Plasma Chemistry and Plasma Processing

, Volume 36, Issue 4, pp 901–915 | Cite as

Operando DRIFT Spectroscopy Characterization of Intermediate Species on Catalysts Surface in VOC Removal from Air by Non-thermal Plasma Assisted Catalysis

  • Anthony Rodrigues
  • Jean-Michel Tatibouët
  • Elodie FourréEmail author
Original Paper


An innovative plasma discharge reactor was developed to fit an infrared cell and to allow the in situ characterization of isopropanol (IPA) and toluene decomposition at the surface of three metal oxides (γ-Al2O3, TiO2 and CeO2). The impact of the plasma discharge on the conversion of these pollutants, with the material placed in the discharge area, was studied under real time conditions at atmospheric pressure via infrared analysis. The plasma treatment of IPA molecules led to the formation of acetone, propene, acetic acid and/or formic acid. By contrast, the toluene oxidation led to the rapid opening of the aromatic ring, followed by the total oxidation through carboxylic formation of the species arising from the toluene molecules fragmentation.


In-situ characterization Infrared spectroscopy Non-thermal plasma VOC 



The authors would like to thank the French Ministry of Research for the funding of the Ph.D. Grant of A. Rodrigues.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Anthony Rodrigues
    • 1
  • Jean-Michel Tatibouët
    • 1
  • Elodie Fourré
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Institut de Chimie des Milieux et Matériaux de Poitiers (IC2MP), UMR CNRS 7285, Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Ingénieurs de Poitiers (ENSIP)Université de PoitiersPoitiers Cedex 9France

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