Welcome to the PPL

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Welcome to the Plasma Processing Laboratory (PPL) of McGill University!

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. We at the PPL 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 more than 40 years, we 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, destruction and valorization of waste, extraction of valuable materials and recently, plasma medicine and plasma-assisted combustion.

Our researchers are active members of Plasma-Québec, a FRQ_NT 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 (Canadian Association of Physicists – CAP, International Plasma Chemistry Society – 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. October 14, 2014

    Congratulations to Felipe Aristizabal who successfully defended his PhD thesis on multi-scale modelling of heat & mass transfer phenomena in nanofluids. Felipe was supervised by Prof. Coulombe.

  2. October 8, 2014

    MERS: Larissa Jorge won the Best Poster Award in the Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology category at the McGill Engineering Research Showcase!

  3. September 27, 2014

    Congratulations to Nathan Hordy who successfully defended his PhD thesis on high temperature-stable MWCNT nanofluid for solar thermal applications. Nathan was supervised by Profs. Coulombe and Meunier.

  4. September 25, 2014

    Our PCT application (World patent) for protection of the “Nanofluid with nanoparticle-decorated multiwall carbon nanotubes and method of preparation thereof” invention was published 18 September 2014. See Patents tab (under Research)

  5. August 14, 2014

    Prof. Maher Boulos from Université de Sherbrooke and founder of TEKNA Plasma Systems, a pioneer and leader in plasma technology, will receive the prestigious Plasma Chemistry Award of the International Plasma Chemistry Society during the ISPC-22 in Antwerp, Belgium, nest … Continue reading

  6. July 21, 2014

    Prof. S. Coulombe, Prof. S. Omanovic (Electrochemical and Corrosion Lab, McGill), and Prof. Pierre-Luc Girard-Lauriault received a NSERC I2I Phase I grant to demonstrate scalability of the nanostructured electrocatalyst and nanofluid synthesis process.

  7. July 9, 2014

    Congratulations to Mathew Evans who received a FRQNT B2 concours scholarship for his PhD.

  8. June 16, 2014

    ECS Montreal Student Symposium: Mark McArthur won the Best Oral Presentation.

  9. May 2, 2014

    Prof. S. Omanovic (Electrochemical and Corrosion Lab, McGill), Prof. S. Coulombe (Plasma Processing Lab) and Prof. G. Patience (génie chimique, École Polytechnique) received a FRQ_NT Équipe grant to continue their promising work on nanostructured electrocatalysts for the conversion of CO2 … Continue reading

  10. January 10, 2014

    Mathew Evans, a Ph.D. candidate with Profs. Sylvain Coulombe and Jeff Bergthorson (Mech. Eng.), is recipient of a Richard H. Tomlinson Doctoral Fellowship.