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. March 26, 2015

    Dr. Myrtil Kahn from the Laboratoire de Chimie de Coordination (Toulouse, France) will be our next PPL Guest Speaker. “Nanochemistry, organization and sensors: from molecules to devices“, Wednesday, Apr. 1st 2015.

  2. March 19, 2015

    Ulrich Legrand won the Outstanding Seminar Contribution Prize during the Winter 2015 Chemical Engineering Research Day! Ulrich is co-supervised by Profs. Meunier and Berk.

  3. January 28, 2015

    Prof. Coulombe will give an invited talk at the 9th Int. Conf. on Reactive Plasmas, Honolulu (Oct. 2015).

  4. Dr. Antoine Rousseau from LPP Palaiseau will present the talk “Surface charges and memory effects in streamer and guided streamer propagation” Thursday, Jan. 29th.

  5. January 11, 2015

    Professor Coulombe will present a talk at the University of Toronto’s Mechanical & Industrial Engineering Department, as a Distinguished Speaker (Feb. 27th).

  6. November 22, 2014

    Pierre Pascone won the Best PhD Presentation Award during the Fall 2014 Chemical Engineering Research Day! Pierre is co-supervised by Profs. Meunier and Berk.

  7. November 10, 2014

    Congratulations to Mathew Evans who successfully defended his PhD thesis proposal on plasma-assisted combustion. Mathew is co-supervised by Profs. Coulombe and Bergthorson (Mech. Eng.).

  8. 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.

  9. October 8, 2014

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

  10. 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.