Plasma-driven solution electrolysis

Peter J. Bruggeman, Renee R. Frontiera, Uwe R. Kortshagen, Mark J. Kushner, Suljo Linic, George C. Schatz, Himashi Andaraarachchi, Stephen Exarhos, Leighton O. Jones, Chelsea M. Mueller, Christopher C. Rich, Chi Xu, Yuanfu Yue, Yi Zhang

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Plasmas interacting with liquids enable the generation of a highly reactive interfacial liquid layer due to a variety of processes driven by plasma-produced electrons, ions, photons, and radicals. These processes show promise to enable selective, efficient, and green chemical transformations and new material synthesis approaches. While many differences are to be expected between conventional electrolysis and plasma-liquid interactions, plasma-liquid interactions can be viewed, to a first approximation, as replacing a metal electrode in an electrolytic cell with a gas phase plasma. For this reason, we refer to this method as plasma-driven solution electrochemistry (PDSE). In this Perspective, we address two fundamental questions that should be answered to enable researchers to make transformational advances in PDSE: How far from equilibrium can plasma-induced solution processes be driven? and What are the fundamental differences between PDSE and other more traditional electrochemical processes? Different aspects of both questions are discussed in five sub-questions for which we review the current state-of-the art and we provide a motivation and research vision.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number44261
JournalJournal of Applied Physics
Issue number20
StatePublished - May 28 2021

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Research was sponsored by the Army Research Office and was accomplished under Grant No. W911NF-20-1-0105. The views and conclusions contained in this document are those of the authors and should not be interpreted as representing the official policies, either expressed or implied, of the Army Research Office or the U.S. Government. The U.S. Government is authorized to reproduce and distribute reprints for Government purposes notwithstanding any copyright notation herein. The theory research was supported in part through the computational resources and staff contributions provided for the Quest high performance computing facility at Northwestern University, which is jointly supported by the Office of the Provost, the Office for Research, and Northwestern University Information Technology. This work was also partially supported by the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Science, Office of Fusion Energy Sciences, under Award Nos. DE-SC0020232 and DE-SC0016053, and the National Science Foundation (Nos. PHY-1902878 and PHYS 1903151).

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