• Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering
  • Sallie and Don Davis ’61 Career Development Professor
  • Director, Engineering Laboratory Instruction
David Staack

Educational Background

  • Ph.D., Drexel University
  • M.E., Princeton University
  • B.S./M.S., University of Virginia

Research Interests

  • ·    Plasma Engineering

    ·    Micro- and Nano-Scale Plasmas

    ·    Plasma Enhanced Fuel Conversion and Combustion

    ·    Non-equilibrium Thermodynamics

    ·    Plasma-Medicine and Biological Applications

    ·    Plasma Enhanced Materials Processing and Synthesis

    ·    Supersonic and Sub-sonic Plasma Actuators and Flow Control

    ·    Bubble Luminescence and Cavitation

    ·    Electric Propulsion for Spacecraft

    ·    Energetic Methods of Environmental Decontamination and Remediation

    ·    Electron Beam Processing

    ·    Laser and Spectroscopic Diagnostics


Selected Publications

  • D. Staack, X Tang, “Bioinspired mechanical device generates plasma in water via cavitation”, Science Advances 15 Mar 2019: Vol. 5, no. 3.
  • W. Pollard, A. Duggleby, D. Staack, “Dynamics of two microscale DPF devices”, Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics 49 (5), 055201, (2015).
  • P. Xiao, D. Staack, “Microbubble generation by microplasma in water”, Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics 47 (35), 355203, (2014).
  • Y.-K. Jo, J. Cho, T.-C. Tsai, D. Staack, M.-H. Kang, J.-H. Roh, D.-B. Shin, W. Cromwell, and D. Gross. “A Non-thermal Plasma Seed Treatment Method for Management of a Seedborne Fungal Pathogen on Rice Seed.” Crop Science. (2013).
  • T.-C. Tsai, J. Cho, K. McIntyre, Y.-K. Jo, and D. Staack. “Polymer Film Deposition on Agar Using a Dielectic Barrier Discharge Jet and its Bacterial Growth Inhibition.” Applied Physics Letters. 101.7 (2012).