Department of Applied Physics

Plasma & Materials Processing

Our scientific objective is to obtain atomic-level understanding of the interaction of plasmas and reactive gases with materials in the field of atomic scale processing.

We are unique in our approach to studying plasma and surface processes in situ and in real time with a large set of current and new diagnostics

We focus on advancing the science and technology of plasma and materials processing, a multidisciplinary research area that encompasses the research fields of plasma physics, surface science and materials science. Our aim is to be an internationally leading group in the field of atomic scale processing, for present-day and future applications in energy technologies, nanoelectronics and nanotechnology.

The group studies the physics of the plasma medium, how reactive species interact with surfaces and how atomic scale processes can be used to fabricate, prepare or modify materials and their surfaces. We do so through our advanced processing facilities, our large set of plasma and surface diagnostics and state-of-the-art material analysis techniques.

Research themes

Work with us!

Please check out the TU/e Vacancies page for further opportunities within our group.

9 staff positions for female candidates in the Department of Applied Physics

All positions are open from May 15, 2019, and are open only to female candidates in the framework of the new Irène Curie Fellowship program of TU/e. Review of applications will begin immediately upon receipt, and continue until the positions are filled, with the last date for applications being November 15, 2019.


The NanoLab@TU/e offers a unique combination of equipment for developing optical chips and other applications based on compound semiconductor technology.

With the facilities of the SolarLab, atomic layers can be applied to solar cells, in a quick, controlled manner, making solar cells even more efficient.

Meet some of our Researchers

Student opportunities

Are you a student interested in doing a BEP project or graduating in the Plasma & Materials Processing group? There are ample traineeship opportunities for students within our group.

If you are interested in a BEP project in the PMP group you can subscribe for a lab tour by sending an email to Gerben van Straaten:

Possibilities for graduation projects change so fast that in case you are interested, please contact Erwin Kessels, Richard Engeln or Adriana Creatore. 

In all projects you team up with one or more of our PhD students and staff members. You are a full member of such research team and  will get a flavour of state-of-the-art atomic scale processing research.