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)