Future technologies & enabling plasma Processes


Building plasma science and engineering (PSE) research capacity in AL, including Low-Temperature Plasma (LTP) and space plasma science, in academic institutions and partners


Supporting undergraduate and graduate education, training, and research opportunities, and encouraging and enabling access to plasma physics for diverse populations


Creating new educational and outreach resources and plans for  K-12 students and teachers, promoting plasma science and engineering (PSE) and general STEM

Ftpp initiative

The NSF EPSCoR Future Technologies and Enabling Plasma Processes (FTPP) is a 10-member university and industry consortium. The project leverages Alabama’s laboratory and space plasma science expertise to contribute scientific knowledge, technologies, and workforce to Alabama’s aerospace, manufacturing, advanced materials, medical, bioscience, and agricultural sectors.

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Lead Institution: The University of Alabama in Huntsville
Principal Investigator: Dr. Gary P Zank
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This image presents the collaboration among the partners.


What is plasma?

Plasma is a state of matter consisting of a collection of ionized particles, electrically neutral atoms, and molecules. It makes up more than 90% of the observable universe and underpins several high-tech manufacturing industries. Familiar forms of plasma include the sun, stars, lightning, neon signs, television screen displays, welder’s torches, and rocket exhaust.

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Building research, education, economic, and workforce capacity through discoveries in space & lab plasma physics and creating innovative technologies.

Who’s pumped for the upcoming eclipse? 🤩🌕☀️

Join us at @uahuntsville’s Charger Union (breezeway) on April 8th for an epic eclipse experience!

Our Graduate Students are gearing up with some exciting eclipse activities. Be part of the 90% totality magic right here in Huntsville, AL!🌒

Save the date:

🗓️ April 8, 2024
🕛 12 - 3 PM
📍 4705 Holmes Ave NW, Huntsville, AL 35899
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From a ‘nerdy kid’ in the U.S. Virgin Islands to the Dean of Auburn University College of Sciences and Mathematics (COSAM), Dr. Edward Thomas Jr. recognizes the influence of black physicists on his journey🚀

As a lead investigator for FTPP, he emphasizes the strength of diversity in advancing plasma research. 

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✨Dive into the latest insights!

Explore a world of knowledge with our recent articles, featuring the brilliant minds of the FTPP Partner Leads—Co-Investigators shaping the future of Future Technologies & Enabling Plasma Processes... Plus much more!

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Spotted Kendall at Tulane University during CUWiP! 🌟 A former ISWC (International Space Weather Camp) intern, she showcased her SANSA research with an impressive poster. We are so proud of you, Kendall! 💙 #CUWiP #cuwip2024 #FTPPAL #nsffunded

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About the cooperative agreement

FTPP involves a partnership comprising nine universities and a research corporation in Alabama and is funded through Cooperative Agreement OIA-2148653 by the National Science Foundation (NSF) through a Research Infrastructure Improvement (RII) Track-1 five-year grant within the Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR)*. The FTPP project is overseen by the Alabama EPSCoR Steering Committee.

* Disclaimer: The opinions, findings, and conclusions, or recommendations expressed are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.


Alabama becomes a world-renowned hub for PSE (Plasma Science Engineering) through developing transformative future technologies (such as advanced materials, food safety and sterilization, space weather prediction) and building foundational plasma science research and industry with a skilled workforce.


Our mission is to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion in all aspects of our research, education, and workforce development initiatives. We are committed to creating a culture of belonging and respect, where individuals from all backgrounds are welcomed, supported, and empowered to participate fully in shaping our project’s work and impact.


FTPP will build research, education, economic, and workforce capacity in pursuit of making foundational discoveries in space and laboratory plasma physics and create future societally transformative technologies in the State of AL, utilizing Alabama’s statewide expertise in plasma science and technology.