In our thematically focused, technology-oriented working groups
representatives of the member institutions from industry and science exchange experiences and jointly develop research strategies for the application fields of plasma surface technology, e.g.:
The numerous tasks of surfaces require different processes – sometimes also the combination of different processes or layer types to obtain a special surface quality, which is useful for decorative layers, new materials or multifunctionality, among other things.
The joint committee “Combined Surface Technology”, founded together between the associations DFO, DGO, EFDS and INPLAS, is dedicated to combined coatings in the fields of electroplating, painting technology and plasma technology. Its mission is to bring together these individual sub-disciplines in order to contribute to the further development of surface technology by combining these processes of thin-film and thick-film technology. The pooling of forces, the increase in clout as well as the increase in political acceptance are to be overriding goals of the Community Committee. If you are interested, please direct your questions and ideas to
Prof. Dr. Petra Uhlmann at the Leibniz Institute of Polymer Research in Dresden or to the INPLAS office (organizational management).
The Plasma4Life working group covers all life science topics, such as environment, hygiene, medical technology, biotechnology, nutrition, health and agriculture. The aim is to exploit synergy effects, promote cross-industry dialog between suppliers, users and users of surface technology in the field of life sciences, and identify and efficiently address joint research and development topics.
Implants (production (3D); growth, wear behavior, cell growth) | Biosensorics | Microfluidics | Functionalization, internal treatments and coatings of tubes, packaging, disposables
Disinfection | Sterilization | Pest control
Antiseptic therapy (also multi-resistant germs) | Wound healing | Skin diseases such as neurodermatitis and psoriasis | Stop bleeding
Cell culture and microbiology
Control of e.g. cell adhesion, protein adsorption | Coupling of antibodies | Cell transfection and -poration
Food, Agriculture, Environment
Disinfection | Water Treatment | Waste Gas Treatment | Sterilization
Prof. Dr. Peter Awakowicz | Ruhr University Bochum
Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Viöl | HAWK University of Applied Sciences and Arts – Hildesheim/Holzminden/Göttingen
Dr. Kristina Lachmann | Fraunhofer Institute for Surface Engineering and Thin Films IST, Braunschweig, Germany
The working group “Tool Coatings” deals – as the name suggests – with various focal points on the subject of tool coatings. In the WG, current trends within coating technologies as well as relevant aspects around component/tool pretreatment, heat treatment and development of substrate materials are discussed. In addition, the meetings also offer the opportunity to ask topic-specific questions and discuss them together in the forum.
The aim of the working group is also to define concrete research tasks and ideally submit them as joint (funded) projects. A best-practice example of an approved project is the ongoing “ÖkoClean” project.
Tool manufacturing process chain
Digitization, materials & heat treatment (DCT), cleaning & pretreatment, diffusion treatment, thin-film coatings for wear protection and tribological optimization.
Metal cutting, Industrial cutting tools, Forming tools
Implementation of projects
Plasma technology in the production chain, Big Data, digitalization, Smart Coatings
Development & Project Approaches | Project Applications
A coating is only as good as its process. The know-how to achieve the right coating properties and a corresponding coating quality is often decisive for setting the respective desired surface functions.
The working group “Novel Plasma Sources and Processes” is therefore concerned with the evaluation of new processes and possibilities for the production of coating systems.
Dr. Ulf Seyfert | VON ARDENNE GmbH