Direct Detection of NO Produced By High-Temperature Surface-Catalyzed Atom Recombination


Pejakovic, D. A., Marschall, J., Duan, L., & Martin, M. P. (2010). Direct detection of NO produced by high-temperature surface-catalyzed atom recombination. Journal of thermophysics and heat transfer, 24(3), 603-611.


The surface-catalytic recombination of oxygen and nitrogen atoms to form nitric oxide was confirmed by the direct detection of product NO molecules, using single-photon laser-induced fluorescence spectroscopy. Experiments were performed from room temperature to 1200 K in a quartz diffusion-tube sidearm reactor enclosed in a hightemperature tube furnace. Atomic nitrogen was generated using a microwave discharge, and atomic oxygen was produced via the rapid gas-phase titration reaction N + NO –> O + N2. The use of isotopically labeled titration gases 15N16O and 15N18O allowed for the unambiguous identification of nitric oxide produced by the O + N surface reaction. The absolute number densities of surface-produced NO were determined from separate calibration experiments using 14N16O. Observed variations of the NO number density with temperature and varying O=N atomic ratios at the sidearm entrance are generally consistent with the predictions of a simple reaction-diffusion model of the sidearm reactor that includes surface-catalyzed NO production as a species boundary condition.

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