Picture this. Soldier just wounded by bomb Shrapnel. The bleeding is profuse and it looks like all hope is lost. But then the medic pulls out a device and holds it to the wound. A light starts to shine as plasma is emitted. It looks like something out of video game, but the bleeding tapers off.
During my senior year, I participated in a research group at the Drexel Plasma Institute. My research focused on using low temperature, highly distributed plasma discharges to accelerate the the natural coagulation process during profuse bleeding. This plasma does not burn the flesh, but promotes the creation of clotting factors in the blood. My work focused on the creation of computational fluid dynamic models of the coagulation process. I also assisted in the design of the experiment’s apparatuses and in carrying out those experiments.