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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. 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.

  2. December 2, 2013

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

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. June 26, 2013

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

  6. Prof. Coulombe joined the International Advisory Board (IAB) of the Plasma Processes & Polymers journal.

  7. March 19, 2013

    Prof. Coulombe joined the International Scientific Committee of the 15th International Conference on Heat Transfer (Kyoto, 2014).

  8. February 24, 2013

    Prof. Meunier, a regular and thorough reviewer for Carbon, received an Excellence in Review Award for 2012. more

  9. January 25, 2013

    A recent article published in Applied Physics Reviews highlights new applications for nanofluids. PPL’s nanofluids are stable at high temperatures, which property makes them ideal candidates for solar thermal energy harvesting. more