Research projects of the
Department of Physics of the University of Madeira
belong to the area of Physics of
Low-Temperature Plasmas, which is an area of
excellence of the Department.
Research projects with national funding
· Theory and
modelling of plasma-cathode interaction in
high-pressure arc discharges. 2000-2004. Funding: Fundação para a Ciência
e a Tecnologia (FCT), project No. 32411/1999.
of current transfer to cathodes of high-pressure arc
discharges and their stability. 2005-2009. Funding: FCT, project
spots in high-pressure DC gas discharges:
2009-2012. Funding: FCT, project
understanding, and controlling self-organization
phenomena in plasma-electrode interaction in gas
discharges: from first principles to applications. 2013-2015. Funding: FCT,
Large-scale research projects funded by
the European Union
Plasma & membrane supported catalytic
gasoline fuel processor using hydrogen selective
membranes. 2001-2003. EU, project ENK5-CT-2000-00346. Other
participants: DaimlerChrysler AG (Germany), Johnsons
Matthey Plc. (United Kingdom), Mikrowellen Umwelt
Technologie GmbH (Germany), Centre d'Energétique -
Integrate approach to designing high
intensity discharge lighting systems. 2002-2004.
EU, project NNE5/2001/282. Other participants:
Association pour le development de la physique
atomique (France), GE Lighting (England), Knobel AG
(Switzerland), Thorn Europhane (France), Luxmate WSW
(Germany), SINAPSE (France), Universite Montpellier
II (France), Foundation Research and Technology –
Hellas (Greece), TRL Limited (England), Mairie
· Efficient lighting for
the XXI century. 2001-2006. Funding: programme COST
(European Cooperation in the field of Scientific and
Technical Research) of the European Union, action
529, Technical Committee Materials.
Research projects with industrial
Advanced modelling of arc
plasma technologies. 2000-2003. Funding: ABB Corporate
Cathode sheath modelling for
super-high intensity discharge lamps. 2000-2001. Funding: General Electric
Advanced modelling of
plasma-chemical technologies. 2002. Funding: Research Center of
DaimlerChrysler AG, Germany.
Plasma reforming of kerosene
for alternative power units. 2004-2005.
Funding: Airbus Industries.
· Anode sheath in high
xenon pressure gas discharge lamps. 2006-2008. Funding: Philips
Projects on different aspects
of physics of discharges in high-power vacuum
Since 2009. Funding: Siemens AG, Germany.