• Dr. Mounir Laroussi received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. He now holds a Professor position at the Electrical & Computer Engineering Department of Old Dominion University (ODU) and is the Director of ODU’s Plasma Engineering & Medicine Institute (PEMI).Dr. Laroussi’s research interests are in the physics and applications of non-equilibrium gaseous discharges including the biomedical applications of low temperature plasma (LTP). He designed and developed numerous novel LTP devices such as the resistive barrier discharge (RBD) and the plasma pencil. He is co-discoverer of guided ionization waves in low temperature plasma jets. Dr. Laroussi is also widely known for conducting the first pioneering experiments on the use of low temperature atmospheric pressure plasmas for biomedical applications and for highly contributing to the establishment of the interdisciplinary field of “Plasma Medicine”. For his scientific achievements in the field of low temperature plasmas and their biomedical applications he was elevated to the grade of Fellow by IEEE in 2009, and was awarded the 2012 IEEE-NPSS Merit Award, as well as other prestigious awards.
  • Selected Publications

    Articles In Academic Journals

    Year Title
    2017 Perspective: The Physics, Diagnostics, and Applications of Atmospheric Pressure Low Temperature Plasma Sources Used in Plasma MedicineJ. Appl. Phys.. 020901.
    2014 Effects of Low Temperature Atmospheric Pressure Plasma on Tooth WhiteningInternational Journal of Dental Hygiene.
    2013 Inactivation of Porphyromonas Gingivalis by Low-Temperature Atmospheric Pressure PlasmaPlasma Medicine. 201-214.
    2012 On Atmospheric Pressure Non-equilibrium Plasma Jets and Plasma BulletsPlasma Sources Sci. Techno.
    2011 Ignition of a Large Volume Plasma with a Plasma JetAIP Advances.
    2010 Correlation between helium mole fraction and plasma bullet propagation in low temperature plasma jetsJ. Phys. D: Appl. Phys..
    2010 Finite Elements Analysis of Ring-shaped Emission Profile in Plasma BulletsAppl. Phys. Lett..
    2009 Cold Plasma Technology: Bactericidal effects of Geobacillus stearothermophilus and Bacillus cereus microorganismsJ. Dent. Hyg.. 55-61.
    2009 Low Temperature Plasmas for MedicineIEEE Trans. Plasma Science. 714-725.
    2008 A Positive Corona-Based Ion Wind GeneratorIEEE Trans. Plasma Sci.. 950-951.
    2008 Electron Density and Temperature Measurement of an Atmospheric Pressure Plasma by Millimeter Wave InterferometerAppl. Phys. Lett.. 051501.
    2008 Plasma MedicinePlasma Processes and Polymers.
    2008 Sublethal and Killing Effects of Atmospheric Pressure, Non-thermal Plasma on Eukaryotic Microalgae in Aqueous MediaPlasma Processes and Polymers. 552-558.
    2008 The Plasma Pencil: A Source of Hypersonic Cold Plasma Bullets for Biomedical ApplicationsIEEE Trans. Plasma Sci.. 1298-1299.
    2007 Arc-free Atmospheric Pressure Cold Plasma Jets: A ReviewPlasma Processes and Polymers.
    2006 Dynamics of an Atmospheric Pressure Plasma Plume Generated by Submicrosecond Voltage PulsesJ. Appl. Phys..
    2006 Electrical Breakdown and Dielectric Recovery of Polar LiquidsIEEE Trans. Plasma Science. 1653-1661.
    2006 Inactivation of bacteria by the Plasma PencilPlasma Proc. Polym.. 470-473.
    2006 Spores Survivability after Exposure to Low-Temperature PlasmasIEEE Trans. Plasma Sci..
    2006 Temporal and Spatial Emission Behavior of Homogeneous Dielectric Barrier Discharge Driven by Unipolar Sub-microsecond Square PulsesJ. Phys. D: Appl. Phys.. 1127-1131.
    2005 Atmospheric Pressure Glow Discharge in Air Using a Water ElectrodeIEEE Trans. Plasma Sci.. 272-273.
    2005 Low Temperature Plasma-Based Sterilization: Overview and State-of-the-ArtPlasma Proc. Polym.. 391-400.
    2005 Optimization of ultraviolet emission and chemical species generation from a pulsed dielectric barrier discharge at atmospheric pressureJ. Appl. Phys..
    2005 Room Temperature Atmospheric Pressure Plasma Plume for Biomedical ApplicationsApplied Physics Letters.
    2004 Evaluation of the Roles of Reactive Species, Heat, and UV radiation in the Inactivation of bacterial Cells by Air Plasmas at Atmospheric PressureInt. J. Mass Spectrom.. 81-86.
    2004 High Power Water Switches: Postbreakdown Phenomena and Dielectric RecoveryIEEE Trans. on Dielectrics and Electrical Insulation. 604-612.
    2004 Power Consideration in the Pulsed DBD at Atmospheric PressureJ. Applied Phys.. 3028-3030.
    2004 Research Issues in Developing Compact Pulsed Power for High Peak Power Applications on Mobile PlatformsProceedings of the Ieee. 1144-1165.
    2003 A Non-equilibrium Diffuse Discharge in Atmospheric Pressure AirPlasma Sources Sci. Technol.. 53-56.
    2003 Iginition Phase and Steady-State Structures of a Non-Thermal Air PlasmaJ. Phys. D: Appl. Phys.. 651-665.
    2003 Plasma Interaction with MicrobesNew Journal of Physics. 41.1-41.10.
    2002 121.6 nm radiation Source for Advanced LithographyJ. Vac. Sci. Technol. B.. 2574-2577.
    2002 Decontamination of Water by Excimer UV RadiationIEEE Trans. Plasma Sci.. 1501-1503.
    2002 Effects of Non-Equilibrium Atmospheric Pressure Plasmas on the Heterotrophic Pathways of Bacteria and on their Cell MorphologyAppl. Phys. Lett.. 772-774.
    2002 The Resistive Barrier DischargeIEEE Trans. Plasma Sci. 158-159.
    2002 The Uniform Steady-State Atmospheric Pressure DC PlasmaIEEE Trans. Plasma Sci.. 174-175.
    2002 VUV Emission from a Novel DBD-Based Radiation SourceJ. Appl. Phys. D: Appl. Phys.. 109-114.
    2000 ASSISTANT TO THE EDITORPhysics Essays. 513.
    1997 An International Journal Dedicated to Fundamental Questions in PhysicsPhysics Essays. 386.


    Year Title
    2012 Plasma Medicine.  Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.


    Year Title
    2016 Plasma Bullets: Physics and ApplicationsEncyclopedia of Plasma Technology. Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press.

    Conference Papers

    Year Title
    2017 Comparative Study on the Viability of Cancerous and Noncancerous Epithelial Cells Treated by PAM
    2017 Remote Generation of Large-Volume Electropositive Plasma at Reduced Pressure by Means of Guided Fast Ionization Waves from a Plasma Jet as a Power Source
    2017 Selective Effects of PAM on Cancerous and Normal Epithelial Cells
    2017 The Selective Effects of Plasma Activated Media
    2016 Effects of Plasma Activated Media on the Treatment of Epithelial Cancer Cells
    2016 Killing of Cancer Cells with the J-Plasma
    2016 Low Temperature Plasma Jets and their Interactions with Biological Cells and Media
    2016 On Using Guided Ionization Waves from a Plasma Jet to Ignite a Large Volume Plasma at Reduced Pressure
    2015 Effects of Aged PAM on Cancer Cells
    2015 Generation of Diffuse Large Volume Plasma by an Ionization Wave from a Plasma Jet
    2015 Killing Cancer Cells with Plasma Activated Media
    2015 Low Temperature Plasma Jets and their Interactions with Biological Cells and Media
    2015 Using Fluoresecence to Measure Hydrogen Peroxide Concentrations in Plasma Activated Media
    2014 Effects of Growth Medium Treated by Plasma Pencil on the Viability of SCaBER Cancer Cells
    2014 Efficacy of the Plasma Pencil Against Cancerous Cells
    2014 Evaluation of the Efficacy of the Plasma Pencil against Cancer Cells
    2014 Laser-Induced Fluorescence and Optical Emission Spectroscopy for the Determination of Reactive Species in the Effluent of Atmospheric Pressure Low Temperature Plasma Jets
    2014 Plasma Medicine: The Advent of the Plasma kill – Plasma Heal Paradigm
    2014 Spatial Correlation between Emitting Species and Plasma Bullet Propagation in Low Temperature Plasma Jets
    2014 Utility of Plasma Devices to Treat Cancer
    2013 Effects of Low Temperature Plasma on Two Eukaryotic Cell Lines: Epithelial Cells and Prostate Cancer Cells
    2013 Low Temperature Plasma Kills SCaBER Cancer Cells
    2013 Non-Equilibrium Plasma Microjets: Physics of their Ignition, Propagation, and some of their Medical Applications
    2013 Plasma-Cell Interaction: Review and Update
    2013 Spatially Resolved Measurements of Emitting Species in Low Temperature Plasma Microjets
    2013 Using Low Temperature Plasma as a Method of Decontamination of Fruits
    2012 Biomedical Applications of Low Temperature Plasmas
    2012 Dose dependent killing of leukemia cells by low temperature atmospheric pressure plasma
    2012 Effects of Boundaries on Plasma Jet Formation
    2012 Effects of Boundaries on Plasma Jet Propagation
    2012 Evaluating the interaction of low temperature atmospheric pressure plasma with cells for wound healing and disinfection
    2012 Inactivation Pathways of Reactive Species generated by Low Temperature Atmospheric Pressure Plasma
    2012 Low Temperature Atmospheric Pressure Plasma Kills Leukemia Cells
    2012 Low Temperature Plasma Jets and Their Applications in Medicine and Biology
    2012 Plasma Medicine: Current Achievements and Future Prospects
    2012 Plasma Medicine: The Journey of a New Field of Research, from Killing of Bacteria to Killing of Cancer Cells
    2011 Chemistry of atmospheric pressure low temperature plasma jets for different experimental parameters
    2011 Development Stages of Plasma Bullets
    2011 How the plasma bullet stops propagating
    2011 Operating Regimes of a Plasma Jet under Variable Pressures
    2011 Physical properties of colliding microplasma bullets
    2011 Potential Application of Cold Plasma in Neurodegenerative Diseases associated with Amyloid Fibrils
    2010 Application of Low Temperature Plasma Jets in Dental Hygiene
    2010 Destruction of Amyloid Fibrils by the Plasma Pencil
    2010 Dynamics of atmospheric pressure plasma bullets in He-Ar mixtures
    2010 Experimental and Modelling Studies of the Plasma Bullet Lifetime
    2010 Inactivation of Bacteria and Proteins by Plasma Bullets
    2010 Investigations of the Plasma Bullet Velocity by Electrcial and Optical Techniques
    2010 Understanding the physics of atmospheric pressure low temperature plasma jets
    2009 Effects of Fluid Flow on the Characteristics of an Atmospheric Pressure Low Temperature Plasma Jet
    2009 Finite Elements Analyses of Ring-Shaped Emission Profile in Plasma Bullets
    2009 Formation, Propagation, and Contraction of the Plasma Bullets Emitted by a Pulsed Plasma Jet
    2009 Investigations of Plasma Bullets Formed in a Non-thermal Plasma Jet in Air.  33.
    2009 Modeling and Experiment of Ring Shaped Emission Profile in Plasma Bullet
    2009 Role of Species Generated by Plasma Jets in the Formations of Plasma Bullets
    2008 Mechansims of Interaction of Cold Plasma with Bacteria.  32.
    2007 Bactericidal Effects of Non-equilibrium Cold Plasma on G. Steathermophilis and B. Cerus
    2007 Experimental Investigations of a Plasma Bullet Generated by Nanoseconds Voltage Pulses
    2007 Nanoseconds Pulsed Non-equilibrium Plasma Discharges and Applications
    2006 Homogeneous Dielectric Barrier Discharge Driven by Unipolar Sub-microsecond Square Pulses
    2005 Experimental Studies on a sub.microsecond Pulsed Dieletric barrier Discharge at Atmospheric Pressure
    2005 Inactivation of Bacteria by Plasma-Generated Incoherent Excimer UV Radiation.  42-46.
    2005 The Permettivity of Water Under High Dielectric Strength
    2004 A Cylindrical Dielectric Barrier Discharge as a Source of Vacuum Ultraviolet Radiation
    2004 Experimental Studies of a Non-Equilibrium Air Plasma at Atmospheric Pressure
    2004 Recovery of High Power Switches.  39.
    2004 Transient Interferometric Measurements of Electric Field and Temperature Distributions in Pulse Discharged Water Gaps.  142.
    2003 High power recovery rate water switches.  649-652.
    2003 Temporal Emisssion Behavior of Pulsed Discharges in Water.  957-959.
    2003 Water and propylene carbonate as storage and switching media in pulsed power systems.  715-718.
    2002 Electrical Breakdown of Sub-Millimeter Water Gaps.  199-202.
    2002 Electrical and Optical Characteristics of Water Under High Electric Stress.  467-470.
    2002 Generation of an Atmospheric Pressure Non-Equilibrium Diffuse Discharge in Air by Means of a Water Electrode.  556-558.

    Research Overview

  • Research Interests: Dr. Laroussi's research interests are in the Physical Electronics area and particularly in the physics and applications of non-equilibrium high pressure gaseous discharges, including the biomedical applications of cold plasmas.
  • Expertise Keywords

  • Engineering : Plasma Science, Biomedical Applications of Plasmas, Gaseous Electronics, EM Waves Intercations with Plasmas; Plasma Processing
  • Education And Training

  • Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering, University of Tennessee, Knoxville 1988
  • M.S. in Electrical Engineering, National School of Radio-electricity 1981
  • B.S. in Electrical Engineering, Technical University of Sfax 1979
  • Full Name

  • Mounir Laroussi