Plasma Processing and Technology International Conference 2021

Conference Speakers

Keynote Speakers

Prof. Dr. Thomas von Woedtke

Leibniz Institute for Plasma Science and Technology, Germany

Prof Thomas von Woedtke is now a professor of Plasma Medicine at Greifswald University Medicine and program manager for Plasma Medicine at Leibniz Institute for Plasma Science and Technology (INP), Greifswald, Germany.

Thomas von Woedtke (born 1962 in Görlitz) studied pharmacy from 1983 to 1988, at the Ernst Moritz Arndt University in Greifswald .He joined in 1988  the Central Institute for Diabetes "Gerhard Katsch" Karlsburg, at the University of Greifswald and obtained a doctorate in pharmaceutical technology at the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences at Ernst-Moritz-Arndt University 1996. In 1993, Mr. von Woedtke also obtained the qualification as a specialist pharmacist for drug control.

From 1997 to 2005 Thomas von Woedtke was a research assistant at the Institute for Pharmacy in the Department of Biopharmacy and Pharmaceutical Technology and at the Research Center Sensor Technology Greifswald and obtained his habilitation and the license to teach in pharmaceutical technology at the mathematical and natural science department Faculty of the Ernst Moritz Arndt University Greifswald.

Since 2005 he has been a member of the Leibnitz Institute for Plasma Research and Technology (INP Greifswald) and since 2008 head of research in "Plasma Medicine". Since 2011 he has also held a professorship for plasma medicine at the University Medical Center Greifswald.

Thomas von Woedtke is a member of the Protestant Research Academy of the Union of Evangelical Churches (UEK) and the German Society for Hospital Hygiene. Thomas von Woedtke has been a member of the Scheele Society since 1989, and the second chairman of the board since 2004. He is co‐editor of the journal Clinical Plasma Medicine and deputy head of the National German Center of Plasma Medicine.


Prof. Achim von Keudell

Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany

Achim von Keudell studied physics in Munich and worked at the University of Illinois in Urbana Champaign and at the Max-Planck Institute for Plasma Phyiscs in Munich before he became professor for experimental physics at Ruhr-University Bochum. His research focuses on surface processes in reactive plasmas by employing optical in-situ real time diagnostics and quantitative mass spectrometry. His team developed unique particle beam experiments to study heterogeneous surface reactions being relevant to the plasma boundary. His group works now on reactive microplasmas, on reactive high power impulse magnetron sputtering, and on plasma in liquids. He is currently the speaker of the research consortium CRC 1316 “Transient Atmospheric Pressure Plasmas – from plasma to liquids to solids” of the German science foundation.


Prof. André Anders

Leibniz Institute of Surface Engineering (IOM), Germany

André Anders has a joint appointment as the Director and CEO of the Leibniz Institute of Surface Engineering, Leipzig, Germany, and Professor of Applied Physics at the Felix Bloch Institute of Solid State Physics, Leipzig University. He assumed these positions in September of 2017 after working as Staff Scientist and later Senior Scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in Berkeley, CA, USA, since 1992. He studies physics in Wroclaw, Poland, Berlin, (East) Germany, and Moscow (Russia, then Soviet Union), to obtain his PhD degree (Dr. rer. nat.) from Humboldt University in Berlin. Dr. Anders has worked for over 30 years in basic and applied plasma physics and material science. Before assuming his current positions in Leipzig, he became experienced in managing projects as group leader and principal investigator in Berkeley, developing disruptive plasma and materials technologies, advising students, and teaching courses. He is engaged in the scientific and technical communities as officer of several conference committees and advisory boards. He is the author of three books and over 300 peer-reviewed journal papers in physics and material science (h-index 63, close to 15,000 citations, Google Scholar 2018). Decision maker as Associated Editor and since 2014 Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Applied Physics for the American Institute of Physics Publishing, Melville, NY. Internationally recognized by awards and election to Fellow of several professional societies.


Prof. Arnaud Bultel

University of Rouen, France

Dr A. Bultel obtained his PhD in Plasma Physics in 1994 at the University of Rouen on the behaviour of non-equilibrium nitrogen plasma boundary layers in the framework of the planetary atmospheric (re-)entry of spacecrafts. He became assistant professor at the University of Rouen in 1998. Then, he turned to modeling studies by developing collisional-radiative models supported by state-to-state approaches. He enlarged his topics by developing experimental and modeling/theoretical works dedicated to laser-induced plasmas. This activity is mainly focused on the multi-elemental characterization of nuclear fusion-relevant samples in thermophysical conditions where plasma non-equilibium effects play a significant role. Currently, he leads a team of ~ 10 people.


Prof. Marcela Bilek

University of Sydney, Australia

Professor Marcela Bilek holds a PhD from the University of Cambridge, UK, a BSc from the University of Sydney and an MBA from the Rochester Institute of Technology, USA. Prior to her present appointment as Professor of Applied Physics at the University of Sydney (since 2000), she worked as a visiting Scientist at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in Berkeley, USA, held a visiting Professorship at the Technische Universitat Hamburg-Harburg in Germany and a Research Fellowship at Emmanuel College, University of Cambridge, UK.

Professor Bilek heads the Applied and Plasma Physics Research Group. Research projects in these areas are a stimulating mix of fundamental physics and practical applications, in areas which include materials physics, plasma deposition and processing, thin film materials, vacuum glazing, renewable and sustainable energy and cross-disciplinary research in the areas of biointerfaces and medicine.

Marcela has received a number of honours for her work including the Malcolm McIntosh Prize for Physical Scientist of the Year in 2002, an ARC Federation Fellowship and an MIT TR100 Young Innovator award in 2003, the Australian Academy of Science Pawsey Medal in 2004 an Australian Innovation Challenge Award in 2011 and an ARC Future Fellowship in 2012. In 2013 she was elected to the Fellowship of the American Physical Society (APS) "for outstanding contributions to the physics of plasma processing, resulting in plasma sources, processes and materials with applications to industries ranging from information technology to biomedicine". In 2015 she was elected to the Fellowship of the Institute of Electronic and Electrical Engineers (IEEE) "for contributions to the science and application of plasma processes for materials modification and synthesis".


Prof. Michael Keidar

The George Washington University, USA

Michael Keidar is A. James Clark Professor of Engineering. His research concerns plasma physics and engineering with application in plasma medicine, advanced spacecraft propulsion, and plasma-based nanotechnology. He has authored over 300 journal articles, 300 conference papers, author of textbook “Plasma Engineering” and Editor of book “Plasma Cancer Therapy”. He received 2017 Davidson award for plasma physics. In 2016 he received AIAA Engineer of the Year award for his work on micropropulsion resulted in successful launch of nanosatellite with thrusters developed by his laboratory. He received Plasma Medicine Award in 2021 for his contribution to plasma medicine. Prof. Keidar serves as an Editor in Chief of Journal of Electric Propulsion, Associate editor of AIP Advances, Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions in Radiation and Plasma Medical Sciences and member of editorial board of many journals. He is elected Fellow of National Academy of Investors, Fellow of American Physical Society and Fellow of American Institute of Astronautics and Aeronautics. He is elected President of the Electric Rocket Propulsion Society.


Prof. Tiberiu Minea

Paris-Sud University, France

Tiberiu MINEA is the Director since 2015 of the first plasma physics laboratory in France - Laboratory of Physics of Gases and Plasma (LPGP) - founded in 1965 at University Paris-Sud. He got full Professor position since 2008 in the same University, the Docent degree in 2006 and the Ph.D. in 1998. He is the head of the group Theory and Modeling of Plasmas-Discharge and Surfaces at LPGP since 2006. Prior, he was full time CNRS senior scientist with the Jean Rouxel Material Institute in Nantes, France. He coordinated over thirty research projects and has been involved in many others. His research is deeply related to plasma physics and plasma processing, particularly coating and novel plasma devices for technological applications. In 2016 he was awarded by the Romanian Academy of Science. He was the president of the Plasma division of the French Physical Society (2010-2013), the President of the French Federation of the Scientific Societies (F2S) formed by the Physical, Optical, Electrical and Vacuum Societies (2014-2017). At present, he is the Vice-President of the F2S and the President of the Scientific and Technical Committee of the French Vacuum Society (FVS) since 2013 where he acts as member of the board since 2008.


Prof. Gérard Henrion

Institut Jean Lamour- CNRS University Lorraine, France

Prof. Gérard Henrion has been awarded the PhD Degree in plasmas physics at the University of Nancy (France) in 1985. He was then appointed by CNRS (French National Centre for Scientific Research) in 1988 where he developed skills and expertise in plasma diagnostics. In 2009 he joined Institut Jean Lamour, a research institute of about 500 people with research topics on materials, nanosciences, plasmas, metallurgy and surfaces. He headed there the department of chemistry and physics of solids and surfaces and got the position of scientific deputy director of the Institute until 2013. He is now heading the group of plasma, processes and surfaces at Institute Jean Lamour. He is a senior scientist who has got expertise in plasma physics, plasma diagnostics, plasmas nanoscience, chemical vapour deposition of thin films and plasma-assisted surface processing. For the last 15 years, he has been strongly involved in investigating the plasma electrolytic oxidation process with a special focus on the relationships that exist in between the material and the micro-discharge properties.


Prof. Jon Tomas Gudmundsson

University of Iceland, Iceland

Jon Tomas Gudmundsson has spent the last 18 years as a professor at the University of Iceland both within the Physics and Engineering schools. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, in Nuclear Engineering. His research spans various low pressure discharges, including capacitively coupled discharges, inductively coupled discharges, magnetron sputtering discharges, Hall thrusters etc., which he has explored experimentally and with modelling work, which includes volume averaged global models and particle-in-cell Monte Carlo simulations. He also studies thin film deposition and characterization.


Prof. Bert Ellingboe

Dublin City University, Ireland

Albert R. Ellingboe, PhD. Has been Research Director of the Plasma Research Laboratory at  Dublin  City  University  since  2000.  In  this  role  he  heads  a  group that  develops  the engineering-physics of plasma sources and their applications. Most recently the group has invented  engineering  systems  that  enable  the  application  of  scalable,  high-VHF, capacitively coupled, plasma sources for large area applications including 450mm and LCD manufacturing.Prior to joining DCU, Dr. Ellingboe was Sr. Member of Engineering Staff at Lam Research Corp.  where  he  was  the  key  technologist  in  the  development  of  the  300mm  Exelan dielectric etch chamber including design and development of the rf-system, the plasma facing components, and the gas distribution and pumping. Prior to Lam Dr. Ellingboe help positions at AKT, Varian, and IBM, with responsibilities of R&D leading to tech transfer to manufacturing.Dr. Ellingboe received a BS degree in Applied Mathematics, Engineering, and Physics from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, in the USA, and a PhD in Plasma Physics from The Australian National University, Canberra, Australia.


Prof. Andrey Y. Starikovskiy

Princeton University, USA

Based at Princeton University’s Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department, Dr Andrey Starikovskiy is an applied physics specialist whose research spans a wide range of problems within plasma science, from nonequilibrium plasma aerodynamics to kinetics of low-temperature plasma. He has a longstanding interest in the subject, having received his Doctor of Science degree from the Institute for High-Temperature Studies at the Russian Academy of Science in 2000 and his PhD from the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (State University) in 1991.


Dr. Johannes Grünwald

Gruenwald Laboratories, Austria

Johannes Gruenwald obtained his PhD in experimental plasma physics at the University of Innsbruck in 2012 on the topic of electrical probe diagnostics of plasma fireballs. Afterwards he worked on an industrial project in cooperation with the University of Graz, which was dedicated to develop large area coating technologies for carbon based materials. From 2013 to 2017 he was working at the Leibniz Institute for Plasma Science and Technology (INP) in Greifswald, Germany and at the Extreme Light Infrastructure (ELI) in Prague, Czech Republic. In 2018 he became the CEO of Gruenwald Laboratories a consulting and research company specialised in plasma science and technology. He has authored or co-authored about 50 publications in different fields of plasma physics, ranging from diagnostics over instabilities to coating and fusion technology. Furthermore, he is editor-in-chief of the Journal of Technological and Space Plasmas and holds an international patent for large area coatings with inverted plasma fireballs.


Prof. Holger Kersten

University 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 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 an Editor-in-Chief of the European Physical Journal Techniques and Instrumentation (EPJTI) and Vice Dean of the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences at Kiel University.




Prof. Hana Barankova

Uppsala University, Sweden

Hana Barankova is professor in Science of Electricity at the Department of Engineering Sciences (Angstrom Laboratory), Uppsala University. She studied Solid State Engineering at the Czech Technical University in Prague and obtained her PhD degree in Electronics and Vacuum Technology from the Czech Academy of Sciences in Prague. She is a research leader of the Plasma Group and leader and/or principal investigator of several national and international programs. She participates in both research and cooperation projects with industry in- and outside Sweden. She has published over 130 publications, chapters in 7 books, and holds several patents on plasma systems. Her main research area is design, development and applications of different plasma sources and processes. She is a recipient of Mentor Award by the Society of Vacuum Coaters (SVC) for “development of numerous novel plasma sources”.  She is currently Secretary of the SVC, member of several program committees at major international conferences, and member of the International Editorial Board of Surface and Coatings Technology (Elsevier).


Prof. Stéphane Béchu

CNRS- Grenoble University, France

S. Béchu received the Ph.D. degree in Molecular Physics from Paris-Sud University, France, in 1996. He obtained a permanent position at CNRS (French National Centre for Scientific Research) as researcher in 1997. He is research director at CNRS since 2017. His first field of interest was electric propulsion at ICARE lab. in Orleans (France) where he developed plasma diagnostics. Since 2004, at LPSC Lab. in Grenoble (France) his body of research is devoted to plasma diagnostics and ECR (2.45 GHz) plasma sources. Recently, he performed VUV-absorption experiments at SOLEIL synchrotron (DESIRS beam line) on H2, D2 ro-vibrationally excited molecules.


Prof. Jochen Schein

University of Federal Armed Forces Munich, Germany

Jochen Schein studied electrical engineering at the Ruhr University and had his Phd in plasma technology in 1996. From 1996 to 1998 he was a postdoc in plasma diagnostics at the Department for Mechanical Engineering at the University of Minnesota (USA). He then moved to Alameda Applied Sciences Corp. as a Principal Scientist. in California (USA), where he worked in the field of satellite propulsion. From 2004 to 2006 he was a Senior Scientist at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory on the National Ignition Facility's fusion experiments in that laboratory. Since August 2006 he is a professor at the Institute for Plasma Technology and Mathematics within the Faculty for Electrical Engineering and Information Technology at the University of the Federal Armed Forces in Munich. His research interests are in plasma physics, plasma technology and satellite propulsion.



Dr. Gianpiero Colonna

CNR-ISTP-Bari, Italy

Graduated in Physics and PhD in Chemistry, he worked on the self-consistent modeling of gas discharges, high enthalpy flows, laser induced plasma and statistical thermodynamics. His bibliography record on WoS contains more than 200 titles. He was coauthor of two books of the series "Fundamental aspects of plasma chemical-physics" (thermodynamics and kinetics) and co-edited the book "Plasma Modeling: Methods and Applications".


Dr. Nicolas Naudé

Paul Sabatier University, France

Nicolas Naudé received the M.S. and the Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from Toulouse University, France, in 2001 and 2005, respectively. From 2001 to 2006, he worked at the Electrical Engineering Laboratory (Toulouse III University). From 2006 to 2007, he worked at the Processes, Materials and Solar Energy Laboratory (CNRS, Perpignan). Since 2007 he has been an Assistant Professor in the Laboratory on Plasma and Conversion of Energy (Toulouse III University). His research interests include high-pressure non-thermal plasma discharge processes and applications, physics of dielectric barrier discharges, and interaction between power supply and dielectric barrier discharges.


Prof. Olivier Eichwald

Paul Sabatier University Toulouse, France

Professor at Paul Sabatier Toulouse University, Director of LAPLACE (~350 members, 150 permanent staff), manager during 5 years of a research team (~30 members) – Responsible ~10 research contracts (academic and in partnerships with industry) – Specialist in theory and simulation of cold plasma physics – Author of more than 60 papers in peer reviewed journals, more than 80 international conferences, 3 patents, 10 invited lectures, 3 book chapter – 15 PhD thesis supervised.


Prof. Juergen F. Kolb

Leibniz Institute for Plasma Science and Technology, Germany

Juergen F. Kolb received the Dr.rer.nat degree in physics from the University of Erlangen, Germany, in 1999. He continued his PhD-research on the interaction of heavy ion beams with plasmas at the Technische Hochschule Darmstadt, Darmstadt, Germany, before he entered the preparation service to teach mathematics and physics at secondary schools in the state of Bavaria, Germany. In 2002 he joined the Physical Electronics Research Institute and subsequently the Center for Bioelectrics at Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA, where he first studied the electrical breakdown in water and later fast biophysical response mechanisms of pulsed electric fields with cells. He became Associate Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering in 2011 before he accepted a joint appointment of the Leibniz Institute for Plasma Science and Technology in Greifswald (INP Greifswald), Germany, and the University of Rostock, Germany, as Professor for Applied Physics: Bioelectrics. At the INP Greifswald he is heading the Research Program Decontamination, which is dedicated to the investigation of fundamentals and applications of non-thermal plasmas for the treatment of air and exhaust gas streams, water, foods and surfaces. His research interests and expertise are investigation and applications of pulsed power technologies and non-thermal plasmas for environmental and medical applications but also for surface and material processing. In these areas he has published more than 100 manuscripts in refereed publications, conference proceedings, and book chapters and given close to 200 presentations and seminars.