RAPID Reactive Atmospheric Plasma processIng eDucation network Marie-Curie Initial Training Network (MC-ITN) – plasma physics meets plasma chemistry
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RAPID is an interdisciplinary network to train new PhD students and young researchers at the intersection of chemistry, physics and engineering, aimed particularly at the development of reactive processes in atmospheric pressure plasmas. Thereby, the great success of low-pressure plasmas in enabling a multitude of applications ranging from material synthesis to the automotive and microelectronics industries can be repeated.
Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany
Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands
University of Antwerp, Belgium
FUJIFILM, The Netherlands
University of Ulster, United Kingdom University of Manchester, United Kingdom VITO, Belgium
Tyndall National Institute, Ireland
Fraunhofer IST, Germany
Atmospheric Pressure Plasma Processing
Atmospheric-pressure plasmas are currently receiving special interest in plasma technology due to their ease of integration in many industrial processes. Emerging research fields such as large area solar cells, gas permeation barriers for polymers and plasma chemical gas conversion are selected within RAPID. Those applications can only be realized if the non equilibrium character of the plasmas can be preserved at high pressures. This is achieved either by a miniaturization of the plasma, by dielectric barriers and a pulsed operation, or by generating the plasma in high velocity gas flows. The generation of a stable and homogenous plasma, however, is extremely challenging and requires a thorough understanding of the fundamentals of these plasmas in modeling and simulation, in diagnostics, and in scale-up strategies of plasma reactors.
The research success requires a specific training covering diverse aspects such as modeling and simulation of plasmas and surfaces, diagnostics to feed these models and the implications for industrial scale-up. The RAPID network includes specialists in all of these areas.
Research Work Packages:
Modeling and Simulation
1D Systems - Plasma bulk processes
2D Systems - Thin Films
3D Systems - Localised treatments
The central motivation and goal for the Multi-Partner ITN-RAPID is to combine the disciplines of physics, chemical engineering, chemistry, fluid dynamics, material science and plasma modeling into one consortium. The research and training of 12 Early-Stage Researchers (ESR/PhD) and 3 Experienced Researchers (ER/PostDocs) in RAPID covers diverse fields ranging from theory and simulation to diagnostics and applications.
The RAPID network is designed to promote the career of the fellows actively. Each fellow will be supervised by two principal mentors – an academic supervisor and an industry mentor.
Nr of positions available : 12
Early stage researcher or 0-4 yrs (Post graduate)
First Stage Researcher (R1)
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