Environment and Bioeconomy
The research division plasmas for Environment and Bioeconomy focuses on innovative and environmentally friendly technologies and research into plasma chemical processes. New applications are being developed for agriculture, biomass digestion and the decontamination of food, exhaust air and water. Various atmospheric pressure plasma sources are used, such as dielectrically impeded discharges, jet, microwave and microplasmas, which are extensively investigated experimentally. The close cooperation of physicists, biologists, chemists and engineers with highly specialised technicians and laboratory staff is unique worldwide. The research programme Plasma Chemical Processes investigates the physics and chemistry of reactive plasmas, develops new methods and approaches for control as well as innovative concepts for plasma reactors.
The focus is on the physics and chemistry of reactive plasmas and the development of new diagnostics and methods for controlling plasma chemical processes for synthesis and surface treatment. The basic understanding of technological processes, such as plasma nitriding or biomass utilisation, is improved in order to optimise their applications.