Plasmas in and in contact with liquids: principles and applications

Oct 04 2016 12:00 PM - Oct 04 2016 01:00 PM

On Tuesday, October 4 2016, CCRC hosted a seminar titled "Plasmas in and in contact with liquids: principles and applications" by Prof. Peter J. Bruggeman, Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Minnesota.

​Non-equilibrium plasmas offer a unique source of highly reactive chemistry. Non-equilibrium plasma-induced chemistry is driven by energetic electrons without the requirement of thermal energy as in traditional chemistry. As a consequence highly reactive chemistry at ambient gas temperatures can be produced with promising applications in medicine, energy, pollution control and material synthesis and functionalization. Dr. Bruggeman's research group has been strongly involved in the study of plasma-liquid interactions and plasma kinetics. They focus on the study of the underlying mechanisms of plasma processes to enable new applications.

The seminar provided an overview of different approaches to generate plasma in or in close contact with liquids. The main plasma parameters that are responsible for enabling emerging plasma technology in the areas of environmental remediation, chemical synthesis and conversion and material synthesis were discussed. These investigations are motivated by the increasing societal needs in clean and renewable energy, infection control and advanced materials.

Dr. Bruggeman is the Richard and Barbara Nelson Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Minnesota. He obtained his PhD in Applied Physics from Ghent University, Belgium and was an Assistant Professor of Applied Physics at Eindhoven University of Technology (the Netherlands) till 2013. His primary research interests are plasma-liquid interaction and non-equilibrium plasma kinetics applied to plasma processes for environmental, biomedical and renewable energy technologies.

He received several awards for his research including the 2012 Hershkowitz Early Career Award, the 2013 IUPAP Young Scientist Medal and Prize in Plasma Physics and the 2016 US Department of Energy Early Career Award. He is section editor for Plasmas and Plasma-Surface Interactions of Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics and also a member of five other editorial boards including Plasma Sources Science and Technology and Plasma Chemistry and Plasma Processes.

Professor Bruggeman published 80 papers in peer-reviewed journals of which 10 have been selected as journal highlights. He has co-authored five invited review papers, delivered invited keynote lectures at over 50 international meetings and is an elected member of the board of directors of the International Society of Plasma Chemistry. He is also the elected chair of the 2018 Gordon Research Conference on Plasma Processing Science.