Fridman is an expert in the science and engineering applications of plasma — the fourth state of matter that occurs when a gas is exposed to an electric field; examples include a bolt of lightning, welding arcs and the gas inside neon signs or plasma televisions. The focus of his research at the Nyheim Plasma Institute is developing new engineering solutions that allow plasma to be used for sterilization, tissue healing water treatment and many other applications.
As co-director of the Institute’s Plasma Engineering Group, Fridman leads National Science Foundation and U.S. Department of Agriculture-funded research on understanding how plasma interacts with biological systems from mammalian cells to fruits and vegetables. His lab is also developing technology that uses plasma to sterilize medical instruments and prevent cross-contamination in food processing. In addition to holding a number of patents for plasma technology he developed, Fridman is also the editor-in-chief of Plasma Medicine, the journal of the International Society for Plasma Medicine.
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