We present a novel microplasma flow reactor using a dielectric barrier discharge (DBD) driven by repetitive nanosecond high-voltage pulses. Our DBD-based geometry can generate a nonthermal plasma discharge at atmospheric pressure and below in a regular pattern of microchannels. This reactor can work continuously up to about 100 min in air, depending on the pulse repetition rate and operating pressure. We here present the geometry and main characteristics of the reactor. Pulse energies of 1.46 and 1.3 μJ per channel at atmospheric pressure and 50 mbar, respectively, have been determined by time-resolved measurements of current and voltage. Time-resolved optical emission spectroscopy measurements have been performed to calculate the relative species concentrations and temperatures (vibrational and rotational) of the discharge. The effects of the operating pressure and flow velocity on the discharge intensity have been investigated. In addition, the effective reduced electric field strength (E N)eff has been obtained from the intensity ratio of vibronic emission bands of molecular nitrogen at different operating pressures and different locations. The derived (E N)eff increases gradually from about 550 to 4600 Td when decreasing the pressure from 1 bar to 100 mbar. Below 100 mbar, further pressure reduction results in a significant increase in (E N)eff up to about 10000 Td at 50 mbar.

microplasma, DBD microplasma, atmospheric pressure plasma, plasma spectroscopy
Plasma Sources Science and Technology
Multiscale Dynamics

Elkholy, A, Nijdam, S, van Veldhuizen, E.M, Dam, N, van Oijen, J, Ebert, U, & de Goey, L.P.H. (2018). Characteristics of a novel nanosecond DBD microplasma reactor for flow applications. Plasma Sources Science and Technology, 27. doi:10.1088/1361-6595/aabf49