The conversion of methane to value-added chemicals and fuels is considered to be one of the challenges of the 21st century. In this paper we study, by means of fluid modeling, the conversion of methane to higher hydrocarbons or oxygenates by partial oxidation with CO 2 or O 2 in a dielectric barrier discharge. Sixty-nine different plasma species (electrons, ions, molecules, radicals) are included in the model, as well as a comprehensive set of chemical reactions. The calculation results presented in this paper include the conversion of the reactants and the yields of the reaction products as a function of residence time in the reactor, for different gas mixing ratios. Syngas (i.e. H 2 + CO) and higher hydrocarbons (C 2 H x ) are typically found to be important reaction products.
De Bie, C., Martens, T., Dijk, van, J., Paulussen, S., Verheyde, B., Corthals, S., & Bogaerts, A. (2011). Dielectric barrier discharges used for the conversion of greenhouse gases : modeling the plasma chemistry by fluid simulations. Plasma Sources Science and Technology, 20(2), 024008-1/11. https://doi.org/10.1088/0963-0252/20/2/024008