Dr Adam Bennett FRSA – Cranfield University
Plasma, discharged under vacuum conditions, underpins the development of the silicon wafer industry, which makes the devices that you're using to read this abstract. Atmospheric plasma technology - discharging plasma in the air - has been under development for several decades and has many benefits over vacuum technologies: in surface engineering applications there is no limit on component size and processing can be undertaken much faster as there is no requirement for a vacuum chamber. Atmospheric plasma generation has many other applications beyond surface engineering, which includes increasing the range planes can fly on a certain amount of fuel, increasing the energy efficiency of solar energy plants, creating functional nanomaterials, chemical analysis for forensics, advanced engine combustion, and decontamination of microorganisms: fungi, bacteria and viruses. The inactivation of viruses is, clearly, of extreme importance to us all with the COVID-19 pandemic, which is still affecting us all today. This presentation will give an overview of these exciting technologies and show you videos of some technology in operation
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