Principal Investigator


Prof. Peter Bruggeman

Distinguished McKnight University Professor
Ernst Eckert Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Director of Graduate Studies of Mechanical Engineering
Director, High Temperature and Plasma Laboratory, Mechanical Engineering

Links: Google Scholar, ORCiD, Experts@Minnesota

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Graduate Students




Name: Brian Bayer

Position: PhD Student, Joined in 2019 (co-advised with Prof. Bhan, CEMS)

Research Interests: Interactions between nonthermal plasma and catalytic surfaces, molecular beam mass spectrometry.

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Name: Tanubhav Kumar Srivastava

Position: PhD Student, Joined in 2019

Research Interests: Plasma-liquid interactions, self-organization.

Links: LinkedIn


Name: Jae Hyun Nam

Position: PhD student, Joined in 2021

Research Interests: Plasma driven solution electrolysis & nanoparticle synthesis, modeling.

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Name: Dongxuan Xu

Position: Ph.D. Student, Joined in fall 2021

Research Interests: Plasma driven solution electrolysis, plasma-inactivation, optical diagnostics

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Name: Shubham Dongarwar

Position: PhD student joined in fall 2021

Research interests: NOx removal by plasma catalysis

Links: LinkedIn


Name: Akinbowale Akinshilo

Position: PhD student joined in fall 2023

Research interests: Plasma reduction of Iron ore, Energy conservation/economics, heat transfer and fluid transport phenomena

Links: Linkedin


Name: Griffin Trayner

Position: PhD student joined fall 2023 (co-advised with Prof. Simeni, ME)

Research interests: Ultrafast laser diagnostics of plasmas, sustainability and decarbonization

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NameZilun Xiang

PositionPhD student joined in fall 2023 (co-advised with Prof. Bhan, CEMS)

Research interestsPlasma driven solution electrolysis,  optical diagnostics, transport phenomena



NameShatha Alabbad

PositionPhD student joined in fall 2023

Research interestsPlasma driven solution electrochemistry, electro-catalysis, kinetic modeling



NameEva Wolfe (co-advised with Prof. Bhan, CEMS)

PositionPhD student joined in fall 2023

Research interestsNOx abatement by plasma catalysis

Name: Binit Bipul Singh 
Position: Ph.D. student, Joined in 2021
Research Interest: Plasma-assisted reduction of iron ore

Post Doctoral Researcher


Name: Mahreen Khan

Position: Postdoctoral fellow, Joined in 2022

Research Interests: RF-based atmospheric pressure plasma jets and plasma diagnostics

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Name: Visal Veng

Position: Postdoctoral fellow, Joined in 2024

Research Interests: Plasma reactor design and characterization, non-thermal plasma applications, microwave plasma for methane pyrolysis, and plasma catalysis

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Name: Siebe Dijcks

Position: Postdoctoral fellow, Joined in 2024 (co-advised with Prof. Bhan)

Research Interests: Plasma diagnostics, Non-equilibrium plasmas, plasma catalysis, supersonic plasmas and methane conversion.


Visiting Scholar


Name: Yuhang Du

Position: visiting PhD student joined in 2024 

Research interests: Cold plasma treatment for agricultural products; plasma modification, food packaging

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Our group members have gone on to do great things!

  • Vadrevu, P. -- Activated Research Company
  • Jain, S. -- IDOM, Inc.
  • Wang, J. -- University of Minnesota (Simeni Group)
  • Yue, Y. -- Lam Research
  • Nayak, G. -- Micron Technology, Inc.
  • Jiang, J. -- Micron Technology, Inc.
  • Mahajan, S. -- Intel
  • Aboubakr, H. -- University of Minnesota
  • Brahme, A. -- Lennox
  • Dabhole, S. -- Midwest Interventional Systems, LLC
  • Gangal U. -- Hamline University
  • Hofmann, S. -- LIME
  • Kondeti, S. -- Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory
  • Kruyen, A.H.J. -- TNO
  • Luo, Y. -- Wayfair
  • Mensink, R. -- Shell
  • Moldgy, A. -- Intel
  • Simeni, M. -- University of Minnesota
  • Suresh, N. -- Intel
  • van der Horst, R. -- ASML
  • van Gessel, A. -- ASML
  • van Gils, C. -- University Hospital, Utrecht
  • van Grootel, S. -- (affiliation unknown)
  • van Ham, D. -- Oce Printing
  • Vasko, C. -- Vasko EDV Sofwarelosungen
  • Verreycken, T. -- DIFFER
  • Williams, P. -- Somnetics International
  • Yatom, S. -- Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory
  • Zhang, S. -- University of Maryland


​​​​​Fellowships and Conference:

  • Dr. G. Nayak - Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship, University of Minnesota, 2019-20 and Kermit and Ione Ebeltoft Interdisciplinary Doctoral Fellowship, University of Minnesota, 2018-19.
  • Dr. V.S.S.K. Kondeti - Young investigator award ISPC 2017 and ICOPS 2016 Best student paper awardee.
  • Dr. S. Hofmann - 2012 IEEE NPPS best student paper awardee, awarded at ICOPS meeting July 8-12, 2012 in Edinburgh (UK).
  • Dr. A.F.H. van Gessel - cum laude (top 5% thesis within the university).

Group Alumni:

Past Postdoctoral Fellows:

  • Dr. J. Wang, Research Associate, 2021-2023
  • Dr. G. Nayak, Research Associate, 2021-2022
  • Dr. Stephen Exarhos, Research Associate, 2020-2022
  • Dr. Marien Simeni Simeni, Research Associate, 2018-2020
  • Dr. Shurik Yatom, Postdoctoral Researcher, 2014-2016
  • Dr. Urvashi Gangal, Postdoctoral Associate, 2013-2016

Visiting Scholars Hosted:

  • T. Thedens, visiting scholar, Hamburg University of Technology, Germany, 2023
  • S. Deng, visiting PhD student, Tokyo Institute of Technology, 2023
  • M. Jacquart, visiting scholar, Université Paris-Saclay, France, 2022
  • J. Wang, visiting PhD student, Xi`an Jiaotong University, China, 2019-2021
  • D. Yuan, associate professor, Yanshan University, China, 2019-2020
  • S. Tang, associate professor, Yanshan University, China, Chinese Government Scholarship (CSC) 2019-2020
  • Y. Zheng, visiting PhD student, Xi`an Jiaotong University, China, Chinese Government Scholarship (CSC), 2018-2019
  • W. Xei, visiting PhD student, Sichuan University, China, Chinese Government Scholarship (CSC), 2018-2019
  • prof. N. Sadeghi, Laboratoire Interdisciplinaire de Physique Grenoble, France, May 2018
  • Dr. Z. Chang, lecturer, Xi’an Jiaotong University, China, Chinese Government Scholarship (CSC), 2017-2018
  • Dr. N. Zhao, Xi’an Jiaotong University, China, 2017-2018
  • Dr. M. Qian, Associate Professor, Nanchang University, Chinese Government Scholarship (CSC), 2017-2018
  • Dr. S. Sasaki, JSPS fellow, Tohoku University, Japan, 2017-2018
  • D. Yuan, Zhejiang University, China Chinese Government Scholarship (CSC), 2017-2018
  • E. van Doremaele, visiting scholar (master project), Eindhoven University of Technology, 2017-2018
  • Dr. U. Gangal, guest researcher, June 2016 - present
  • H. Taghvaei, visiting PhD student, Shiraz University, Iran, February -October 2016
  • Dr. J. Santos Sousa, visiting scholar, visiting from University Paris Sud, Paris,  March-April 2016
  • Dr. R. Brandenburg, visiting scholar, visiting from INP Greifswald, Germany, November 2015
  • G. Oinuma, guest researcher, Mitsubishi Electric, Japan, October 2015-October 2016
  • Y. Du, visiting PhD student, Tsinghua University, China, September 2015-September 2016
  • Dr. K. Wende, post-doctoral associate, visiting from INP Greifswald, Germany, November 2013-May 2014, August-September 2015
  • Professor Q. Xiong, guest researcher, College of Electrical Engineering, Chongqing University, China, November 2013-July 2014