Course details

  • Study time: 4-6h

  • Target audience: Students and professionals with a principle knowledge of the level of a bachelor student

Course curriculum

  • 1


    • Welcome video

    • Meet the teachers

    • Learning objectives

    • How to obtain your course certificate

    • Become familiar with the learning platform

    • Getting to know each other

  • 2

    Introduction to plasma

    • Before really kicking off... What do you think a plasma is?

    • Introduction to plasma

    • Exercise: Is this plasma?

    • What is plasma?

    • Exercise: Put in the correct order

    • Exercise: Which 3 words would you use for the definition of a “plasma”?

    • Different types of plasmas

    • Exercise: Put the types of plasmas correctly on the graph

    • How to create gas discharge plasmas?

    • Exercise: Plasma applications

    • Broad application range

    • Exercise: Is this plasma used for CO₂ conversion?

    • Test your knowledge

  • 3

    Potential of plasma technology for CCU

    • Before really kicking off... What do you think makes plasma conversion different from normal thermal conversion?

    • Potential of plasma

    • Exercise: What are the advantages of plasma technology for CCU?

    • Why is it interesting?

    • Exercise: Why is it interesting?

    • Benchmarking with other technologies

    • Exercise: Reactant feed

    • Feedback on exercise: Reactant feed

    • Exercise: Formulate at least two advantages and disadvantages about CO₂ conversion with plasma.

    • Exercise: Advantages/disadvantages

    • Test your knowledge

  • 4

    Different types of plasmas for CCU

    • Before really kicking off...How do we create different plasmas?

    • Different types of plasma

    • Exercise: What are the names of these reactors?

    • Test your knowledge

  • 5

    Performance of plasma technology for CCU

    • Before really kicking off... What do you think is more important for an industrial process?

    • Performance of plasma

    • Key performance indicators: conversion, energy efficiency, energy cost

    • Exercise: How are these key performance indicators correlated to each other?

    • Feedback: How are these performance indicators correlated to each other?

    • Exercise: key performance indicators

    • Exercise: What performance is already achieved?

    • Pure CO2 splitting

    • Dry reforming of methane (CO2 + CH4)

    • Other reactions with CO2

    • Test your knowledge

  • 6

    Plasma catalysis

    • Before really kicking off... Why do you think it is interesting to combine a plasma with a catalyst?

    • Plasma Catalysis: Underlying mechanisms

    • Exercise: Which three words would you use to describe plasma catalysis?

    • Exercise: Mechanisms

    • Plasma catalysis: Examples

    • Exercise: Plasma Catalysis

    • Test your knowledge

  • 7

    How to get a better insight in plasma for CCU?

    • Before realy kicking off... Which experimental techniques could be used to analyze the plasma and/or to analyze the gas exhaust?

    • Before diving into models... Which computational methods do you think could describe a plasma?

    • How to get a better insight in plasma for CCU

    • Hotspot: Plasma diagnostics

    • Exercise: Run your own 0D plasma chemistry model

    • Exercise: Plasma only vs plasma-catalyst model (not all zones have to be filled in)

    • Feedback: Plasma only vs plasma-catalyst model

    • Exercise:Plasma catalyst interaction

    • Exercise: computational fluid dynamics

    • Test your knowledge

  • 8

    How to improve the performance of plasma for CCU?

    • Before really kicking off... How do you think could we improve the performance of plasma for CCU?

    • Vibrational induced dissociation

    • Exercise: Vibrational excitation

    • Thermal conversion: the role of quenching

    • Exercise: Role of quenching - Sort from highest to lowest energy efficiency

    • Reactor design improvements

    • Exercise: Insights in reactor design improvement

    • Discussion forum: Share your idea for an improved reactor design

    • Test your knowledge

  • 9


    • Concluding video

    • Help us to improve this course

    • What did you learn?

    • Further readings

    • Thanks to our sponsors

  • 10

    Evaluate this course (for testers)

    • How this evaluation is structured

    • Evaluate this course


Head of PLASMANT Research Group / Department of Chemistry, University of Antwerp

Annemie Bogaerts

Annemie Bogaerts is a full professor at the Department of Chemistry, University of Antwerp, and head of the research group PLASMANT. Her research activities comprise the study of plasma and plasma-surface interactions by means of computer modelling and experiments, for various applications, i.e., CO2, NH4 and N2 conversion into value-added chemicals and fuels, plasma medicine, microelectronics, nanotechnology and analytical chemistry. Her courses include chemistry in daily life (incl. practical exercises), the kinetics of gases and chemical reactions, physicochemistry of solutions and colloids, plasma technology, plasma modelling, and chemical reaction engineering.

PhD student at PLASMANT Research Group

Rani Vertongen

Rani Vertongen is a PhD student at the PLASMANT research group in Antwerp. She does research on the application of plasma (gliding arc plasmas) for the conversion of the two most important greenhouse gases (carbon dioxide and methane) in fuels and value-added chemicals.