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

01.12.2010 - 13th WELTPP in Kerkrade (NL): a forum for young plasma scientists

On November 25-26, the thirteenth Workshop on the Exploration of Low Temperature Plasma Physics was held in Kerkrade (NL). This workshop is aimed at young scientists with a research focus on low-temperature plasma physics and, in particular, at young scientists in the diploma and master's phase, PhD students and post-docs. In particular, the WELTPP is intended to provide these young low-temperature plasma researchers with a forum for getting to know each other, learning from each other, and exchanging knowledge. Therefore, in addition to presenting research results and establishing contacts, the main focus is on integrating newcomers into this research community.
The international orientation of the workshop is reflected in both the organization and the origin of the participants. Organized and sponsored by the Research Department "Plasmas with complex interactions" of the Ruhr-University Bochum, the Centre for Plasma Physics of Queen's University Belfast and the Dutch Centrum voor Plasmafysica en Stralingstechnologie (CPS) of Eindhoven University of Technology, a large part of the 73 workshop participants also come from the Netherlands, Northern Ireland and Germany. The day's schedule will focus on the shared experience in the historic ambience of the former monastery complex of Rolduc. Therefore, the scientific program is rounded off with the common meals: a typical Dutch lunch and a coffee break. The social highlight will be the evening dinner followed by an informal and enjoyable bar atmosphere in the vaults of Rolduc. Finally, the program of the second day of the workshop is also broken up by a joint breakfast, a coffee break and lunch.
This community-oriented course of the day contributed once again to the relaxed and pleasant atmosphere during the workshop. In addition, new research findings were gathered on a scientific level and further collaborations were created. The thirteenth WELTPP has thus once again proven to be a success all along the line.