The Leibniz Institute for Plasma Science and Technology is cooperating closely with the University of Rostock and operates several laboratories.
Currently, the professorship for applied physics in the field of bioelectrics and the Chair for High Voltage and High Current Technology at the Faculty of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering at the University of Rostock.
The Chair for Applied Physics in the area of bioelectrics at the University of Rostock is involved with investigating the interaction of electrical stimulation with cells and tissues. Stimuli of interest are non-thermal plasmas, but primarily pulsed electrical fields. The mechanisms investigated, particularly are molecular processes on cell membranes and cell constituents and thus direct and causal related biochemical and biological sequences. These include charging procedures, a thus enabled membrane poration and the associated provoked transport processes
Current research topics are the influence of pulsed electrical fields on the cohesion and communication of cells and tissues, analysis of dielectric tissue properties, e.g. bones, through impedance spectroscopy, and transient modifications of the structure of biomolecules in strong electrical fields.
Biological and biophysical fundamentals for the research topic are discussed in the lecture series "Molecular and Cellular Biophysics" of the international masters program, "Physics of Life, Light and Matter". Lecture series and research area are highly interdisciplinary in their alignment and research activities accordingly are linked with the activities of the Life, Light and Matter (LL&M) Department of the Interdisciplinary Faculty of the University of Rostock In 2017 the perspective set up of equipment and experiments is planned for Rostock. This supplements the efforts at the INP Greifswald, in which plasma and pulsed electrical fields are the focus for applications in medicine and decontamination.
The Chair for High Voltage and High Current Technology at the Faculty for Information Science and Electrical Engineering of the University of Rostock, including two laboratories is operated in cooperation with the University of Rostock with the INP Greifswald.
The teaching activities in the masters program include fundamentals of high-voltage and high current technology, as well as further intensification in the area of switchgear and circuit breaker technology, as well as high-voltage insulation.
Current research focuses include experimental analysis and modeling of switching arcs, in high-voltage, medium voltage and low-voltage switches, and arrestors, including investigation of vacuum arcs investigation of insulation materials and electrical equipment relative to strength and aging behavior, particularly with the aid of partial discharge diagnostics, as well as investigation of the long-term stability electrical contacts and connections.
Research activities are structured in the research focus "Welding and Switching" at the INP and occur in laboratories in Rostock, as well as at the INP, which are assigned to the "Plasma Radiation Technology" Department.
The professorship "Plasmas for Surfaces" at the Institute of Physics of the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences at the University of Rostock is concerned with the fundamentals of technical plasmas, which are used in surface treatment, environmental technology or plasma chemical synthesis, among others. The focus is on non-thermal plasmas at atmospheric pressure.
In addition to application, the focus is on how processes of plasma-wall interaction affect the plasma properties in the volume. For example, the discharge regime can be changed by surface processes. A wide range of plasma diagnostics methods are available for the investigation of the plasmas. The research activities are integrated into the research programme "Plasma Chemical Processes" at the INP in Greifwald.
The current range of courses includes modern methods of micro- and nanotechnology in materials synthesis and surface processing, including plasma processes, as well as the analysis of micro- and nanostructured surfaces and materials, primarily microscopy. In addition, experiments are offered in advanced practical courses.