Plasma-Québec is a strategic network in plasma science and applications. Unique in Canada, it aims to pursue advanced research in domains where the plasma is central.
Indeed, due to their diversity, plasma can provide innovative and economically viable solutions to various present and future problems of technological and societal importance. This fourth state of matter is a medium most often out of equilibrium in which coexist free particles (electrons, ions, atoms, molecules and radicals) and radiation covering a wide spectral range from THz to X-rays. All these species can interact physically or chemically between them and with the materials in contact with the plasma. Due to these exceptional characteristics, plasmas are therefore central to synthesize, modify and analyze materials and nanomaterials, to fabricate micro- and nanostructures, to produce light sources with unprecedented spectral properties, to destroy and transform hazardous compounds, etc. In many examples, plasmas provide attractive and flexible tools providing economic and ecological solutions to various problems that could not be solved otherwise. For these reasons, over the last 30 years, plasmas have progressively invest a broad range of sectors of great socio-economic importance such as telecommunications, photonics, biomedical, environment, energy and aerospace to name only a few.
The researchers of Plasma-Québec (from Université de Montréal, INRS-ÉMT, McGill University, École Polytechnique de Montréal, Université de Sherbrooke and Concordia University) have joined their efforts to undertake leading edge research by capitalizing on a wide range of expertise in plasma science, in forefront plasma processes and in their applications. This research is supported by a unique experimental capability that includes numerous advanced plasma reactors, plasma diagnostic techniques, lithography systems, and materials and nanomaterials characterization tools. This broad expertise together with these experimental tools allows us to provide solutions for a wide range of scientific and industrial needs.