Plasma is an ionised gas consisting of electrons, ions, neutral particles and free radicals. It underpins important technological applications and devices such as TV-displays, mobile phones, solar-cells, nano-chip fabrication, aerospace devices, high-efficiency lighting, and instrument sterilisation in medicine. Fundamental scientific issues and the enormous social impact that result from plasma applications drive the field of plasma science and technology.
In recent years, research on high-pressure plasmas has intensified leading to the development of new plasma sources for a wide range of new applications including chemical conversion, medicine, chemical analysis and sterilisation. The goal of this research is to study high pressure non-equilibrium plasma discharges in chemically reactive systems with applications to space, waste treatment, carbon dioxide conversion and material science.