some working parameters such as the input gas flow, the distance from the electrodes to the target or the electrode gap is examined on the chemical transform and simple experimental laws are derived. A general feature is observed for oxidation and suggests the occurrence of an auto-catalytic step in the relevant kinetic mechanism.
PACS: 82.40.Ra – Plasma reactions / 52.40.w – Plasma interactions / 52.80.Mg – Arcs; sparks; lightning
© EDP Sciences, 1998
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