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Guus Pemen is Full Professor and Chair of the Electrical Energy Systems group. He leads research on smart grids, power grid components, power quality and EMC and pulsed power technology. His research on pulsed power technology focuses on advanced, repetitive, nanosecond pulsed power methods for the generation, characterization and utilization of atmospheric pressure, transient plasmas. He also studies pulsed-power-driven transient plasmas for air and water purification, medical applications, plasma activated water and energy applications.

Pemen is board member of Dutch Power and member of the strategic advisory board of the topsector program Urban Energy. He also holds memberships of the IEEE Nuclear and Plasma Sciences Society, Cigre, the International Bioelectrics Consortium and the International Society on Pulsed Power Applications.

Prof. Pemen has carried out research on advanced pulsed power methods for the generation, characterization and utilization of atmospheric-pressure, transient plasmas. Our studies show that using nanosecond high-voltage pulses for transient plasma generation has distinct advantages over more conventional plasma generation methods, such as: (i) the possibility to tune the energy levels of the plasma to process requirements, (ii) very high energy transfer efficiency to the plasma, (iii) higher yields of reactive species, (iv) full control over the plasma power.

His group pioneered in the development of adjustable, repetitive, nanosecond pulsed power techniques, and achieved record breaking parameters. The performance of such techniques can be predicted in full detail with developed 3D-EM time-domain simulation tools. 

Detailed research on the electrical and chemical processes in pulsed power driven transient plasmas resulted in a boost of efficiencies. Prof. Pemen’s research contributed to record-high performance of pulsed power systems for the purification of polluted air. This application is now being commercialized for the purpose of reducing air pollution from traffic emissions, odor and industrial emissions.

Prof. Pemen’s recent research focusses on realizing breakthroughs in agricultural applications. His pulsed power driven transient plasma technology demonstrated to be an environmentally friendly alternative to the use of pesticides in e.g. horticulture. Also recent results show their high potential for the sustainable production of fertilizer, thus creating the potential of reducing global greenhouse gas emissions by about 3 %.

Academic background

Guus Pemen obtained his BSc in Electrical Engineering from the College of Advanced Technology Breda in 1986. He worked as a researcher for TU/e from 1987 to 1991 and for KEMA T&D Power in Arnhem from 1991 to 1998. He joined the Electrical Energy Systems group of the Electrical Engineering department of Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) as a postdoc in 1998. He received his PhD from TU/e in 2000, was appointed Assistant Professor in 2002, Associate Professor in 2011 and Full Professor and chair of the group in 2017.


Electricity - the sustainable energy carrier.

The electricity supply system is an essential link in the use of electricity and renewable energy. The rapid rise of renewable generation, such as wind and solar power systems, imposes new challenges to the design and operation of electricity networks. Our research focusses on transforming electricity grids towards a truly future-proof, sustainable energy supply.

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Research Output 1989 2019

2 Citations (Scopus)
74 Downloads (Pure)

On the possibilities of straightforward characterization of plasma activated water

Hoeben, W., van Ooij, P., Schram, D., Huiskamp, T., Pemen, G. & Lukes, P., 2 Apr 2019, In : Plasma Chemistry and Plasma Processing. 39, 3, p. 597-626 30 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
27 Downloads (Pure)

An SDBD plasma-catalytic system for on-demand air purification

Pemen, A. J. M., Chirumamilla, V. R., Beckers, F. J. C. M., Hoeben, W. F. L. M. & Huiskamp, T., 1 Dec 2018, In : IEEE Transactions on Plasma Science. 46, 12, p. 4078-4090 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
air purification
plasma jets
3 Downloads (Pure)

Cold atmospheric pressure plasma as a novel treatment modality in diabetic foot ulcers: a pilot study

Peters, E. J., Lagrand, R., Smits, P., Pemen, A., Sobota, A., Zeper, B. & Sabelis, L. W., 1 Jul 2018, In : Diabetes. 67, p. LB12 1 p., 44-LB.

Research output: Contribution to journalMeeting AbstractAcademic

Open Access
7 Citations (Scopus)
38 Downloads (Pure)

Local markets for flexibility trading: key stages and enablers

Minniti, S., Haque, A. N. M. M., Nguyen, P. H. & Pemen, A. J. M., 8 Nov 2018, In : Energies. 11, 11, 21 p., 3074.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview articleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
Energy resources
Distribution System
3 Citations (Scopus)
2 Downloads (Pure)

Raether-Meek criterion for prediction of electrodeless discharge inception on a dielectric surface in different gases

Chvyreva, A., Pancheshnyi, S., Christen, T. & Pemen, A. J. M., 21 Feb 2018, In : Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics. 51, 11, p. 1-11 11 p., 115202.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

electrodeless discharges
Discharge (fluid mechanics)
gas composition

Activities 2000 2019

  • 8 Contributed talk
  • 1 Invited talk

Pulsed Power Technology for Environmental Applications at Eindhoven University of Technology

Tom Huiskamp (Speaker), A.J.M. (Guus) Pemen (Speaker)
25 Apr 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesContributed talkScientific

Nanosecond pulsed discharges: generation, measurement and plasma processing

Tom Huiskamp (Speaker), F.J.C.M. Beckers (Speaker), E.J.M. van Heesch (Speaker), W.F.L.M. Hoeben (Speaker), A.J.M. Pemen (Speaker)
9 Jul 201710 Jul 2017

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talkScientific

Presentation of the EU Gas Depollution Platform, University of Orleans

Guus Pemen (Speaker)
12 Oct 2000

Activity: Talk or presentation typesContributed talkScientific

Seminar of the EU Gas Depollution Platform, Center for Innovation, Orleans

Guus Pemen (Speaker)
28 Jun 2000

Activity: Talk or presentation typesContributed talkScientific

EU-Joule-III Biomass Contractors meeting, Brussel

Guus Pemen (Speaker)
16 May 2000

Activity: Talk or presentation typesContributed talkScientific


Student theses

AC/DC power modulation for corona plasma generation

Author: Ariaans, T., 31 Dec 2007

Supervisor: Blom, J. (Supervisor 1) & Pemen, A. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master


AC/DC pulsed power corona

Author: Smits, G., 31 Dec 2006

Supervisor: Blom, J. (Supervisor 1) & Pemen, A. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master


Activation of methane by Corona Above Water

Author: Boekhoven, W., 30 Sep 2013

Supervisor: Kling, W. (Supervisor 1) & Pemen, A. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master

A new concept of generating variable high voltage pulses using the avalanche mode of mosfets

Author: Horikx, W., 31 Oct 2010

Supervisor: Pemen, A. (Supervisor 1)

Student thesis: Master

Biogas conditioning using pulsed corona techniques

Author: Nair, S., 2002

Supervisor: Pemen, A. (Supervisor 1), van Heesch, E. (Supervisor 2) & Blom, J. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master