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May 23, 2022 | Tom Ballard

UAH leading a consortium focused on developing transformative technologies in plasma science and engineering

Nine Alabama universities and one private firm are partnered in a new $20 million, five-year effort led by the University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) to develop transformative technologies in plasma science and engineering (PSE). The project is funded by the National Science Foundation’s Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR).

Named the “Future Technologies enabled by Plasma Processes” (FTPP), the initiative is designed to develop new technologies using plasma – the most abundant form of matter in the observable universe – in hard and soft biomaterials, food safety and sterilization, and space weather prediction. Over the long-term, the goal is to build Alabama’s capacity in PSE research and the supporting workforce and make the state a world-renowned hub for PSE.

Partnered with UAH are its two sibling institutions – UA in Tuscaloosa and UA of Birmingham – along with Auburn University, Tuskegee University, University of South Alabama, Alabama A&M University, Alabama State University, and Oakwood University. They are joined by CFD Research Corporation, a commercial/industrial partner that specializes in computational fluid dynamics software and is located in Cummings Research Park. In addition, FTPP cooperatively partners with three national laboratories (Los Alamos National Lab, Sandia National Lab and Princeton Plasma Physics Lab).

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