Absolute density measurements of ammonia produced via plasma-activated catalysis

P.J.W. Vankan, T. Rutten, S. Mazouffre, D.C. Schram, R.A.H. Engeln

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The generation of ammonia from atomic hydrogen and nitrogen has been demonstrated by means of cavity enhanced absorption spectroscopy. The atomic species are produced in a thermal plasma source in which plasma is created from mixtures of hydrogen and nitrogen. It is shown that for large atomic flux conditions, 2% of the hydrogen and nitrogen can be converted to ammonia. The process in which the ammonia molecules are formed from atomic radicals at the fully covered surface is called plasma-activated catalysis
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)418-420
JournalApplied Physics Letters
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2002


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