What is plasma?

Plasma is often reffered to as the fourth state of matter besides gas, liquid and solid.

By increasing the energy, a plasma can be created containing highly energetic species as ions, electrons and radicals.

At VITO we are working with atmospheric plasma's meaning the plasma is created at atmospheric pressure in a open reactor. Compared to low pressure plasma technology, inline integration is strongly facilitated.

It is important to know that besides activation of surfaces, specific plasma functionalisation or even nano coating can be done by addition of chemical precursors to this atmospheric plasma.

More features concerning these kind of atmospheric plasma's can be obtained from the online and free e-learning course that was prepared during the EU FP7 IP4Plasma project.  Click here to be redirected to the appropriate website.