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

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

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The use of a microwave system was studied for the treatment of streams of trichloroethylene (TCE) and toluene that are desorbed from a sorbent bed. A small amount of O 2 was added to ensure that an adequate stoichiometry is maintained to prevent soot and PAH formation. The detoxification reactions of TCE or toluene occurred in a plug flow reactor (microwave cavity) within which a stable plasma is initiated and sustained by a microwave-induced discharge. GC measurements indicated that complete destruction of the TCE is achieved. GC/MS analysis of sorbent tube samples indicated that the effluent of the plasma system is free of dioxins and PAH to within detectable limits. Original is an abstract.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationACS National Meeting Book of Abstracts
StatePublished - 2001
Event221st ACS National Meeting - San Diego, CA, United States
Duration: Apr 1 2001Apr 5 2001


Other221st ACS National Meeting
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Diego, CA

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)


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