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Towards a fundamental understanding of a gliding arc discharge for the purpose of greenhouse gas conversion into value-added chemicals

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EC-Contrib. €






Project "GlidArc" data sheet

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Organization address
address: PRINSSTRAAT 13
postcode: 2000

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 Coordinator Country Belgium [BE]
 Project website
 Total cost 160˙800 €
 EC max contribution 160˙800 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.3.2. (Nurturing excellence by means of cross-border and cross-sector mobility)
 Code Call H2020-MSCA-IF-2014
 Funding Scheme MSCA-IF-EF-ST
 Starting year 2015
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2015-06-22   to  2017-06-21


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# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    UNIVERSITEIT ANTWERPEN BE (ANTWERPEN) coordinator 160˙800.00


 Project objective

Global climate change due to anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions is a growing concern. The conversion of greenhouse gases (mainly CO2, CH4) to value-added chemicals or renewable fuels is an effective strategy to reduce these emissions and an interesting process both from economic and ecological point of view. A gliding arc (GlidArc) plasma offers unique perspectives for activating inert molecules at mild conditions and allows the greenhouse gas conversion with limited energy cost. A GlidArc is, however, very complex and poorly understood. Therefore, this project intends to obtain more fundamental insight in the plasma-mechanisms of the GlidArc for greenhouse gas conversion, by means of extensive modeling, validated by experimental diagnostics. First, the chemical kinetics in the GlidArc for greenhouse gas conversion will be studied. Second, this plasma chemistry will be incorporated in a coupled magnetohydrodynamics (MHD) - kinetics model to study the spatial and temporal plasma properties. The model will be validated by experiments, to be carried out during the secondment. Furthermore, the effects of various operating parameters, such as the CH4/CO2 ratio, the discharge power and the gas flow rates, on the gas conversion, the yields of the formed products and on the energy efficiency will be analyzed, in order to predict which conditions give rise to the highest and most energy-efficient conversion. This project is very interdisciplinary, including chemistry, physics, chemical engineering, mathematics and computer modeling, with application in environmental science and sustainable chemistry. Definitely it will extend the applicant’s skills in plasma modeling to a much broader field, with new applications, and enhance his creative and innovative potential by advanced training in an international research environment.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2017 R Snoeckx, X Zhang, W Z Wang, M S Cha and A. Bogaerts
Towards Plasma-Based Multi Reforming: A Combined Experimental and Modelling Investigation
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
Proceedings of 23nd International Symposium on Plasma Chemistry 2019-06-13
2015 W Z Wang and A Bogaerts
Numerical Study on the Gliding Behaviour of a DC Argon Arc Root along the Electrode Surface under Gas blast and Externally Applied Magnetic Field
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
Proceedings of 22nd International Symposium on Plasma Chemistry 2019-06-13
2017 Weizong Wang, Danhua Mei, Xin Tu, Annemie Bogaerts
Gliding arc plasma for CO 2 conversion: better insights by a combined experimental and modelling approach
published pages: 11-25, ISSN: 1385-8947, DOI: 10.1016/j.cej.2017.07.133
Chemical Engineering Journal 330 2019-06-13
2016 Weizong Wang, Annemie Bogaerts
Effective ionisation coefficients and critical breakdown electric field of CO 2 at elevated temperature: effect of excited states and ion kinetics
published pages: 55025, ISSN: 1361-6595, DOI: 10.1088/0963-0252/25/5/055025
Plasma Sources Science and Technology 25/5 2019-06-13
2016 Annemie Bogaerts, Weizong Wang, Antonin Berthelot, Vasco Guerra
Modeling plasma-based CO 2 conversion: crucial role of the dissociation cross section
published pages: 55016, ISSN: 1361-6595, DOI: 10.1088/0963-0252/25/5/055016
Plasma Sources Science and Technology 25/5 2019-06-13
2016 Weizong Wang, Antonin Berthelot, Stanimir Kolev, Xin Tu, Annemie Bogaerts
CO 2 conversion in a gliding arc plasma: 1D cylindrical discharge model
published pages: 65012, ISSN: 1361-6595, DOI: 10.1088/0963-0252/25/6/065012
Plasma Sources Science and Technology 25/6 2019-06-13
2017 Weizong Wang, Bhaskar Patil, Stjin Heijkers, Volker Hessel, Annemie Bogaerts
Nitrogen Fixation by Gliding Arc Plasma: Better Insight by Chemical Kinetics Modelling
published pages: 2145-2157, ISSN: 1864-5631, DOI: 10.1002/cssc.201700095
ChemSusChem 10/10 2019-06-13
2017 A Bogaerts, A Berthelot, S Heijkers, St Kolev, R Snoeckx, S Sun, G Trenchev, K Van Laer, W Wang
CO 2 conversion by plasma technology: insights from modeling the plasma chemistry and plasma reactor design
published pages: 63001, ISSN: 1361-6595, DOI: 10.1088/1361-6595/aa6ada
Plasma Sources Science and Technology 26/6 2019-06-13
2017 G Trenchev, St Kolev, W Z Wang and A. Bogaerts
Modelling a gliding arc plasmatron for CO2 conversion In: eds. 2017, accepted in press
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
Proceedings of 23nd International Symposium on Plasma Chemistry 2019-06-13
2017 Stanimir Kolev, Surong Sun, Georgi Trenchev, Weizong Wang, Haixing Wang, Annemie Bogaerts
Quasi-Neutral Modeling of Gliding Arc Plasmas
published pages: 1600110, ISSN: 1612-8850, DOI: 10.1002/ppap.201600110
Plasma Processes and Polymers 14/4-5 2019-06-13
2017 W Z Wang, B S Patil, S Heijkers, V Hessel and A Bogaerts
Chemical kinetics modelling of gliding arc based nitrogen fixation (Topical Lecture). In: eds. Proceedings of 23nd International Symposium on Plasma Chemistry, Montréal, Canada,
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
Proceedings of 23nd International Symposium on Plasma Chemistry 2019-06-13
2017 Marleen Ramakers, Georgi Trenchev, Stijn Heijkers, Weizong Wang, Annemie Bogaerts
Gliding Arc Plasmatron: Providing an Alternative Method for Carbon Dioxide Conversion
published pages: 2642-2652, ISSN: 1864-5631, DOI: 10.1002/cssc.201700589
ChemSusChem 10/12 2019-06-13

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