Post-Doc Search Now Open

February 10, 2017

Postdoctoral search now OPEN! The Center for Plasma Material interactions (CPMI) at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign is looking to fill in a position at the post-doctoral research associate level, who will work on research areas relevant to plasma material interactions for several applications.The Center for Plasma-Material Interactions currently has 12 graduate students, and over 20 undergraduate researchers. In particular, we are looking for expertise in the field of atmospheric pressure plasmas for material modification/coatings.

More information can be found here PostDoc Illinois Ruzic 2017

Peter Fiflis Honored with 2017 Ross J. Martin Award

February 3, 2017

Congratulations to Peter Fiflis for being named the 2017 Ross J. Martin Award recipient!  The college-wide selection honors an outstanding graduate student for their research achievements – both in quality and magnitude. More information regarding the award can be found at this link. Congratulations, Peter, on a very well deserved award!

President Killeen Visits CPMI

December 2, 2016

CPMI had a special visitor on Wednesday! President Tim Killeen visited and toured the lab, learning about CPMI and HIDRA from Professors Ruzic and Andruczyk. We were very excited about him coming to visit and learning about our liquid-metal fusion research.

Pictured is President Tim Killeen controlling a glow discharge with a magnet with CPMI Director, Professor David Ruzic

Pictured is President Tim Killeen controlling a glow discharge with a magnet with CPMI Director, Professor David Ruzic

Prof. Ruzic Walks on Water

November 14, 2016

It’s true! Prof. Ruzic is back at it again with his famous demos, this time regarding surface tension. As part of NPRE/ENVS 101, Prof. Ruzic utilizes demos (and explosions) to intrigue students and energize their learning of new topics. As Chris Angel once did, Prof. Ruzic put his own spin on the “walking on water” trick. His own version included walking on water at the Activities and Recreation Center and teaching students about the concept of surface tension. His video can be viewed  at

Prof. Ruzic Invited Speaker at iPlasmaNano Conference

October 19, 2016

Prof. Ruzic is currently in Athens, Greece attending the seventh iPlasmaNano conference as an invited speaker! His talk is titled “Nano-Texturing by Femtosecond Laser Application” and he is excited to share. Throughout the week, he will be attending various talks related to plasma nano science, nanotechnology and its applications. More information regarding this conference can be found at

CPMI Receives Grant from LAM Research Inc.

September 28, 2016

CPMI is proud to announce that we have received a grant from LAM Research entitled “System to Measure Nitrogen Radical Concentrations”. We are excited to expand our work with LAM into this new area. Additionally, we welcome back our senior-most graduate student, Jason Peck, after his very successful 6-month internship at LAM!

Prof. Ruzic Re-appointed as Scientific Director of IUVSTA

September 15, 2016

Professor Ruzic was formally renamed as the Scientific Director of the International Union for Vacuum Science, Technique, and Applications (IUVSTA) at last month’s International Vacuum Congress (IVC-20), which was held in Busan, Korea. This officer position has a 3 year duration during which he will lead efforts across all nine technical divisions to sponsor schools, workshops, and technical training courses in and among the 33 member countries.  IUVSTA is an umbrella organization of “vacuum” or “surface and interfaces” technical societies from across the world.  More information can be found at

HIDRA Receives First Funding from DOE

August 24, 2016

The Office of Fusion Energy Science, part of the US Department of Energy, has awarded $1.05 million dollars to the HIDRA plasma/fusion facility for performing fusion-relevant materials science on lithium as a Plasma Facing Component (PFC). HIDRA is especially well-suited to materials testing thanks to its long shot durations and many ports that can be dedicated to materials experiments. Lithium is a promising PFC candidate for future fusion reactors, but performing lithium experiments in existing fusion devices, such as HT-7 in Hefei, China, can be difficult and time-consuming. With this grant, the first government grant HIDRA has received so far, lithium studies can be conducted in-house at the Center for Plasma Material Interactions, without the need to coordinate experiments with other research teams. Professor Daniel Andruczyk, head of HIDRA operations and creator of an undergraduate-level course which focuses on giving students hands-on experience with HIDRA, plans for HIDRA to become a user facility accessible by scientists both on and off campus, providing the first dedicated materials testbed for fusion science in the country.

CPMI Research Presented at 22nd Annual PSI Conference

June 27, 2016

On May 30 to June 3, the 22nd Inter­na­tional Con­fer­ence on Plasma Sur­face Inter­ac­tions in Con­trolled Fusion Devices, presented by ENEA, the Ital­ian National Agency for New Tech­nolo­gies, Energy and Sus­tain­able Eco­nomic Development, was held in Rome Italy. CPMI sent Director Dr. David Ruzic and Graduate Student Michael Chrsitenson to present our latest research on fusion-relevant PSI. Professor Ruzic presented research on Flowing Liquid Lithium Plasma-Facing Components and Free Surface Stability of Liquid Metal Plasma Facing Components. Dr. Currelli, an affiliate faculty member of CPMI, presented research on the Analysis of Microscopic Erosion of a Beryllium Wall Exposed to a Helium Plasma Using a Boltzmann-BCA model. Affiliate faculty member Dr. J.P. Allain sent three of  his graduate students, Felipe Bedoya, Aveek Kapat, and Anton Neff. Their presented research concerned deciphering deuterium retention in He-irradiated porous low Z-coated tungsten nanostructures, initial studies of PFC conditioning in the National Spherical Tokamak Experiment Upgrade with the Materials Analysis Particle Probe,  and elucidating behavior of Li-based surfaces on W substrates under high-temperature and high-flux He plasmas in Pilot-PSI.

CPMI Professor Andruczyk on the Radio

April 26, 2016

Monday 25th of April had CPMI’s Assistant Research Professor, Daniel Andruczyk, on the local NPR radio station WILL talk show “The 21st with Niala Boodhoo” discussing HIDRA and fusion. Some of the questions asked were about what fusion actually is and the type of research that will be undertaken in HIDRA. Of course the question always is asked, how long will it be till we see a functioning fusion reactor? Well, for the answer you will need to have a listen.