HAWK scientists visit the Plasma Research Centre in Brno

Publishing Date: 06.05.2024

Researchers from the HAWK Faculty of Engineering and Health met with Czech scientists during a visit to Masaryk University (MUNI) to advance plasma research at both universities and promote scientific exchange. The HAWK delegation, consisting of Prof. Dr. Christoph Gerhard, M.Sc. Martin Bellmann, Dr. Georg Avramidis and M.Sc. Andreas Tümmel, visited the Centre for Plasma and Nanotechnology Surface Modification (CEPLANT) in Brno in the Czech Republic.

The visit took place as part of a joint research project. Under the title "Atmospheric pressure plasma-assisted coating of functional fibres and novel layer thickness measurement using laser ionization spectroscopy", the international team is developing a process for depositing and measuring thin layers on substrates with complex geometries. The researchers want to use this to enable the development of new, sustainable materials – especially composites – and innovative methods for surface analysis. Regional companies that work together with the HAWK in research alliances should also benefit from this in the future.

Last summer, Dr. Zlata Kelar Tučeková and Dr. Jakub Kelar from CEPLANT had already visited the HAWK in Göttingen for the project kick-off. Now the researchers welcomed the HAWK delegation to the second largest city in the Czech Republic and provided deep insights into the research achievements of the local scientists. In addition, the German visitors were able to make and deepen new valuable contacts. Another important concern for the participants was the possibility of further intensifying cooperation in the future. To this end, the project participants are currently planning new collaborations in research and teaching.

Further research stays for HAWK academics and students at the MUNI as well as guest lectures and workshops are already planned for the near future. In this way, the universities want to further promote the exchange of scientific expertise and teaching methods. These activities are part of a wide-ranging concept with which the HAWK is implementing its goals of internationalisation and the promotion of scientific exchange through targeted research and development projects, courses and the mutual exchange of students and scientists in practical steps.