BSc and MSc projects

There are ample traineeship opportunities for students in our group.

In experimental projects you will familiarise yourself with one or more of the passive or active plasma diagnostics that we have available in our group. It is also possible to work on theoretical subjects, ranging from plasma fluid modelling to atomic-scale Monte Carlo simulations.

In all projects you team up with one or more of our PhD students and staff members. You are a full member of such research team and  will get a flavour of state-of-the-art plasma research. If you are interested in previous experiences of students at EPG, please check out the testimonials page.

If you are interested, please contact one of our PhD students or staff members, or take a look at the list of available projects below. Please note that this list contains examples, but there are many more possibilities at EPG, so be sure to contact us if you are interested.

More information on BEP projects can be obtained from contacts given below individual project descriptions or at .

List of available Master projects

Exploring the (de)charging of small particles in plasma afterglow

When small dust particles are immersed into a plasma, these particles are electrically charged. Utilizing this complex but interesting phenomenon of plasma-charging, the path of particles can eventually be controlled using electric and/or magnetic fields, either externally applied or induced by the plasma itself. In this project the (de)charging principles in the afterglow of the plasma are to be studied. The results will be compared to the developed (de)charging model. Measuring the (de)charging of particles in the plasma afterglow is never done before. This is interesting new research in collaboration with VDL-ETG! Contact Boy van Minderhout:

Modelling of atmospheric pressure DBD plasma in a roll-to-roll configuration (in cooperation with DIFFER and FujiFilm)

Atmospheric-pressure plasma enhanced chemical vapour deposition (AP-PECVD) is a novel technology to manufacture functional thin films. The aim of the project is to model the spatial-temporal discharge evolution in the DBD with different electrode geometries. The modelling results will be combined and evaluated with respect to the experimental work executed in DIFFER and Fujifilm. The knowledge obtained by the simulations will help to provide a deeper insight into the plasma generation mechanism and the thin film growth. Contact Diana Mihailova:

Plasmas for medicine – experiments or modelling

Cold plasmas have considerable potential for disinfection of skin and for wound healing. A spin-off company from the TU/e, Plasmacure, has developed a new, flexible and disposable plasma device for treatment of chronic wounds. This device is currently being tested on diabetic patients with foot ulcers. Experiments and simulations are needed to gain more insight and in preparation for CE certification. The project can be adapted based on your interests. Contact Diana Mihailova: or Ana Sobota:

Forbidden dust growth

Growing dust in a plasma requires the plasma to fullfill certain criteria. The goal of this project is force the plasma to grow dust in very unfavorable conditions (for the plasma, not for the student). Contact Bart Platier:

Electric field measurements in dielectric barrier discharges (DBDs)

DBDs are plasma sources that operate at atmospheric pressure and are researched for use in medicine. There is a lack of fundamental knowledge concerning the properties of these sources, for example the electric field is a very difficult property to measure. The focus of the project is the measurements of the electric field that the plasma delivers to the target. A setup needs to be built and calibrated for use with various types of solid and liquid targets. Contact Ana Sobota:

Electric field measurements in plasma jets

This plasma jet is a non-thermal plasma source developed for treatment of sensitive surfaces at atmospheric pressure. You would be using a spectroscopic method to determine the electric field in a “plasma bullet”. The groundwork for this has been done in atmospheric air, your job would be to do this as a function of controlled gas composition. Contact Ana Sobota:

Dielectric barrier discharge – substrate interaction in atmospheric pressure plasma enhanced ALD

In collaboration with TNO Solliance

Spatial Atomic Layer Deposition (SALD) is an emerging technology for high quality thin layer deposition on substrates passing spatially separated gas injector zones. The concept enables up to 100x faster deposition rates with respect to time-sequenced ALD. TNO built and implemented both remote and direct plasma sources for SALD which are further being optimized. Plasma enhanced SALD is used for thin layer manufacturing of metals, metal-nitrides and hydrogen doped metal-oxides. The proposed master stage project is focused on further improved understanding of the influence of substrate conductivity (depending on the growing ALD layer) and various other process parameters (electrical, gas composition, oven temperature) on plasma homogeneity. The work includes both experimental and theoretical analysis of the physical phenomena. Contact Ana Sobota:

Development of Boltzmann solver

In plasma physics the collisions of electrons with heavy particles play an important role in the evolution of the plasma. For plasmas with a high degree of ionization the Electron Energy Distribution Function (EEDF) is in approximation a Maxwellian function. For low ionization degrees, however, this approximation is not valid anymore, and the EEDF needs to be calculated. In this project a Master student will develop and validate an own Boltzmann solver. Contact Peter Koelman:

Dust growth in an atmospheric pressure plasma

Nanometer to micrometer dust particles can be used in many applications. For industrial applications it is highly advantageous to create these particles at atmospheric pressure instead of in vacuum. For this reason the possibility of growing dust, with good control over the properties, needs to be explored. Contact Bart Platier:

Equipment list: Airbus A300, centrifuge, laser...

Currently, we are planning a new ESA parabolic flight campaign in which the sheath of a low pressure plasma will be investigated with micron-sized particles as probes. Complementary to these 0g measurements above France, a centrifuge will be used for the 1-11g regime. As the campaign will take place in Q4 of 2018, the student preferably starts late 2017 or early 2018. However now is the time to reserve your spot in the team.Contact Bart Platier: or Job Beckers:

Laser diagnostics on atmospheric pressure plasma bullets

When a plasma jet is driven by high voltage pulses so called plasma bullets are generated. These bullets travel at tremendous speeds of up to 10^6 m/s. Determining their properties is challenging because it requires measurements with high spatial and temporal resolution. Many plasma diagnostics are based around shooting one (or multiple) lasers at the plasma. In this project the plasma bullets can be investigated by applying laser techniques such as Rayleigh scattering, coherent anti-Stokes Raman scattering and Thomson scattering. Contact Marc van der Schans:

Shooting plasma bullets at metallic and dielectric surfaces

In the last few years many new application of plasma jets and bullets have been explored, mostly in the fields of biomedicine and surface treatment. However, complete understanding of the interaction of plasma jets with surfaces is often still lacking. The goal of the project is to investigate the interaction of plasma bullets with metallic and dielectric surfaces. In addition we want to study the possibility of using plasma bullets as a diagnostic tool for surface properties. Contact Marc van der Schans:

List of available BEProjects

Surprising random particle trajectories

Recently we discovered some very interesting physics in the Plasma Particle Charging Investigation setup. Microparticles move quasi randomly, unknown forces make the particles deviate from their expected trajectories. Is this a plasma or a flow effect? Contact Boy van Minderhout,

Plasmas for medicine – experimental

Cold plasmas have considerable potential for disinfection of skin and for wound healing. A spin-off company from the TU/e, Plasmacure, has developed a new, flexible and disposable plasma device for treatment of chronic wounds. This device is currently being tested on diabetic patients with foot ulcers. Plasma diagnostics need to be performed to gain more insight and in preparation for CE certification. Contact Ana Sobota:

Acoustic Mie Scattering

First technical feasibility study for a new installation which may be displayed at the GLOW festival. As acoustic simulations are an important part of the project, there will be a close collaboration with the Turbulence and Vortex Dynamics group. Contact Bart Platier:

The Planeterrella

A Planeterrella is a set-up that can emulate various astrophysical plasma phenomena like Auroras, it contains two magnetized metal spheres on high (DC) voltage. It is operated in air or other gasses at pressures of about 0.5 mbar. The set-up was built in 2016 and still shows many phenomena which we don’t fully understand. Contact Sander Nijdam:

PlasmaPendix: odor control for stoma care by plasma technology

In order to significantly improve the quality of life for stoma patients, PlasmaPendix – a spin-off from the EPG group – developed plasma-assisted technology to control gas flows and to prevent odor release from stoma bags while in use. With proof of principle demonstrated recently we start the next and most important step: characterization of the initiated plasma chemistry and development in terms of plasma geometry and effectiveness. We are looking for motivated students with hands-on attitude. Contact Job Beckers:

Circuit dependent streamer branching in nitrogen

Streamer discharges are the first stage of any spark and occur on nanosecond timescales. They are widely used in many applications for decades. Streamer channels are known to split into multiple smaller channels during propagation. However, the mechanism behind branching is not fully understood yet. We will investigate this phenomenon with two types of electric circuit and generate voltage pulses with rise times from ten to over several hundred nanoseconds, to figure out how streamer branching in nitrogen is influenced by the voltage pulse shape. Contact Yuan Li: