2022 Full professor in physics, Comenius University, Bratislava, Slovakia
2021 D.Sc. (Doctor of Science, DrSc.) in physics, Comenius University, Bratislava, Slovakia
2008 Associate professor in physics, Comenius University, Bratislava, Slovakia
2000 Dr. es science (= PhD.) in gas and plasma physics, University Paris-Sud XI, France
2021 ~ Management committee member, COST CA20114 Therapeutical applications of Cold Plasmas
2020 ~ Management committee and core group member, Work group 4 leader, COST CA19110 Plasma applications for smart and sustainable agriculture,
2019 ~ Representative for Slovakia, International Union for Vacuum Science, Technique and Applications (IUVSTA)
2014-2026 Board member, International Society for Plasma Medicine (ISPM)
2017-2018 President, International Society for Plasma Medicine (ISPM)
2014-2019 Scientific committee member, International Conference on Phenomena in Ionized Gases
2013-2017 Board member, International Plasma Chemistry Society (IPCS)
2022 Chairman of the 9th Central European Symposium on Plasma Chemistry associated with COST CA19110 PlAgri workshop (110 participants), Slovakia
2021 Organizer of COST CA19110 Plasma applications for smart and sustainable agriculture – PlAgri workshop of Work group 4 (120 participants) online
2016 Chairman of the 6th International Conference on Plasma Medicine (360 participants), Slovakia
2011 Chairman of NATO Advanced Research Workshop Plasma for bio-decontamination, medicine and food security (60 participants), Slovakia
Zdenko Machala's scientific focus is on non-thermal (cold) plasmas of electrical discharges in ambient air and in contact with liquids, plasma-liquid interactions, their advanced diagnostics, and development of their applications in environmental sciences, chemistry, biomedicine, and agriculture e.g. for flue gas cleaning, water and surface decontamination, wound healing, anticancer effects, and plant growth stimulation. He established the plasma-biomedical interdisciplinary research area in Slovakia (since 2005). He has been a PI and vice-PI of more than 16 interational and national research projects. He is an editor of 1 monograph, author of 2 monograph chapters, over 80 peer-reviewed journal papers, and many conference contributions including >30 invited lectures.
Key journal papers (last 10 years)
• Z. Machala, B. Tarabová, E. Špetlíková, L. Šikurová, K. Hensel, P. Lukeš: Formation of ROS and RNS in water sprayed through transient spark discharge in air and their bactericidal effects, Plasma Process. Polym. 9, 649-659 (2013)
• Z. Machala, B. Tarabová, D. Sersenová M. Janda, K. Hensel: Plasma activated water chemical and antibacterial effects: Correlation with gaseous and aqueous reactive oxygen and nitrogen species, plasma sources and air flow conditions, J. Phys. D: Appl. Phys. 52, 034002 (2019) (WoS Highly cited paper)
• P. J. Bruggeman, M. J. Kushner, … Z. Machala, et al.: Plasma–liquid interactions: a review and roadmap, Plasma Sources Sci. Technol. 25, 053002 (2016) (WoS Highly cited paper)
• G. Bauer, D. Sersenová, D.B. Graves, Z. Machala: Cold Atmospheric Plasma and Plasma-Activated Medium Trigger RONS-Based Tumor Cell Apoptosis, Sci. Rep. 9, 14210 (2019)
• M. Janda, V. Martišovitš, K. Hensel, Z. Machala: Generation of antimicrobial NOx by atmospheric air transient spark discharge, Plasma Chem. Plasma Process. 36, 767-781 (2016)
• B. Tarabová, P. Lukeš, M.U. Hammer, H. Jablonowski, T. von Woedtke, S. Reuter, Z. Machala: Fluorescence measurements of peroxynitrite/peroxynitrous acid in cold air plasma treated aqueous solutions, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 21, 8883-8896 (2019)
• Z. Kovaľová, M. Leroy, M. J. Kirkpatrick, E. Odic, Z. Machala: Corona discharges with water electrospray for Escherichia coli biofilm eradication on a surface, Bioelectrochem. 112, 91–99 (2016)
• A. Jaworek, A.M. Gañán-Calvo, Z. Machala: Low temperature plasmas and electrosprays, topical review, J. Phys. D: Appl. Phys. 52, 233001 (2019)
• Z. Machala, D.B. Graves: Frugal biotech applications of low-temperature plasma, Trends Biotechnol. 36(6), 579-581 (2018)
• M.E. Hassan, M. Janda and Z. Machala: Transport of Gaseous Hydrogen Peroxide and Ozone into Bulk Water vs. Electrosprayed Aerosol, WATER 13(2) (2021)