Efficient use of CO2 reforming of methane with an arc-jet plasma

Nakyung Hwang*, Young Hoon Song, Min Suk Cha

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Carbon dioxide reforming of methane has drawn the attention of many researchers for years, because of both its theoretical yield of hydrogen to carbon monoxide, i.e., H2CO = 1, and the use of greenhouse gas CO2. Although catalytic processes have been widely investigated, plasma-based techniques were recently considered, because catalytic processes have problems, such as coking and slow start-up time. However, since there is a lack of concrete information about plasma-induced processes, we systematically tested a dry reforming of methane by using an arc-jet plasma reactor. The effects of supplied power for plasma generation, CO2 CH4 ratio, O2 addition, and the amount of CH4} + CO 2 in the reactant were experimentally investigated in nitrogen balance. As a result, the H2CO ratio of a product can be controlled in the range of 0.82.5, and the direction for efficient use of the dry reforming process was proposed. Detailed mechanism and characteristics of the dry reforming of methane were also discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number5567168
Pages (from-to)3291-3299
Number of pages9
JournalIEEE Transactions on Plasma Science
Issue number12 PART 1
StatePublished - Dec 2010
Externally publishedYes


  • Arc jet
  • carbon dioxide
  • dry reforming
  • methane
  • plasma

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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