Improving the World, One Microplasma at a Time

Pomona, CA. – Jose L. Lopez, Assistant Professor of Physics in the Department of Applied Science & Technology and recently appointed Director of CMST presented a talk entitled “Improving the World, One Microplasma at a Time” on November 14, 2008 at the Physics Seminar series at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona.

The Cal Poly Pomona Physics Department’ s Physics Seminars have been an ongoing series for over 30 years and have included presentations by such physics luminaries as the late Richard Feynman.

Prof. Lopez spoke about the ongoing research work in microplasmas at SPC and introduced the plans for the establishment of the new Center for Microplasma Science & Technology. “It was very nice to get a chance to visit the Physics Department of Cal Poly Pomana and be given an opportunity to present our resaerch at such a long and prestigious Physics Seminar series, ” Lopez added.

The invitation to present was extended by Dr. Nina Abramzon, Associate Professor of Physics, who in collaboration with Dr. Graciela Brelles-Mariño, Associate Professor in the Biological Sciences Department, were pioneers in the use of atmospheric cold plasmas for biofilm destruction. “Nina and Graciela’s work in plasma sterilization of biofilms was one of the early sparks that ignited the current fire that is the plasma medicine revolution,” said Lopez.

An honoraium of $100 was awarded to Dr. Lopez for his contribution to the Cal Poly Pomona Physics Seminar which he was grateful for and said he would donate to further help grow the Society of Physics Students Chapter at Saint Peter’s College.

The abstract for this presentation link – www.csupomona.edu/~physics/seminars/20081114lopez.htm