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Center for High Pressure Plasma Energy, Agriculture and Biomedical Technologies (PEAB)

University of Michigan

Drexel University

George Washington University

Last Reviewed: 01/31/2017

Center Mission and Rationale

C-PEAB NSF Center Mission is national coordination of fundamental and applied research in the fields of atmospheric, high pressure, and liquid phase plasma physics, chemistry and biology, with a specific focus on applications to energy systems, cleaning of air, water and other liquids, processing and synthesis of new materials, agriculture, non-chemical / non-thermal food processing, cosmetics, and especially plasma medicine. The C-PEAB NSF Center Mission is also focused on dissemination of relevant knowledge, triggering interest of industrial companies to this novel area of plasma science and engineering, standardization of relevant plasma sources and their optimal and safe regimes of operation, educating university students in classrooms and labs to prepare them to work in this direction.

Research program

Research directions

Major C-PEAB NSF Center research thrusts include:

  • Fundamental and applied investigations of plasma energy systems, including optimization, safety, and scaling up of relevant discharge and devices.
  • Fundamental and applied investigations related to plasma cleaning of air, including air cleaning from industrial exhausts, chemical and biological pollutants.
  • Fundamental and applied investigations related to cleaning of water and other liquids, including water control of water hardness, cleaning of fracking and produced water, control of PFOS/PFOA in water, water sanitization and sterilization.
  • Fundamental and applied investigations related to processing and synthesis of new materials, including microelectronic materials, polymers, metals, as well novel energetic material.
  •  Fundamental and applied investigations in the field of plasma agriculture, including plasma stimulation of plant growth, plasma stimulation of seed germination, plasma stimulation of hydroponics, and plasma application for water conservation in agriculture.
  • Fundamental and applied investigations in non-chemical / non-thermal  plasma food processing, including plasma stimulated washing and misting of fresh produce, plasma treatment of packaged food
  • Fundamental and applied investigations in the area of plasma cosmetics, including plasma skin rejuvenation, treatment of nail fungus, as well as plasma cleaning and whitening of teeth  
  • Fundamental and applied investigations in the area of plasma medicine, including diagnostics, optimization, and standardization of plasma medical devices, development of adaptive and self-adaptive plasmas for plasma medicine, analyses of application of plasma to dermatology, wound healing, blood treatment and coagulation, treatment of different types of cancers.

Locations

Drexel University

200 Federal St

Camden, New Jersey, 08103

United States

George Washington University

800 22nd Street, Northwest

Washington, District of Columbia, 20052

United States

University of Michigan

2355 Bonisteel Blvd.

Ann Arbor, Michigan, 48109

United States