All this week I’m attending the 23rd International Symposium on Plasma Chemistry in the beautiful city of ‘Joie de Vivre’, Montréal. JPhysD is honoured to be sponsoring first and second prize in this year’s poster presentation awards.
The conference started in earnest this morning with the opening address given by chair of the IPCS Professor Vittorio Colombo, and local organisers, Sylvain Coulombe and Luc Stafford.
Professor Steven Girshick gave a fitting tribute to two giants of the field who have passed away since the last meeting: Professors Emil Pfender and Ulrich Kogelschatz. Their lifelong contributions have made a huge impact and their multitude of publications are still seen as seminal in the field of plasma chemistry and plasma processing.
The first Plenary speaker was Professor Masaru Hori (Nagoya University). His talk covered the long history of important developments in plasma chemistry from its beginnings in the 1950s and 60s, right up to the present day. Each morning there will be another Plenary from top names in plasma physics, and on Wednesday our own Board Member Professor Mark Kushner will present The Quest for Selectivity in Plasma Chemistry: his invited talk as recipient of this year’s prestigious Plasma Chemistry Award.
The programme is packed from here until Friday, so it promises to be a great week. If you’re in Montréal, do drop by our stand at the exhibition and say hi!
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