Welcome to the PPL

PPL will proudly host the International Symposium on Plasma Chemistry (ISPC23) in 2017!ISPC23_Logo_1


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. July 26, 2016

    Prof. Coulombe and Dr. Hordy are co-Guest Editors of a J. Phys. D: Appl. Phys. special issue on Plasmas in Electrical-to-Chemical Energy Technologies.

  2. July 18, 2016

    Daniel Burkat won a travel award to attend the GRS/GRC Plasma Processing Science. Congrats!

  3. June 13, 2016

    Mathew Evans was awarded a Paul Phelps Continuing Education Grant which provides a free registration for a mini-course at ICOPS 2016. Congrats!

  4. May 30, 2016

    Prof. Coulombe talks about the upcoming ISPC23 and his career path at the Science and Engineering Café (http://sciengcafe.com/2016/05/sylvain-coulombe-interview/).

  5. March 16, 2016

    Charles Bruel won an Outstanding Contribution Prize during the Winter 2016 Chemical Engineering Research Day! Charles is co-supervised by Profs. Patience (Polytechnique Montréal) and Coulombe.