• Room 01.025 - New Physics

    United Kingdom

1973 …2020

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Research Interests

               My current, primary research interest and work is the fundamental study of the unique physics and chemistry of atmospheric pressure non-thermal plasmas and of plasmas created in liquids. This involves the  use of a wide range of electrical and optical diagnostics and of computer simulation and modelling. These plasma systems have many exciting potential applications and I am engaged in multi-disciplinary research into their use in areas such as medicine, nanoscience, catalysis and the environment.

            I also continue with my initial research interests in low temperature plasmas.  This is primarily rf driven and electronegative plasmas of the type used in semiconductor processing. My initial esearch career was in atomic collision physics, working on experimental ion-molecule collisions before an intense period working on novel phenomena in multi-charged ion-atom collisions.

            I have published more than150 articles in international refereed journals and over 250 conference proceedings and abstracts.  I have been invited to make presentations at most of the international conferences in my field.


Professor of Physics (1995 –Present)

School Internationalisation Leader (2012- Present)

Director of Research for the QUB Centre for Plasma Physics. (2005-2012)

Director of the QUB International Centre for Experimental Physics. (2001- 2005)                       


Elected Member of the Royal Irish Academy,

Fellow of the Institute of Physics

Fellow of the American Physical Society           

Honorary Professorship, University of Bucharest,

ICPIG Franklin - Von Engel Prize (2013)


Editor Plasma Sources Science and Technology (2014- present)

Associate Editor Plasma Sources Science and Technology (2007- present)

Member of the Council of Institute of Physics (1991-1994)

Chair of the IOP Plasma Physics Group Committee (1993-1996)  

Member of Governing Board of CRANN Trinity College Dublin (2006- 2009)

Chair of the Executive Committee of the APS Gaseous Electronics Conference (2008-2010) [Member 2001-2011)    

Chair of the International Scientific Committee European Conference on the Atomic and Molecular Processes in Ionised Gases (2004- 2010) [Member 1998-2010]

Member of UK EPSRC Technical Opportunities Panel (2002 –2006)

Member of UK EPSRC Physics Prioritisation Panels (1995-present)


            I enjoy University teaching. I have initiated, taught, examined and coordinated a wide variety of Physics courses at all levels both UG and PG

            In 2001 a colleague and I started to conceive and design a distance-based PG course in Plasma and Vacuum Technology, aimed at those working in the microelectronics industry, which launched the next year.

            In 2007 I initiated and lead of the design and implementation of another remote learning MSc in Plasma Physics and directed at those wishing seeking research degrees in this area.

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Research Output

Fast framing imaging and modelling of vapour formation and discharge initiation in electrolyte solutions

Asimakoulas, L., Graham, W., Krcma, F., Dostal, L., Stalder, K. R. & Field, T. A., 26 Jun 2020, In : Plasma Sources Science and Technology. 29, 18 p., 035013.

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    A holistic study to understand the detoxification of mycotoxins in maize and impact on its molecular integrity using cold atmospheric plasma treatment

    Wielogorska, E., Ahmed, Y., Meneely, J., Graham, W. G., Elliott, C. T. & Gilmore, B. F., 15 Dec 2019, In : Food Chemistry. 301, 8 p., 125281.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 1 Citation (Scopus)
  • Eradication of resistant and non-resistant biofilms: a synergistic approach

    O'Carroll, A., Gilmore, B., Graham, W. & McCoy, C., 2017, (Unpublished).

    Research output: Contribution to conferencePoster