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Nanoscale Editor's Choice for 2014
One of the 101 papers in the "2014 Nanoscale Hot Paper” collection:

Microscopic mechanisms of vertical graphene and carbon nanotube cap nucleation from hydrocarbon growth precursors.
U. Khalilov, A. Bogaerts and E.C. Neyts
Nanoscale, 6, 9206-9214 (2014)

JPD Editor's Choice for 2014
Among about 1000 papers published in 2014, the following were selected:

Understanding plasma catalysis through modelling and simulation - a review.
E.C. Neyts and A.Bogaerts
J. Phys. D: Appl. Phys., 47, 224010 (2014)

Computer simulations of plasma-biomolecule and plasma-tissue interactions for a better insight in plasma medicine. (Topical review)
E.C. Neyts, M. Yusupov, C.C. Verlackt and A. Bogaerts
J. Phys. D: Appl. Phys., 47, 293001 (2014)

The selected articles will be free to read until the end of December 2015.

JCP Editors' Choice for 2014
Among the 2780 papers published in 2014, the followig paper was selected:

On the time scale associated with Monte carlo simulations.
K.M. Bal and E.C. Neyts
J. Chem. Phys., 141, 204104 (2014)

This article is freely available online until the end of 2015.

In-situ chemical trapping of oxygen in the splitting of carbon dioxide by plasma.
R. Aerts, R. Snoeckx and A. Bogaerts
Plasma Process. Polymers, 11, 985-992 (2014)

Special issue 'Fundamentals of Plasma-Surface Interactions'
A special issue "Fundamentals of Plasma-Surface Interactions" in Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics, with Annemie Bogaerts (PLASMANT), Erik C. Neyts (PLASMANT) and Antoine Rousseau (LPP, Ecole Polytechnique, Palaiseau, France) as guest editors, has recently been published online and is available at: iopscience.iop.org/0022-3727/47/22.

Occurrence of gas flow rotational motion inside the ICP torch: a computational and experimental study.
M. Aghaei, L. Flamigni, H. Lindner, D. Günther and A. Bogaerts
J. Anal. At. Spectrom., 29, 249-261 (2014)

Plasma nanoscience: from nano-solids in plasmas to nano-plasmas in solids.
K. Ostrikov, E.C. Neyts and M. Meyyappan
Adv. Phys., 62, 113-224 (2013)
The journal belongs to the top 0.1% of papers in the academic field of Physics.

Plasma-based dry reforming: a computational study ranging from the nanoseconds to seconds time scale.
R. Snoeckx, R. Aerts, X. Tu and A.1nbsp;Bogaerts
J. Phys. Chem. C, 117, 4957-4970 (2013)

Defect healing and enhanced nucleation of carbon nanotubes by low-energy ion bombardment.
E.C. Neyts, K. Ostrikov, Z.J. Han, S. Kumar, A.C.T. van Duin and A. Bogaerts
Phys. Rev. Lett., 110, 065501 (2013)

Atomic-scale simulations of reactive oxygen plasma species interacting with bacterial cell walls.
M. Yusupov, E.C. Neyts, U. Khalilov, R. Snoeckx, A.C.T. van Duin and A. Bogaerts
New J. Phys., 14, 093043 (2012) (selected as one of the IOPselect” publications)

Self-limiting oxidation in small-diameter Si nanowires.
U. Khalilov, G. Pourtois, A.C.T. van Duin and E.C. Neyts
Chem. Mater., 24, 2141-2147 (2012)

Simultaneous etching and deposition processes during the etching of silicon with a Cl2/O2/Ar inductively coupled plasma.
S. Tinck, D. Shamiryan and A. Bogaerts
Plasma Process. Polym., 8, 490-499 (2011)

Catalyzed growth of carbon nanotube with definable chirality by hydrid molecular dynamics – force biased Monte Carlo simulations.
E.C. Neyts, Y. Shibuta, A.C.T. van Duin and A. Bogaerts
ACSNano, 4, 6665-6672 (2010)

Laser ablation for analytical sampling: what can we learn from modeling?
A. Bogaerts, Z. Chen, R. Gijbels and A. Vertes
Spectrochim. Acta B, 58, 1867-1893 (2003)
(awarded the Elsevier/Spectrochimica Acta Atomic Spectroscopy Award 2003)

Gas discharge plasmas and their applications.
A. Bogaerts, E. Neyts, R. Gijbels and J.J.A.M. van der Mullen
Spectrochim. Acta B, 57, 609-658 (2002)  (invited review paper)



Research mission

In the research group PLASMANT we develop and apply numerical models for

with the aim to optimize the applications of plasmas and lasers (e.g., in materials and nanotechnology, analytical chemistry, environmental and medical applications).

Furthermore, we also built a plasma reactor for studying greenhouse gas conversion into value-added chemicals.



Plasma, Laser Ablation and Surface Modelling - ANTwerp
University of Antwerp, Dept. Chemistry
Campus Drie Eiken
Universiteitsplein 1
2610 Antwerpen-Wilrijk
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