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Plasma is present in lightning, auroras, fluorescent lamps and TVs. It is also an exciting new way of shaping materials for scientific and industrial applications.
A new plasma laboratory for tailoring surfaces/interfaces and producing new materials has been opened within the Institute for Frontier Materials. The plasmas are not just cool, they are "cold" because the ones we use are non-equilibrium plasmas in which only the very light electrons are hot. This means that they do not damage delicate materials by heating.
The plasma team motto is: "different experts harmoniously working together".
The aim is to bring all the needed expertise together so that diverse problems can be approached from the best angle with the right skills. The expertise includes plasma physics and chemistry, materials science and engineering, biology, measurement and characterisation. We focus on gaining an improved understanding and on developing new plasma technology and methods to match the needs of each project. The projects currently being tackled range from improving the efficiency of solar cells and batteries, through biomaterials, sensors, nanotechnology, light-weight composites and electronic textiles, to anti-pilling of wool knitwear and waste-water treatment.
We provide a platform technology for collaborative research and solutions for industry. More than thirty PhD studies and collaborative projects have been undertaken and proposed in just three years. The new plasma laboratory is backed by the facilities and expertise of IFM and the collaborations also extend across the University and to outside organisations nationally and internationally.
The plasma team has extensive experience and a track record in solving challenges using an improved understanding of the underlying mechanisms and of how to tailor the plasma to match the applications.
We work in partnership to understand and jointly solve problems. Different experts harmoniously working together is the key to meeting and solving new challenges.
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We promote a team spirit in which different experts harmoniously work together. More than thirty PhD studies and collaborative projects have been undertaken and proposed since 2009 - within IFM, across the University and with outside research organisations nationally and internationally.
We provide a platform technology for research at the Institute and the University, and welcome collaborations with outside research organisations nationally and internationally.
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