The fascinating science of plasma as 4th state of matter manifests itself through diverse applications ranging from plasma fusion to materials processing and treatment of living matter. Historically, low-temperature plasma has been of paramount relevance in the field of microelectronics where its fabrication is ruled by thin film deposition and material etching steps. Presently, low temperature plasma processing knows practically no boundaries, but opportunities and challenges. This is definitely the case of plasma processing of beyond-silicon materials, atomic-to-nano fabrication, as well plasma processing on chemically (hybrid in/organic chemistry) and physically (high aspect ratios, high internal surface area) challenging substrates for energy conversion and storage applications.
- Get to know what plasma is and how it works
- Find out what research is currently done in this field
- Learn the potential of plasma in the energy transition
This lecture will present an overview of plasma processing in timely applications such as, metal halide perovskite photovoltaics, solid-state batteries, (photo)electro-catalysis and CO2 capture and storage. Equally intriguing is the application of plasma in catalysis, aiming to contribute to the major goal of electrification of the chemical industry. Steering chemical processes requires insights in how electron energy can be channeled (via selected vibrationally and electronically excited modes) to lead to selective and efficient chemical reactions and on the interaction between plasma and catalyst.