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The C. & J. Nyheim Plasma Institute consists today of 5 laboratories, signifying 5 major directions of NPI research:
  • Applied Plasma Physics Laboratory, led by Professor D. Dobrynin, is focused on development and characterization of novel plasma sources, including nanosecond pulsed plasma and plasma in liquids; development of plasma spectroscopy and other plasma methods of plasma diagnostics; as well as physics and chemistry of plasma catalysis and plasma assisted combustion.

  • Plasma Energy Laboratory, led by Professor A. Rabinovich, is focused on fuel conversion, fuel desulfurization and cleaning, CO2 sequestration, treatment of biomass, hydrogen production, waste-to-energy conversion, and recently on treatment and liquefaction of shale gas.

  • Plasma Water Treatment and Environmental Control Laboratory, led by Professor Y. Cho, is focused on water softening, desalination and disinfection, exhaust gas cleaning, and since 2011 on cleaning and disinfection of energy-field waste water produced from exploration for shale oil and gas.

  • Plasma Medicine Laboratory, led by Professors D. Dobrynin (bio-engineering), and G. Friedman (engineering medicine), is focused on studying the role of plasma in prevention and treatment of many different diseases. Active projects examine the use of plasma sources for sterilization of different surfaces, including living tissues, disinfection of food, water and air streams; wound healing, tissue repair and regeneration, stimulation of angiogenesis, stimulation of cells of the immune system, treatment of cancers etc. Additionally, the laboratory is also focused on plasma's in agricultural practices.

  • Computational Physics Laboratory, led by Professor D. Vainchtein, is focused on numerical and analytical methods, space and laboratory plasma, aerodynamics, and fluid mechanics.

  • Plasma Electrodynamics Laboratory, lead by Professor A. Maltsev, is focused on investigations of physical phenomena related to hard electrons generation in dense gas discharge, on research of different forms of atmospheric discharges with runaway electrons and their action on gases, liquids, solid surfaces, and biological objects, as well as on study of synergetic action of atmospheric plasma and nano-particles (generated in air bubbles inside water) on water pollutants, and on development of effective technologies for deep removing of toxic ions and complex organic and biological pollutants from water.