Plasma Chemistry and Plasma Processing

, Volume 39, Issue 1, pp 75–87 | Cite as

Evaluation of Energy Balance in a Batch and Circulating Non-thermal Plasma Reactors During Organic Pollutant Oxidation in Aqueous Solution

  • Elie AcayankaEmail author
  • Jean-Baptiste Tarkwa
  • Samuel Laminsi
Original Paper


This work presents the treatment of an organic waste solution using gliding arc plasma in moist air, which is an excellent source of oxidizing species. Herein particular attention is devoted to the comparative energy balance between two model reactors in order to optimize the process and get closer to a large-scale application. The model pollutant Amoxicillin is an antibiotic agent largely used against allergies and has been found in wastewaters. Its degradation is studied by exposing basic solutions to underline the role of the formed OH radicals and H2O2 reactive species. The degradation of AMX to give CO2, H2O, and sulfate is optimized within 120 min with a resulting abatement of 78% and 98% for batch and circulation reactors respectively. The kinetic study suggests a pseudo-first order process with an apparent rate constant three times higher in circulation mode compared to batch mode reactor. Accordingly, the energetic yield is 2.5 times better in the circulation system, owing to more consumption of plasma-generated species with respect to the high reactive area, whereas in batch mode reactor, AMX degradation is occurred at the plasma-liquid interface, and thus limited by the mass transfer process.


Non-thermal plasma Reactors Plasma-liquid interaction Energy balance Amoxicillin 



The authors are grateful to “Service de la Cooperation et d’Action Culturelle” (SCAC) of the Cameroon French Embassy for the grant awarded to J.B. Tarkwa.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Elie Acayanka
    • 1
    Email author
  • Jean-Baptiste Tarkwa
    • 1
    • 2
  • Samuel Laminsi
    • 1
  1. 1.Laboratoire de Chimie Physique et Analytique Appliquée, Département de Chimie InorganiqueUniversité de Yaoundé IYaoundéCameroon
  2. 2.Laboratoire Géomatériaux et EnvironnementUniversité Paris-EstMarne-la-Vallée Cedex 2France

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