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2015|16 Annual Report Fraunhofer IGB

INSTITUTE OF INTERFACIAL PROCESS ENGI- NEERING AND PLASMA TECHNOLOGY IGVP The Institute of Interfacial Process Engineering and Plasma Technology IGVP is part of the Faculty of Energy Technology, Process Engineering and Biological Engineering of the Uni- versity of Stuttgart. In 2015, the research budget accounted for 3.22 million euros. At the end of that year, staff of 92 scientific, technical and administrative employees, among them 41 doctoral students, worked at the three IGVP facilities (Pfaffenwaldring 31, Allmandring 5b, and Nobelstrasse 12; see also p. 15) – along with 30 other students researching for their master or bachelor thesis. Technically, the institute is organized in the department “Interfacial Process Engineering”, headed by apl. Prof. Günter Tovar, and “Plasma and Microwave Technology”, which was headed until the end of 2015 by Director Prof. Thomas Hirth, and which is, since the beginning of 2016 also headed by Tovar. Both departments consist of three research groups each. Cooperation of the IGVP with Fraunhofer IGB makes it possible to pursue projects from basic research to application. This approach is reflected in the variety of funding received by the IGVP, including German Federal Ministries (e.g. BMBF), the German Research Foundation (DFG), the German Federal Foundation for the Environment (DBU), the EU, the Land of Baden-Württemberg, various foundations and industry. Key partners include the Max-Planck-Institut für Plasmaphysik in Garching, the KIT, and DIFFER in the Netherlands. Research and teaching The IGVP focuses on the design, functionalization and char- acterization of surfaces as well as of bio-, nano- and hybrid materials and their interaction. Special interest lies in the inter- actions with biological interfaces as, for instance, occurring in infection of human cells with viruses and the formulation of hydrogels and foams to bio-inks for additive manufacturing. Further activities include the simulation and engineering of interfacially driven processes. On the second part, scientific contributions cover the wide range from fusion oriented high-temperature plasma physics to industrial applications of low-temperature plasmas. A focal point is research on these plasmas for surface activation and deposition of new coatings as well as the development of new plasma sources and processes, as fostered by the synergy between microwave and plasma physics know-how. Research in fusion related plasma physics reaches from fundamental investigations of plasma dynamical processes and simulation of electromagnetic waves to plasma heating with microwaves and development of corresponding transmission systems. Teaching activities are centered on the subject areas of inter- facial process engineering, infection biology, nanotechnology, industrial biotechnology, biomaterials, resource-efficient pro- cesses as well as plasma physics and plasma technology. INTERFACIAL PROCESS ENGINEERING Biological-Medical Interfaces Priv.-Doz. Dr. sc. nat. Susanne M. Bailer Identification of biomarkers Screening for enzymes and microorganisms Microarray technologies Interactions between microorganisms and surfaces Host-pathogen interactions (viruses, bacteria, fungi) Virus-based therapies 5 4 COMPETENCES 54