Welcome to the PPL

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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 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 (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. January 26, 2016

    Prof. Coulombe joined the International Advisory Committee of the International Workshop on Plasmas for Energy and Environmental Applications (IWPEEA)

  2. December 21, 2015

    Mark McArthur (PhD, 2015) will join Tesla Motors in January 2016. Congratulations Mark!

  3. December 11, 2015

    Prof. Coulombe is a member of the International Scientific Committee of the 14th High-Tech Plasma Processes conference (Munich, Germany, July 2016).

  4. December 1, 2015

    Congratulations to Mark McArthur who successfully defended his PhD thesis on multi-walled carbon nanotube-based electrodes for alternative electrochemical energy storage. Mark was supervised by Profs. Coulombe and Omanovic.

  5. October 4, 2015

    Nathan Hordy (PhD 2014) wins the 2014-2015 Best Paper Award (Thermal Collectors) for his article published in the Solar Energy journal. Delphine Rabilloud (Intern) and Profs. Jean-Luc Meunier and Sylvain Coulombe are the co-authors.