• 1855 Citations
1975 …2020

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"Working together in developing knowledge and applications in pulsed plasma science, technology and education."

Research profile

Bert van Heesch is an emeritus assistant professor with the research group Electrical Energy Systems of the TU/e department of Electrical Engineering where he is concerned with pulsed plasma development and application. Pulsed Plasma is a flash shower of cold mini-lightning, repeated continuously. It can be produced in the air on a table, in a room, or in water or in a reactor. It is an efficient tool of pulsed chemistry and the basis for the application area of plasma-chemical processing. In other application areas the plasma forms powerful mini-lightning flashes that induce rock fracture, deformation or strong shock waves. His fields of expertise are: pulsed plasma processing, high-voltage engineering, pulsed power technology and electromagnetic compatibility. He is (co-) inventor of 7 patents and is (co-)author of more than 250 international publications.

Academic background

Bert (E.J.M.) van Heesch studied Physics at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e, The Netherlands), where he received his Master’s degree in 1975. In 1982, he obtained his PhD at Utrecht University on plasma physics and fusion related research. In his professional career he has been occupied with shock-tube gas dynamics (Eindhoven 1975) and with fusion technology (Jutphaas, The Netherlands, 1975-1984, Suchumi former USSR, 1978 and Saskatoon, Canada, 1984-1986). In 1986 he was appointed as assistant professor at TU/e where he has led the pulsed power research until his retirement in 2016. He now is a senior consultant in joint projects with industry.

External positions

Research Associate, University of Saskatchewan

Jul 1984Sep 1986

PostDoc, FOM Institute for Plasma Physics - RIJNHUIZEN

Jan 1982Jun 1984

Visiting Researcher, Physical Technical Institute, Sukhumi (Fiziko-tekhnicheskiy institut)

Oct 1978Dec 1978

PhD study, FOM Institute for Plasma Physics - RIJNHUIZEN

Jul 1975Dec 1981

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Research Output

Energizing a long nanosecond pulsed corona reactor: electrical characterization

Beckers, F. J. C. M., Huiskamp, T., Pemen, A. J. M. & Van Heesch, E. J. M., Feb 2020, In : IEEE Transactions on Plasma Science. 48, 2, p. 500-511 12 p., 8976251.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

  • Measured data and model for erosion of a spark gap at continuous 800 Hz, 10 J pulsed operation

    Beckers, F. J. C. M., van Heesch, E. J. M., Huiskamp, T., Hoeben, W. F. L. M. & Pemen, A. J. M., Jun 2018, 2018 IEEE International Power Modulator and High Voltage Conference, IPMHVC 2018. Piscataway: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, p. 366-371 6 p. 8936696

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contributionAcademicpeer-review

  • Open Access
  • 18 Citations (Scopus)
    91 Downloads (Pure)

    (Sub)nanosecond transient plasma for atmospheric plasma processing experiments: application to ozone generation and NO removal

    Huiskamp, T., Hoeben, W. F. L. M., Beckers, F. J. C. M., van Heesch, E. J. M. & Pemen, A. J. M., 11 Oct 2017, In : Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics. 50, 40, p. 1-16 16 p., 405201.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

    Open Access
  • 11 Citations (Scopus)
    88 Downloads (Pure)

    Direct and indirect NO removal with (sub)nanosecond pulses : yield and by-product formation

    Huiskamp, T., Beckers, F. J. C. M., Hoeben, W. F. L. M., Pemen, A. J. M. & van Heesch, E. J. M., 19 Jun 2017.

    Research output: Contribution to conferenceAbstractAcademic

  • Activities

    • 2 Invited talk
    • 1 Contributed talk

    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

    International Symposium on Plasma Science and Technology for Environmental Applications, September 9, 2012, Hangzhou, China

    Bert van Heesch (Invited speaker)
    9 Sep 2012

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talkScientific

    CPS Today, Lunteren

    Bert van Heesch (Speaker)
    13 Feb 2001

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesContributed talkScientific

    Student theses

    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