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The group "Experimental Physics II - Reactive Plasmas" at the faculty of physics and astronomy at Ruhr University Bochum.

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Ammonia synthesis by plasma catalysis in an atmospheric RF helium plasma

The in-plasma-catalytic synthesis of ammonia from nitrogen and hydrogen admixed to a helium RF plasma is studied with infrared absorption spectroscopy, optical emission spectroscopy, and through chemical kinetics modeling. Sandblasted glass is used as support for iron, platinum, and copper catalysts up to a surface temperature of \SI{150}{\celsius}. It is shown that the optimum ammonia production occurs at very small N$_2$/(N$_2$+H$_2$) ratios with an increase of concentration with plasma power. The global kinetic modelling agrees well with the data for a variation of the N$_2$+H$_2$ admixture and the absorbed plasma power. The introduction of the catalyst enhances ammonia production by up to a factor of 2. Based on the comparison with the modelling, this is linked to a change in the electron kinetics due to the presence of the catalyst.
It is postulated that introducing the catalyst increases the reduced electric field because it reduces the secondary electron emission coefficient. As a result, the dissociation of N$_2$ is stimulated, thereby enhancing the NH$_3$ formation.
These experiments show that the impact of the catalyst on the plasma performance in noble gas-diluted RF plasmas can be more important than the impact of the plasma on any catalytic surface process.

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Achim von Keudell
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