Study level

PhD

Master of Philosophy

Honours

Faculty/Lead unit

Science and Engineering Faculty

School of Chemistry and Physics

Topic status

We're looking for students to study this topic.

Supervisors

Professor Ken Ostrikov
Position
Professor
Division / Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty

Overview

Plasma cleantech is a rapidly emerging multidisciplinary research and development topic focusing on the development of novel advanced technologies for:

  • environmental purification and/or processing
  • manufacturing
  • other industrial technologies that reduce environmental and human health impacts.

These technologies are based on customised physical, chemical, and biological effects of low-temperature plasmas. Some examples of their usage includes the reduction of:

  • carbon emissions
  • energy consumption
  • use or release of toxic chemicals or bi-products.

Research activities

This research focuses on an 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 and environmental objects.

Outcomes

The research will lead to the discovery and applications of unique plasma-specific effects which lead to the unique reforming of the natural precursors (e.g., biomass, waste, carbon emissions) to generate advanced functional materials with tailored structure, properties, and performance to meet the demands of the next-generation green and sustainable technologies.

Skills and experience

Specific research focuses and milestones will be personalized 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.

Scholarships

You may be able to apply for a research scholarship in our annual scholarship round.

Annual scholarship round

Contact

Contact the supervisor for more information.