Heterogeneous Catalysis: Effect of an Alternating Electric Field

Science  22 Apr 1966:
Vol. 152, Issue 3721, pp. 514
DOI: 10.1126/science.152.3721.514


Oxidation of carbon monoxide was studcied in a static reactor at 123° ± 1°C, wtith NiO as catalyst. An alternating electric field of about 22,000 volts per centimeter, peak to peak, was applied normal to the catalytic Surfaces. The rate of oxidation was thereby enhanced by a factor of 6 at 100 cycles per second, with maximum enhancement at between 100 and 200 cycles per second.

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