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Plasma Science - From Microelectronics down to Medical Engineering

Plasma ScienceIt is still possible to make great scientific discoveries. In the 21st century they are mainly confined to certain research areas. And plasma science is definitely one of them. Experts agree that plasma technology will initiate fundamental innovations in microelectronics, surface treatment and medical technology.  

Plasma science has a long tradition at the Ruhr-Universität. For three decades plasma science and plasma technology have been a main research interest here and since 2002 the interdisciplinary "Center for Plasma Science and Technology (CPST)" has taken over their coordination. Core research activities include plasma generation, plasma diagnostics as well as model development and surface interaction. The CPST has specialised in low temperature plasmas and cooperates closely with industrial partners in this field.

New focal point: microplasmas

In cooperation with the Heinrich-Heine-University Düsseldorf and the Research Centre Jülich the Ruhr-Universität operates the Virtual Institute "ITER – Relevant Plasma Boundary Physics" of the Helmholtz Association. Currently, a new focus in plasma science is being developed in Bochum:  It aims at the generation of microplasmas at atmospheric pressure and opens up a broad spectrum of novel applications from biomedical sciences to nanotechnology.

At present approximately 200 natural scientists and engineers at the RUB carry out plasma research – in the CPST, in the Collaborative Research Centre Transregio "Pulsed high power plasmas for the synthesis of nanostructural functional layers" or in the Research Unit 1048 "Instabilities, turbulence and transport in cosmic magnetic fields" and 1123 "Physics of Microplasmas".

SFB TR and CPST are also partners in a new international association of worldwide leading institutions in plasma science and technology, including partners in Japan, France, Ireland, Korea and the Netherlands; the only two German members are the CPST and the Institute of Low Temperature Plasma Physics Greifswald (INP), member of the Leibniz Association.   

All the structures combine their activities in the Research Department "Plasmas with Complex Interactions".