Collection and decomposition of oil mist via corona discharge and surface dielectric barrier discharge

Myung Soo Kang, Gihyeon Yu, Jaeuk Shin, Jungho Hwang

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Oil mist emitted during cooking is one of the major sources of atmospheric particulate matter in urban areas. A conventional electrostatic precipitator (ESP) is used in some large restaurants; it requires regular electrode cleaning to maintain particle collection performance. However, oil mist generated during cooking is viscous and difficult to clean with water. Herein, we introduce a methodology and a device for cleaning collected oil mist using surface dielectric barrier discharge (surface-DBD) plasma. Our device uses corona discharge for the collection of oil mist. Subsequently, the oil mist collected is decomposed to gas-phase species by surface-DBD plasma. A maximum collection efficiency of 93.25% (for 230 nm di-ethyl hexyl sebacate (DEHS) particle) is obtained at a flow velocity of 1.5 m/s. The maximum oil mist decomposition efficiency is 96.4%. More than 80% of the decomposed oil mist is converted to CO2 and CO under all test conditions. Some of the byproducts other than CO and CO2 are released as particles. Higher frequency results in higher oil mist decomposition efficiency, but also higher byproduct formation of particles. The mechanism of oil mist decomposition by surface-DBD plasma is discussed using optical emission spectroscopy data.

Original languageEnglish
Article number125038
JournalJournal of Hazardous Materials
Publication statusPublished - 2021 Jun 5

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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Environmental Engineering
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Waste Management and Disposal
  • Pollution
  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis


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