Eur. Phys. J. Appl. Phys.
Volume 71, Number 2, August 2015
The 14th International Symposium on High Pressure Low Temperature Plasma Chemistry (HAKONE XIV)
|Number of page(s)||5|
|Section||Plasma, Discharges and Processes|
|Published online||15 July 2015|
Atmospheric pressure glow discharge generated in nitrogen-methane gas mixture: PTR-MS analyzes of the exhaust gas*
Faculty of Chemistry, Brno University of Technology, Purkynova 118, 612 00 Brno, 612 00, Brno, Czech Republic
2 Department of Physical Science, Open University, Walton Hall, Milton Keynes MK7 6AA, UK
3 Department of Experimental Physics, Comenius University, Mlynska dolina F-2, 842 48 Bratislava, Slovakia
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Revised: 2 April 2015
Accepted: 17 April 2015
Published online: 15 July 2015
This paper reports the results of an extensive study of with the in situ mass spectrometry analysis of gaseous phase species produced by an atmospheric plasma glow discharge in N2-CH4 gas mixtures (with methane concentrations ranging from 1% to 4%). The products are studied using proton-transfer-reaction mass spectrometry (PTR-MS). HCN and CH3CN are identified as the main gaseous products. Hydrazine, methanimine, methyldiazene, ethylamine, cyclohexadiene, pyrazineacetylene, ethylene, propyne and propene are identified as minor compounds. All the detected compounds and their relative abundances are determined with respect to the experimental conditions (gas composition and applied power). The same molecules were observed by the Cassini-Huygens probe in Titan’s atmosphere (which has same N2-CH4 gas mixtures). Such, experiments show that the formation of such complex organics in atmospheres containing C, N and H, like that of Titan, could be a source of prebiotic molecules.
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