Catalytic Reaction Assisted by Plasma or Electric Field

Shuhei Ogo, Yasushi Sekine*

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Direct conversion of methane, other hydrocarbons, and alcohol at lower temperatures can be achieved using plasma or an electric field and catalysts. Non-equilibrium plasma enables activation of stable molecules including methane, carbon dioxide, and water, even at low temperatures, by virtue of high electron energy. Use of a hybrid system of plasma and catalyst provided high conversion and selectivity to products by virtue of adsorption on the catalyst. Imposing a DC electric field to the catalyst bed also promotes catalytic reactions, even at low temperatures. Two mechanisms for electro-catalytic reactions are proposed for the DC electric field imposition: reactant activation by surface protonics and production of active surface oxygen species on the catalyst. This review presents summaries of these novel processes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)726-738
Number of pages13
JournalChemical Record
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 2017 Aug


  • Electric field
  • Low temperature system
  • Methane activation
  • Non-Faradaic reaction
  • Plasma

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Chemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • General Chemical Engineering
  • Materials Chemistry


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