Research course

Plasma science

Institution
Open University · School of Physical Sciences
Qualifications
PhDMPhil

Entry requirements

Minimum 2:1 or equivalent in physics, chemistry or a related subject

Months of entry

October, February

Course content

Non-equilibrium (cold) plasmas are used for a wide variety of technological applications. For the last four decades low pressure plasmas have been a key enabling technology for the semiconductor industry; plasma-based physical and chemical vapour depositions are also required to engineer surface properties including mechanical and chemical functionality. More recently cold plasmas at atmospheric pressure have been recognised as novel sources of bioactive radicals for sterilization therapy. In all these cases, the monitoring and control of plasma properties requires detailed understanding of the complex, multicomponent plasma environment. This fundamental approach is central to most of our projects.

Potential research projects

We welcome enquiries from prospective students in the following areas:

  • Novel diagnostics for low temperature plasmas
  • Interactions of plasmas with biomaterials.

Projects currently on offer may be found here.

Current/recent research projects

  • Pulsed plasmas as sources of high energy neutral beams
  • Pulsed inductive plasmas for etching
  • Diamond microhollow cathode plasma sources

Potential supervisors

Department specialisms

- Novel diagnostics for low temperature plasmas - Interactions of plasmas with biomaterials.

Fees and funding

Please see The Open University website

Qualification and course duration

PhD

full time
36 months
part time
72 months
distance learning
variable months

MPhil

part time
24 months
distance learning
variable months
full time
15 months

Course contact details

Name
Administrative support
Email
stem-sps-phd-admin@open.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0)1908 659036