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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 2004 2019

1 Citation (Scopus)
12 Downloads (Pure)

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

plasma jets
electron scattering
decay
cavities
collisions

Low temperature ignition using a non-equilibrium plasma

Patel, R., Pelders, J. E. H., Nijdam, S. & Dam, N., 2019, (Unpublished). 1 p.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePosterAcademic

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nonequilibrium plasmas
ignition
plasma potentials
air flow
cold plasmas

Raman spectroscopy: rovibrational temperature determination of a plasma assisted premixed flame

Pelders, J. E. H., Patel, R., Nijdam, S. & Dam, N., 10 Oct 2019. 1 p.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePosterAcademic

Open Access
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premixed flames
Raman spectroscopy
flames
combustion stability
flammability
3 Citations (Scopus)

The importance of thermal dissociation in CO2 microwave discharges investigated by power pulsing and rotational Raman scattering

van den Bekerom, D. C. M., Palomares Linares, J. M., Verreycken, T., van Veldhuizen, E. M., Nijdam, S., Berden, G., Bongers, W. A., van de Sanden, M. C. M. & van Rooij, G. J., 22 May 2019, In : Plasma Sources Science and Technology. 28, 5, 14 p., 055015.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

1 Citation (Scopus)

Transition mechanism of negative DC corona modes in atmospheric air: from Trichel pulses to pulseless glow

Chen, S., Li, K. & Nijdam, S., 23 May 2019, In : Plasma Sources Science and Technology. 28, 5, 10 p., 055017.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

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

career
science
innovation

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

Electronic equipment
Electricity
Cooling
Gases

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 2011 2021

  • 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

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

Sander Nijdam (Invited speaker)
2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talkScientific

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

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

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

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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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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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