Welcome to the PPL

ISPC23_Logo_2The PPL co-hosts the 23rd International Symposium on Plasma Chemistry (ISPC23) in 2017!


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, and recently, wastewater treatment, resource recovery and emission gases 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. August 7, 2017

    ISPC23 Montreal, 2017 ended a few days ago. See you in Naples for ISPC24!

  2. Prof. Coulombe was elected Vice-President of the International Plasma Chemistry Society for a two-year term (starting Jan. 2018).

  3. June 8, 2017

    Daniel is the Co-Chair of the Gordon Research Seminar on Plasma Processing Science (August 2018).

  4. June 6, 2017

    Adya, Ph.D. candidate with Profs. Kietzig and Coulombe, won the Best Poster Award of the Functional Coatings and Surface Engineering conference (FCSE-2017). Congrats!

  5. May 26, 2017

    Prof. Girard-Lauriault has been granted tenure and promoted to the rank of Associate Professor. Congrats!