• Goals

The goal of TT is to strategically inform and be informed by discovery/hypothesis-driven foundational research (FR) in Plasma Science and Engineering (PSE). The synergy between these dual pursuits justifies a need for coordinated advances in both FR and TT and provides the intellectual seed for future Generations. TT addresses the translation of plasma science to problems of societal import, including Goals I and II from two of the six Decadal 2020 Grand Challenges. The projects chosen as the TT focus are ones that have societal impact, clearly aligned with the AL S&T plan and AESSTR (4.1), reflect FTPP research strengths, are linked to an FR1 or FR2 topic, and address two challenges identified in Plasma Decadal 2020.

The specific research topics of TT will focus on: 

  1. Plasma-aided synthesis of novel materials including interfacial engineering in quantum materials.
  2. Plasma reprocessing of waste materials to produce polymer composites for various applications.
  3. Plasma treatment of soft and biomatter including a) biomaterials and b) plant seeds.
  4. Food safety and sterilization to increase quality and shelf-life of food using LTP.
  5. Space weather fore/nowcasting to prevent damage to critical infrastructure in space and on ground.

TT1: Plasma-aided synthesis of novel materials

including interfacial engineering in quantum materials

Objective TT1a: Developing and validating machine learning models for high-entropy materials.

  • Implementation Team
  • Yogesh Vohra (UAB)
  • shane Catledge (UAB)
  • Li Chen (UAB)
  • Paul Baker (UAB)
  • Wenli Bi (UAB)
  • Vijay Rangari (TU)
  • Ed Thomas (AU

Objective TT1b: Laser plasma synthesis and computationally guided discovery of superconducting materials and heterostructures.

  • Implementation Team
  • Renato Camata (UAB)
  • Wenli Bi (UAB)
  • Li Chen (UAB)

TT2: Plasma reprocessing of waste materials

to produce polymer composites for various applications

Objective TT2a: Plasma surface modifications of carbon fibers extracted from waste carbon-fiber reinforced composites

Objective TT2b: Plasma modification of biobased carbon.

Objective TT2c: Plasma modification of biobased materials for food packaging and biomedical applications.

TT3: Plasma treatment of soft/bio-matter

including biomaterials and plant seeds

Objective TT3a: LTP-enabled synthesis of nanoparticles for incorporation as antimicrobials…

  • Implementation Team
  • Vinoy Thomas (UAB)
  • Komal Vig (ASU)
  • Edward Thomas (AU)
  • Vijay Rangari (TU)
  • Paul Baker (UAB)

Objective TT3b: Plasma enhanced activation of antimicrobial compounds for releasing therapeutic agents and application in medicine.

  • Implementation Team
  • Komal Vig (ASU)
  • Gabe Xu (UAH)
  • Edward Thomas (AU)

Objective TT3c: Atmospheric pressure plasmas in agriculture…

TT4: Food safety & sterilization

to increase quality and shelf-life of food using LTP

Objective TT4: Studying the efficacy of LTP to eliminate foodborne pathogens, spoilage microorganisms and quality parameters of foods including poultry products as well as lowmoisture foods.

  • Implementation Team
  • Amit More (AU)
  • Armitra Jackson-Davis (AAMU)
  • Lamin Kassama (AAMU)
  • Gabe Xu (UAH)
  • Ghimire (UAH)

TT5:space weather

fore/nowcasting to prevent damage to critical infrastructure in space and on ground

Objective TT5a: Radiation, Interplanetary Shocks, and Coronal Sources (RISCS) development.

  • Implementation Team
  • Haoming Liang (UAH)
  • Vladimir Kolobov (UAH)
  • Gary P. Zank (UAH)

Objective TT5b: Wind – Magnetosphere – Ionosphere (WINDMI) Storm – Substorm Model and Energetic Particles.

  • Implementation Team
  • Yu Lin (UAH)
  • Edmund Spencer (USA)

Objective TT5c: Space Weather Module

  • Implementation Team
  • Edmund Spencer (USA)