Tom Butterworth, Ph.D.


Postdoctoral Fellow

Research Interests

My research interest is in developing a fundamental understanding of non-equilibrium plasmas for gas conversion, catalysis and plasma assisted combustion applications. Using various laser and electrical diagnostics it is possible to probe composition, vibrational and rotational population distributions, electron parameters and electric field strengths. Based on this information, theory can be validated against reality, and a deeper understanding of the underlying physics can be obtained.


  • ​Ph. D., Plasma science (Dept. of Chemical Engineering, University of Sheffield, UK)
  • M. Eng., Chemical and Process Engineering (University of Sheffield, UK)

Professional Profile

  • ​2016 - 2019: Post-doctoral researcher - Dutch Institute for Fundamental Energy Research (DIFFER), Eindhoven, The Netherlands
  • 2011 - 2016: PhD & 1-year Post-doctoral research - Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, University of Sheffield, UK
  • 2007 - 2011: MENg Chemical Engineering - University of Sheffield, UK

Research Interests Keywords

​Plasma science Laser Diagnostics vibrational excitation non-equilibrium chemistry and catalysis