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8th workshop plasma medicine - 44th workshop of ak-adp

From research to ready-to-use therapy

  1. and September 28, 2023 at the life Science Factory Göttingen


Physical plasmas are energetically excited gases. On contact with surfaces, they are characterized by special effects such as ultra-fine cleaning and activation. This effect, as well as the possibility of depositing thin functionalizing coatings, has been used technologically in industry for several decades.

Physical plasmas can also achieve effects on biological surfaces and especially in human medicine by killing microorganisms and stimulating signaling and metabolic processes in cells that can be used therapeutically.

For more than 10 years, intensive work has been carried out on the development and characterization of cold atmospheric pressure plasma sources in order to be able to guarantee safe use in everyday medical practice. In various specialties, plasma treatments can accelerate treatment success, improve treatment results, reduce treatment costs and make treatments more comfortable for the patient. This has been demonstrated and proven in a large number of experimental and clinical studies.

Today, plasma medicine has taken its first step into everyday medical practice. Now, one focus of the work is on the final formal acceptance and creation of billing modalities of sufficiently studied applications, information and training of practicing physicians and an establishment of routine plasma treatments. This is especially true in specialties such as dermatology and dentistry. Plasmas also have great potential in oncology. Here, however, fundamental research work is still pending.


Take advantage of the exchange of experiences with scientists and physicians for further education, inspiration and contact initiation. There are many opportunities for this during the discussion of the lectures, interactive coffee breaks and the evening regulars' table.

The thematic focus of the 8th Plasma Medicine Workshop is on the

  • Characterization of plasmas
  • Use of plasma activated media
  • Dermatology, oncology, microbiological applications
  • Applications in medical technology / Presentation of new plasma sources
  • Presentation of study results.

A guided tour of the Göttingen Health Campus (GCG) rounds off the workshop.

The workshop is also supported in particular by the National Center for Plasma Medicine e.V. (NZPM). As a partner in the organization and implementation of the plasma medicine workshop, it offers the best conditions for further intensive promotion of plasma medicine. The workshop will be followed by the general meeting of the NZPM.

The Medical Association of Lower Saxony has certified the event with 10 category A continuing education points.

Online registration is available at . Reduced registration fees apply for registrations received by 30.06.2023.


We wish you a pleasant journey,

Kerstin Horn on behalf of all organizers

Review 43rd ak-adp workshop with competition #ZukunftADP

Interesting presentations on a wide range of applications of atmospheric plasmas were the focus of the first day of the 43rd workshop at the Grassi Museum in Leipzig.

The focus here was on transferring technological developments to industrial applications. Atmospheric plasmas have already demonstrated their potential many times over as innovative solution approaches for both local and large-area surface treatments. In addition to a wide range of technical applications for surface modification of plastics and metals, textile materials and composites, this now includes applications in agriculture in the pre-harvest process. A presentation on new surface and coating characterization methods for the quality control of a plasma treatment highlighted the optical inspection of ultra-thin SiOx coatings during production. Extensive opportunities for discussion during the presentations and coffee breaks were gladly used and continued at the established regulars' table.

The competition #ZukunftADP(, which was offered by ak-adp 2021 for the first time, was continued in 2023 in search of THE future topics of plasma research and industrial use. The contributions submitted by students and renowned scientists were presented and awarded on the 2nd workshop day - congratulations to the winners. The winner - Mr. Martin Leander Marxen from the CAU in Kiel - can look forward to a financial support of 1000€ for the continuation of his research work relevant for the energy turnaround on "Reduction of N2 andCO2 to higher-value molecules by means of plasma-supported electrocatalysis". Second place in the Future Competition went to an entry from INNOVENT. Oliver Beier, Jun Xu and Jürgen Schmidt presented the use of atmospheric pressure plasmas for the activation and functionalization of surfaces prior to chemical metal deposition with their competition submission "Resource and environmentally friendly methods for the activation of dielectric surfaces for subsequent chemical metallization". Third place was awarded to Madleen Westphal and Tobias Landgraff from TH Lübeck with an entry from the field of additive manufacturing "Atmospheric plasma treated polymer base plates in 3D printing of plastic components". Furthermore, all participants in the competition will be given the opportunity to publish their competition ideas and associated project work as part of an exclusive collaboration with the trade magazine WOMAG. This offer also applies to the 2021 competition participants who, after 2 years, have taken the opportunity to present results of the implementation of their ideas.

Last but not least, the exciting workshop was rounded off by a lecture on data security with a focus on current industrial espionage and computer security - a topic that concerns everyone and can suddenly affect them in everyday life. The workshop also included participation in a special tour of parts of the restoration workshops of the Museum of Applied Art and the Museum of Ethnology. Here, the potential of plasmas as a tool for restoring museum objects was discussed using actual collection pieces. Further collaboration with the restorers is planned.

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The next workshop of ak-adp with focus on plasma medicine on the topic "From research to application-ready therapy" will take place September 27 and 28, 2023 at the Life Science Factory in Göttingen.

Review 42nd ak-adp workshop

The workshop is regularly used as a technology stimulus by participants from industry, business-related research and plasma plant engineering.

The thematic focus of this workshop was on new possibilities for adhesion improvement for specific applications and material combinations. In addition to special cleaning, activation and coating processes as well as analytical issues for the proof of adhesion improvement, new and further developed plasma system technology with special applications were presented and discussed.

The focus of the panel discussion, followed by a broad discussion between all participants and the experts, was on possibilities of surface analytics for an application-dependent optimal proof of the adhesion properties of material combinations. It emerged that, when transferring new developments from research to industry, one focus should be on providing an optimal means of process control and quality assurance. The willingness of companies to innovate can be significantly promoted by an inline quality proof that is safe/unambiguous, fast, non-destructive and cost-effective to handle.

The offer for contact initiation, communication and information exchange was also extensively used within the framework of the established evening event and regulars' table.

Group photo participants 42nd workshop of the user group atmospheric pressure plasma ak-adp

Group photo participants 42nd workshop of the user group atmospheric pressure plasma ak-adp

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The next ak-adp workshop will take place together with the evaluation of the #ZukunftADP competition on April 26 and 27, 2023 at the Grassi Museum in Leipzig.

43rd ak-adp workshop incl. competition #ZukunftADP - registration released

Industry Dialog for Sustainability - Plasma Technology in
Best Practice Examples -
incl. Continuation Competition #ZukunftADP

The user group atmospheric pressure plasma ak-adp as an open technology platform invites users, researchers and equipment manufacturers for the use of physical plasmas to exchange information and ideas with a focus on future potential and sustainability.

What opportunities do physical plasmas offer in the establishment of environmentally compatible production methods? - Which new surface functionalities can be realized? - What contribution do physical plasmas make to the effective use of resources? - Which main fields of application does the industry see?

Since 2009, the user group atmospheric pressure plasma ak-adp has stood for technology-related information exchange, contact initiation and constructive discussion.

The #ZukunftADP competition, first held by ak-adp in 2021, will be continued in 2023 in search of THE future topics in plasma research and industrial use. In their combination, workshop and competition offer a perfect basis for scientific creativity with an industrial background.

The workshop will be held at the Grassi Museum in Leipzig on April 26-27, 2023. Presentation submissions are welcome. Discuss your ideas and conditions in an open atmosphere. Reserve the date and feel free to register.

The competition is aimed at students, doctoral candidates, researchers and representatives of industry in the field of atmospheric plasmas. Ideas that identify atmospheric plasmas as a technology with future potential can be submitted until Jan. 15, 2023. We are looking for ideas, concepts and best practices on atmospheric plasmas in terms of

  • innovative product development
  • Generation of new surface properties
  • creative approaches for overhauling traditional, established processes
  • Environmental protection, resource efficiency & sustainability
  • Energy, material and process savings as well as recycling
  • health aspects

We are looking forward to receiving your contribution as a 3-page abstract with keyfacts, keywords & graphical abstract as well as complete contact details to The contributions will be evaluated by a renowned jury of experts. We have already been able to win WOMAG as an exclusive partner for a publication series on the submitted contributions.

Literature collection on atmospheric plasmas available online

As a special service, the user group atmospheric pressure plasma ak-adp offers a current literature collection on atmospheric plasmas on the website. Here you will find current articles from the years 2022 and 2021 with title, author, country, link and a short summary.

This list is regularly maintained and expanded.

Feel free to take a look:

Literature collection on atmospheric plasmas | ak-adp