Master of Philosophy
Plasma nanoscience and nanotechnology is a rapidly emerging multidisciplinary research topic focusing on physical, chemical, and biological effects of low-temperature plasmas – ionized cocktail of reactive species generated in gas discharges under different conditions ranging from low-pressure vacuum chambers for computer microchip manufacturing to ambient air and room temperatures for the treatment of biological objects. Some of the processes of interest include atomic precision and nanoscale texturing of solid organic and inorganic surfaces for applications in energy storage, environmental sensing, biomedical, electronic, photovoltaic, and other functionalities and devices. The research focuses on the unique plasma-specific effects which lead to the unusual structure, properties, and performance of the materials that are newly created or modified using precise, economic, and environment-friendly plasma technologies.
These and several other opportunities exist under the leadership of Professor Kostya (Ken) Ostrikov, a Foreign Member of the Academy of Europe, Foreign Fellow of the European Academy of Science, and international pioneer and leader in Plasma Nanoscience.
This project is custom-designed and can combine a mix of experimental and theoretical or computational research. Typical research activities include: 1) custom-design of nanomaterials for envisaged application; 2) development and optimization of plasma based synthesis of fabrication approach and specific techniques; 3) elucidation of plasma-specific mechanisms of materials formation and structuring, leading to the improvement of the materials properties and performance in applications.
New advanced materials and plasma processes for next-generation technologies that shape sustainable development of our economy and society. Examples include but are not limited to energy conversion and storage materials, electronics and optoelectronics, telecommunications, chemical products, biomedical devices and treatment modalities, clean water, safe food, sustainable fuels, and prevention of viral infections.
Skills and experience
Background in physics, chemistry, materials, engineering, biology all are welcome.