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The EPS PPD Innovation Prize 2018 has been awarded to Professor Arutiun Ehiasarian

Posted By Administration, Friday 2 March 2018

The EPS Plasma Physics Division is happy to announce that the EPS PPD Innovation Prize 2018 has been awarded to

Professor Arutiun Ehiasarian

"for the use of plasma physics in coating technology and engineering, through seminal contributions to the science and industrial applications of High Power Impulse Magnetron Sputtering for substrate pre-treatment and deposition of coatings and thin films."

 

Long citation

The emergence of the High Power Impulse Magnetron Sputtering (HIPIMS) is the most significant development in plasma vapour deposition (PVD) technology in the past decade. Its importance to the field is at the same level as the invention of the magnetron itself. After more than a decade of dedication to the development of this technology, the undisputed leader in the area of HIPIMS is Professor Arutiun P. Ehiasarian of Sheffield Hallam University, UK. His accomplishments are many, and include: significantly deepening the understanding of the fundamentals of the process; being the first to implement the technique using industrial scale equipment; patenting HIPIMS metal ion surface pre-treatment; and being the first to analyze the growth mechanisms of complex films.  Furthermore Professor Ehiasarian has been a leader in organising scientific forums to exchange knowledge and accelerate the progress of this new area of plasma physics applications.

Professor Ehiasarian's central role in developing understanding of the physics of the HIPIMS discharge and applications to thin film technology is reflected by the fact that, in 2003, he was awarded the first UK grant to study the fundamental physics of HIPIMS. His research provided the first direct evidence of the presence of large fractions of singly and doubly charged metal ions in HIPIMS, through electron impact ionisation.  He discovered a new regime of plasma confinement and mechanism for discharge sustainment. He elucidated the origins of the ion and electron energy distribution functions, and found conditions for high levels of dissociation of reactive gas, leading to changes in crystallographic texture and extreme densification of the deposited films. In 2006 he discovered strong instabilities in the HIPIMS plasma which self-organised along the racetrack, causing localised ejection of plasma across magnetic field lines. This has led to a revision of the understanding of the working principle of the magnetron itself.

Professor Ehiasarian is among the world leaders in the effort to make HIPIMS accessible to the wider community and to develop its industrial applications. He was the first in the field to accomplish the scale-up of the HIPIMS process. Based on his design, Hüttinger manufactured the first industrially viable power supply to drive targets with an area of 2000 square centimetres. This instigated the industrialisation of the HIPIMS technology worldwide. Professor Ehiasarian has supported the establishment of the largest production HIPIMS coating facility at Ionbond UK in 2014. Based on his work, Zimmer Biomet successfully implanted HIPIMS-coated artificial joints in a sheep test model; this demonstrated unparalleled biocompatibility, metal ion release reduction, and adhesion.

Professor Ehiasarian patented the HIPIMS etching technology which has been licensed to number of companies in Europe and the USA. Both Hauzer and CemeCon market HIPIMS systems for hard coatings, with impressive sales.  Two of their customers, Walter AG and Mitsubishi Materials, offer HIPIMS-coated cutting tools in their commercial portfolio. Collaboration with Oerlikon Balzers to introduce production technology for wafer metallisation led to several systems operating in the field. Together with the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (UK), Professor Ehiasarian developed HIPIMS technology for coatings for cryogenic coolers for space satellites, achieving spaceflight qualification.

Professor Ehiasarian has been the clear leader in rallying the international scientific community to focus on the new HIPIMS technology, and to promote the dissemination and exchange of knowledge. As early as 2003 he organised and chaired the first HIPIMS sessions at international conferences in the USA. Since 2010 he has chaired the International Conference on HIPIMS, organised jointly with the Fraunhofer IST and endorsed by the European Joint Committee.

In general the whole body of Professor Ehiasarian’s work is impressive. It provides a rare example of exceptionally broad research across the whole spectrum from fundamental studies to large scale industrialisation.


 

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2017 EPS Alfvén and Plasma Innovation Prizes: winners have been announced!

Posted By Gina Gunaratnam, Monday 13 March 2017

The 2017 Alfvén prize is awarded to Ksenia Aleksandrovna Razumova, from the Kurchatov Institute (Moscow, Russia), for

“obtaining, for the first time, a macroscopically stable plasma column in a tokamak configuration; this led to the world-wide programme of experimental exploration and development of the tokamak concept for magnetic confinement fusion”.


The 2017 Innovation award is going to Michel Moisan, from the Université de Montréal (Québec, Canada), for

“pioneering contributions to the development and understanding of microwave plasma sources and their applications to materials processing, healthcare and environmental protection”.

 

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EPS Plasma Physics Innovation Prize 2015: call for nominations

Posted By Administration, Thursday 9 October 2014

Research in Plasma Physics has multiple and rich outcomes with direct and/or indirect applications. These applications, which are sometimes inconspicuous and even unknown to the layman, can have significant impacts on daily human life as well as on economic activity. Surprisingly, some of the impacts seem far from the basic Plasma Physics research which gave birth to these key original ideas, but nonetheless represent exemplary innovative strategies. Today, applications of Plasma Physics flourish in vastly different domains, such as radioactive waste transmutation, medicine, isotope separation processes (with fundamental applications to cancer therapy), infection treatment, material processing, torch cutting and welding, flat TV screens, lighting systems, thrusters, as well as countless other medical, industrial and engineering applications. Within the general framework of the relationship between "Science and Society", there is a strong effort on communication between research and public domains in many countries.

The European Physical Society is keenly aware of these important applications. As a dual gesture of stimulation and recognition, a new annual prize has been created by the Plasma Physics Division of the European Physical Society. This prize targets research which has demonstrably led to robust innovative applications or important effects on society. Nominations in any fields are encouraged.

Establishment and Support
The prize has been established in 2008 and supported by the Plasma Physics Division of the European Physics Society. The Prize is given once a year and consists of 3000 euros and a certificate citing the contributions made by the recipient.  More information and previous winners can be found at :  http://plasma.ciemat.es/eps/awards/innovation-award/

Rules and eligibility :
Nominees need not now be working on the topics. Any work may be submitted. The recognized contribution may be a product, a process or a tool enabling practical application issued directly from plasma physics field.
Existing applications (i.e. excluding those expected to be developped within a short time or forthcoming future) will be taken into consideration. Moreover, applications developped in areas outside the plasma research field in which these were born will be analyzed by the jury. High technology products /tools which represent only extensions of works developped in the same original research field will be not considered.
Nominees need not to be EPS members. Nominees candidatures are submitted by nominators as detailed below. Proposals for prize sharing are also admitted. There is no restriction in terms of geography and/or nationality.

Nominations and selection Process
A broad spectrum of nominations and in particular from companies/institutions/National and/or Universities laboratories are encouraged to apply. To complete the nomination, you (the nominator) are asked to provide the EPS Plasma Physics Innovation Prize nomination form by November 1st 2014.

Completed forms should be sent to:
Chair of the EPS Plasma Physics Division, Dr. Sylvie Jacquemot, LULI, Ecole Polytechnique, 91128 Palaiseau cedex, France
Email address: sylvie.jacquemot@polytechnique.edu

Contacts:
Bertrand Lembège :     bertrand.lembege@latmos.ipsl.fr
Holger Kernsten :         kersten@physik.uni-kiel.de
Achim.vonKeudell:      Achim.vonKeudell@rub.de

Download the nomination form.

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Nomination for the EPS Plasma Physics Innovation Prize 2014

Posted By Administration, Tuesday 29 October 2013
Research in Plasma Physics has multiple and rich outcomes with direct and/or indirect applications. These applications, which are sometimes inconspicuous and even unknown to the layman, can have significant impacts on daily human life as well as on economic activity. Surprisingly, some of the impacts seem far from the basic Plasma Physics research which gave birth to these key original ideas, but nonetheless represent exemplary innovative strategies. Today, applications of Plasma Physics flourish in vastly different domains, such as radioactive waste transmutation, medicine, isotope separation processes (with fundamental applications to cancer therapy), infection treatment, material processing, torch cutting and welding, flat TV screens, lighting systems, thrusters, as well as countless other medical, industrial and engineering applications. Within the general framework of the relationship between "Science and Society", there is a strong effort on communication between research and public domains in many countries.

The European Physical Society is keenly aware of these important applications. As a dual gesture of stimulation and recognition, a new annual prize has been created by the Plasma Physics Division of the European Physical Society. This prize targets research which has demonstrably led to robust innovative applications or important effects on society. Nominations in any fields are encouraged.

Establishment and Support
The prize has been established in 2008 and supported by the Plasma Physics Division of the European Physics Society. The Prize is given once a year and consists of 3000 euros and a certificate citing the contributions made by the recipient.  More information and previous winners can be found at :  http://plasma.ciemat.es/eps/awards/innovation-award/

Rules and eligibility :
Nominees need not now be working on the topics. Any work may be submitted. The recognized contribution may be a product, a process or a tool enabling practical application issued directly from plasma physics field.
Existing applications (i.e. excluding those expected to be developped within a short time or forthcoming future) will be taken into consideration. Moreover, applications developped in areas outside the plasma research field in which these were born will be analyzed by the jury. High technology products /tools which represent only extensions of works developped in the same original research field will be not considered.
Nominees need not to be EPS members. Nominees candidatures are submitted by nominators as detailed below. Proposals for prize sharing are also admitted. There is no restriction in terms of geography and/or nationality.


Nominations and selection Process
A broad spectrum of nominations and in particular from companies/institutions/National and/or Universities laboratories are encouraged to apply. To complete the nomination, you (the nominator) are asked to provide the EPS Plasma Physics Innovation Prize nomination form by November 8th 2013.
   

Completed forms should be sent to
Chair of the EPS Plasma Physics Division
Dr. Sylvie Jacquemot
LULI, Ecole Polytechnique
91128 Palaiseau cedex
France
Email address
: sylvie.jacquemot@polytechnique.edu


Contacts
  • Bertrand Lembège :     bertrand.lembege@latmos.ipsl.fr
  • Holger Kernsten :         kersten@physik.uni-kiel.de
  • Achim.vonKeudell:      Achim.vonKeudell@rub.de

More info

Website of the EPS Plasma Physics Division
Call for nominations for the 2014 EPS Plasma Physics Innovation prize

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