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York Plasma Institute

Bringing together plasma scientists across a broad range of areas, with applications in magnetic and inertial confinement fusion, industry and medicine.

Plasmas are prevalent in the world around us and have enabled revolutions in fields such as information technology.

At the York Plasma Institute, we address a portfolio of plasma research from fundamental blue skies to impact-driven. In collaboration with national, international and industrial partners, we harness our expertise to develop and refine applications in areas such as next-generation fusion reactors, laboratory astrophysics, space propulsion, materials technologies, medical and environmental applications.

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York Plasma Institute
+44 (0)1904 324907
York Plasma Institute, University of York, Heslington, York, YO10 5DQ, UK

Our research ranges from fundamental understanding of plasmas to plasma-based solutions for challenges

Dr Erik Wagenaars, York Plasma Institute

Research and innovation focus areas

The plasma science and technology research activities at the York Plasma Institute fall primarily into three main areas, underpinned by the three pillars of plasma research and theory.

A PhD student working in the laser laboratory

Industrial partnerships

Plasmas are used in a wide range of industries, including biomedical technology, coatings, packaging, sterilisation, computer chip fabrication and in the growing fusion-industry sector. 

We work with a range of companies varying in size and focus. If you are interested in working with us we encourage you to get in touch. 

Work with us

Research and development opportunities

With its international reputation and impact, and its rich variety of plasma science, the York Plasma Institute offers an outstanding research environment to help researchers make the best possible start to their careers. Come and study on our MSc or PhD doctoral training programmes or develop your independent research career through a fellowship.

Fellowship opportunities

Postgraduate opportunities

Career opportunities 


We have state-of-the-art facilities that have been purpose-built for our research and teaching. These include:

  • Plasma sources
  • Plasma diagnostics
  • Tokamak remote control room 
  • Laser systems
  • Biological laboratory
  • Simulation capabilities

Explore our facilities

Take a virtual tour of our laboratories to view our equipment and facilities. You can view the labs in virtual reality using Google Cardboard or Samsung Gear VR headsets.

Contact us

York Plasma Institute
+44 (0)1904 324907
York Plasma Institute, University of York, Heslington, York, YO10 5DQ, UK