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Plasma Science and Fusion Center

Massachusetts Institute of Technology


Dan cohn

Senior Research Scientist, Head, Plasma Technology Division

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Phone: (617) 253-5524
Address: Room NW16-106
Related links: Plasma Technology

Research Interests

Plasma enhanced reformation of hydrocarbon fuels into hydrogen, compact plasmatron fuel reformers, applications of on board generation of hydrogen for diesel engine emissions reduction and clean, high efficiency gasoline engine operation, plasma enhanced reforming of biofuels, plasma technology for high sensitivity detection of explosives and other homeland security/defense applications.

Biographical Sketch

In 1971, Dr. Cohn began a career at MIT as a research staff member at the Francis Bitter National Magnet Laboratory. He has been involved in a variety of research activities involving use of plasmas for environmental and energy applications. He is currently Head of the Plasma Technology Division of the Plasma Science and Fusion Center. Dr. Cohn also holds an appointment as a Senior Research Scientist with the MIT Nuclear Engineering Department. He was a consultant in laser related defense technologies for MIT Lincoln Laboratory from 1986 to 1991. Dr. Cohn was a co- founder of Integrated Environmental Technologies, Inc. (IET). IET is an early stage commercial stage company that provides plasma furnace systems for environmentally protective conversion of hazardous, medical, municipal and other waste into hydrogen and other valuable products. Dr. Cohn is a holder of 25 U.S. patents. He has authored or co-authored more than 150 publications in journals, conference proceedings and book chapters. He is a fellow of the American >Physical Society and a member of the American Nuclear Society where he served as Chairman of the Fusion Division. Dr. Cohn was Editor of the Journal of Fusion Energy from 1984 to 1992. He is a member of Phi Beta Kappa. Dr. Cohn was a recipient of R&D 100 Awards for environmental technologies in 1994, 1995 and 1998. He was the winner of the Discover Award for Technological Innovation in Transportation in 1999. The award was given for his work on plasma boosted onboard hydrogen generation for environmentally improved internal combustion engines.

Selected Publications