Reaction of carbon tetrachloride with methane in a non-equilibrium plasma at atmospheric pressure, and characterisation of the polymer thus formed

Vaibhav Gaikwad, Eric Kennedy, John Mackie, Clovia Holdsworth, Scott Molloy, Sazal Kundu, Michael Stockenhuber, Bogdan Dlugogorski

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Abstract

In this paper we focus on the development of a methodology for treatment of carbon tetrachloride utilising a non-equilibrium plasma operating at atmospheric pressure, which is not singularly aimed at destroying carbon tetrachloride but rather at converting it to a non-hazardous, potentially valuable commodity. This method encompasses the reaction of carbon tetrachloride and methane, with argon as a carrier gas, in a quartz dielectric barrier discharge reactor. The reaction is performed under non-oxidative conditions. Possible pathways for formation of major products based on experimental results and supported by quantum chemical calculations are outlined in the paper. We elucidate important parameters such as carbon tetrachloride conversion, product distribution, mass balance and characterise the chlorinated polymer formed in the process.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)38-45
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Hazardous Materials
Volume280
Issue numberSeptember
Early online date1 Aug 2014
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 15 Sep 2014
Externally publishedYes

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