Electric plasmas on Earth occur naturally in lightning and other electrostatic discharges. They have been used to generate ozone, light and heat for centuries. In the last few decades plasmas formed by discharges in low pressure gas have been at the core of what has become a 300 billion dollar global semiconductor industry. The same medium is now offering new ways to do medicinal chemsitry. This talk will be about some of the curious non-equilibrium science that is asscoiated with these plasmas.
Professor Nick Braithwaite was brought up in West Yorkshire, he crossed the Pennines to study Physics at Manchester University (UMIST) and then ventured south to do a D Phil in Plasma Physics in Oxford, in the Engineering Science Department. After a succession of Oxford-based, Postdoc positions in plasma science he joined the Materials Engineering Department at the Open University as a lecturer electronic materials. Here he was able to complete his metamorphosis into an engineer, becoming Professor of Engineering Physics in 2002. In 2004 he transferred to the OU Physics & Astronomy department of which he was head for 7 years. Throughout his academic career he has worked on non-equilibrium plasmas for technological applications. he now directs the OpenScience Lab at the OU, an online platform for practical science.
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