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Use of hot and cold plasma for the treatment of surfaces, production of nanomaterial (ex. catalysts, nanocarbons), production of hydrogen and acceleration of chemical reactions

In addition to training, the scientific mission of the plasma sector is to develop, in a context of sustainable development, electrotechnologies including plasma, electrochemical and electrocatalytic processes, energy conversion with, as a common denominator, the development of new materials including the modeling of their properties.

  • Thermal and non-equilibrium plasma science (chemical, process and materials engineering)
  • Electrochemistry and electrocatalysis (chemistry and surface chemistry)
  • Materials science, application to the synthesis of nanostructured materials in the biomedical, aeronautical, aerospace, fuel cells and catalysis fields

  • Mathematical and diagnostic modeling of thermal plasmas. Plasma-surface and plasma-particle interaction studies
  • Synthesis and deposition of nanoscale powders. Deposition of layers and shaped parts of nanoscale structures by thermal plasma in supersonic flow
  • Development of materials for next-generation solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs)
  • Combinatorial inorganic chemistry applied to the synthesis of new materials
  • Synthesis of new catalysts based on nanomaterials produced by plasma
  • Development of new plasma processes for the treatment or synthesis of materials, whether nano or micro
  • Application of nanostructures and new deposit compositions to improve the performance of aircraft turbines and diesel engines
  • Electrocatalytic and electrochemical properties of electrodes at high temperature
  • Biomedical application of plasmas and electrochemistry (sterilization, synthesis of bio-materials used on bone prostheses, bio-remediation processes, acceleration of bone growth)

These disciplinary fields improve the development and understanding of plasma, electrochemical or electrocatalytic tools and of modeling the properties of materials. On the other hand, the themes bring together research projects limited in time. Some of them may bring challenges of a disciplinary type. We also distinguish the deliverables which are essentially the training of highly qualified personnel, publications, especially in the disciplinary fields and the generation of intellectual property which can give rise to patents and licenses.

Therefore, the balance that the plasma sector aims for is to ensure an exceptional training environment, world-class visibility in fundamental and applied research as well as to develop by synergy the sharing of a vision and the pooling of tools, themes and innovations that will have a major impact on the industry and society of today and tomorrow.

François Gitzhofer
Adjunct Director

Telephone: 819 821-8000, poste 67841
Fax: 819 821-7955