Plasma printing technology is a rapidly emerging multidisciplinary research and development topic focused on the development of novel advanced technologies for additive manufacturing and 3D surface modification (3D printing) and roll-to-roll fabrication (2D printing) assisted by atmospheric-pressure low-temperature plasmas.
The research on these technologies is based on customised physical, chemical, and biological effects of low-temperature plasmas.
This research will focus on an ionized cocktail of reactive species generated in gas discharges operated under ambient air and room temperatures. This can be used in a variety of embodiments and adapted to enable or improve a range of industrial manufacturing technologies.
Some of the processes of interest include:
- integration of atmospheric-pressure discharges into the printing heads of 2D and 3D printers
- development of the printing arrays, combined with precision positioning in 2D and 3D space which enables several interesting effects not presently available.
The research focuses on the unique possibilities to form, modify and deliver building blocks of microscale, large-area printed patterns for several applications, including:
- electronic circuits
- energy storage devices
- synthetic biology.
This offers exciting possibilities for the convergence of materials, chemical, nano- and bio-technologies with digital design, processing, automation, and control technologies which is a vital requirement of the upcoming Industry 4.0 age.
Skills and experience
Specific research focuses and milestones will be personalised to satisfy your interests, abilities and other preferences.
The supervisory team will be assembled by involving experts across the large international network led by Professor Kostya (Ken) Ostrikov. Professor Ostrikov is 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 and several other opportunities under the leadership of Professor Ostrikov offer multiple opportunities for industry collaborations and placements to world-leading laboratories internationally.
You may be able to apply for a research scholarship in our annual scholarship round.
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