Special Issue "Cold Atmospheric Plasma: Sources, Processes, and Applications"

A special issue of Applied Sciences (ISSN 2076-3417). This special issue belongs to the section "Materials".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 March 2019

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Rino Morent

Research Unit Plasma Technology, Department of Applied Physics, Faculty of Engineering and Architecture, Ghent University, 9000 Gent, Belgium
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Interests: plasma technology, non-thermal plasma, plasma surface engineering, plasma catalysis, plasma for environmental applications, plasma for biomedical applications
Guest Editor
Dr. Matteo Gherardi

Department of Industrial Engineering, University of Bologna, Bologna, Italy
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Interests: plasma surface engineering, nanomaterial synthesis, medical applications of plasmas
Guest Editor
Dr. Pieter Cools

Research Unit Plasma Technology, Department of Applied Physics, , Ghent University, 9000 Gent, Belgium
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Interests: plasma surface engineering, biomaterials, 3D additive manufacturing, plasma polymerization, plasma chemistry

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Cold atmospheric plasma (CAPs) have earned their place within the broader field of plasma technology, branching out in many other major disciplines, including catalysis, biomedical engineering, medicine, energy applications, waste treatment, agriculture, etc., thanks to their versatility in design, ease of implementation, low cost and unique chemical composition.

This Special Issue in particular will focus on CAPs used for surface modification processes. Surface and interface enhancement of materials in general continues to generate a lot of interest in any discipline, as it allows to maintain interesting bulk material properties of low-tech materials such as strength, weight and elasticity while making them suitable for high-tech applications. Among the wide selection of surface modification technologies currently used in industry, CAPs stand out as they are non-invasive, solvent-free, fast, highly efficient and easily implemented onto in-line systems. Depending on the envisioned end-application, plasma activation and/or plasma polymerization processes have proven their added value. Therefore, both technologies will be part of the focus of this special issue.

The overall goal of this Special Issue is to gather research operating at the frontiers of plasma surface modification technology to give a clear perspective to both experts and non-experts on the current trends in the field, covering the employed plasma sources, the innovative processes under development, the envisioned applications and the future challenges to be tackled by the scientific community.

Prof. Dr. Rino Morent
Dr. Matteo Gherardi
Dr. Pieter Cools
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • Cold atmospheric plasma
  • Dielectric barrier discharge
  • Atmospheric pressure plasma jet
  • Plasma polymerization
  • Plasma activation
  • Plasma coating technology…

Published Papers

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