GEC conference 2022 in Japan
After two years of social distancing and online meetings, 2022 will be known as the year that gave rebirth to on-site conferences. Since the beginning of the year, many conferences have returned, and so has the GEC (gaseous electronics conference). From Monday (Oct 3rd) to Friday (Oct 7th), the international low-temperature plasma community met in Sendai, Japan. As the organizers would not get tired of emphasizing, they were hyped about finally realizing an in-person event again. The community shared this enthusiasm.
Almost six hundred papers were presented to five-hundred-fifty participants- the third most papers within the last ten years- and an attendance comparable to online events. Another notable statistic of the conference is the high count of students. Half of the participants were students, which included Ph.D. students as well as undergrads. With thirty-three contributions, a large group from Bochum and the SFBs attended GEC. Similar to the conference, this group had a dominant share of Ph.D. and undergrad students.
At least four parallel sessions were conducted to fit the numerous contributions into the five days available. Scientific highlights of the conference were the workshops conducted on Monday and the price talks; given on Wednesday. Professor Toshiaki Makabe received the "Will Allis Prize'' to acknowledge his life's work in plasma science, and Professor Masaru Hori received the "Reactive Plasma Award'' for his research. In terms of success, the SFBs, SFB-TR87 and CRC1316, did not fall too short in comparison. Andrew Gibson, Lars Schücke and Jan Trieschmann (former two CRC 1316, latter SFB-TR87) were invited to present their research. Julian Schulze (PI in both CRCs) chaired and organized the GEC, and five people from the consortia were chosen as session chairs.
Moreover, two outstanding performances have to be mentioned. The respective committees priced the oral presentation of Tobias Gergs and the poster presentation of Arisa Bodnar. Tobias Gergs is a member of the SFb-TR87 and got awarded the "Student's Excellence Award". Arisa Bodnar presented her Bachelor thesis, which she did in the frame of the CRC 1316, and received the "Student Poster Price". All in all, the large share of people and their valuable contributions caused the SFBs to impact the conference meaningfully.
The wholesome and successful experience is reflected in the happy faces in the picture above.
CRC 1316 members joining the International Plasma School
A large group of ten people from the SFB 1316 consortium participated in the 25th International School on Low-Temperature Plasma Physics. To deepen their knowledge of plasma science and technology, the PhD students from Bochum and Ulm attended the plasma school for one week. In addition to lectures, the school's program also included workshops and poster sessions.
Large CRC1316 participation in the International Plasma School
The 25th edition of the International Plasma School on Low-Temperature Plasmas took place from 1th to 5th October at the Physics Centre in Bad Honnef. Afterwards, the two-day Master Class on electric propulsion has been held. 76 participants from sixteen nations joined this yearly event. The international chair of the Plasma School was in the hands of Prof. Dr. Holger Kersten and Prof. Dr. Jan Benedikt from CAU Kiel.
The extensive program offered various topics to the students: from theory to applied plasma technologies. The lectures (23 from eight nations) were accompanied by a social program that allowed for intensive discussion with the teachers. Every evening there was a question and answer session with the teachers of the day, where an exciting exchange had been held. Hands-on workshops also provided practical experience in the field of spectroscopy.
Moreover, a large number of PhD students from the CRC 1316 and accompanying projects were part of the event this year.
The PSE conference 2022 was held again in Erfurt in person. The CRC 1316 was represented by Achim von Keudell (projects A3 and B7). He held a plenary talk about diagnostic challenges in HiPIMS. Simon Kreuznacht (Carbon2Chem) gave a talk in the trend workshop 'plasma in gas conversion'. This conference with 550 attendees focus on applications of plasma technology for material processing and modification.
Roentgen Medal for Beatriz Roldán
FHI Director Prof. Dr Beatriz Roldán Cuenya received the Röntgen Medal 2022 in recognition of her research on catalysis, especially electrocatalysis, and the associated possibilities for the use of new sustainable energy sources of the future. The prize was awarded on 10 September by Remscheid's Lord Mayor Burkhard Mast-Weisz in the Klosterkirche in Remscheid-Lennep.