My research project
Chemical diagnostics of a non-thermal dielectric barrier discharge
Using similar technology to electric propulsion systems it is possible to create atmospheric pressure plasma sources that produce a wide variety of chemical species due to the energetic discharge. Ionised, excited and dissociated species form a highly reactive mixture of particles that create chemical pathways and networks that can be highly tunable to a specific output. Measuring plasma chemical species relies on a number of spectroscopic techniques, with various emission and absorption spectra across the UV, Vis and IR regions that are indicative of various chemical species. Tuning the output through flow control allows for specific use cases in both research and industry that can be capitalised on in various use cases, spanning from nitrogen fixation, to sterilisation through to wound healing.