Teacher & Organisation of the summer school

Achim von Keudell

©Damian Gorczany

Achim von Keudell is professor for experimental physics at Ruhr-University Bochum since 2003. Before, he was staff scientist at the Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics in Munich.

A. von Keudell specialised in plasma and surfaces physics. His experience encompasses in-situ ellipsometry, infrared spectroscopy and treatment of surfaces with plasma discharges. His group has been the first to quantify elementary surface processes in plasma surface interactions involving hydrocarbon radicals and hydrogen atoms. These serve as model experiments for the understanding of thin film growth in glow discharges.

The projects until 2010 focussed on plasma technology particularly with regard to clusters in plasmas and plasma sterilisation. Since a few years, the research on reactive microplasmas developed with the emphasis on the fundamental understanding of the reaction chemistry as well as on on reactive magnetron sputtering and HPPMS discharges.


  1. Direct insertion of SiH3 radicals into strained Si-Si surface bonds during plasma deposition of hydrogenated amorphous silicon films, A. von Keudell, J.R. Abelson, Phys. Rev. B. 59, 5791 (1999)
  2. Elementary processes in plasma-surface interaction:H-atom and ion-induced chemisorption of methyl on hydrocarbon film surfaces (review), A. von Keudell, W. Jacob, Progress in Surface Science 26, 21-54 (2004)
  3. Atmospheric microplasma jet source as depositing tool, J. Benedikt, K. Focke, A. Yanguas-Gil, A- von Keudell, Appl. Phys. Lett. 89, 251504 (2006)
  4. Origin of the energetic ions at the substrate generated during high power pulsed magnetron sputtering of titanium, C Maszl, W Breilmann, J Benedikt and A von Keudell, J. Phys. D: Appl. Phys. 47 224002 (2014)

Annemie Bogaerts

Annemie BogaertsAnnemie Bogaerts was born in Wilrijk, Belgium, on October 25, 1971. She received her PhD degree in Chemistry from the University of Antwerp (1996). She is full professor at the University of Antwerp, Belgium, and head of the research group PLASMANT.
The group performs research on modeling of plasmas and plasma-surface interactions, for various applications, mainly environmental applications (CO2 conversion into value-added chemicals and fuels), medical applications (mainly for cancer treatment), nanotechnology and microelectronics, and analytical chemistry. Besides, the group also performs experimental research on plasma-based CO2 conversion and plasma treatment of cancer cells. She has written around 420 peer-reviewed publications since 1995, and she has more than 12,000 citations, resulting in a h-index of 54. She has presented almost 170 invited talks at international conferences (since 1998) and 63 invited seminar talks (since 1995).


  1. Plasma Catalysis: Synergistic Effects at the Nanoscale. E. C. Neyts, K. Ostrikov, M. K. Sunkara and A. Bogaerts, Chemical Reviews 115 (2015) 13408-13446.
  2. Effect of liquid peroxidation on membrane permeability of cancer and normal cells subjected to oxidative stress, J. Van der Paal, E.C. Neyts, C.C.W. Verlackt and A. Bogaerts, Chem. Sci. 7 (2016) 489-498.
  3. CO2 conversion in a dielectric barrier discharge plasma: N2 in the mix as a helping hand or problematic impurity? R. Snoeckx, S. Heijkers, K. Van Wesenbeeck, S. Lenaerts and A. Bogaerts, Energy & Environmental Science 9, 999-1011 (2016).

Antonio Tejero-del-Caz

Antonio Tejero-del-Caz was born in Córdoba, Spain, on October 15th 1987. He received his PhD degree in Physics in June 2016, from the University of Córdoba (Spain). Antonio Tejero-del-Caz specialised in high-performance computing, GPGPU, and the development of CUDA enabled PIC algorithms for the study of sheaths in low pressure plasma and plasma-solid interaction. From September 2016 he is a postdoctoral researcher at Instituto de Plasmas e Fusão Nuclear within Instituto Superior Técnico (Portugal) where he is working in the N-Plasmas Reactive: Modelling and Engineering (N-PRiME) group. His current research is focused in the modelling and simulation of low-temperature plasmas of interest for biological and environmental applications. He is the main developer of the LisbOn KInetics (LoKI) tool suit, a set of computational tools to obtain numerical solutions of the electron Boltzmann equation (LoKI-B) and its self-consistent coupling with a global model to study the plasma chemistry (LoKI-C). 

List of publications

  1. A. Tejero-del-Caz, V. Guerra, D. Gonçalves, M.L. da Silva, L. Marques, N. Pinhão, C. D. Pintassilgo and L. L. Alves, The LisbOn KInetics Boltzmann solver, Plasma Sources Sci. Technol. 28 (2019) 043001. doi:10.1088/1361-6595/ab0537
  2. V. Guerra, A. Tejero-del-Caz, C. D. Pintassilgo and L. L. Alves, Modelling N2-O2 plasmas: volume and surface kinetics, Plasma Sources Sci. Technol. In Press (2019)
  3. A. Tejero-del-Caz, J.I. Fernández Palop, J.M. Díaz-Cabrera, G.F. Regodón, R. Carmona-Cabezas, J. Ballesteros, Ion injection in electrostatic particle-in-cell simulations of the ion sheath, J. Comput. Phys. 350 (2017) 747–758. doi:10.1016/j.jcp.2017.09.018
  4. A. Tejero-del-Caz, J.I. Fernández Palop, J.M. Díaz-Cabrera, J. Ballesteros, Radial-to-orbital motion transition in cylindrical Langmuir probes studied with particle-in-cell simulations, Plasma Sources Sci. Technol. 25 (2016) 01LT03. doi:10.1088/0963-0252/25/1/01LT03
  5. J.M. Díaz-Cabrera, J. Ballesteros, J.I.F. Palop, A. Tejero-del-Caz, Experimental radial motion to orbital motion transition in cylindrical Langmuir probes in low pressure plasmas, Plasma Sources Sci. Technol. 24 (2015) 25026. doi:10.1088/0963-0252/24/2/025026.

Carsten Bundesmann

BundesmannCarsten Bundesmann is a senior scientist at the Leibniz Institute of Surface Engineering (IOM) in Leipzig since 2006. His main fields of work include comprehensive fundamental studies, including Monte Carlo simulations, and thin film deposition by ion beam sputtering, ex situ and in situ thin film characterization (ellipsometry, Raman and electrical 4PPM), and various in situ diagnostics of ion beam and plasma source characterization. The later is very much related to electric propulsion thrusters and includes ion beam diagnostics, thermal characterization and erosion measurements using optical techniques.


Key publications

  1. C. Bundesmann, C. Eichhorn, F. Scholze, D. Spemann, H. Neumann, D. Pagano, S. Scaranzin, F. Scortecci, H.J. Leiter, S. Gauter, R. Wiese, H. Kersten, K. Holste, P. Köhler, P.J. Klar, S. Mazouffre, R. Blott, A. Bulit, K. Dannenmayer, An advanced electric propulsion diagnostic (AEPD) platform for in-situ characterization of electric propulsion thrusters and ion beam sources, Eur. Phys. J. D 70 (2016) 217. DOI: 10.1140/epjd/e2016-70236-0 
  2. C. Bundesmann, H. Neumann, Tutorial: The Systematics of Ion Beam Sputtering for Deposition of Thin Films with Tailored Properties, J. Appl. Phys. 124 (2018) 231102. DOI: 10.1063/1.5054046
  3. C. Bundesmann, J. Bauer, A. Finzel, J. W. Gerlach, W. Knolle, A. Hellmich, R. Synowicki, Properties of indium tin oxide thin films grown by Ar ion beam sputter deposition, J. Vac. Sci. Technol. A 39 (2021) 033406. DOI: 10.1116/6.0000917 
  4. D. Kalanov, A. Anders, C. Bundesmann, Properties of secondary ions in ion beam sputtering of Ga2O3, J. Vac. Sci. Technol. A 39 (2021) 053409. DOI: 10.1116/6.0001204
  5. C. Bundesmann, C. Eichhorn, H. Neumann, F. Scholze, D. Spemann, M. Tartz, H. J. Leiter, R. Y. Gnizdor, F. Scortecci, In situ Erosion Measurement Tools for Electric Propulsion Thrusters: Triangular Laser Head and Telemicroscope, Eur. Phys. J. Techn. Instrum. 9 (2022) 1. DOI: 10.1140/epjti/s40485-022-00076-z

Felipe Iza

Felipe Iza is a Reader at the Wolfson School of Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering at Loughborough University, UK. He received his B.S. degree in engineering from the University of Navarra, San Sebastian (Spain) in 1997 and he was with the Centro de Estudios e Investigaciones Tecnicas de Guipuzcoa (CEIT), San Sebastian (Spain) from 1997 to 1999. In 1999 he moved to the USA and he obtained his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the Northeastern University, Boston MA (USA) in 2001 and 2004, respectively. From 2004 to 2006, he was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Pohang University of Science and Technology, Pohang (Korea), where he became a Research Professor in 2006. Since 2007, he has been with Loughborough University, where he has served as Director of Postgradaute Research and as deputy Associate Dean for Research. Felipe’s research focuses on experimental and computational low-temperature plasma physics and engineering, with special interest on microplasmas and atmospheric pressure discharges for biomedical and environmental applications.



Holger Kersten

Holger Kersten is a Professor at the Institute of Experimental and Applied Physics at University of Kiel, Germany since 2006. Prior Professor Kersten was the head of the plasma processes group at the Leibniz Institute for Plasma Science and Technology (INP Greifswald) in Greifswald, Germany. The focus of his research includes basic studies and diagnostics on the interaction of plasmas with surfaces, complex plasmas and their applications in plasma technology. In 1999, he received the Greifswald Plasma Physics Prize in recognition of his research. Professor Kersten was furthermore the president of the German Society for Plasma Technology from 2009 to 2013. He is currently the Editor-in-Chief of the European Physical Journal D (EPJD).

Key publications:

  1. Kersten, H., Deutsch, H., Steffen, H., Kroesen, G.M.W., Hippler, R., The energy balance at substrate surfaces during plasma processing, Vacuum 63(2001), 385. (http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0042-207X(01)00350-5)  
  2. Maurer, H., Kersten, H., On the heating of nano- and micro-particles in process plasmas, J. Phys. D: Appl. Phys. 44(2011), 174029. (doi:10.1088/0022-3727/44/17/174029)  
  3. Bornholdt, S., Kersten, H., Transient calorimetric diagnostics for plasma processing, Eur. Phys. J. D 67(2013), 176-187. (doi:10.1140/epjd/e2013-40146-8)  
  4. Trottenberg, T., Richter, T., Kersten, H., Measurement of the force exerted on the surface of an object immersed in a plasma, Eur. Phys. J. D 69(2015), 91. (doi: 10.1140/epjd/e2015-50743-2)  
  5. Hinz, A., von Wahl, E., Faupel, F. Strunskus, T., Kersten, H., Nanoparticle forming reactive plasmas: A multidiagnostic approach, Eur. Phys. J. D 72(2018), 91.  (doi: 10.1140/epjd/e2017-80372-6)  
  6. Gauter, S., Haase, F., Kersten, H., Experimental unraveling the energy flux originating from a DC magnetron sputtering source, Thin Solid Films 669(2019), 8-18. (doi: 10.1016/j.tsf.2018.10.021)

Jan Benedikt

Jan BenediktJan Benedikt is a full professor at Kiel University in the field of atmospheric and low-pressure non-equilibrium plasma physics with focus on plasma diagnostic, plasma-surface interaction including the field of plasma medicine and interaction with liquids, and on synthesis of nanoparticles, nanomaterials, and thin films especially with respect to understanding of growth mechanisms and plasma-chemistry pathways. He studied physics, and especially plasma physics, at the University of West Bohemia, Plzen, Czech Republic, and obtained his PhD at the Eindhoven University of Technology (2004). He was awarded Hans-Werner-Osthoff Plasma Physics Prize in 2009 and John Coburn and Harold Winters Student Award in Plasma Science and Technology at AVS conference in 2003. He is author of eighty-five peer-reviewed articles including four review articles, and has been invited more than forty times to give an invited conference talk or lecture course.


  1. S. Schneider, F. Jarzina, J.-W. Lackmann, J. Golda, V. Layes, V. Schulz-von der Gathen, J. Bandow, J. Benedikt, Summarizing results on the performance of a selective set of atmospheric plasma jets for separation of photons and reactive particles, J. Phys.D: Appl. Phys. 48 (2015) 444001
  2. J. Benedikt, A. Hecimovic, D. Ellerweg, A. von Keudell, Quadrupole Mass Spectrometry of Reactive Plasmas, J. Phys. D: Appl. Phys. 45 (2012) 403001
  3. J. Benedikt, Plasma-chemical reactions: low pressure acetylene plasmas, J. Phys. D 43 (2010) 043001

Jean-Pierre Boeuf

Jean-Pierre BoeufJean-Pierre Boeuf is senior scientist of the CNRS (National Center for Scientific Research) at the LAPLACE laboratory of the University of Toulouse, France. He graduated from Centrale-Supelec and obtained his PhD from the University of Paris-Saclay. At LAPLACE, he has led a group of researchers involved in modeling and experimental work on low temperature plasmas. His research interest is focused on the basic physics and modeling of low temperature plasmas in the context of various applications such as magnetized ion sources for satellite propulsion, negative ion source for the ITER neutral beam injection system, plasma actuators for flow control, microwave applications of plasmas, microdischarges and plasma display panels, plasma switches and circuit breakers. 

Key publications

  1.  J.-P. Boeuf, Tutorial: Physics and modeling of Hall thrusters, Journal of Applied Physics 121, 011101 (2017).

  2. I.D. Kaganovich, I. D., et al., Physics of E× B discharges relevant to plasma propulsion and similar technologies, Physics of Plasmas 27 120601 (2020).

  3. J.-P. Boeuf and M. Takahashi, Rotating spokes, ionization instability, and electron vortices in partially magnetized E× B plasmas, Physical review letters 124, 185005 (2020).

  4. J.-P. Boeuf, Rotating structures in low temperature magnetized plasmas—insight from particle simulations, Frontiers in Physics 2 74 (2014).

  5. J.-P. Boeuf and L. Garrigues, E× B electron drift instability in Hall thrusters: Particle-in-cell simulations vs. theory, Physics of Plasmas 25, 061204 (2018).

  6. L. Dubois, F. Gaboriau, L. Liard, D. Harribey, C. Hénaux, L. Garrigues, G. Hagelaar, S. Mazouffre, C. Boniface and J.-P. Boeuf, ID-HALL, a new double stage Hall thruster design. I. Principle and hybrid model of ID-HALL, Physics of Plasmas 25, 093503 (2018).

  7. J.-P. Boeuf et al., Physics of a magnetic filter for negative ion sources.  E× B drift through the filter in a real geometry,  Physics of Plasmas 19 113510 (2012).

  8. J.-P. Boeuf, Ionization waves (striations) in a low-current plasma column revisited with kinetic and fluid models, Physics of Plasmas 29 022105 (2022).

Kristof Holste

Kristof HolsteKristof Holste obtained his PhD in the field of atomic physics in 2012 from the Justus Liebig University (JLU) of Giessen. In the following years, he was involved in setting up a facility for measuring photoionisation cross sections at the Deutsches Elektronensychrotron (DESY) and conducted experiments of the same kind at the Advanced Light Source in Berkeley (USA). As part of the Excellence Initiative of the State of Hesse (LOEWE funding), he has also been involved in research activities at JLU within the framework of inductively coupled radio frequency ion thrusters since 2012. His focus is on developing and improving diagnostics as well as investigating the applicability of alternative propellants for ion thrusters. He is principal investigator in several DLR, EU and ESA projects. Since 2017, he is responsible for the technical-administrative matters and deputy director of the electric propulsion research group at JLU. 


Key publications

  1. K. Holste et al.  Ion thrusters for electric propulsion: Scientific issues developing a niche technology into a game changer,
    Rev. Sci. Instrum. 91, 061101 (2020) 

  2. Holste, K., Gärtner, W., Zschätzsch, D. et al. Performance of an iodine-fueled radio-frequency ion-thruster
    Eur. Phys. J. D 72, 9 (2018) 

  3. Patrick Dietz et al 2019 Plasma Sources Sci. Technol. 28 084001 

  4. P. Dietz, A. Reeh, K. Keil, K. Holste, U. Probst, P.J. Klar, C. Volkmar. Global models for radio-frequency ion thrusters
    EPJ Techn. Instrum, 8 1 (2021) 10

  5. B. T. Nauschütt, L. Chen, K. Holste, P. J. Klar. Non-invasive assessment of plasma parameters inside an ion thruster combining optical emission spectroscopy and principal component analysis
    EPJ Techn. Instrum. (2021) 8:13

Luís L. Alves

AlvesLuís L. Alves was born in Lisbon, Portugal. He received the PhD degree in Physics from Instituto Superior Técnico (IST), Lisbon Technical University (1993) and he was a postdoctoral fellow at Laboratoire de Physique des Gaz et des Plasmas (France) in 1997. He is a Professor of Physics at IST and the Head of the group N-Plasmas Reactive: Modelling and Engineering (N-PRiME) of Instituto de Plasmas e Fusão Nuclear (IPFN) with IST. His field of work is the modelling and simulation of low-temperature plasmas, using a research methodology that involves the formulation of the problem, the development / updating of a numerical tool, including its verification through benchmarking against other codes, and the validation of the physical model by comparison with the experiment. Over the years he has developed many different numerical codes, extending from the numerical solution of the electron Boltzmann equation to the development of multi-dimensional dynamic models for reactive gas/plasma systems. Recently, he launched the basis for the synergistic development of the LIsbOn Kinetics (LoKI) numerical code and the associated KInetic Testbed (KIT). His research focuses on the study of microwave and radio-frequency discharges, of interest for material science, biological and environmental applications.


  1. A. Tejero-del-Caz, V. Guerra, D. Gonçalves, M. Lino da Silva, L. Marques, N. Pinhão, C.D. Pintassilgo and L. L. Alves, "The LisbOn KInetics Boltzmann solver", Plasma Sources Sci. Technol., 28 043001 (2019)  
  2. L. L. Alves, A. Bogaerts, V. Guerra and M. M. Turner, "Foundations of modelling of nonequilibrium low-temperature plasmas", Plasma Sources Sci. Technol. 27023002 (2018)  
  3. V. Guerra, T. Silva, P. Ogloblina, M. Grofulović, L. Terraz, M. Lino da Silva, C.D. Pintassilgo, L.L. Alves and O. Guaitella, "The case for in situ resource utilisation for oxygen production on Mars by nonequilibrium plasmas", Plasma Sources Sci. Technol. 2611LT01 (2017)  
  4. P. Coche, V. Guerra and L.L. Alves, "Microwave air plasmas in capillaries at low pressure I. Self-consistent modeling", J. Phys. D: Appl. Phys. 49235207 (2016)

Marc Böke

BökeMarc Böke was born in Bochum, Germany, on November 15, 1972. He received his PhD degree in Physics at Ruhr-University Bochum (RUB) with a PhD thesis dealing with Lithium atoms as probes for reactive plasmas. After his PhD he worked as executive secretary of Arbeitsgemeinschaft Plasmaphysik (APP) &
Center of Excellence Plasma Science and Technology (CPST) at Ruhr-University Bochum. He is PI in several collaborative research projects at the Research Department “Plasmas with Complex Interactions” at RUB and works on diagnostic methods of low temperature plasmas, physics of microplasmas and
plasma technology (e.g. plasma coatings on polymers). As a co-founder of a spin-off company in the field of plasma technology he was involved in the design of plasma sources for coating, functionalization or sterilization applications. Since 2001 he is responsible for the organization and the scientific concept of the school.

Key publications

  1. B. Niermann, M. Böke, N. Sadeghi, and J. Winter, ”Space resolved density measurements of argon and helium metastable atoms in radio-frequency generated He-Ar micro-plasmas”, Eur. Phys. J. D 60, (2010) 489-495, doi:10.1140/epjd/e2010-00166-8
  2. A.P. Ehiasarian, A. Hecimovic, T. de los Arcos, R. New, V. Schulz-von der Gathen, M. Böke, and J. Winter, “High Power Impulse Magnetron Sputtering Discharges: Instabilities and Plasma Self-Organization“, Appl. Phys. Lett. 100, (2012) 114101, doi: 10.1063/1.3692172
  3. M. Lapke, T. Mussenbrock, and R. P. Brinkmann, C. Scharwitz, M. Böke, and J. Winter “Modeling and simulation of the plasma absorption probe”, Appl. Phys. Lett. 90, (2007) 121502, doi:/10.1063/1.2714202

Marina Prenzel

Marina PrenzelMarina Prenzel is Science Manager of the Research Department 'Plasmas with Complex Interactions' at Ruhr-Universität Bochum (RD Plasma). She received her Ph.D. in physics in 2013 on a study of reactive magnetron sputtering. For three years she worked as a Potdoc at the Max-Planck-Institute for Chemical Energy Conversion in Mülheim (Germany) and moved at the beginning of 2017 back again to RUB, where she is responsible for the scientific organisation of the RD Plasma.


  1. Formation of crystalline gamma-Al2O3 induced by variable substrate biasing during reactive magnetron sputtering, M. Prenzel, A. Kortmann, A. von Keudell, F. Nahif, J. M. Schneider, M. Shihab, and R. P. Brinkmann, J. Phys. D.: Appl. Phys. 46  (8), (2013) 084004
  2. Time-resolved measurement of film growth during high-power pulsed magnetron sputtering (HIPIMS) of titanium, F. Mitschker, M. Prenzel, J. Benedikt, C. Maszl, and A. von Keudell, J. Phys. D.: Appl. Phys. 46  (15), (2013) 155204
  3. Investigation of different pre-treated multi-walled carbon nanotubes by Raman spectroscopy, P. Düngen, M. Prenzel, C. Van Stappen, N. Pfänder, . Heumann, R. Schlögl, Materials Sciences and Applications 8 (8), 628-641 (2017)

Micheal Klick

Michael Klick is CEO of Plasmatrex GmbH and lecturer at the Ruhr-University-Bochum since 2008 (Plasma and RF technology for semiconductor, MEMS, and PV applications). He obtained his PhD in Plasma Physics from the Ernst-Moritz-Arndt-University Greifswald, Germany, in 1992. From 1995 he has worked in the semiconductor industry with regard to plasma process models, in particular nonlinear modeling of industrial RF plasmas (boundary sheath). He was in charge of the development of plasma sensor systems for etch and deposition plasmas. Being involved in many plasma process and equipment projects, he is very familiar with industrial plasma process equipment and its model-based description.


Key Publications

  1. Resistive Model of the RF Discharge including additional DC Currents and Electrodes, M. Klick, Phys. Rev. E 47(1993), 591.
  2. Nonlinearity of the Radio-frequency Sheath, M. Klick, J. Appl. Phys. 79 (1996), 3445
  3. Plasma Diagnostics in RF Discharges using nonlinear and Resonance Effects, M. Klick, W. Rehak, M. Kammeyer, Jpn. J. Appl. Phys. 36(1997), 4625.
  4. SEERS-based Process Control for Plasma Etching, S. Wurm, W. Preis, M. Klick, Solid State Technology 42 (1999), 103.
  5. Microscopic Approach to an Equation for the Heat Flow. between Wafer and E-chuck, M. Klick, M. Bernt, J. Vac. Sci. Technol. B24 (2006), 2509.
  6. Electron Heating in capacitively coupled Discharges and reactive Gases, G. Franz, M. Klick, J. Vac. Sci. Technol.  B23 2005, 917.
  7. Comprehensive understanding of chamber conditioning effects on plasma characteristics in an advanced capacitively coupled plasma etcher, Kye Hyun Baek, Eunwoo Lee, Michael Klick, and Ralf Rothe, J. Vac. Sci. Technol. A 35, 021304 (2017); doi: 10.1116/1.4968206
  8. Ion energy control in an industrial ICP etch chamber without bias power usage, Michael Klick and Hans-Peter Maucher, J. Vac. Sci Technol. B 40, 012203 (2022); https://doi.org/10.1116/6.0001477

Olivier Guaitella

Olivier GuaitellaOlivier Guaitella is a researcher of the Non Thermal Plasma group from Laboratory of Plasma Physics in Ecole Polytechnique near Paris. He has received is PhD degree in Physics in 2006 at Ecole Polytechnique, member of Paris Saclay University. His main research interests are focus on plasma surface interactions and their influence on non-equilibrium plasma kinetics at elevated pressure. This work finds applications for indoor air treatment, Plasma/catalyst coupling, plasma in liquids, plasma jets and more recently CO2 recycling after spending a one year secondment in the group of Richard Engeln at Eindhoven University of Technology in 2014. He has also a strong interest in the development of new diagnostics techniques and has especially an expertise in infrared absorption techniques. He is member of the steering committee of the french non thermal plasma network since 2013.


  1. Gas temperature measurements in oxygen plasmas by high-resolution Two-Photon Absorption Laser-induced Fluorescence, JP Booth, D Marinov, M Foucher, O Guaitella, D Bresteau, L Cabaret, Journal of Instrumentation 10 (11), C11003
  2. Oxidation of isopropanol and acetone adsorbed on TiO 2 under plasma generated ozone flow: Gas phase and adsorbed species monitoring, C Barakat, P Gravejat, O Guaitella, F Thevenet, A Rousseau, Applied Catalysis B: Environmental 147, 302-313
  3. Modes of underwater discharge propagation in a series of nanosecond successive pulses, I Marinov, O Guaitella, A Rousseau, SM Starikovskaia, Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics 46 (46), 464013
  4. Experimentally obtained values of electric field of an atmospheric pressure plasma jet impinging on a dielectric surface, A Sobota, O Guaitella, E Garcia-Caurel Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics 46 (37), 372001

Peter Awakowicz

Peter Awakowicz

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Peter Awakowicz is senior professor Ruhr-Universität Bochum. A diverse spectrum of research is addressed. It includes atmospheric pressure plasmas combined with catalysts for air and gas purification (e.g., CRC 1316, Carbon2Chem) or atmospheric pressure plasmas for the deposition of light metal oxides. Furthermore, atmospheric pressure plasmas for disinfection and sterilisation, wound healing, cancer treatment (PlasNow) are investigated. Another research focus are low pressure plasmas for deposition of SiO2 layers on plastics for barrier and membrane applications or Low-pressure plasmas for the deposition of metal oxynitrides (SFB-TR 87). Finally, quantitative plasma diagnostics with optical, mass spectrometric and electrical methods realized within the research institute. 


  1. E. J. Iglesias, A. Hecimovic, F. Mitschker, M. Fiebrandt, N. Bibinov, P. Awakowicz, Ultraviolet/vacuum-ultraviolet emission from a high power magnetron sputtering plasma with an aluminum target, Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics 53 (5), (2019)
  2. M. Engelhardt, S. Ries, P. Hermanns, N. Bibinov, P. Awakowicz Modifications of aluminum film caused by micro-plasmoids and plasma spots in the effluent of an argon non-equilibrium plasma jet, Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics 50 (37), 375201 (2017)
  3. K. Heuer, M. A. Hoffmanns, E. Demir, S. Baldus, C. M. Volkmar, M. Röhle, P. C. Fuchs, P. Awakowizc, C. V. Suschek, C. Opländer, The topical use of non-thermal dielectric barrier discharge (DBD): Nitric oxide related effects on human skin, Nitric oxide-biology and chemistry 44, 52-60 (2015)
  4. C. Schulz, T. Styrnoll, R. Storch, P. Awakowicz, T. Musch, I. Rolfes\\ \textbf{The Multipole Resonance Probe: Progression and Evaluation of a Process Compatible Plasma Sensor}\\ IEEE Sensors Journal \textbf{14}, (10), 3408-3417 (2014)
  5. H. Behm, K. Bahroun, H. Bahre, D. Kirchheim, F. Mitschker, N. Bibinov, M. Böke, R. Dahlmann, P. Awakowicz, C. Hopmann, J. Winter, Adhesion of Thin CVD Films on Pulsed Plasma Pre- Treated Polypropylene, Plasma proccesses and polymers 11 (5), 418-425 (2014)
  6. K. Stapelmann, J.-W. Lackmann, I. Buerger, J.E. Bandow, P. Awakowicz, A H-2 very high frequency capacitively coupled plasma inactivates glyceraldehyde 3-phosphate dehydrogenase(GapDH) more efficiently than UV photons and heat combined, Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics 47 (8), 085402 (2014)
  7. S. Bienholz, T. Styrnoll, P. Awakowicz, On the electrical asymmetry effect in large area multiple frequency capacitively coupled plasmas, Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics 47 (6), 065201 (2014)
  8. R. Pothiraja, C. Ruhrmann, M. Engelhardt, N. Bibinov, P. Awakowicz, Characterization of atmospheric-pressure ac micro-discharge in He-N-2 mixture using time- and space-resolved optical emission spectroscopy, Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics 46 (46), 464012 (2013)
  9. S. Steves, T. Styrnoll, F. Mitschker, S. Bienholz, N. Bibinov, P. Awakowicz\\ \textbf{Characterization of low-pressure microwave and radio frequency discharges in oxygen applying optical emission spectroscopy and multipole resonance probe}\\ Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics \textbf{46} (44), 445201(2013)
  10. M. Schulze, A. Yanguas-Gil, A. von Keudell, and P. Awakowicz\\ \textbf{A robust method to measure resonant and metastable state densities from emission spectra in argon and argon-diluted low pressure plasmas}\\ Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics \textbf{41}, 065206 (2008)

Peter Bruggeman

Peter BruggemanDr. Peter Bruggeman is currently Professor and Associate Head of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Minnesota. He is also the Director of the High Temperature and Plasma Laboratory. Professor Bruggeman obtained his PhD from the University of Ghent, Belgium in 2008 and was an Assistant Professor of Applied Physics at Eindhoven University of Technology, the Netherlands from 2009 till he joined the University of Minnesota in 2013. His primary research interests are plasma-liquid interaction and non-equilibrium plasma kinetics and chemistry applied to plasma processes for environmental, biomedical and renewable energy technologies.

Professor Bruggeman received several awards including the 2012 Hershkowitz Early Career Award, the 2013 IUPAP Young Scientist Medal and Prize in Plasma Physics, the 2016 US Department of Energy Early Career Award and the 2018 American Vacuum Society Peter Mark Memorial Award. He is section editor for Low-temperature plasmas of the Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics and an elected member of the board of directors of the International Society of Plasma Chemistry.  

Professor Bruggeman published over 100 papers in peer-reviewed journals of which 12 have been selected as journal highlights. He has delivered invited and keynote lectures at over 70 international meetings.


  1. Identification of the biologically active liquid chemistry induced by a nonthermal atmospheric pressure plasma jet, K. Wende, P. Williams, J. Dalluge, W. Van Gaens, H. Aboubakr, J. Bischof, T. von Woedtke, S. M. Goyal, K.-D. Weltmann, A. Bogaerts, K. Masur and P.J. Bruggeman, 2015, Biointerphases 10, 029518
  2. Gas temperature determination from rotational lines in non-equilibrium plasmas: a review, P.J. Bruggeman, N. Sadeghi, D.C. Schram. V. Linss, 2013, Plasma Sources Sci. Technol. 23, 023001
  3. Electron densities and energies of a guided argon streamer in argon and air environments, S. Hübner, S. Hofmann, E.M. van Veldhuizen and P.J. Bruggeman, 2013, Plasma Sources Sci. Technol. 22 065011
  4. Non-thermal plasmas in and in contact with liquids, P. Bruggeman and C. Leys, 2009, J. Phys. D: Appl. Phys. 42 053001

Richard Engeln

Richard EngelnRichard Engeln is an associate professor at the Department of Applied Physics of the Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e). He received his Ph.D. in physics in 1991 from the Radboud University Nijmegen (RUN) on a spectroscopic study of molecules containing methyl groups. After almost two years working as a project manager in the R&D division of Stork X-cel, he started working as a postdoc in the group of Prof. D.C. Schram at the TU/e. He studied the transport properties of hydrogen molecules in a plasma expansion by means of CARS.
In 1995 he joined the group of Prof. dr. Gerard Meijer at the RUN, and worked for several years on the development of novel ultra-sensitive absorption detection schemes. Since 1998 he works at the TU/e, first as assistant and since 2005 as associate professor. His research focuses on the study of plasma-surface interactions leading to the formation of new molecules, and the development of optical diagnostics to study these interactions in-situ.


  1. Fluid modeling of CO2 dissociation in a dielectric barrier discharge, Srinath Ponduri, Markus Becker, Stefan Welzel, M. van de Sanden, Detlef Loffhagen, and Richard Engeln, 119, 093301 (2016)
  2. CO and byproduct formation during CO2 reduction in dielectric barrier discharges, F. Brehmer, S. Welzel, M.C.M. van de Sanden, and R. Engeln, J. Appl. Phys. 116, 123303 (2014)
  3. Detailed H(n=2) density measurements in a magnetized hydrogen plasma jet, W.E.N. van Harskamp, C.M. Brouwer, D.C. Schram, M.C.M. van de Sanden and R. Engeln, Plasma Sources Sci. Technol. 21, 024009 (2012)

Stéphane Mazouffre

Stephane MazouffreStéphane Mazouffre is a Research Director at the French National Research Center (CNRS). He received a PhD in the field of low-temperature plasma physics in 2001 from the Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands. His research activities in electric propulsion for satellites and spacecraft began in 2003 after he joined the ICARE laboratory in Orléans, France. He is currently the head of the Electric Propulsion team at ICARE and the director of the ORACLE, a joint-laboratory between ICARE and the Exotrail Startup. His research interests cover Hall thrusters and variants, new electric propulsion concepts, micropropulsion and hybrid propulsion. His research also extends to the physics and technology of hollow cathodes and the physics of magnetized discharges in general. He is especially recognized for the development of laser diagnostics. He has authored over 120 scientific publications, more than 130 conference papers and many articles in scientific magazines. Dr. Mazouffre was a recipient of the Bronze Medal of the CNRS in 2008 and of the Noah Hershkowitz Award of the Institute of Physics in 2012. In 2020 he was awarded a Chair of Excellence from the Carlos III University in Madrid. In November 2021, he received the Edmond Brun prize of the French Academy of Sciences for his pathfinder works in electric thruster miniaturization.


Key publications

  1. A. Vinci, S. Mazouffre, Plasma properties conditioned by the magnetic throat location in a Helicon plasma device, J. Appl. Phys. 130, 183301 (2021)
  2. S. Mazouffre, L. Grimaud, S. Tsikata, K. Matyash, R. Schneider, Rotating spoke instabilities in a wall-less Hall thruster: Experiments, Plasma Sources Sci. Technol. 28, 054002 (2019)
  3. I. Levchenko, K. Bazaka, S. Mazouffre, S. Xu, Prospects and physical mechanisms for photonic space propulsion, Nature Photonics 12, 649–657 (2018)
  4. S. Mazouffre, Electric propulsion for satellites and spacecraft: established technologies and novel approaches, Plasma Sources Sci. Technol. 25, 033002 (2016)

Sylvain Iséni

Sylvain IseniSylvain ISÉNI was born Gien, France, on October 17th 1988. He graduated from the University of Orléans (France) with a Master of Science and an engineering diploma in 2011. The same year he spends six months as an ERASMUS student in the group of Prof. P. Bruggeman at TU/e Eindhoven (The Netherlands). Starting from 2012, he was a PhD candidate at the Leib­niz In­sti­tu­te for Plas­ma Sci­ence and Tech­no­lo­gy, INP Greifswald where he received his PhD in Physics in 2015 from the University of Greifswald (Germany) with a study focusing on laser diagnostics of an atmospheric pressure plasma jet for biomedical applications.

After a post-doc at the Research Group in the Energetics of Ionized Media -GREMI- in Orléans, (France), he obtain a full researcher position at the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) in 2017. His research topics deal with non-equilibrium –non-thermal– plasmas and plasma processes for environmental and biological purposes. This involves the development of original micro-plasma sources and the study of elementary processes in discharges and plasma-liquid interaction. His working field is also dealing with plasma diagnostics with a strong focus on optical emission spectroscopy to study key plasma parameters (e.g. electric field, electron density, neutral gas temperature, hydrodynamics...). He is also interested in laser diagnostics method to measure absolute densities of reactive species.



Key publications

  1. Iseni S, Baitukha A, Bonifaci N, Pichard C and Khacef A 2020 Electrodeless atmospheric secondary induced ionization jet (EASII-jet): Dynamics and properties of a transferred helium plasma source Physics of Plasmas 27 123504
  2. Iseni S, Pichard C and Khacef A 2019 Monitoring hydrodynamic effects in helium atmospheric pressure plasma jet by resonance broadening emission line Appl. Phys. Lett. 115 034102
  3. Iseni S, Michaud R, Lefaucheux P, Sretenović G B, Schulz-von der Gathen V and Dussart R 2019 On the validity of neutral gas temperature by emission spectroscopy in micro-discharges close to atmospheric pressure Plasma Sources Sci. Technol. 28 065003
  4. Iseni S, Bruggeman P J, Weltmann K-D and Reuter S 2016 Nitrogen metastable (N2(A3 Σu+)) in a cold argon atmospheric pressure plasma jet: Shielding and gas composition Applied Physics Letters 108 184101–184101
  5. Iseni S, Schmidt-Bleker A, Winter J, Weltmann K-D and Reuter S 2014 Atmospheric pressure streamer follows the turbulent argon air boundary in a MHz argon plasma jet investigated by OH-tracer PLIF spectroscopy Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics 47 152001–152001