University of Minnesota
University of Minnesota: Department of Mechanical Engineering


Peter Bruggeman

Richard and Barbara Nelson Associate Professor

Office: 2101D Mechanical Engineering
Phone: 612-626-8391
Fax: 612-625-4344

Msc. Physics, 2005, Msc. Engineering: Applied Physics 2005, PhD, Applied Physics, 2008, Ghent University, Belgium


Primary research interests are in plasma processes for environmental, biomedical and renewable energy technologies. In these processes the unique large reactivity of atmospheric pressure non-equilibrium plasmas in their interaction with matter is investigated. Recent work is concerned with research and characterization of novel medical plasma devices for wound healing, optimizing and investigating plasma technologies for disinfection, environmental remediation and conversion processes for energy applications. These studies include laser induced fluorescence, optical emission spectroscopy, laser scattering, absorption spectroscopy and mass spectrometry to measure plasma properties and reactive species densities. Further research interests are in plasma chemistry, plasma-liquid interaction and plasma synthesis processes.