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2013-10-17

EU funds INP Greifswald with major project

The European Union awards the major project "PlasmaShape" (Plasma applications) to the Leibniz Institute for Plasma Science and Technology (INP Greifswald), funding it with 2,64 million Euro. The funds will in particular focus on the research infrastructure, the recruitment of top-class researchers as well as the cooperation with experts on an international level.

The director of the INP, Klaus-Dieter Weltmann values this funding as "an acknowledgement of already delivered as well as an incentive for further research accomplishments on highest European level”. The INP Greifswald is Europe’s biggest non-university research institute in the area of low temperature plasmas. Now, it is imperative to “further strengthen Greifswald as a competence region for plasma technology and its transfer into the industry”, says Weltmann. This development will sustainably effect the research location Western Pomerania. Companies are invited to participate in this development, in order to place state-of-the-art products on the market.

Plasma technology combines different research and industry branches; it is not only limited to one sector but instead is a key and cross-sectional technology with a high potential for innovation and added value. Especially during the last years, the number of possible applications of plasma technology has grown immensely. Plasma TVs, solar cells, plasma treated packages or textiles are already an inherent part of our lives. However, it is not detectable to the consumer that the final product is plasma treated and that its special characteristics are due to the use of plasma.

The researchers in Greifswald will strengthen their efforts to continue the success story of the application oriented basic research of low temperature plasmas. According to Weltmann "Greifswald will, with the University of Greifswald, the Max-Planck Institute for Plasma Physics and the INP Greifswald, regain its status as the German centre for plasma research".