Plasma research

Plasmas are everywhere – in the vast expanses of the universe and all around us. This research focus aims to understand them in detail.

Collaborative Research Centres

This Collaborative Research Centre explores how the non-equilibrium property of plasma can be transferred on contact with liquids and solids.

The Collaborative Research Centre combines the subfields of astrophysics, plasma physics, astroparticle physics and particle physics.

Completed Collaborative Research Centre


The Collaborative Research Centre researches into novel materials using plasma technology.

ERC Grants

Astrophysicist Dr. Elisa Pueschel works at the Institute of Astronomy at Ruhr University Bochum.

John Bulava is Professor for Theoretical Hadron Physics at the Faculty of Physics and Astronomy at Ruhr University Bochum.

Professor Evgeny Epelbaum heads the Chair of Theoretical Physics – Hadron and Particle Physics.

Professor Hendrik Hildebrandt is Professor at the Faculty of Physics and Astronomy.

Completed ERC Starting Grant

Professor Evgeny Epelbaum was awarded an ERC Starting Grant in 2011. The project “Nuclear Physics from Quantum Chromodynamics” has now been completed.

Completed Helmholtz Young Investigator Groups

  • Multimessenger Astronomy (Prof. Dr. Anna Fanckowiak)
  • High-Energy Particle Astrophysics (Dr. Elisa Pueschel)
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News in plasma research


The Ruhr Astroparticle and Plasma Physics Center was founded in order to combine research efforts within the fields of plasma, particle, and astrophysics in the Ruhr area.

This Research Department focuses on areas that have hitherto been virtually unknown and which are characterized by complex interactions of plasmas with their environment.

Participations in large-scale research projects

The Bochum researchers participate in numerous large-scale research projects like the Neutrino Observatory IceCube.

Overview Large-Scale Projects

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Research at RUB
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