From Luxembourg back to the United States again for our new Scientist of the Week, professor Peter Bruggeman! Peter is well-known in the plasma community. He is currently working at the University of Minnesota but a lot of us know him from the time that he conducted research at the University of Ghent and the Eindhoven University of Technology.
Thank you Peter for taking the time to provide an interview to The Science and Engineering Café. We are all very excited to learn more about you and your research!
Dr. Bruggeman is the Richard and Barbara Nelson Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Minnesota. He obtained his PhD from the University of Ghent, Belgium in 2008 and was an Assistant Professor of Applied Physics at Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands between 2009-2013. His primary research interests are plasma-liquid interaction and non-equilibrium plasma kinetics and chemistry applied to plasma processes for environmental, biomedical and renewable energy technologies.
Professor Bruggeman received several awards including the IOP 2012 Hershkowitz Early Career Award, the 2013 IUPAP Young Scientist Medal and Prize in Plasma Physics and the 2016 Department of Energy Early Career Award. He is section editor for Plasmas and Plasma-Surface Interactions of the Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics and a member of the editorial board of 5 other journals in his research field. He is an elected member of the board of directors of the International Society of Plasma Chemistry. Professor Bruggeman chaired the Frontiers in Low Temperature Plasma Diagnostics X held in Kerkrade, The Netherlands in 2013 and co-organized the Lorentz workshop: Gas/Plasma-liquid interface: transport, chemistry and fundamental data in 2014 in Leiden, The Netherlands. He was also vice-chair of the 2016 Gordon Research Conference on Plasma Processing Science and will be chairing this meeting in 2018.
Professor Bruggeman has published 80 papers in peer-reviewed journals of which 10 have been selected as journal highlights. He has co-authored five invited review papers and delivered invited keynote lectures at over 55 international meetings.