We have investigated the treatment of a mixture of fatty acid methyl esters by an RF-plasma jet with He-H2O and He-O2 gas feed. We have measured the concentration of the hydroxyl radical in the jet by laser induced fluorescence, looking for correlation with the lipid reactivity. We have detected four product families, whose yields increase with the OH exposure: volatile products, polymerization products, reduced chains, and oxidized chains. Theoretical calculations give insights on the radical attack to the lipid chain and show that none of the products can be attributed exclusively to reactions with OH. Therefore, the observed reactant conversion as function of the OH exposure must be interpreted as a qualitative relationship with the total amount of radical species present in the plasma jet. PACS: 52.80.Tn, 82.33.Xj, 31.15.E-.
- density-functional theory (DFT)
- laser-induced fluorescence (LIF)
- plasma jet