House of Plasma

EFRE-Startup Project

Across all manufacturing industries, surfaces are treated with plasma to achieve specific product properties. Due to a lack of knowledge and incorrect measurement technology, the expensive processes are not optimally adjusted, resulting in quality loss and rejects. The constantly increasing demands on quality, on economy of time, material and resources in connection with ecological aspects, require continuously new solutions and innovations in shorter development cycles. With the foundation of House of Plasma as a company, the three founders want to counteract this problem and, for this purpose, transfer the innovative, patented sensor technology Multipole Resonance Probe (MRP) for monitoring and controlling low-pressure plasma processes into a commercially available product and offer services for this purpose.

The Multipole Resonance Probe was developed at the Ruhr University Bochum. More than 10 dissertations and over 30 publications attest the experience gained with the MRP. Within the framework of two projects funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research, the proof of principle and the successful application in industrial production processes were demonstrated.

With the help of the MRP, direct internal parameters can be recorded stable in real time for plasma-based surface treatments. By measuring and controlling crucial direct plasma parameters during the process, product performance can be improved, process times optimized, and downtime and resource usage minimized.

The funded spin-off project was launched in July 2020. The Ministry of Economic Affairs, Innovation, Digitalization and Energy of the state of North Rhine-Westphalia decided to make the project possible by funding it at Ruhr University Bochum. It is located in the European Regional Development Fund to invest in the future of regions with, for example, strong structural change.