In search for more sustainable and environmentally friendly surface treatment techniques, the atmospheric plasma technology may offer an interesting alternative for cleaning, activation, modification, or functionalization (thin coating) of a surface.

In contrast to traditional techniques such as blasting, wet-chemical primers and coatings or chemical etching, the atmospheric plasma technology stands for less material consumption, no VOCs and lower energy consumption as curing at high temperatures is not necessary.

This Masterclass will provide an overview of the state of the art of the Plasma technology. Two keynote lectures will extensively discuss the technical aspects of the plasma technology itself and the sustainability of the technology compared to traditional coating techniques. In addition, the application of the technology in view of the use of recently developed bio-based coatings will be addressed. 

Subsequently, three producers and suppliers of Atmospheric & Low-Pressure Plasma systems will exemplify where the technology is already applied in the industry on various material substrates including textiles, plastics, metal, or composites. In addition, each company also states its vision on sustainability.

The Masterclass is aimed at companies who want to get acquainted with this technology as well as companies who already apply the technology and desire to gain more insight into the technology, its latest applications, and sustainability.


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9.30 welcome coffee

10.00 Keynote: What is plasma? What are the advantages? And what about sustainability?

A general introduction on plasma will be first given: definition, types of plasmas… Thereafter, a brief description of how non-thermal plasmas can be generated in the lab will be provided together with the different types of gas discharges that can be used in industry (dielectric barrier discharges, atmospheric pressure plasma jets…). The mechanisms behind different plasma-surface interactions will be explained in detail (surface cleaning, etching, activation and polymerization). The effects of different process parameters on the physicochemical properties of the treated surfaces will be briefly discussed. Finally, the advantages, disadvantages and eco-friendly aspects of the different plasma-assisted modification techniques will be illustrated and compared to other (traditional) techniques

Dr Rouba Ghobeira (University Ghent)

10.45 Europlasma technology at work in Flanders

Filip Legein (Europlasma)

11.15 Plasma technology explained through a few case studies on different materials

Pascal Verheyen (Sinvacon)

11.45 Case study

Jeroen Schotsaert (AGC)

12.15 Network lunch

13.30 keynote: Plasma-polymerized functional bio-based composite coatings by LIST

Patrick Choquet (LIST)

14.15 Case studies MPG

Gill Scheltjens

14.45 Case study: Industrial realisations with atmospheric plasma technology

Ralph Greger (PlaToS Consulting & TIGRES GmbH) 

15.15 Networking drink

Participation fee

€ 365,00 (VAT excluded)

The VLAIO subsidy of 70% was included in this cost price!

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This Masterclass is part of the Industry Partnership in which 16 Flemish innovation partners offer an integrated service to stimulate growth and innovation in the Flemish industry in the 3 following themes: Industry 4.0, Digitalisation & Sustainability. They do this under the leadership of Agoria and Sirris and with the support of the Agency for Innovation and Enterprise. 

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