• 1679 Citations
1975 …2018
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"Working together in developing knowledge and applications in pulsed plasma science, technology and education."

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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.

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Research Output 1975 2018

8 Citations (Scopus)
Open Access
Surface reactions
6 Citations (Scopus)

(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., 12 Sep 2017, In : Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics. 50, 40, p. 1-16 16 p., 405201

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
Plasma applications

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

nitric oxide

Proposing supercritical fluids as a replacement for SF6 in high-voltage power switches: gas discharges in supercritical fluids for make and break operation

van Heesch, E. J. M., Hoeben, W. F. L. M., Beckers, F. J. C. M., Huiskamp, T., Pemen, A. J. M., Ebert, U., Markosyan, A. H. & Zhang, J., 17 Aug 2017, 2016 IEEE International Power Modulator and High Voltage Conference, IPMHVC 2016. Piscataway: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, p. 312-314 3 p. 8012849

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

Supercritical fluids
Carbon Monoxide
Discharge (fluid mechanics)

Pulsed power technology

Akiyama, H., Katsuki, S., Redondo, L., Akiyama, M., Pemen, A. J. M., Huiskamp, T., Beckers, F. J. C. M., van Heesch, E. J. M., Winands, G. J. J., Voeten, S. J., Zhen, L., van Bree, J. W. M., Xiao, S. & Petrella, R., 1 Jan 2017, Bioelectrics. Berlin: Springer, p. 41-107 67 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterAcademicpeer-review


Activities 2001 2017

  • 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