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"With help from nature's molecules, chemical engineers have found ways to create new materials that can do everything from bone regrowth to powering cell phones."

Plasma processes are important in micro-machining, flat panel displays, sterilization, and many other areas. Plasma models are emerging as tools for the development of new plasma equipment and processes, as well as diagnosis of process difficulties. Above is a schematic diagram of the Research Cluster System of the Sawin Lab.



The inorganic compounds found in nature are the basis for new materials made by modifying molecular composition and structure. These materials have electronic, mechanical, and optical properties that support a variety of novel technologies. Other materials are applied as thin films that create a functional surface. Still other materials have biological applications, and a new generation of biomaterials is being derived from biological molecules.