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Plasma science

Schematic of an energetic neutral beam source (The Open University Research)

Non-equilibrium (cold) plasmas are used for a wide variety of technological applications. For the last four decades low pressure plasmas have been a key enabling technology for the semiconductor industry; plasma-based physical and chemical vapour depositions are also required to engineer surface properties including mechanical and chemical functionality. More recently cold plasmas at atmospheric pressure have been recognised as novel sources of bioactive radicals for sterilization therapy. In all these cases, the monitoring and control of plasma properties requires detailed understanding of the complex, multicomponent plasma environment. This fundamental approach is central to most of our projects.

Qualifications available:

PhD or MPhil


For detailed information on current fees visit Fees and funding.

Entry requirements:

Minimum 2:1 or equivalent in physics, chemistry or a related subject

Potential research projects

We welcome enquiries from prospective students in the following areas:

  • Novel diagnostics for low temperature plasmas
  • Interactions of plasmas with biomaterials.

Current/recent research projects

  • Pulsed plasmas as sources of high energy neutral beams
  • Pulsed inductive plasmas for etching
  • Diamond microhollow cathode plasma sources

Potential supervisors

Further information

If you have an enquiry specific to this research area please contact:

Administrative support
+44 (0)1908 858253

For general enquiries please contact the Research Degrees Team via the link under 'Your Questions' on the right of the page.