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Paul Rumbach

Paul Francis Rumbach

Assistant Special Professional Faculty

Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering

Assistant Teaching Professor
Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering

Assistant Special Professional Faculty
College of Engineering

Email: prumbach@nd.edu

Phone: 574-631-7813

Office: 300A Cushing Hall

Education

B.S., Indiana University-Bloomington, 2010

Ph.D., University of Notre Dame, 2016

News

Lightning Can Strike Twice: Rumbach Successfully Tracks 
Electrons in Plasma and Is Honored by AVS

June 19, 2015

Paul Rumbach, a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering, has received the John Coburn and Harold Winters Student Award from the Plasma Science and Technology division of the American Vacuum Society (AVS) for his presentation titled “The Solvation of Electrons by an Atmospheric-Pressure Plasma.”

The Plasma-Water Interaction: Evidence of Things Not Easily Seen

June 19, 2015

A new study from the group, which is in a June issue of Nature Communications, shows that electrons from an atmospheric-pressure plasma can be dissolved [solvated] into water — forming a layer of ‘solvated’ electrons only about five water molecules deep. Equally as important, the team has also proven that using the plasma approach, solvated electrons, which are among the most powerful chemical agents in nature, can be generated without expensive vacuum equipment [to pressurize or depressurize the plasma] or the use of harmful radiation.

New Paper Reveals Fundamental Chemistry of Plasma/Liquid Interactions

October 19, 2012

Though not often considered beyond the plasma television, small-scale microplasmas have great utility in a wide variety of applications. Recently, new developments have begun to capitalize on how these microplasmas interact with liquids in applications ranging from killing bacteria for sterilizing a surface to rapidly synthesizing nanoparticles.