Peter Bruggeman

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Peter Bruggeman

Ernst Eckert Professor and Associate Department Head, Mechanical Engineering


Mechanical Engineering
Room 2101D
111 Church Street SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455


Director, High Temperature and Plasma Laboratory


Ph.D. 2008, Applied Physics, Ghent University, Belgium
Msc. 2008, Engineering, Ghent University, Belgium
Msc. 2005, Physics, Ghent University, Belgium

Selected Professional Activities

  • Committee member, Decadal Study of Plasma Science (Plasma 2020), National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, 2018-2019
  • Section editor of plasma and plasma-material interactions for Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics, Institute of Physics Publishing (IOPP), 2015-present
  • Elected member board of directors of the International Society of Plasma Chemistry, 2014-2021
  • Technical area coordinator for Plasma and Pulsed Power Diagnostics of 46th IEEE International Pulsed Power and Plasma Science meeting, Orlando, Florida, June 23-28, 2019
  • Chair of the Gordon Research Conference on Plasma Processing Science, USA, 2018

Professional Background

Associate Director DOE Center for Low Temperature Plasma Interactions with Complex Interfaces, 2019-present
Associate Head of Department, Mechanical Engineering, 2019-present
Professor of Mechanical Engineering, University of Minnesota, 2017-present
Director, High Temperature and Plasma Laboratory (2017-present)
Richard and Barbara Nelson Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering, 2013-2017
Assistant Professor of Applied Physics at Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands, 2009-2010
Visiting research fellow, Loughborough University, UK, 2008 - 2009


Peter Bruggeman's research is focused on low temperature non-equilibrium plasmas. These plasmas enable many environmental, biomedical and renewable energy applications and material processing and chemical technologies.

Plasma Science and Engineering Group - L130
High Temperature and Plasma Laboratory - L120/L122

ME Research Areas
Biosystems & Bioengineering

ME Impact Areas
Human Health
Next Generation Manufacturing

Research Interests
  • Non-equilibrium plasma physics and chemistry
  • Plasma technologies for environmental, chemical, energy, biomedical and decontamination applications
  • Plasma-surface interactions
  • Plasma diagnostics
  • Multiphase plasmas in and in contact with liquids

Honors and Awards

  • George W. Taylor Award for Distinguished Research of the College of Science and Engineering of the University of Minnesota, 2020
  • American Vacuum Society Peter Mark Memorial Award, 2018
  • US Department of Energy Early Career Award, 2016
  • International Union of Pure and Applied Physics Young Scientist Medal and Prize in Plasma Physics, 2013
  • Noah Hershkowitz Early Career Award, 2012
  • European Physical Journal D special lecture award at the 6th International Workshop on Micro-plasmas, Paris, France, April, 2011

Selected Publications

  • V.S.S.K. Kondeti, C. Phan, K. Wende, H. Jablonowski, U. Gangal, J. Granick, R.C. Hunter and P.J. Bruggeman, Long-lived and short-lived reactive species produced by a cold atmospheric pressure plasma jet for the inactivation of Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Staphylococcus aureus, Free Radical Biology and Medicine 124 275–287, 2018
  • P.J. Bruggeman, M.J. Kushner, B.R. Locke, J.G.E. Gardeniers, W.G. Graham, D.B. Graves, R.C. Hofman-Caris, D. Maric, J.P. Reid, E. Ceriani, D. Fernandez Rivas, J. E. Foster, S.C. Garrick, Y. Gorbanev, S. Hamaguchi, F. Iza, J. Kolb, F. Krcma, P. Lukes, Z. Machala, I. Marinov, D. Mariotti, S. Mededovic Thagard, D. Minakata, E. Neyts, J. Pawlat, Z.Lj. Petrovic, R. Pfieger, S. Reuter, D.C. Schram, S. Schroter, M. Shiraiwa, B. Tarabová, H. Tresp, P. Tsai, J. Verlet, T. von Woedtke, E. Vyhnankova, K.R. Wilson, K. Yasui, G. Zvereva, Plasma-liquid interactions: a review and roadmap, Plasma Sources Sci. Technol. 26, 053002, 2016
  • K. Wende, P. Williams, J. Dalluge, W. Van Gaens, H. Aboubakr, J. Bischof, T. von Woedtke, S. M. Goyal, K.-D. Weltmann, A. Bogaerts, K. Masur and P.J. Bruggeman, Identification of the biologically active liquid chemistry induced by a nonthermal atmospheric pressure plasma jet, Biointerphases 10, 029518, 2015
  • S. Hübner, S. Hofmann, E.M. van Veldhuizen and P.J. Bruggeman, Electron densities and energies of a guided argon streamer in argon and air environments, Plasma Sources Sci. Technol. 22 065011, 2013
  • P. Bruggeman and C. Leys, Non-thermal plasmas in and in contact with liquids, J. Phys. D: Appl. Phys. 42 053001, 2009

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