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 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. June 30, 2015

    Prof. Coulombe is Co-Chair of the Technical Program and Chair of the mini-course on Low-power Atmospheric Pressure Plasma (APP) Source and Diagnostic at the IEEE ICOPS 2016 Conference.

  2. June 6, 2015

    Mark McArthur did it again! Congrats to Mark who won the Best Presentation Award of the 5th Annual Montréal ECS Student Chapter Symposium.

  3. April 23, 2015

    Pablo Maqueo successfully passed his preliminary PhD exam. Congrats Pablo! Pablo is co-supervised by Prof. Jeff Bergthorson in Mech. Eng. and Prof. Sylvain Coulombe.

  4. April 13, 2015

    Pierre Pascone won an Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award for his contributions to FACC300. Congrats Pierre!

  5. April 10, 2015

    Prof. Coulombe, Nathan Hordy (PDF) and 2 other enthusiastic cyclists raised more than $3400 for Opération Enfant Soleil during the 3rd annual Engineering Spins its Wheels for Kids fundraising event.