Plasma Processing and Technology International Conference 2024

Conference Speakers

Keynote Speakers

Prof. Richard van de Sanden

Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands

Richard van de Sanden is the scientific director of the Eindhoven Institute for Renewable Energy Systems (EIRES) and a professor at the Department of Applied Physics of the Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands. He is also a research group leader at the Dutch Institute for Fundamental Energy Research (DIFFER) where he has been director from 2011 until July 2020.

He is a member of several (scientific) advisory boards for (inter-)national programs, institutes and departments. Since 2017 he is the chairman of the advisory committee on Electrochemical Conversion and Materials (ECCM), and an active member of the Energy committee of the European Academies for Science Advisory Council (EASAC).

He received his Ph.D. in 1991 from the Eindhoven University on a fundamental plasma physics subject. In 1990, he was appointed an Assistant Professor, his main interest being the fundamentals of plasma assisted processing of materials. In 2000, he was appointed as a full-time professor at the Eindhoven University of Technology. At the DIFFER institute he focuses on the physics and chemistry of plasma-surface interaction and on research into the direct and indirect conversion of renewable energy into synthetic fuels and chemicals.

In 2008 he has won the European William Crookes Plasma Prize. In 2009 he was awarded the Valorisation Prize for his achievements in transferring scientific knowledge to industry. Since 2013 he is a member of the Netherlands Royal Academy of Arts and Sciences and in 2014 he won the Plasma Prize of the AVS Plasma Science and Technology Division for his career achievements.. In 2018 he won the Lloyd Thomas prize of the Rarefied Gas Dynamics community.

He has authored and co-authored over 500 papers in peer-reviewed journals and is the co-inventor of > 20 patents. He is a fellow of AVS, IUPAC, IOP and IPCS and serves on numerous scientific committees of international conferences and (inter-)national advisory boards. He has consulted for several companies (General Electric, Fujifilm, Novellus, BOC Edwards, Linde Gas Group, Tetrapak). Since 2015 he is a senior member of the Editorial board of Plasma Sources: Science and Technology and is a member of the editorial board of Plasma Processes and Polymers, Applied Sciences and Global Transitions.


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.




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.


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. 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. Miran Mozetic

Jozef Stefan Institute, Slovenia

Miran Mozetič earned a diploma engineer degree in physics from the University of Ljubljana in 1988, a master of sciences in 1992, and a PhD in electronic vacuum technologies from the University of Maribor in 1997. He has been the Head of the research team (20 – 30 pax) working on thin films and plasma surface engineering since 2008. He has accomplished numerous applied and industrial projects and was granted several prizes like the highest Slovenian award for technology transfer and the World Intellectual Property Organization Medal. Together with his previous students, he established a spin-off company for trading innovative solutions, Plasmadis Ltd, in 2015. He published over 400 scientific or professional papers, which were cited over 9000 times. He was granted about 30 patents, and some disclosed plasma technologies have been used in mass production for years.


Prof. Yasunori Tanaka

Kanazawa University, Japan

Yasunori Tanaka (Member) received the B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from Nagoya University in 1993, 1995, and 1998, respectively. In April 1998, he was appointed a Research Associate at Kanazawa University, and an Associate Professor at that university in August 2002. He has been working as a Professor since August 2010 at the same university. One of his papers has been selected as a leading paper in Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics in 2004. His research interests include arc interruption phenomena and thermal plasma applications such as nano powder synthesis. Professor Tanaka is a member a member of Plasma and Fusion Research.


Prof. Catherine Batiot-Dupeyrat

University of Poitiers, France

Catherine Batiot-Dupeyrat is professor in Chemistry at the University of Poitiers. She carries out her research works at the “Institut de Chimie des Milieux et Matériaux de Poitiers (IC2MP)”. She obtained her PhD degree in the field of heterogeneous catalysis at the University of Poitiers in 1994. She is leader of several national and international programs in field of catalysis assisted by non-thermal plasma. She participates in academic research projects as programs with companies. She has published 90 publications, chapters in 3 books, and holds several patents. Her main research area is activation of small molecules (CO2, CH4, NH3, O2) under non-thermal plasma for applications in the synthesis of high added value products and regeneration of coked catalysts.


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.