List of teacher of the 26th International School on Low Temperature Plasma Physics and its Master Class 2023

  • Luís L. Alves (Lisbon Technical University, Portugal)
  • Jan Benedikt (Christian-Albrechts-Universität Kiel, Germany)
  • Annemie Bogaerts (University of Antwerp, Belgium)
  • Marc Böke (Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany)
  • Peter Bruggeman (University of Minnesota, USA)
  • Sylvain Iséni (GREMI Orléans, France)
  • Holger Kersten (Christian-Albrechts-Universität Kiel, Germany)
  • Michael Klick (Plasmatrex GmbH, Germany)
  • Tony Murphy (CSIRO, Australia)
  • Marina Prenzel (Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany)
  • Antonio Tejero-del-Caz (University of Cordoba, Spain)
  • Achim von Keudell (Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany)


Luís L. Alves (Lisbon Technical University, Portugal)

Luís 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.

Key publications:
  1. Microwave air plasmas in capillaries at low pressure I. Self-consistent modeling. P Coche, V Guerra, L L Alves, J. Phys. D: Appl. Phys. 49235207 (2016)
  2. The case for in situ resource utilisation for oxygen production on Mars by nonequilibrium plasmas. V Guerra, T Silva, P Ogloblina, M Grofulović, L Terraz, M Lino da Silva, C D Pintassilgo, L L Alves, O Guaitella, Plasma Sources Sci. Technol. 2611LT01 (2017)
  3. Foundations of modelling of nonequilibrium low-temperature plasmas. L L Alves, A Bogaerts, V Guerra, M M Turner, Plasma Sources Sci. Technol. 27023002 (2018)


Jan Benedikt (Christian-Albrechts-Universität Kiel, Germany)

Jan 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.

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


Annemie Bogaerts (University of Antwerp, Belgium)

Annemie 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).

Key publications:
  1. 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, A Bogaerts, Energy & Environmental Science 9, 999-1011 (2016).
  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, A Bogaerts, Chem. Sci. 7 (2016) 489-498.
  3. Olasma Catalysis: Synergistic Effects at the Nanoscale. E C Neyts, K Ostrikov, M K Sunkara, A Bogaerts, Chemical Reviews 115 (2015) 13408-13446.


Marc Böke (Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany)

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


Peter Bruggeman (University of Minnesota, USA)

Dr. 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.

Key publications:
  1. Non-thermal plasmas in and in contact with liquids. P Bruggeman, C Leys, 2009, J. Phys. D: Appl. Phys. 42 053001
  2. Electron densities and energies of a guided argon streamer in argon and air environments. S Hübner, S Hofmann, E M van Veldhuizen, P J Bruggeman, 2013, Plasma Sources Sci. Technol. 22 065011
  3. 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


Sylvain Iséni (GREMI Orléans, France)

Sylvain 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. Atmospheric pressure streamer follows the turbulent argon air boundary in a MHz argon plasma jet investigated by OH-tracer PLIF spectroscopy. S Iseni A Schmidt-Bleker J Winter K-D Weltmann, S Reuter, Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics 47, 152001–152001 (2014 )
  2. Nitrogen metastable (N2(A3 Σu+)) in a cold argon atmospheric pressure plasma jet: Shielding and gas composition. S Iseni P Bruggeman, K-D Weltmann, S Reuter, Applied Physics Letters 108, 184101–184101 (2016)
  3. On the validity of neutral gas temperature by emission spectroscopy in micro-discharges close to atmospheric pressure. S Iseni, R Michaud, P Lefaucheux, G B Sretenović, V, Schulz-von der Gathen, R Dussart, Plasma Sources Sci. Technol. 28, 065003 (2019)


Holger Kersten (Christian-Albrechts-Universität Kiel, Germany)

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. Experimental unraveling the energy flux originating from a DC magnetron sputtering source. S Gauter, F Haase, H Kersten, Thin Solid Films 669(2019), 8-18. (doi: 10.1016/j.tsf.2018.10.021)
  2. Nanoparticle forming reactive plasmas: A multidiagnostic approach. A Hinz, E von Wahl, F Faupel,T Strunskus, H Kersten, Eur. Phys. J. D 72(2018), 91. (doi: 10.1140/epjd/e2017-80372-6)
  3. Measurement of the force exerted on the surface of an object immersed in a plasma. T Trottenberg, T Richter, H Kersten, Eur. Phys. J. D 69(2015), 91. (doi: 10.1140/epjd/e2015-50743-2)

Michael Klick (Plasmatrex GmbH, Germany)

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. Electron Heating in capacitively coupled Discharges and reactive Gases., G Franz, M Klick, J Vac. Sci. Technol. B23 2005, 917.
  2. Comprehensive understanding of chamber conditioning effects on plasma characteristics in an advanced capacitively coupled plasma etcher. K H Baek, E Lee, M Klick, R Rothe, J. Vac. Sci. Technol. A 35, 021304 (2017); doi: 10.1116/1.4968206
  3. Ion energy control in an industrial ICP etch chamber without bias power usage. M Klick, Hans-P Maucher, J. Vac. Sci Technol. B 40, 012203 (2022);


Tony Murphy (CSIRO, Australia)

Tony Murphy was born in Sydney, Australia (unlike Vasco Guerra) many years ago. He received a PhD in Physics from the University of Sydney, and subsequently did a postdoc at Max-Planck-Institut für Plasmaphysik. Since 1989, he has worked at CSIRO, Australia’s main government research organisation, where he is now a Chief Research Scientist. (A prize will be awarded to all who can say what CSIRO stands for). Tony’s main research area is thermal plasma processes, including arc welding, waste treatment, and plasma property calculation. He has also worked on several other topics, including water splitting using solar energy, ice crystal nucleation in jet engine exhausts, and metal 3D printing. He was a member of the team that developed the PLASCON waste destruction process, and has led plasma modelling projects with several companies, including General Motors, Boeing and Siemens. He has over 200 refereed journal publications, and has been awarded research medals by the Institute of Physics (UK), Australian Academy of Science, Australian Institute of Physics and the Royal Society of NSW. He is Editor-in-Chief of Plasma Chemistry and Plasma Processing, and a member of the Editorial Boards of Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics and Scientific Reports; you are encouraged to submit your best work to these journals.

Key publications:
  1. Calculation and application of combined diffusion coefficients in thermal plasmas. A B Murphy, Sci. Rep. 4 4304 (5 pp.) (2014).
  2. Thermodynamic properties and transport coefficients of arc lamp plasmas: argon, krypton and xenon. A B Murphy, E. Tam, J. Phys. D: Appl. Phys. 47 295202 (10 pp.) (2014).
  3. A perspective on arc welding research: the importance of the arc, unresolved questions and future directions. A B Murphy, Plasma Chem. Plasma Process. 35 471–489 (2015).


Marina Prenzel (Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany)

Marina 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.

Key publications:
  1. Investigation of different pre-treated multi-walled carbon nanotubes by Raman spectroscopy. P Düngen, M Prenzel, C Van Stappen, N Pfänder, S Heumann, R Schlögl, Materials Sciences and Applications 8 (8), 628-641 (2017)
  2. 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, R P Brinkmann, J. Phys. D.: Appl. Phys. 46 (8), (2013) 084004
  3. Ion-induced secondary electron emission of oxidized nickel and copper studied in beam experiments. R Buschhaus et al 2022 Plasma Sources Sci. Technol. 31 025017


Antonio Tejero-del-Caz (University of Cordoba, Spain)

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).

Key publications:
  1. Experimental radial motion to orbital motion transition in cylindrical Langmuir probes in low pressure plasmas. J M Díaz-Cabrera, J Ballesteros, J I F Palop, A Tejero-del-Caz, Plasma Sources Sci. Technol. 24 (2015) 25026. doi:10.1088/0963-0252/24/2/025026.
  2. Radial-to-orbital motion transition in cylindrical Langmuir probes studied with particle-in-cell simulations. A Tejero-del-Caz, J I Fernández Palop, JM Díaz-Cabrera, J Ballesteros, Plasma Sources Sci. Technol. 25 (2016) 01LT03. doi:10.1088/0963-0252/25/1/01LT03
  3. Ion injection in electrostatic particle-in-cell simulations of the ion sheath. A Tejero-del-Caz, J I Fernández Palop, J M Díaz-Cabrera, G F Regodón, R Carmona-Cabezas, J Ballesteros, J. Comput. Phys. 350 (2017) 747–758. doi:10.1016/


Achim von Keudell (Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany)

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.

Key publications:
  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)

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