Microwave destruction of trichloroethylene in a H 2O - O 2 - Ar plasma

Y. Ko, GoSu Yang, Daniel P Y Chang, Ian M. Kennedy

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Microwave regeneration allows the rapid and efficient desorption of VOC from adsorbents, and can be used to destroy the desorbed waste stream. Plasma processing for environmental remediation is an emerging technology which has garnered interest in the area of combustion due to its ability to generate extremely high temperatures, reaching 10,000 K. The higher temperature attained in plasma processing minimizes the potential for the in situ formation of PAH, dioxins, and furans. The destruction and removal efficiency (DRE) of trichloroethylene (TCE) in a microwave system was investigated. The system was capable of achieving significant destruction at operating powers as low as 400 w. The presence of steam had a significant impact on the effectiveness of the microwave destruction process. Carbotrap samples were analyzed on a GC/MS system for products of incomplete combustion. At 600 w with 30% steam and 1700 ppm of TCE, no evidence of dioxins or furans were observed, indicating that high DRE could be achieved without producing other products of incomplete reaction.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationACS Division of Fuel Chemistry, Preprints
Number of pages5
StatePublished - Aug 20 2000
Externally publishedYes
Event220th ACS National Meeting - Washington, DC, United States
Duration: Aug 20 2000Aug 24 2000


Other220th ACS National Meeting
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityWashington, DC

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Energy(all)


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