The future for plasma science and technology

Klaus Dieter Weltmann, Juergen F. Kolb, Marcin Holub, Dirk Uhrlandt, Milan Šimek, Kostya (Ken) Ostrikov, Satoshi Hamaguchi, Uroš Cvelbar, Mirko Černák, Bruce Locke, Alexander Fridman, Pietro Favia, Kurt Becker

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The application of gas discharge plasmas has assumed an important place in many manufacturing processes. Plasma methods contribute significantly to the economic prosperity of industrialized societies. However, plasma is mainly an enabling method and therefore its role remains often hidden. Hence the success of plasma technologies is described for different examples and commercial areas. From these examples and emerging applications, the potential of plasma technologies is discussed. Economic trends are anticipated together with research needs. The community of plasma scientists strongly believes that more exciting advances will continue to foster innovations and discoveries in the first decades of the 21st century, if research and education will be properly funded and sustained by public bodies and industrial investors.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number1800118
JournalPlasma Processes and Polymers
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2019


  • economic potential and impact
  • plasma technology
  • research needs
  • societal challenges
  • trends and directions

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Polymers and Plastics


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