The effect of a DC voltage on the catalytic combustion of natural gas in air over platinum
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The effects of a DC voltage on the catalytic combustion rate of natural gas in air over a platinum wire in various configurations is examined. In most cases a high applied voltage reduces and quenches the catalytic reaction. These effects are dependent on the catalyst surface charge density but not on the direction of the field. Greater effects were also observed when the field was applied on the upstream rather than the downstream side of the catalyst. Although the mechanism of this quenching effect is unknown, it is suggested that it involves the generation and diffusion of charged gas-phase species and their interaction with the catalyst surface. Possible quantum effects are also discussed. Further work to verify or refute the mechanisms presented here is suggested.
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