Surface Science Crash Course

On Tuesday, June 12th, 2018, a surface scince crash course took place at the RUB for all interested SFB members. Finally, more than 20 people joined the event, in which Prof. Morgenstern and Prof. Muhler from the faculty of chemistry gave an introduction to the basis knowledge about surface science, which is elementary in their research field. The course had the intention to intensify the collaboration between the projects within the SFB 1316 by bringing all members to the same basis of knowledge.




IS Plasma Price for Uwe Czarnetzki

At the International Plasma Symposium (ISPlasma) at the Meijo University in Nagoya / Japan, this year's ISPlasma Prize was awarded to Prof. U. Czarnetzki

ISPlasma / IC-PLANTS is an international symposium that brings together some 1,000 of the world's leading scientists and engineers in the Nagoya area of ​​Japan to discuss recent advances in advanced plasma research and applications for the processing and production of nitrides and nanomaterials as new systems for to discuss the technology transfer. The symposium address topics such as global warming, resources and energy issues that can be greatly enhanced by modern plasma research and its application technologies. Biosensor technologies are also highlighted in this symposium for their increasing importance in health, food and the environment. 



5.2.-6.2.2018 Kick Off Meeting


On February 5th and 6th the Kick-Off Meeting of the newly approved collaborative research centre, CRC 1316, took place at Beckmanns Hof in Bochum.

Nearly 40 scientists from the collaboration presented their research goals and started to discuss about scientific goals and collaborations between the different projects. 



SFB 1316 granted

Non-equilibrium processes are the basis of a multitude of phenomena in nature such as transport, excitation of atoms and molecules and de-excitation and dissipation at surfaces. The non-equilibrium character of plasmas is especially pronounced due to the high energy density in these systems and the very selective excitation of, for example, only the electrons. If these plasmas are brought into contact with solids or liquids, the non-equilibrium character can be transferred to other states of matter. An excellent example are plasma chemistry processes that are directly coupled to catalytically active surfaces.

DBDThe use of non-equilibrium atmospheric pressure plasmas is most interesting since they can most easily be combined with standard chemical processes. The non-equilibrium character of these plasmas can be controlled by large gas flows or by short pulsed excitation assuring strong cooling mechanisms. Thereby, a huge variety of desired plasma chemistries or emission patterns can be adjusted following an empirical strategy. However, any further progress is hampered by the lack of a fundamental understanding of those discharges and their interaction with fluid and solid Interfaces.

The Collaborative Research Centre (CRC) 1316 “Transient atmospheric plasmas – from plasmas to liquids to solids” addresses these research questions by combining expertise in plasma physics, surface physics, chemistry, biotechnology, and engineering. This CRC focuses on transient atmospheric plasmas at varying spatial and temporal scales for the nanostructuring and activation of catalytic surfaces, for the coupling to catalysis and biocatalysis, as well as for electrochemical processes. Due to the strong interaction between these plasmas and the confining interfaces, special in-situ, real-time, and in-operando methods will be employed. The research program follows three consecutive phases with reaching a basic understanding at the beginning to the optimum integration of plasma and active surface, until the up-scaling of these plasmas. The CRC 1316 seeks optimal solutions for systems for energy conversion (solar fuels, CO2 harvesting, photocatalysis), to health (removal of volatile organic compounds from air streams), for biotechnology (plasma-driven biocatalysis), and for technical chemistry (bottom-up synthesis from small molecules to valuable chemicals).