Marien Simeni

Marien Simeni Simeni, Research Staff in ME

Marien Simeni

Richard and Barbara Nelson Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering


Mechanical Engineering
Room 209
111 Church Street SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455


Ph.D. 2015, Aerospace Engineering, Ecole Centrale Paris, France
M.S. 2011, Aerospace Engineering, Ecole Centrale Paris, France

B.S. 2009, Physics, Ecole Normale Superieure Cachan and Universite Pierre et Marie Curie, France

Professional Background

Richard and Barbara Nelson Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering, University of Minnesota, 2022-present
Associate Research Physicist, Plasma Science & Technology, Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory, 2020-2022

Research Associate, Mechanical Engineering, University of Minnesota, 2018-2020

Postdoctoral Associate, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Ohio State University, 2015-2018

Scientific & Professional Societies

  • American Physical Society (APS)
  • National Society of Black Physicists (NSBP)
  • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
  • American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)


Marien Simeni is interested in harnessing the molecular energy transfers and chemical kinetics occurring in non-equilibrium plasmas for developing plasma-based technologies relevant for energy and advanced manufacturing applications. He seeks to make students realize how their courses connect to real world problems and then enable them to solve those problems.

Simeni Group — Laboratory for Plasma Soft X-Ray Light Sources and Diagnostics
High Temperature and Plasma Laboratory (HTPL)

ME Research Areas
Materials & Mechanics

ME Impact Areas
Energy Transition

Environment & Sustainability
Next-Gen Manufacturing

Research Interests

Professor Simeni’s research focuses on the development of advanced (ultrafast) diagnostics for low to high pressure plasmas as well as the generation of efficient extreme ultraviolet and soft x-ray light sources for the manufacturing of nanometer-sized semiconductor chip components.

  • Non-Equilibrium Plasma Kinetics and Energy Transfers
  • Plasma Diagnostics
  • Plasma-Material Interactions
  • Soft X-ray Plasma Light Sources
  • Laser-Produced Plasmas
  • Reactive and High Speed Flows
Teaching Subjects
ME 8361: Molecular Gas Dynamics

Honors and Awards

  • Co-chair (elected) of the Gordon Research Seminar (GRS): Plasma Processing Science in Andover, NH (2022)
  • Member of the Division of Plasma Physics (DPP) fellowship committee (2022)
  • Laboratory Directed Research and Development (LDRD) funding, PI, Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (2021-2022)
  • First recipient of the Robert Ellis Jr postdoctoral fellowship in Plasma Physics, Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (2020)
  • Invited speaker at the 72nd Gaseous Electronics Conference (GEC) in College Station, TX (2019)
  • Selected talk from the Gordon Research Seminar to the Gordon Research Conference Plasma Processing Science in Smithfield, RI (2018)
  • Best poster award, Frontiers in Low Temperature Plasma Diagnostics (FLTPD) conference in Kerkrade, the Netherlands (2013)
  • PhD Fellowship from the French Ministry of Research (2011-2014)

Selected Publications

  • Y. Tang, M. Simeni Simeni, Q. Yao and I.V. Adamovich, Non-premixed Counterflow Methane Flames in DC/AC/ NS Electric Fields, Combustion and Flame 240, 112051 (2022)
  • M. Simeni Simeni, Y. Zheng, E.V. Barnat and P.J. Bruggeman, Townsend to glow discharge transition for a nanosecond pulse plasma in helium: space charge formation and resulting electric field dynamics, Plasma Sources Sci. Technol. 30, 055004 (2021)
  • J. Wang, M. Simeni Simeni, M. Rong and P.J. Bruggeman, Absolute OH density and gas temperature measurements by laser induced fluorescence in a microsecond pulsed discharge generated in a conductive NaCl solution, Plasma Sources Sci. Technol. 30, 075016 (2021)
  • M. Simeni Simeni, Y. Tang, K. Frederickson and I.V. Adamovich, Electric field distribution in a surface plasma flow actuator powered by ns discharge pulse trains, Plasma Sources Sci. Technol. 27, 104001 (2018)
  • M. Simeni Simeni, B. Goldberg, I. Gulko, K. Frederickson and I.V. Adamovich, Sub-nanosecond resolution electric field measurements during ns pulse breakdown in ambient air, J. Phys. D: Appl. Phys. 51, 01LT01 (2018)
  • M. Simeni Simeni, B. Goldberg, C. Zhang, W.R. Lempert and I.V. Adamovich, Electric field measurements in a nanosecond pulse discharge in atmospheric air, J. Phys. D: Appl. Phys. 50, 184002 (2017)

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