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. 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

  2. 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.

  3. July 9, 2014

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

  4. June 16, 2014

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

  5. 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

  6. 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.

  7. December 2, 2013

    Nathan Hordy won the Best Seminar Prize at the Department’s Research Day. more

  8. August 27, 2013

    Profs. Michael Wertheimer and Sylvain Coulombe highlighted the recent developments in the field of Plasma Medicine in the Physics in Canada magazine. Link to the magazine. more

  9. August 10, 2013

    Nathan Hordy won one of the two Best Paper Awards during the ISPC-21 in Cairns, Australia. This award for scientists under 35 recognizes the novelty and importance of the topic to the field, and the quality of the presentation. more

  10. June 26, 2013

    Prof. Coulombe is now a Full Professor of Chemical Engineering at McGill University