Reaction of dichloromethane under non-oxidative conditions in a dielectric barrier discharge reactor and characterisation of the resultant polymer

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

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Abstract

This paper presents the results of dichloromethane (DCM) decomposition to polymers utilising dielectric barrier discharge under non-oxidative reaction conditions. The conversion levels, mass balance, reaction mechanism and polymer characterisation in relation to DCM reaction are presented in this paper. Reaction pathways describing the decomposition of DCM and subsequent formation of the major products are outlined. Speculation of the mechanism of formation of CHCl3 and C2HCl3 are supported by quantum chemical calculations. In addition, the effect of introducing methane in the reaction feed on the conversion level of DCM and the polymer structure is also examined in this paper.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)499-506
Number of pages8
JournalChemical Engineering Journal
Volume290
Issue numberApril
Early online date13 Jan 2016
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 15 Apr 2016
Externally publishedYes

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