Low temperature plasma and gas discharges, Plasma surface interactions and plasma diagnostics, Plasma thrusters for spacecraft, Plasma-based synthesis and processing of nanomaterials
Yevgeny Raitses is a principal research physicist who heads the Laboratory for Plasma Nanosynthesis (LPN) at PPPL, which conducts research on plasma science and materials science associated with the use of plasma to create new high-quality nanomaterials at low cost and at an accelerated pace. His research in this area could be applied to a broad range of fields from microchips to biopharmaceutical manufacturing. He also leads research on physics and engineering of plasma thrusters for satellite applications that will eventually provide propulsion and steering for missions to distant objects in the solar system and beyond. His research interests also cover emerging fields of plasma-catalysis and plasma medicine.