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Voltage-Enhanced Processing of Biomass and Biochar

Gerardo Diaz
Gerardo Diaz
University of California, Merced, California, USA
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Plasmas are composed of amixture of electrons, ions, and neutral species in local electrical neutrality. Electrons accelerated by an applied electric field, collide with larger particles, transferring kinetic energy, which contributes to the excitation and ionization of atoms and molecules, and to the heating of the gas (Samal, 2017).As a result, a highly conductive gas is formed, which allows for the flow of current through it. Thermal plasmas are typically produced with direct current (DC) transferred arcs, plasma torches, or radio frequency (RF) inductively coupled discharges. One of the main characteristics of thermal plasmas is that the kinetic temperature of...

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