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Plasma printing – a new 3D manufacturing platform

Study level

PhD

Master of Philosophy

Honours

Faculty/Lead unit

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 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.

Research activities

The research on these technologies is based on customised physical, chemical, and biological effects of low-temperature plasmas - an ionized cocktail of reactive species generated in gas discharges, operated under ambient room temperature. They can be used in a variety of embodiments and adapted to enable or improve a range of industrial manufacturing technologies.

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 using the existing chemical, thermal, or photo-assisted technologies.

Outcomes

The outcomes of this research will be in the unique possibilities to form, modify (e.g., functionalise) and deliver building blocks of microscale, large-area printed patterns for electronic circuits, sensors, energy storage devices, bioprocessing, synthetic biology and several other applications.

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 Industrie 4.0 age.

Skills and experience

Specific research foci and milestones will be personalised to satisfy your skills, experience, interests, abilities and other preferences, e.g., a mix of disciplines, experimental, theoretical, and engineering work. The supervisory team will be assembled by involving the best available experts in relevant areas, internally, externally to QUT, across the large international network led by Professor Ostrikov. The primary base of the projects will be through the CSIRO-QUT Joint Sustainable Processes and Devices Laboratory, IHBI, and TRI, with multiple opportunities for industry collaborations and placements to world-leading laboratories internationally.

These and several other opportunities exist under the leadership of Professor Kostya (Ken) Ostrikov, a Foreign Member of the Academy of Europe and international pioneer and leader in Plasma Nanoscience

Scholarships

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

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