Gas plasmas generate reactive environments at low temperature that can trigger chemical and bio-chemical processes that are hard to initiate by other means. Semiconductor fabrication, large area displays and energy-efficient lighting are examples of technologies that have been enabled by advances in nonthermal plasma physics and engineering.
In recent years, the advance of atmospheric-pressure nonthermal plasmas has revolutionized the field of technological plasmas as they eliminate the need for vacuum systems and open the possibility of novel processing of liquids and biological specimens that were not possible in the past.
To fully exploit the potential of plasmas in these emerging applications, high voltage power supplies capable of not only generating plasma but also adapting to variations in the environment are required. In this project, you will design state-of-the-art power supplies with integrated feedback to sustain low-temperature atmospheric-pressure plasmas for biomedical and environmental applications.
- Applicants should have, or expect to achieve, at least a 2:1 Honours degree (or equivalent) in a relevant Engineering or Science discipline. - A relevant Master's degree and / or experience in one or more of the following will be an advantage: Power electronics, Electrical Engineering.