Plasma science in the Philippines: Progress and future perspectives
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.