New PIs within the Research Department

During the last general meeting of the Research Department Plasmas with Complex Interactions, new Senior PIs were elected to join the collaboration of different scientists over the campus. Due to changed cooperations, the group was enlarged by four new Senior PIs: Prof. Dr. Martin Muhler from the chair for technical chemistry, Jun.-Prof. Dr. Dirk Tischler from the chair for microbial biotechnology, and Dr. Julian Schulze as well as Jun.-Prof. Andrew Gibson from the chair for electrical engineering and plasma technology.

With the coming into force of the new by-laws, the Research Department Plasmas with Complex Interactions now includes Associated PIs from other universitites, who work together with the scientists on campus. Here, the new memebers are: Prof. Dr. Jan Benedikt from the chair for plasma physics at the CAU Kiel, Prof. Dr. Guido Grundmeier from the chair for technichal and macomolecular chemistry at the university of Paderborn, Prof. Dr. Timo Jacob from the Insitute for Electrochemistry at the Uni Ulm, Prof. Dr. Thomas Mussenbrock from the chair for theoretical electrical engineering at the BTU Cottbus Senftenberg, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Jens Oberrath from the institute for product and prozess innovation at the Leuphana Universität Lüneburg, Prof. Dr. Beatriz Roldán Cuenya from the institute for Interface Science at the Fritz-Haber-Institut Berlin, Prof. Dr. Jochen M. Schneider from the chair for material chemistry at the RWTH Aachen, and finally Dr.-Ing. Jan Trieschmann from the chair for theoretical electrical engineering at the BTU Cottbus.


17.05.2018 - SFB-TR 87 approved for third funding phase

The German Research Foundation approved the proposal of Prof. Peter Awakowicz from the Electrical Engineering Departement and his consortium concerning the funding of a collaborative research project with the title " Pulsed high power plasmas for the synthesis of nanostructured functional layers". Within the consortium, 20 research projects on different topics are addressed. Especially, two transfer projects with industrial partners is also approved. The funding period is from July 2018 until June 2022.


27.11.2017 - SFB 1316 approved by German Research Foundation

The German Research Foundation approved the proposal of Prof. Achim von Keudell and his consortium concerning the funding of a collaborative research project with the title "Transient atmospheric plasmas - from plasmas to liquids to solids". Within the consortium, 17 research projects on different topics are addressed. The funding period is from 2018 until 2022.

For more information see SFB 1316.

31.03.2017 - Prof. Dr. Jan Benedikt moves to Christian-Albrechts University Kiel

At April 1st, 2017 Jan Benedikt was appointed full professor for experimental plasma physics at Christian-Albrechts University Kiel. The research department will continue the collaboration with the group of Prof. Benedikt and will strenghten thereby the ties with CAU.

In 2004 Dr. Jan Benedikt joined RUB as a PostDoc in the research group reactive plasmas of Prof. von Keudell. He build up the experiments on mass spectrometry, µ-plasmas, and plasma medicine. In 2010 he was appointed a junior professorship for Coupled Plasma-Solid State Systems at the faculty for plasma physics and astronomy. During his time at RUB, he supervised six PhD thesis and numereous master and bachelor thesis.

The research department plasmas with complex interactions whishes Jan Benedikt all the best for his future and looks forward to many fruitful collaborations.


The Research Department Plasma is deeply saddened by the passing of Prof. Walter Lempert on April 11, 2015. He collaborated closely for many years with Prof. Uwe Czarnetzki and his group at EP5. He will be greatly missed.

"The department was deeply saddened by the passing of Walter Lempert on April 11, 2015. 
Lempert was a faculty member in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and co-director of the Non-Equilibrium Thermodynamics Laboratory (NETL), a major research laboratory containing state-of-the-art computational and experimental facilities among the most advanced at any U.S. university.
The NETL thrust area is energy, fluid and thermal systems, studying effective fuel use, reduced emissions, improved performance and cost effectiveness – critically important industrial and societal goals. Lempert and his colleagues led research and education focused on analytical, computational and experimental techniques for achieving these goals.
Lempert’s primary research was on the application of atomic and molecular spectroscopy to problems of engineering interest, inherently interdisciplinary, combining such diverse subjects as nonlinear optics, fluid mechanics, plasma physics and energy transfer. He is a notable author of numerous publications, papers and presentations helping to enhance the department’s reputation in energy, fluid and thermal systems.
Lempert left an indelible mark at Ohio State and a legacy of dedicated excellence in education and research. His cheerful personality, friendliness and warmth among faculty, staff and students will be greatly missed."

link to obituary Walter Lempert