Kinetic study of dry reforming of methane using hybrid DBD plasma reactor over La2O3 co-supported Ni/MgAl2O4 catalyst

Asif Hussain Khoja, Muhammad Tahir, Nor Aishah Saidina Amin, Adeel Javed, Muhammad Taqi Mehran

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A kinetic study on dry reforming of methane (DRM) in hybrid dielectric barrier discharge (DBD) plasma reactor over La2O3 co-supported Ni/MgAl2O4 catalyst has been investigated. Three different parametric effects namely specific input energy (SIE), discharge volume (VD) and feed flow rate corresponding to GHSV (h−1) are studied using the modified power-law model. The developed kinetic model indicates instantaneous conversions of CH4 and CO2 are functions of SIE, VD and GHSV. Increasing SIE linearly enhances the conversion of CH4 and CO2, while VD displays a non-linear relation with conversion and selectivity. GHSV also shows a linear relation with instantaneous CH4 and CO2 conversion and selectivity of H2 and CO. The rate constants ( kCH4, kCO2), determined using the proposed kinetic model and various process parameters, are compared with DRM experimental results for validation. The apparent activation energy (Ea), calculated for CH4 and CO2 using modified Arrhenius equation, are = 32.6 kJ mol−1 (CH4) and Ea = 35.2 kJ mol−1 (CO2), respectively. The modified power-law model is a good preliminary description for future understanding of the overall performance of a hybrid catalytic DBD plasma reactor for DRM.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)12256-12271
Number of pages16
JournalInternational Journal of Hydrogen Energy
Issue number22
Publication statusPublished - Apr 21 2020
Externally publishedYes


  • Catalytic plasma reaction
  • Dry reforming of methane
  • Hybrid DBD plasma reactor
  • Kinetic study
  • MgAlO
  • Rate constant

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Fuel Technology
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology


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