Research

Our research is divided into four research areas and carried out within focus groups, which have a large overlap in content due to the interdisciplinary nature of plasma technology.

  • Biomedical Applications (Prof. Andrew Gibson)
  • Materials Processing and Environmental Applications (Prof. Peter Awakowicz)
  • Modeling and Simulation (Prof. Thomas Mussenbrock)
  • Technological High-frequency Plasmas (Prof. Julian Schulze)

Our research is supported to a significant extent by public funding sources. These are in detail:

  • German Research Foundation (DFG)
  • Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)
  • German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi)
  • Ministry of Economic Affairs, Innovation, Digitalisation and Energy of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia (MWIDE.NRW)

The lists of ongoing and already completed DFG projects can be found here:

As part of our research, we are members of the following coordinated research initiatives of the DFG, among others:

Research Projects

CSC

2D Particle-in-Cell

Realistic 2D Particle-in-Cell simulations of charged particle dynamics in low pressure capacitively coupled radio frequency plasmas

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DFG

CO2 Plasma Jet

Controlling the electron dynamics in radio-frequency driven micro plasma jets for efficient CO2 conversion

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MWIDE.NRW

House of Plasma

With the help of the MRP, direct internal parameters can be recorded stable in real time for plasma-based surface treatments.

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DFG

IEDF Sensor

Wafer-level sensor structure for measurements of the ion energy distribution function and the ion angle distribution function in low-pressure plasmas

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BMBF

Me2H2

Me²H2 Methanpyrolyse – Teilvorhaben U2: Plasma-beheizte Methanpyrolyse In dem Verbundvorhaben Methanpyrolyse (Me²H2) wird die Erzeugung

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DFG

Multifrequenz-CCP

In subproject C1, a novel reactor concept for reactive sputtering processes in the form of a large-area capacitively coupled multi-frequency discharge (MFCCP) is developed, characterized and optimized.

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DFG

Nano Security

Physically Unclonable Functions (PUF) and True Random Number Generation (TRNG) are two components that are widely used today to generate random bit streams in security applications.

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PECVD-Folienbeschichtung

Transferprojekt T06 im SFB-TR 87 Wartungsarme kontinuierliche Air2Air PECVD-Folienbeschichtung durch In-Plasma Konzept (In-Plasma-Air2Air)   In

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DFG

PEO

Plasma electrolytic oxidation belongs to the huge and growing research field of plasmas in liquids.

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BMWi

Plaskat

The Plaskat project (short for plasma catalysis) is looking at an energy-saving and more sustainable alternative for the removal of chemical and biological contaminants.

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DFG

PlasmIB

The aim of this project is to investigate the inactivation and protection mechanisms of spores and biofilms treated by low-pressure plasmas (LPP) and cold atmospheric pressure plasmas (CAP).

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DFG

PlasNOW

The project aims to gain further insight into the chemical and physical impacts of two different non-thermal atmospheric pressure plasmas (APP) sources on liquids and biological systems, with an emphasis on applications of APPs in wound healing.

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DFG

RF Plasma Jet

Process control in micro atmospheric pressure RF plasma jets by voltage waveform tailoring and customised boundary surfaces

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DFG

SIOx-Gradientenschichten

Plasma diagnostics of pulsed microwave plasmas with HF-bias combined with plasma-enhanced atomic layer deposition for the deposition of multilayer SiOx gradient coatings as barrier coating of flexible polymers

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DFG

Strukturierte DBD

The project aims to fundamentally understand Patterned Dielectric Barrier Discharges for environmental applications of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) pollutant removal from gas streams.

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DFG

VOC-Konversion

Project A7 of the DFG funded SFB 1316 aims at the fundamental understanding of a novel twin surface dielectric barrier discharge for the purification and sterilization of gas streams by means of plasma-assisted catalysis.

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