Address: Felix-Hausdorff-Str. 2, 17489 Greifswald, Germany

Contact Person: Prof. Dr Klaus-Dieter Weltmann

Telefon: +49 3834 5543 00

Fax: +49 3834 5543 01



About us

The Leib­niz In­sti­tu­te for Plas­ma Sci­ence and Tech­no­lo­gy (INP Greifs­wald) is the lar­gest non-uni­ver­si­ty in­sti­tu­te in the field of low tem­pe­ra­tu­re plas­mas, their ba­sics and tech­ni­cal ap­p­li­ca­ti­ons in Eu­ro­pe. In ad­di­ti­on to ap­p­li­ca­ti­on-ori­en­ted re­se­arch, INP pro­mo­tes the de­ve­lop­ment of plas­ma-as­sis­ted pro­ces­ses and pro­ducts. The in­sti­tu­te car­ri­es out re­se­arch and de­ve­lop­ment from idea to pro­to­ty­pe. The to­pics fo­cus on the nee­ds of the mar­ket. At pre­sent plas­mas for ma­te­ri­als and en­er­gy as well as for en­vi­ron­ment and health are the fo­cus of in­te­rest. In­no­va­ti­ve pro­duct ide­as of the re­se­arch of INP are trans­fer­red by the spin-offs of the in­sti­tu­te. INP pro­mo­tes ac­tive­ly the trai­ning and fur­ther edu­ca­ti­on of sci­en­ti­fic and tech­ni­cal ju­ni­or staff in the field of low tem­pe­ra­tu­re plas­ma phy­sics in col­la­bo­ra­ti­on with uni­ver­si­ties, re­se­arch in­sti­tu­ti­ons and in­dus­try. The in­sti­tu­te is or­ga­ni­zed as a non-pro­fit or­ga­niza­t­i­on and is a mem­ber of the Leib­niz As­so­cia­ti­on sin­ce its foun­da­ti­on.


The Leib­niz In­sti­tu­te for Plas­ma Sci­ence and Tech­no­lo­gy (INP Greifs­wald) is the lar­gest non-uni­ver­si­ty in­sti­tu­te in the area of low tem­pe­ra­tu­re plas­mas in Eu­ro­pe, in­clu­ding their ba­sic re­se­arch and tech­ni­cal ap­p­li­ca­ti­ons.
The re­se­arch is or­ga­ni­zed in the two re­se­arch di­vi­si­ons Plas­mas for

  • Ma­te­ri­als and En­er­gy (Head: Prof. Tho­mas Schoene­mann) and
  • En­vi­ron­ment and Health (Head: Prof. Klaus-Die­ter Welt­mann)

each co­ver­ing four re­se­arch pro­grams at pre­sent.

Re­se­arch Di­vi­si­on Plasmas for Ma­te­ri­als and En­er­gy

The re­se­arch di­vi­si­on Plasmas for Ma­te­ri­als and En­er­gy com­bi­nes the to­pics of the pro­duc­tion of func­tio­nal sur­faces, thin films and ca­ta­ly­tic ma­te­ri­als by me­ans of plas­ma pro­ces­ses with dia­gnostic me­thods for plas­ma pro­cess mo­ni­to­ring and is­su­es of electri­cal power and pro­cess en­gi­nee­ring es­pe­cial­ly in the field of arcs. The com­bi­na­ti­on of electri­cal en­gi­nee­ring with plas­ma tech­no­lo­gy con­sti­tu­tes the ori­gin of the gas di­sch­ar­ge phy­sics. As uni­que sel­ling point, the stra­te­gy of the re­se­arch di­vi­si­on pur­su­es the con­se­quent cou­pling of sci­en­ti­fi­cal­ly so­phis­ti­ca­ted plas­ma mo­del­ling with spa­ti­al­ly and tem­po­ral­ly high-re­so­lu­ti­on dia­gnostic me­thods for ap­p­li­ca­ti­on-re­le­vant is­su­es in the to­pics men­tio­ned above using sta­te-of-the art ex­pe­ri­men­tal la­bo­ra­to­ries. The fo­cus of the ba­sic re­se­arch is on the spe­ci­fic sur­face tre­at­ment by me­ans of non-ther­mal plas­mas at at­mo­s­phe­ric pres­su­re as well as on the in­ter­ac­tion of ther­mal plas­mas with elec­tro­des. Plas­ma tech­no­lo­gy al­lows uni­que­ly the ge­ne­ra­ti­on of ap­p­li­ca­ti­on-spe­ci­fic sur­face and ma­te­ri­al pro­per­ties, up to new ma­te­ri­als in the pho­to­vol­taic and hy­dro­gen tech­no­lo­gy. The con­trol of arcs and other plas­ma pheno­me­na is es­sen­ti­al for the de­vice func­tio­na­li­ty in the electri­cal power sup­p­ly and the pro­cess re­lia­bi­li­ty in ap­p­li­ca­ti­ons of the pro­cess en­gi­nee­ring li­ke wel­ding.

Re­se­arch Di­vi­si­on Plasmas for En­vi­ron­ment and Health

The re­se­arch di­vi­si­on Plasmas for En­vi­ron­ment and Health fo­cu­ses on in­ter­di­sci­pli­na­ry to­pics and uses the syn­er­gies of the groups of the­mes bio­lo­gi­cal sur­faces, plas­ma me­di­ci­ne, de­co­n­ta­mi­na­ti­on and bio­electrics. At­mo­s­phe­ric-pres­su­re plas­ma sour­ces, li­ke dielectric bar­ri­er di­sch­ar­ges, jet plas­mas, mi­cro­wa­ve plas­mas and mi­cro­plas­mas, re­pre­sent an es­sen­ti­al link and are in­ves­ti­ga­ted ex­ten­si­ve­ly. The clo­se com­bi­na­ti­on of phy­si­cists, bio­lo­gists, che­mists, phar­macists and en­gi­neers un­der one hea­ding is uni­que in the world to date.

Industry Services

From the Re­se­arch to the Ap­p­li­ca­ti­on, from Idea to Pro­duct – Co­ope­ra­ti­on and Tech­no­lo­gy Trans­fer at INP

The suc­cess­ful re­gio­nal, na­tio­nal and world­wi­de co­ope­ra­ti­on with com­pa­nies and in­sti­tu­ti­ons of all si­zes and sec­tors is par­ti­cu­lar­ly im­portant for INP. The em­ployees of the in­sti­tu­te work in bi­la­te­ral pro­jects or re­se­arch clus­ters to­ge­ther with com­pa­nies, uni­ver­si­ties and sci­en­ti­fic in­sti­tu­ti­ons. The in­sti­tu­te rai­ses a con­siderable part of its third-par­ty funds through co­ope­ra­ti­on with in­dus­try. In re­cent ye­ars third-par­ty funds of about 4.4 mil­li­on eu­ro ha­ve be­en rai­sed so­le­ly through co­ope­ra­ti­on with in­dus­tri­al com­pa­nies.
The clo­se net­wor­king with a multi­tu­de of re­gio­nal and su­pra-re­gio­nal in­sti­tu­ti­ons from sci­ence and in­dus­try as well as with re­pre­sen­ta­ti­ves of cham­bers and as­so­cia­ti­ons cont­ri­bu­tes si­gni­fi­cant­ly to the suc­cess and streng­the­ning of the tech­no­lo­gy trans­fer of INP. In or­der to sup­ple­ment the re­se­arch port­fo­lio of the in­sti­tu­te towards the mar­ket, neo­plas GmbH was es­ta­blis­hed as tech­no­lo­gy trans­fer cent­re in 2005.