COOL-Plasma: Efficient cold-plasma generation for applications in spacecraft propulsion and wound treatment

Project ID: 236

Cube proposed by: Juan Manuel Rivas Davila

Unit: Engineering

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About this project: 
Cold plasmas have the potential to revolutionize a wide range of applications: from enhancing space travel down to improving care in the clinic and operating room. Our current team specializes in basic plasma physics and space propulsion research (Longmier), efficient high-temperature solid-state (RF) sources to energize cold plasmas (Rivas), and a microbiologist specializing in approaches to control microbial infections (Rickard). Through MCubed, we would like to develop small and efficient cold plasma source devices for use in spacecraft propulsion systems and topical wound healing in a medical setting. Space-based application of cold plasmas will greatly benefit from lighter plasma sources as more payload and/or more propellant can be put onboard. In medical situations, we see promising applications for a tunable device to control microbial biofilms communities which are up to 1000 times more resistant to traditional antimicrobial treatments and a nidus for the recurrent and persistent infections