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1st Edition

Plasma Gasification and Pyrolysis

ISBN 9780367556853
Published September 20, 2022 by CRC Press
116 Pages 35 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Currently, the most widely used treatment of waste is thermal processing, such as incineration. However, thermal plasma technologies offer alternative, cutting-edge, and environmentally friendly processes, which are also considered more energy-efficient and safe. This book provides a comprehensive yet accessible introduction to the process of thermal plasma gasification and pyrolysis.

It is an ideal guide for graduate students pursuing further studies in plasma technologies and engineering, in addition to early-career researchers and scientists from related areas looking for material contextual to their own subject matter.


  • Presents an interdisciplinary approach, applicable to a wide range of researchers in waste treatment companies, authorities, and energy and environmental policymakers
  • Authored by authorities in the field
  • Up to date with the latest developments and technologies

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: Basic Features of Plasmas. 2. Generation of Thermal Plasmas. 3. Conventional Thermochemical Treatment Technologies for Waste Management. 4. Thermal Plasma Waste Treatment. 5. Product Applications

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Guido van Oost is emeritus professor of Nuclear Fusion at Ghent University, Belgium. He is Honorary Professor of the Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnic University, and holds a Silver Commemorative Medal of Charles University in Prague, an Ernst Mach Honorary Medal for Merit in the Physical Sciences (Czech Academy of Sciences), and a Medal of the Czech Technical University in Prague to honour outstanding contributions to the development of the Faculty of Nuclear Sciences and Physical Engineering.

Milan Hrabovsky is a senior scientist and consultant at Institute of Plasma Physics, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic. From 1967 to 1990 he worked as a researcher and later as the Head of Department of Switchgear Technology at the Institute of Electrical Engineering, Prague. His main research areas were vacuum breakdown processes, physics of electric arcs in vacuum and gases, basic problems of current interruption and electromagnetic plasma launchers. In 1990 he joined the Institute of Plasma Physics, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic. He founded the Department of Thermal Plasmas and he has worked as a head of the Department till his retirement in 2018.

Michal Jeremiáš is head of department at the Institute of Plasma Physics of the Czech Academy of Science (CAS). He was previously researcher at the Institute of Chemical Process Fundamentals at CAS. He is the Principal Investigator at two national projects, a member of the team of four international projects and two UK projects.