Welcome to the PPL

Plasma… What’s that?
Plasma is commonly known as the fourth state of matter. Though this state shares a number of similarities with the gaseous state, plasmas conduct electricity due to the presence of free electrons and various atomic and molecular ions. Such unique property permits the conversion of electrical energy into chemical and thermal energy. Nature’s expression of the plasma state takes exceptionally beautiful and powerful forms such as aurora and lightning bolts. At the PPL, we develop technologies which harness the unique properties of plasmas to make useful products and processes. In other words, we are interested in Plasma Processing.

Since 1971, plasma engineers and scientists at McGill University develop thermal and non-thermal plasma sources and processes aimed at applications as various as the synthesis of advanced materials, surface modification of materials, production and efficient transport of reactive species, plasma medicine, plasma-assisted combustion, wastewater treatment, and resource recovery and valorization.

Our members are active on the Canadian and international scenes through membership in organizations hosting conferences, summer schools and workshops (IEEE-NPSS, IPCS).

The professors, graduate students, interns and exchange students of the group welcome you to visit these webpages and learn about the interesting work going on at the PPL!

Latest News

  1. June 14, 2018

    Prof. Coulombe received a 75k$ MSSI Innovation Fund award to further develop his novel plasma process for NH3 synthesis. https://mcgill.ca/mssi/funding-opportunities-0

  2. April 18, 2018

    Prof. Coulombe is an Editorial Board member of the new IOP journal, Plasma Research Express. http://iopscience.iop.org/journal/prex

  3. April 17, 2018

    Cristina Trivisonno won an IEEE-ICOPS45 Travel Award to attend the conference in June. Congrats!

  4. March 27, 2018

    Elena Corella Puertas won an Outstanding Presentation Award – PhD category during the Polytechnique Montréal – McGill Chemical Engineering Research Day – Winter 2018. Congratulations Elena!

  5. February 21, 2018

    Mathew Evans successfully defended his PhD thesis. Congrats Mathew! He’s heading to LAM Research in California. Best of luck for the continuation of your career!