Plasma Processing and Technology International Conference 2023

Conference Speakers

Keynote Speakers

Prof. Holger Heuermann

FH Aachen University of Applied Sciences, Germany

Holger Heuermann is a professor at FH Aachen University of Applied Sciences and has been head of the HF Technology Department since 2002, now the Institute for Microwave and Plasma Technology (IMP). In 2008, he founded the company Heuermann HF-Technik GmbH, which manufactures microwave plasma devices. From 1995 to 1998, he worked at Rosenberger Hochfrequenztechnik, where he was involved in the design of RF devices for measurements with network analyzers. In 1998, he moved to Infineon Technologies, Munich, where he led a development group for wireless front-end modules and integrated circuits. His current research interests include RF plasmas and high-precision measurements of scattering parameters at mixed frequencies. He is author and co-author of over 100 publications and over 45 patents, as well as 2 books currently being translated into English.


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. Mark J. Kushner

University of Michigan, USA

Mark J. Kushner received the BS in Nuclear Engineering and the BA in Astronomy from the University of California at Los Angeles; and the MS and Ph.D. in Applied Physics from the California Institute of Technology. After a post-doctoral appointment, Mark served on the technical staffs of Sandia National Laboratory, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and Spectra Technology before joining the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where he was the Founder Professor of Engineering and held several administrative positions. Mark served as Dean of Engineering at Iowa State University before joining the University of Michigan in 2008. His research addresses the fundamentals of low temperature plasmas and their applications. Mark has held several leadership positions in professional societies, conferences and in scientific publishing, as well as participating in national assessments of plasma physics.


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.



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. Luís L. Alves

Instituto Superior Técnico (IST), Lisbon, Portugal

Luís L. Alves has a PhD in Physics from the Lisbon Technical University (Portugal, 1993), was a postdoctoral fellow at Laboratoire de Physique des Gaz et des Plasmas (France, 1997) and obtained the title of "Agregado" in Engineering Physics by the Lisbon Technical University (Portugal, 2006). He is Full Professor in the Department of Physics of Instituto Superior Técnico (IST), the coordinator of the Scientific Domain of Plasma Physics, Lasers and Nuclear Fusion of the same department and a former Head of this department. He is the Head of group N-Plasmas Reactive: Modelling and Engineering (N-PRiME) with Instituto de Plasmas e Fusão Nuclear, where is also serves as member of the Governing Board, and member of the Governing Board of the Advanced Programme in Plasma Science and Engineering (APPLAuSE 2020). Currently, he is member of the Scientific Council of IST. Luís L. Alves works in the modelling and simulation of low-temperature plasmas. His research focuses on the study of microwave and radio-frequency discharges, and the development of kinetic models of interest for material science, biological and environmental applications. He has co-authored over 250 technical publications, including over 90 journal papers, he was guest editor of 7 special issues in international journals, gave over 35 invited lectures at national and international conferences, and has 7 patents registered (3 granted). He supervises(d) 10 PhD theses and 12 MSc/BSc theses/projects. He is the PI behind the development of the LisbOn KInetics (LoKI) simulation tool ( ) Currently, he is an Associate Editor of Plasma Sources Science and Technology.


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. 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. Qi Hua Fan

Michigan State University, USA

Dr. Qi Hua Fan received his Ph.D. in applied physics from the University of Aveiro in 1999. He is currently an Associate Professor at Michigan State University with joint appointment in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science. He is also a member of the Fraunhofer Center for Coatings and Diamond Technologies. Dr. Fan’s research interests include plasma sources for large-area coatings and plasma processing of nanostructured materials for energy harvesting, energy storage, and electro-optical devices. Dr. Fan teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses in ECE and CheMS departments. Typical courses include Plasma-Assisted Materials Processing, Thin Film Optics and Engineering, and Materials Science.


Prof. Igor Adamovich

Ohio State University, USA

Professor Adamovich is a John B. Nordholt Professor at the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Ohio State University. From 2010 to 2011, he was a Visiting Professor at the Faculty of Physics and Astronomy, Ruhr University, Bochum, Germany. In 2011, he joined the School of Engineering, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Tokyo, Japan as Japan Society for Promotion of Science Fellow, In 2018, he spent one year as Gaspard Monge Visiting Professor within the Laboratory of Plasma Physics, Ecole Polytechnique, Paris, France. In 2019, he joined the Clean Combustion Research Center, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia as visiting professor.

His Research interests include: kinetics of low-temperature plasmas and high-speed nonequilibrium flows; plasma-assisted combustion; plasma-enhanced catalysis; plasma flow control; molecular lasers; laser diagnostics; kinetic modelling. He published over 170 journal papers, over 350 conference papers, over 100 invited lectures and seminars and 2 patents.

He is Editor-in-Chief of the journal of Plasma Sources Science and Technology and Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA).


Dr. Dirk Hegemann

Empa - Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology, Switzerland

Dirk Hegemann is a physicist and materials scientist. He earned his Ph.D. from TU Darmstadt, Germany, in 1999 dealing with plasma deposition methods. He then worked with Fraunhofer IGB, Germany before moving to Empa, Switzerland in 2003. Currently, he is leading the group Plasma & Coating at the Advanced Fibers lab in St.Gallen. His research interests focus on plasma etching and plasma deposition processes using chemical and physical methods, while process development and reactor design enable the transfer to industry. He is appointed to the board of directors of the Swiss Physical Society (SPS), the Swiss Vacuum Society (swissvacuum), and the International Plasma Chemistry Society (IPCS). Furthermore, he acts as Editor-in-chief for the journal Plasma Processes and Polymers.


Dr. Nevena Puac

Institute of Physics Belgrade, Serbia

Dr Nevena Puač has obtained B.Sc. Degree in 1998., M.Sc. Degree 2000-2003 and PhD Degree 2003-2007 at the Faculty of Physics, University of Belgrade. She works at the Institute of Physics, University of Belgrade where she is head of Center of Excellence for Non-Equilibrium processes. She is the Action Chair/Scientific representative of the multidisciplinary COST Action CA19110 “PlAgri - Plasma applications for smart and sustainable agriculture” (2020-2024). Dr Puač was PI of several international and national projects. She has published more than 70 publications and her h-index is 22 with more than 1200 citations. Most of the highly cited papers that she has published are in the field of applications of plasma in biology and medicine. As a leader in the field she has given more than 40 invited lectures at renowned international conferences and as a guest of different institutes and universities.


Prof. Ralf Peter Brinkmann

Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany

Ralf Peter Brinkmann was born in Braunschweig, Germany, on October 15, 1959. He received the degree in electrical engineering and the Ph.D. degree in physics (theoretical astrophysics) from Ruhr-University Bochum, Bochum, Germany, in 1986.,From 1987 to 1988, he was a Postdoc with the University of Chicago, Chicago, IL. From 1988 to 1990, he was a Research Associate Professor with the Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA. From 1991 to 2000, he was with Siemens AG /Infineon Technologies AG, München, Germany. In 1993, he was with Stanford University, Stanford, CA, as a Visitor of Siemens AG, in 1993. Since 2000, he is a Professor in theoretical electrical engineering with Lehrstuhl für Theoretische Elektrotechnik, Ruhr-Universität Bochum.

The main focus of his research group is on the modelling and simulation of technological plasmas. A wide array of systems and devices is addressed, distinguished by their excitation scheme (DC, pulsed, RF, MW), pressure range (1 to 105 Pa), and electron density (1014 - 1020 m-3). Special emphasis is on RF driven discharges (capacitively and inductively coupled plasmas), miniaturized plasma jets at ambient pressure, and magnetically enhanced high power plasmas (high power impulse magnetrons, magnetically enhanced hollow cathode arc discharges). Also addressed are core phenomena such as the plasma boundary sheath and the onset of spontaneous structure formation. Moreover, evaluation schemes for the plasma diagnostic methods are developed, particularly for passive and active plasma resonance spectroscopy. The research uses both analytical and numerical models, often in combination.


Dr. Annarita Laricchiuta

National Research Council Bari, Italy

Graduated in Chemistry (1997) and PhD in Environmental Sciences (2000) at the University of Bari, she is a Researcher at the Italian National Research Council since 2001. Her research activity is focussed on the theoretical calculation, with simplified approaches, of dynamical data relevant to the kinetic modelling of plasmas, investigating the role of excited states (vibrational and electronic) of target molecules in collisional processes, and on the derivation of elastic transport and resonant charge-exchange cross sections for transport properties of plasmas. Co-author of 107 papers in JCR journals, of many communications at international conferences and of two books of the Springer Series on Atomic, Optical, and Plasma Physics. Co-editor of the multi-author book “Hypersonic Meteoroid Entry Physics” IOP Series in Plasma Physics (2019).


Dr. Tiago Silva

Instituto Superior Técnico- Lisbon, Portugal

Tiago Silva completed the MSc in Physics Engineering at Instituto Superior Técnico at the University of Lisbon, Portugal in 2011 and received his PhD degree (physics domain) from the University of Mons, Belgium in 2015. Currently, he is an Invited Assistant Professor at the Physics Department of Instituto Superior Técnico, Lisbon, Portugal, in the Scientific Area of Plasma Physics, Lasers and Nuclear Fusion. He is also a Junior Researcher (contracted via individual scientific employment of FCT) at the Institute of Plasmas and Nuclear Fusion (IPFN), in the team of N - Plasmas Reactive: Modelling and Engineering (N-PRiME), a group that explores the potential of nonequilibrium low-temperature plasmas for tailoring energy and matter at the nanoscale level and for reaching new horizons in space exploration. He was recently awarded a Fulbright Grant to conduct a research project at the Massachusetts Insititute of Technology (MIT) targeted at exploring the potential of plasma technology to convert CO2 into oxygen in the Martian environment.


Dr. Mikhail Gromov

Ghent University, Belgium


Dr. Julien Martin

University of Lorraine, France