Bill Graham

    Bill Graham

    Emeritus Professor, Honorary Professor

    Phone: +44 (0)28 9097 3564

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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.

    Frequent Journals

    • Physical Review A (Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics)

      ISSNs: 1050-2947, 2469-9926

      Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 1094-1622

      American Physical Society

      Scopus rating (2018): SJR 1.268 SNIP 0.972


    • Plasma Sources Science and Technology

      ISSNs: 0963-0252

      Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 1361-6595

      IOP Publishing Ltd.

      Scopus rating (2018): CiteScore 4.05 SJR 1.16 SNIP 1.821


    • Applied Physics Letters

      ISSNs: 0003-6951

      Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 0003-6951

      American Institute of Physics

      Scopus rating (2018): CiteScore 3.58 SJR 1.331 SNIP 1.212


    • Journal of Applied Physics

      ISSNs: 0021-8979

      Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 1089-7550

      American Institute of Physics Publising LLC

      Scopus rating (2018): CiteScore 2.33 SJR 0.746 SNIP 1.047


    • Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics

      ISSNs: 0022-3727

      Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 1361-6463

      IOP Publishing Ltd.

      Scopus rating (2018): CiteScore 2.75 SJR 0.805 SNIP 1.044


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