A premixer for a gas turbine combustor includes a first passage configured to inject a highly reactive fuel; and a second passage configured to inject an inert gas or a less reactive fuel or a mixture of both. The second passage is configured to form a layer of the inert gas or less reactive fuel or the mixture of both that blankets a layer of the highly reactive fuel. Another premixer includes a plurality of nozzles, each nozzle including a pair of concentric tubes, the pair of concentric tubes including a first tube configured to inject a highly reactive fuel and a second tube surrounding the first tube and configured to dispense an inert gas or a less reactive fuel or a mixture of both that blankets the highly reactive fuel.
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 This invention was made with Government support under Contract No. DE-FC26-05NT42643 awarded by the Department of Energy. The Government has certain rights in this invention.