Plasma science in the Philippines: Progress and future perspectives


  • Magdaleno R. Vasquez, Jr. ⋅ PH Department of Mining, Metallurgical, and Materials Engineering, University of the Philippines Diliman


The application of plasma technologies has assumed an important role in several industries. It is an enabling technology yet its impact is almost unnoticed by the public. However, plasma and related technologies have already made significant contributions in industrialized societies, especially in the microelectronics industry. Emerging economies must continue along this path towards industrialization. In the Philippines, research and development on gas discharges continue to gain traction as several plasma laboratories emerged, research funding increased, domestic and international collaborations flourished, local industries noticed, and human capital trained. The community of plasma scientists, vacuum engineers, and materials scientists and engineers continue to believe that this technology has yet to realize its full potential in the Philippines. In this talk, we look at the progress of our collective contribution to the field as well as what the future holds. We explore how plasma technology can foster value creation for emerging applications including the use of indigenous sources.

About the Speaker

Magdaleno R. Vasquez, Jr., Department of Mining, Metallurgical, and Materials Engineering, University of the Philippines Diliman

Magdaleno Vasquez, Jr. earned his BS Chemical Engineering and MS Materials Science and Engineering degrees from the University of the Philippines Diliman and his Doctor of Engineering in Electrical Engineering from Doshisha University. His research interests include plasma science, ion sources, and charged particle-material interactions. His current focus is the development of affordable plasma and ion source systems for material synthesis and modification especially those with practical and industrial relevance. After returning to the University of the Philippines Diliman, he established the Plasma-Material Interactions Laboratory. Currently, he is the Director of the Technology Transfer and Business Development Office of UP Diliman. He was the former Chairperson of DMMME, past President of the Vacuum Society of the Philippines, Councilor of the International Union of Vacuum Science, Technique, and Applications, and delegate to the Asian African Association for Plasma Training. In 2018, he was conferred the title Scientist by the university.



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MR Vasquez, Plasma science in the Philippines: Progress and future perspectives, Proceedings of the Samahang Pisika ng Pilipinas 38, SPP-2020-INV-3B-02 (2020). URL: