The Collaborative Research Centre/Transregio researches into novel materials using plasma technology.
The path to new materials, e.g. for storage media for mobile phones, PCs, but also for future energy systems, goes via plasma technology. In the Research Department Plasmas with Complex Interactions, researchers from information technology, physics and mechanical engineering are researching fundamental questions of plasma physics from the atom in the gaseous phase down to performance characteristics of coated material surfaces.
Plasma can be used to coat materials and thus protect them from wear. Such coatings can also increase the storage capacities of computers and thus also make mobile phones smaller. The diverse properties and fields of use of plasma offer the opportunity to develop innovative materials.
The Collaborative Research Centre/Transregio 87 investigates how plasma behaves on certain surfaces and which interactions result from this. The central topic in Bochum are what are called pulsed plasmas, which are partially supported by magnetic fields. They could be important for synthesising intelligent coating systems in the future.