Welcome to the PPL

ISPC23_Logo_2The PPL will host the 23rd International Symposium on Plasma Chemistry (ISPC23) in 2017!


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, and recently, wastewater treatment, resource recovery and emission gases valorization.

Our researchers are active members of Plasma-Québec, a FRQNT funded Regroupement Stratégique bringing together the expertise and infrastructures of four Québec universities. Our members are also 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. March 28, 2017

    Prof. Coulombe joins the Advisory Panel of J. Phys. D: Appl. Phys.

  2. March 9, 2017

    Prof. Coulombe was recognized with an IOP J. Phys. D: Appl. Phys. Outstanding Reviewer Award 2016

  3. February 22, 2017

    Naveen Reddy, a former graduate student at the PPL, is now an Assistant Professor at Hasselt University (Belgium).

  4. Carole Baddour, a former graduate student at the PPL, will join the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Wilkes University.

  5. Colloque Plasma-Québec 2017: 17-18 mai 2017, Université de Montréal