Our mission is to advance plasma and materials science & technology through in-depth understanding.
The PMP group focuses on the advancement of the science and technology of plasma and materials processing, a research area which is in essence multidisciplinary and encompasses the research fields of plasma physics, surface science, and materials science.
The scientific objective of the group is to obtain “atomic” level understanding of the interaction of plasmas and reactive gases with materials. PMP aims at being an internationally leading group in the field of plasma-surface interaction and nanolayer deposition.
The research area of PMP involves experimental investigations of the physics of the plasma medium, the interaction of reactive species with surfaces, as well as the application of plasmas and related (non-plasma) technologies to the fabrication or modification of materials for a wide range of applications.
The interaction of plasmas and reactive gases with materials plays a key role in many fields in science and technology and, consequently, the research activities of PMP range from fundamental plasma studies for CO2 recycling to the development of nanolayer deposition processes for nanoelectronics and energy conversion and storage technologies. The research of the group can be classified as "application-oriented" and is directly relevant for many current developments within society and industry. This is illustrated by the many close industrial collaborations and a significant number of valorization successes in the recent years.
The group has established an internationally leading position in the area of plasma-surface interaction and the deposition of nanolayer films, in particular by (plasma-assisted) atomic layer deposition (ALD). Building on this key expertise, the group explores new, emerging society- and technologically-relevant fields such as plasma-based approaches for CO2 recycling in renewable fuels, carrier-selective passivating contacts in silicon solar cells, area-selective ALD for semiconductor nanopatterning, nanolayer films to enable novel organo-lead halide perovskite solar cells, and plasma-assisted ALD of 2D tranisition metal dichalcogenides (2D-TMDs). Plasma studies and in-situ surface studies by advanced diagnostics are the common denominator in all cases.Currently about 50% of PMP's research activities are related to solar cells. This makes the research and educational activities of PMP well aligned with the strategic area Energy.
P&MP is part of the departmental research cluster “Plasma Physics”. Due to its research on materials, the group has also very strong ties with the research cluster “Functional Materials”.