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I want to understand what really drives highly transient electrical discharges and how these beautiful and intriguing phenomena can best be controlled and used.

Research profile

Sander Nijdam is Assistant Professor in the Elementary Processes in Gas Discharges (EPG) group at Eindhoven University of Technology. He works on projects involving a variety of highly transient plasmas, focusing on the question what drives a transient discharge. His work includes both the temporal and spatial development of transient discharges including streamers, microwave discharges and EUV-induced discharges. He is interested in both the industrial applications of such discharges as well as in their fundamental properties and their involvement in natural processes like lightning. 

As an engineer with Philips after completing his Master's degree studies, Nijdam worked on research and development of high-intensity discharge lamps. He returned to academia for more in-depth research in this field. During his PhD research in the EPG group, Nijdam focused on the physics of streamers and exotic phenomena in hydrogen discharges.   

Academic background

Sander Nijdam obtained his MSc in Applied Physics from Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) in 2000. He then worked for Philips Lighting as an engineer until he started his PhD research at TU/e in 2006. In 2011, he successfully defended his PhD thesis and was appointed Assistant Professor at TU/e. In 2017, he won the Hershkowitz Early Career Award and Review. 

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Research Output 2004 2018

2 Citations
Methane
Fuel burners
Velocity measurement
Plasmas
Air
1 Citations
Open Access
microplasmas
reactors
atmospheric pressure
pulse repetition rate
pressure reduction

Color gradient test system

Liu, S., 20 Sep 2018, Eindhoven: Technische Universiteit Eindhoven. 26 p.

Research output: ThesisPd Eng ThesisOther research output

color
gradients
pupils
profiles
automation

Experiments on the physics of pulsed plasma jets

van der Schans, M., 19 Dec 2018, Eindhoven: Technische Universiteit Eindhoven. 147 p.

Research output: ThesisPhd Thesis 1 (Research TU/e / Graduation TU/e)Academic

1 Citations

How the alternating degeneracy in rotational Raman spectra of CO2 and C2H2 reveals the vibrational temperature

van den Bekerom, D. C. M., Palomares Linares, J. M., van Veldhuizen, E. M., Nijdam, S., van de Sanden, M. C. M. & Van Rooij, G. J., 10 Jul 2018, In : Applied Optics. 57, 20, p. 5694-5702 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

rotational spectra
Raman scattering
Raman spectra
Temperature
Stretching

Prizes

Innovational Research Incentives Scheme Veni

Sander Nijdam (Recipient), 31 Dec 2014

Recognition: NWOVeniScientific

Noah Hershkowitz Early Career Award and Review

Sander Nijdam (Recipient), 2017

Recognition: OtherCareer, activity or publication related prizes (lifetime, best paper, poster etc.)Scientific

career
science
innovation

NWO-JSPS Scientist exchange Short Term Japan, Tsukuba, Japan

Sander Nijdam (Recipient), 2012

Recognition: Othervisiting scholarScientific

NWO Veni Award : The secrets of ionic wind

Sander Nijdam (Recipient), 2014

Recognition: NWOVeniScientific

Electronic equipment
Electricity
Cooling
Gases

Outstanding Student Paper Award winner

Sander Nijdam (Recipient), 14 Dec 2009

Recognition: OtherCareer, activity or publication related prizes (lifetime, best paper, poster etc.)Scientific

Activities 2010 2018

  • 4 Contributed talk
  • 2 Membership of board

Institute of Physics (IOP) (External organisation)

Sander Nijdam (Chair)
2018 → …

Activity: Membership typesMembership of boardScientific

Lorentz Center (External organisation)

Sander Nijdam (Member)
2015

Activity: Membership typesMembership of boardScientific

Studium Generale: Lezingen plasma's, Universiteit Twente

Sander Nijdam (Speaker)
20 Mar 2012

Activity: Talk or presentation typesContributed talkScientific

Applied Physics, G-wing, N-laag, University of Technology, Eindhoven

Sander Nijdam (Speaker)
20 Sep 2010

Activity: Talk or presentation typesContributed talkScientific

Press / Media

Effects of Lightning on Aircraft

Sander Nijdam & Siddharth Kumar

6/11/17

1 media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment

De Kennis van Nu, about high speed imaging of lightning strikes.

Sander Nijdam

21/10/15

1 media contribution

Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities

Ontwerp van een vraag

Sander Nijdam

29/12/13

1 media contribution

Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities

Impacts

Corona discharges and lightning

Sander Nijdam (Content manager)

Impact: Research Topic/Theme (at group level)

Plasma assisted combustion

Sander Nijdam (Content manager)

Impact: Research Topic/Theme (at group level)

Student theses

An investigation into the replacement of mercury by indium iodide or tin halides in high-intensity discharge lamps

Author: Lemmens, T., 31 Aug 2013

Supervisor: Rijke, A. (Supervisor 1), Nijdam, S. (Supervisor 2) & Kroesen, G. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master

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Calorimetric and spectroscopic measurements on DC discharge plasmas containing hydrogen

Author: de Maat, B., 28 Feb 2009

Supervisor: Kroesen, G. (Supervisor 1), Nijdam, S. (Supervisor 2) & van Veldhuizen, E. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master

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Calorimetry experiments on underwater arc discharges

Author: van der Werf, Y., 2014

Supervisor: Nijdam, S. (Supervisor 1)

Student thesis: Bachelor

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Concentration measurements in a stratified fluid using laser induced fluorescence

Author: Nijdam, S., 30 Apr 2000

Supervisor: van der Plas, G. (Supervisor 1), Maassen, S. (Supervisor 2) & van Heijst, G. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master

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Creeping sparks: stroboscopic and stereo imaging of streamers propagating along dielectric surfaces

Author: Plompen, I., 2015

Supervisor: Trienekens, D. (Supervisor 1) & Nijdam, S. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Bachelor

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