Combustion of hydrogen-oxygen mixture in nanobubbles

Vitaly Svetovoy, Remco G.P. Sanders, Theodorus S.J. Lammerink, Michael Curt Elwenspoek

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    Observation of a spontaneous reaction between hydrogen and oxygen in bubbles in water whose diameter is smaller than a threshold value around 150 nm is presented. The effect is attributed to high Laplace pressure and to fast dynamics in nanobubbles and is the first indication on combustion in the nanoscale. The bubbles were produced by water electrolysis in specially designed microchips using successive generation of H2 and O2 above the same electrode with short voltage pulses in the microsecond range. Diferent signatures indicating the combustion process are described.
    Original languageUndefined
    Title of host publicationNonequilibrium processes in plasma, combustion, and atmosphere
    EditorsA.M. Starik, S.M. Frolov, G.D. Roy
    Place of PublicationMoscow
    PublisherTorus Press
    Number of pages8
    ISBN (Print)978-5-94588-121-1
    Publication statusPublished - Sept 2012

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    PublisherTorus Press


    • IR-83671
    • EWI-22922
    • METIS-296233
    • Combustion in the nanoscale

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