Plasma-chemical methane conversion under nonthermal and thermal conditions: an attempt toward uniform kinetic modeling
It is shown that it is basically possible to model plasma-chemical methane conversion using a kinetic concept regardless of the kind of plasma, i.e., the kind of activation. While the temporal plasma-chemical decomposition of methane is controlled by a first-order rate equation, the temporal product formation can be described by a set of first-order consecutive reactions. Prolonged portions of constant product concentrations in the temporal product formation curves were explained by the assumption of an equilibrium between forward and reverse reactions. The modeling revealed the special role of the re-formation of dissociated molecules.