Dr. Michael Keidar is A. James Clark Professor of Engineering. His research concerns advanced spacecraft propulsion, plasma-based nanotechnology, and plasma medicine. He has authored over 240 journal articles and author of textbook “Plasma Engineering: from Aerospace and Nano and Bio technology” (Elsevier, March 2013). He received 2017 Davidson award in plasma physics. In 2016 he was elected AIAA National Capital Section Engineer of the Year and in 2017 he received AIAA Engineer of the Year award for his work on micropropulsion resulted in successful launch of nanosatellite with thrusters developed by his laboratory. Many of his papers have been featured on the cover of high impact journals and his research has been covered by various media outlets. Prof. Keidar serves as an AIP Advances academic editor, Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions in Radiation and Plasma Medical Sciences and member of editorial board of half dozen of journals. He is Fellow of APS and Associate Fellow of AIAA.
Irina Schweigert is a research scientist at MpNL and the Institute of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics SB RAS in Novosibirsk, Russia. She received her B.S. and M.S. degrees in physics from the Novosibirsk State University in 1981. She also received a Ph.D. in physics and mathematics in 1990. She has authored more than 90 scientific papers in major peer-reviewed journals, with over 70 first authorship in these publications. Her current research activity includes multidimensional simulations of all types of discharge plasmas in magnetic fields with kinetic effects. She is the creator and principal developer of 2D3V Particle-in-cell Monte Carlo algorithm code and 1D and 2D combined fluid codes (PIC+fluid) for discharge plasma simulations.
Carles Corbella got in 2006 his PhD in Applied Physics at the University of Barcelona, Spain. The topic was diamond-like carbon (DLC) and metal-DLC nanocomposite coatings grown by pulsed plasma techniques. In the meantime, he worked as research assistant in the sputtering laboratory of the Institute of Materials Science of Barcelona (ICMAB-CSIC). Next, Dr. Corbella performed a postdoctoral stage at the Fraunhofer IST in Braunschweig, Germany, to study the physics behind industrial-scale plasma reactors. In 2008, back in the Barcelona University, he investigated different paths to tune the surface properties of DLC-based films in view of their application as nanoimprint moulds. In the period 2011-2018, he worked as scientific researcher in the Reactive Plasmas Group (Experimentalphysik II) at the Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany. There, he studied elementary interactions between plasmas and surfaces by means of particle beam experiments to model surface processes in magnetized pulsed plasmas. Since April 2018, Dr. Corbella is appointed postdoctoral researcher at the Micropropulsion and Nanotechnology Laboratory to investigate the synthesis of nanomaterials by anodic arc discharge.
Sabine Portal studied Physics and Chemistry at the University of Montpellier, France, where she earned a PhD in Materials Science in 2001. Dr. Portal then conducted postdoctoral research in Portugal, Spain and Germany. Her background is in the fabrication of nanostructured materials with special surface and optical properties. Her expertise includes spectroscopic ellipsometry characterization, sol-gel synthesis of photonic band-gap materials, and surface nanopatterning by colloidal lithography. Dr. Portal has a distinguished record in both undergraduate and graduate university teaching. She also holds an herbalist degree from the Ecole Lyonnaise des Plantes Medicinales. Since 2019, Dr. Portal has conducted postdoctoral research in Dr. Keidar's laboratory to develop applications of adaptive plasmas.
Dr. Manish Adhikari presently works as Postdoc Scientist at the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (MAE), George Washington University, DC. He did his PhD from Institute of Nuclear Medicine & Allied Sciences (INMAS), Ministry of Defence laboratory, Delhi, India in Radiation Biology. After getting his PhD he worked 2 years in same institution as Research Associate and then shifted to Plasma Bioscience Research Center, Seoul, South Korea as Postdoc researcher where he did research on plasma medicine using various kinds of cancer cell lines and performed in vitro and in vivo experiments for melanoma treatment. Dr. Adhikari also worked as project fellow in European Union Marie Curie Project at Faculty of Medicine, Trakia University, Stara Zagora, Bulgaria. His main research area is Cancer biology, Molecular Biology, Plasma Medicine and Radiation biology. He published several articles, book chapters, review articles in reputed journals. He session chair in many international conferences and deliver invited talk in the field of plasma medicine. His present research with Prof Keidar, Dr. Sherman and Dr. Young is focusing on role of cold atmospheric pressure plasma with the combination of some novel anticancer drugs in the reduction of neuroblastoma in murine models using bioimaging techniques.
Li Lin is a postdoctoral researcher since Jan. 2020. Li’s research area is cold plasma physics especially the diagnostics, performance and adaptive control of cold atmospheric plasma jet. The plasma jet is a novel device of cancer treatment which leads to cancer cell apoptosis. Li analyzed the behavior of plasma jet in an external electric field and humid air, using Intensified Charge-Coupled Device, Rayleigh Microwave Scattering (RMS), UV-VIS spectroscopy, and his original diagnostic method of electron temperature and electron energy probability function. Li also contributed to the plasma-wall interactions including the reflection of ionization wave on a conductive surface based on his plasma simulations. Moreover, Li developed a general mathematic model and successfully explained how the permittivity of a dielectric target can alter the plasma jet propagations. Such effects are confirmed using RMS, capacitance imaging, and the observation of self-organization patterns. These latest discoveries may improve the selectivity of plasma jet, that maximizing the treatment of cancer cells with limited side-effect on normal tissues. Li also improved the plasma jet generator and provides hardware support for other biomedical research team members in MpNL. Currently Li has published multiple papers in peer-reviewed journals, and he was previously selected as a session chair at the International Conference on Plasma Science. Li is also an editorial board member of Scientific Reports.
Denis B. Zolotukhin
Dr. Denis B. Zolotukhin is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at The George Washington University, and Research Fellow in the Department of Physics at Tomsk State University of Control Systems and Radioelectronics in Russia. In 2016, he received his PhD under the supervision of Professor Efim M. Oks at the Institute of High Current Electronics in the Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences. His research interests include plasma-cathode electron and ion sources, plasma diagnostics, plasma chemistry, deposition of coatings, and plasma propulsion. Denis is a co-author of more than 15 articles in international peer-reviewed journals, including 5 articles in which he has first authorship ( as of September 2017). He is a recipient of several prestigious scholarships of President of Russian Federation. In 2016, his research group in Tomsk was named "Leading Research Group of the Russian Federation".
Dr. Dayun Yan obtained his M.S degree (Mechanical Engineering) from Tsinghua University. He got a Ph.D. degree (Mechanical Engineering) at the George Washington University in 2016 under the supervision of Dr. Keidar. Currently, Dayun is a postdoctoral scientist. He interests in some basic problems in plasma medicine, plasma devices, and plasma physics. By Sep 2019, Dayun has published 34 papers in peer-reviewed journals (21, first authorships). His papers owned about 900 citations (Google Scholar). Besides, he serviced as the peer-reviewers for nearly 50 journals (top reviewer of GWU at Publons). He was an author of the book, Cold Plasma Cancer Therapy. He was selected as the discussion leaders or session chairs at the important plasma-related conferences (Gordon Research Seminar, ICOPS, and PPPS).
Eda graduated from the University of Southern Maine in 2011 with a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry. Her undergraduate research focused on chemical synthesis of fluorescent organometallic compounds with potential applications as biochemiosensor. Prior to attending graduate school, she worked in R&D at IDEXX Laboratories re-designing immunological assays for disease detection in domestic animals. In 2012, she joined Dr. Samia Khoury’s laboratory at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School. Her project focused on developing biomarkers for investigating disease progression in Multiple Sclerosis (MS). In her PhD research, Eda investigated adaptive properties of plasma and their role in tailoring plasma doses to treat cancers at various disease stages.
Ram received his Master’s degree in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from The George Washington University in the Spring of 2017. His research focuses on increasing thrust to power ratio of the two stage micro-cathode thruster by using the Hall effect to direct momentum of ions.
Keir Patrick Daniels
Keir’s current research focuses on enhancing the MicroCathode Arc Thrusters (uCAT) that can be used on CubeSats. Prior to this, Keir received a dual bachelors in physics and finance from Columbia University as well as a bachelors in biology from Pace University. He has also published his findings from research at Cornell University in Neuropharmacology and holds a patent pending on a wheel with a variable radius and tread firmness. Keir is a veteran, having served in the U.S. Coast Guard as an engineer and boarding officer, and has been a member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) as well as the New York Science Academy. In addition to his research at George Washington University, Keir currently works part-time at BlackRock in financial risk analysis.
Sungrae received his Master’s degree in Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering from The George Washington University. His research was focused on design of air-breathing hall-effect thrusters. As a PhD student, Sungrae is continuing his research of air-breathing hall-effect thrusters that could one day be used in the Martian atmosphere.
Andrea is an MD candidate at The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences. She graduated with honors from the University of California, San Diego in Biochemistry and Cell Biology, specializing in Neuroscience and Molecular Genetics. Her undergraduate research focused on Huntington’s Disease with Albert R. La Spada, MD, PhD, ALS with Don W. Cleveland, PhD, and Glioblastoma with Joan Heller Brown, PhD. Andrea has given lectures, published, and presented research in neurodegeneration, neuro-oncology, and neurosurgery and is working towards a career in academic surgical neuro-oncology. Her current work with Jonathan Sherman, MD and Michael Keidar, PhD involves the study of the use of cold atmospheric plasma in conjunction with chemotherapy and immunotherapy.
Jonathan is working on a design of a micro-Newton thrust balance. This device will allow the team to fully characterize the µCAT device. He is also designing a next generation µCAT with ablatable anodes.
Luis received his Master’s degree in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from The George Washington University in the Spring of 2016. He is currently building algorithms that can used to characterize plasmas found in vacuum arc-discharges, as well as those found in atmospheric conditions. Luis focuses on plasma physics theory and computational fluid dynamics simulations.
Vikas is a Ph.D. candidate studying plasma medicine in vitro and in vivo. Vikas graduated with a master’s degree in biochemistry, cellular & molecular biology from Georgetown University Medical Center (GUMC) with an excellence-in-science internship award, best research award and the best poster of the 2014-2015 academic calendar year. Also at GUMC, Vikas studied the molecular mechanism of neuro-degeneration, pathological basis of cancer and structural biology . There, he obtained excellence awards for his thesis and project on the pathological basis of cancer and structural biology of KRAS proteins in pancreatic cancer. After graduating, Vikas continued his research on a high-profile project at the National Cancer Institute (NCI) of the National Institutes of Health. He also worked at GUMC and was a key person on a collaborative project between GUMC, MIT, and a biotechnology company named Trevigen. For this project, he developed a high-throughput assay to detect DNA damage in skin cancer types like melanoma and basal cell carcinoma and was responsible for obtaining grants for the organization. After gaining some experience, he started his Ph.D. at the University of Massachusetts and topped the university with honors and a GPA of 4.0. He is now continuing his Ph.D. under Dr. Keidar investigating mechanisms to make plasma adaptive to treat different types of cancer.
Anmol is a Ph.D. student in Micropropulsion Nanotechnology Laboratory in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at George Washington University. He completed a Masters of Science in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering with specialization in fluid mechanics and thermal sciences at George Washington University in 2019. He achieved a Bachelor of Technology degree in aerospace engineering from SRM University, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India in 2016. He is currently working on air-breathing plasma propulsion and its applications. During his undergraduate studies, Anmol published and presented research papers in the field of aerospace engineering in Indian journals and conferences such as SAE Aerotech Congress (2015, 2019), 8th symposium of Aerothermodynamics (European Space Agency, 2015) and 102nd Indian Science Congress. Anmol was the technical lead in undergraduate projects such as SRM SPACE Probe and Team Cruzonic. His senior design project topic was on the topic of turbulent intensity and drag measurements using hot-wire constant temperature anemometer. During his Masters at GWU, Anmol worked as a Graduate Research Assistant for MOSAIC Concentrated Photovoltaic Solar cells program in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, a project funded by ARPA-E (Department of Energy). Anmol also worked on a mini-thesis on the topic "Parametric Study of Various modes of failure for CPV solar cells Array".
Xiaoliang is a Ph.D. candidate focusing on plasma medicine. He received his BS from the University of Delaware in chemical and biomolecular engineering, and MS from the George Washington University in biomedical engineering. In 2015, he worked with professor Antony N Beris at University of Delaware on drag reducing agent research. In 2017, he joined professor Lijie Grace Zhang's lab and focused on 4D printing of polymeric materials for tissue and organ regeneration.
PhD Candidate (visiting)
Fan Lei is a visiting scholar and Ph.D. candidate. He studied his MS in Precision Instruments & Machinery at Xidian University, China, in 2013, and he joined professor Xiaoping Li’s lab for doctoral research at Xidian University in 2015. In 2019, he joined professor Michael Keidar’s lab to be a visiting scholar for one year. He is focusing on plasma jet research and making a microwave ionization device. This device is small enough to be loaded into a capsule, and then this capsule is eaten by people to treat cancer in their body.
PhD Candidate (visiting)
Yi Liu is a visiting scholar and Ph.D. Candidate. In 2015, She received her bachelor's degree from Nanjing University of Science and Technology (NJUST), China. Subsequently, she became a doctoral candidate in engineering thermal physics at NJUST. In 2019, she joined professor Michael Keidar’s lab to study the application of atmospheric plasmas in the cancer therapy. Her research is focused on developing a microwave emission model for guided helium cold atmospheric plasma jets and optimizing plasma parameters for cancer treatment.
Therese Suaris (Ph.D, 2011), “Dynamic mission modeling and simulations: application of micro-vacuum arc thrusters and frozen orbits”, now at NASA Goddard Space Center
Jarrod Fenstermacher (Ph.D, 2011), “Cryo-focusing Pyrolysis Gas Chemistry and the Influence of the Plasma Environment”, now at Applied Physics Laboratory
Madhusudham Kundrapu (Ph.D, 2011), “Modeling and Simulation of Ablation-Controlled Plasmas”, now at TechX Corporation
Lubos Brieda (Ph.D, 2012), “Multi-scale simulation of Hall thrusters”, now at NASA Goddard Space Center and PIC-C LLC
Olga Volotskova (Ph.D, 2012), “Biomedical application of cold atmospheric plasmas: cell response”, now at New York University
Jian Li (Ph.D, 2012), “Synthesis, diagnostics and application of carbon nanostructures in arc discharge”, now at Globalfoundries Inc.
Taisen Zhuang (Ph.D, 2012), “Micro-cathode thrustrer for Cube satellite propulsion”, now at US Medical Innovations LLC
Tabitha Smith (Ph.D, 2014), “Ablation Study of Tungsten-Based Nuclear Thermal Rocket Fuel”, now at Wright Patterson AFB
David Scott (Ph. D, 2014), “Microwave diagnostics of atmospheric plasmas”, now at Westwood College, Lecturer
Joseph Lukas (Ph. D, 2015), “Enhancing Micro-Cathode Arc Thruster (mCAT) Plasma Generation to Analyze Magnetic Field Angle Effects on Sheath Formation in Hall Thrusters”, now at Institute for Defense Analysis
Joel Slotten (Ph. D, 2015), “Investigation of Orbital Debris: Mitigation, Removal, and Modeling the Debris Population”, Space Systems Engineer at SAIC
Dayun Yan (Ph.D, 2016), “The Application of Cold Plasma-Stimulated Medium in Cancer Treatment”, now post-doc at the George Washington University
Xiaoqian Cheng (Ph.D, 2016), “Enhancing Cold Atmospheric Plasma Treatment Efficiency for Cancer Therapy”, now at USMI LLC
George Teel (Ph.D, 2017), “uCat Thruster Characterization”
Xiuqi Fang (Ph.D, 2017), “Synthesis and Diagnostic of Single and Multi-dimensional Nanomaterial in Arc Discharge Plasma”
Zhitong Chen (Ph.D, 2017), “Development of new cold atmospheric plasma devices and approaches”
Samantha Hurley (Ph.D, 2018), “Advancements to the Micro-Cathode Arc Thruster: Linear Actuator, Ablative Anode, and Modular Designs”
Dr. Alex Shashurin (post-doc, 2007-2011, research scientist, 2011-2015)
Jinyue Geng (Ph.D student, China, November 2012-October 2013)
Kirk Woellert (research associate, 2011-2013)
Christian Karer (B.S. student, Germany, November 2012-February 2013)
Nina Racek (Ph.D student, Slovenia, September 2013-March 2014)
Dr. Ed Ratovitsky (September 2013-2015)
Fumihiro Inoue (Ph.D student, Japan, September 2014-January 2015)
Long Yu (Beihang University, October 2015-Oct 2016)
Simone Delaire (Research Scientist, France, September 2015-February 2016)
Shiqiang Zhang (Visiting Scientist, Eindhoven University of Technology, May-September 2016)
Yuerou Zhang (Visiting Researcher, China, Summer 2016)
Kosuke Enomoto (Visiting Reasercher, Osaka Institute of Technology, 2017)
Wenjun Xu (visiting researcher, Xi’an Jiaotong University in China, 2018)
Yuanwei Lyu (visiting researcher, China Scholarship Council, 2018)