• 1035 Citations
20042020

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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 Associate 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

Streamer inception and imaging in various atmospheres

Nijdam, S., 9 Mar 2020, (Accepted/In press).

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

  • Decay of the electron density and the electron collision frequency between successive discharges of a pulsed plasma jet in N2

    van der Schans, M., Platier, B., Koelman, P., van de Wetering, F. M. J. H., van Dijk, J., Beckers, J., Nijdam, S. & IJzerman, W., 27 Mar 2019, In : Plasma Sources Science and Technology. 28, 3, 13 p., 035020.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

  • 3 Citations (Scopus)
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    Prizes

    Noah Hershkowitz Early Career Award and Review

    Sander Nijdam (Recipient), 2017

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

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

    Sander Nijdam (Recipient), 2012

    Prize: Othervisiting scholarScientific

    NWO Veni Award : The secrets of ionic wind

    S. Nijdam (Recipient), 2014

    Prize: NWOVeniScientific

  • Outstanding Student Paper Award winner

    Sander Nijdam (Recipient), 14 Dec 2009

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

    Activities

    • 9 Invited talk
    • 2 Conference
    • 2 Membership of board
    • 1 Membership of committee

    International Conference on Phenomena in Ionized Gases XXXV

    Ute Ebert (Chair), Sander Nijdam (Organiser), Gerrit Kroesen (Organiser)
    2021

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesConferenceScientific

    Hakone XVII, International Symposium on High Pressure Low Temperature Plasma Chemistry

    Sander Nijdam (Chair), Ana Sobota (Organiser), Ute Ebert (Organiser), Gerrit Kroesen (Organiser), Tom Huiskamp (Organiser)
    2020

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesConferenceScientific

    International Conference on Phenomena in Ionized Gases (ICPIG) (External organisation)

    Sander Nijdam (Member)
    19 Jul 2019 → …

    Activity: Membership typesMembership of committeeScientific

    22nd Symposium on Applications of Plasma Processes (SAPP XXII)

    Sander Nijdam (Invited speaker)
    2019

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talkScientific

    10th International Conference on Reactive Plasmas (ICRP-10)

    Sander Nijdam (Invited speaker)
    2019

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talkScientific

    Courses

    Electromagnetism and optics

    1/09/13 → …

    Course

    Gas discharges

    1/09/15 → …

    Course

    Physics of transport phenomena

    1/09/12 → …

    Course

    Press / Media

    TV/Radio

    Sander Nijdam

    19/06/1912/02/20

    2 Media contributions

    Press/Media: Expert Comment

    Effects of Lightning on Aircraft

    Sander Nijdam & S. 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

    (In,Ga)N heterostructures in self-assembled GaN nanowires grown on TiN by molecular beam epitaxy

    Author: Goertz, J. J., 2016

    Supervisor: Koenraad, P. M. (Supervisor 1), Geelhaar, L. (External person) (External coach), Bakkers, E. P. (Supervisor 2), Nijdam, S. (Supervisor 2) & Zijlstra, P. (Supervisor 2)

    Student thesis: Master

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    Absorption spectroscopy on microwave induced Ar - SiCl4 plasmas

    Author: van Himste, J. S., 2018

    Supervisor: Espinho, S. M. (Supervisor 1) & Nijdam, S. (Supervisor 2)

    Student thesis: Bachelor

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    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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    Averaged streamer propagation

    Author: Klip, W. M., 2019

    Supervisor: Dijcks, S. (Supervisor 1) & Nijdam, S. (Supervisor 2)

    Student thesis: Bachelor

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