The 2020 plasma catalysis roadmap

Annemie Bogaerts*, Xin Tu, J. Christopher Whitehead, Gabriele Centi, Leon Lefferts*, Olivier Guaitella, Federico Azzolina-Jury, Hyun Ha Kim, Anthony B. Murphy, William F. Schneider, Tomohiro Nozaki, Jason C. Hicks, Antoine Rousseau, Frederic Thevenet, Ahmed Khacef, Maria Carreon

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Plasma catalysis is gaining increasing interest for various gas conversion applications, such as CO2 conversion into value-added chemicals and fuels, CH4 activation into hydrogen, higher hydrocarbons or oxygenates, and NH3 synthesis. Other applications are already more established, such as for air pollution control, e.g. volatile organic compound remediation, particulate matter and NOx removal. In addition, plasma is also very promising for catalyst synthesis and treatment. Plasma catalysis clearly has benefits over 'conventional' catalysis, as outlined in the Introduction. However, a better insight into the underlying physical and chemical processes is crucial. This can be obtained by experiments applying diagnostics, studying both the chemical processes at the catalyst surface and the physicochemical mechanisms of plasma-catalyst interactions, as well as by computer modeling. The key challenge is to design cost-effective, highly active and stable catalysts tailored to the plasma environment. Therefore, insight from thermal catalysis as well as electro- and photocatalysis is crucial. All these aspects are covered in this Roadmap paper, written by specialists in their field, presenting the state-of-the-art, the current and future challenges, as well as the advances in science and technology needed to meet these challenges.

Original languageEnglish
Article number443001
JournalJournal of physics D: applied physics
Issue number44
Publication statusPublished - 28 Oct 2020


  • air pollution control
  • catalysis
  • CHactivation
  • COconversion
  • NHsynthesis
  • non-thermal plasma
  • plasma catalysis
  • NH(3)synthesis
  • CH(4)activation
  • CO(2)conversion


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