About PCRF

About PCRF

The Princeton Collaborative Low Temperature Plasma Research Facility (PCRF) provides a plasma science community and industry access to state-of-the-art research capabilities and expertise for comprehensive characterization of low temperature plasma (LTP) properties with the goal of advancing methods of predictive control of LTP with focuses on:

  • plasma-liquid and plasma-solid interactions
  • collective phenomena in LTP
  • use of LTP in modern applications (e.g. material synthesis and processing, bio/med/agro, aerospace)

The PCRF is supported by the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Science, Fusion Energy Sciences and managed by the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL). The PCRF is open for all collaborators/users.

The PCRF is formed from the existing LTP laboratories at PPPL and the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (MAE) Department of Princeton University, with a total collective lab space greater than 7000 sq. ft., each located within 3 miles from each other.

The PCRF research and facility program are built on the existing and fruitful collaboration between PPPL and Princeton MAE researchers, and demonstrated excellent track record of successful integration of experimental and modeling research in their collaborative efforts.

In addition to PCRF research resources, PCRF collaborators/users are provided with access to PPPL/Princeton University computer network and helpdesk services. PCRF collaborators/users use PPPL engineering, facilities, and administrative services, and specialized laboratories and institutes at the Princeton University such as the Princeton Institute for the Science and Technology of Materials (PRISM) with state-of-the-art materials evaluation diagnostics.