Greifswald’s Osthoff Plasma Physics Prize for 2012 awarded

Excellence in plasma physics award to Bochum University scientist

June 13, 2012

The Hans Werner Osthoff Plasma Physics Prize for 2012 goes to Dr. Felix Julian Schulze from Bochum’s Ruhr University. This prize, now being awarded for the fifth time, is a distinction for excellence in the field of plasma physics and special recognition of junior scientists. This 3000-euro endowment is to be presented at Greifswald University on 21 June 2012.

Dr. Felix Julian Schulze, born in 1982 in Mülheim an der Ruhr, is a highly promising young scientist in the field of low-temperature plasma physics. He is investigating the behaviour of plasmas, i. e. ionized gases, produced by applying high-frequency electromagnetic waves. Impressive accomplishments of his are the scope and outstanding quality of the work he has done in the few years from his physics degree and PhD to his current studies, for a lectureship, at the Institute of Experimental Physics, Bochum University. In addition, he is putting his international collaboration to great benefit. He has backed up his plasma experiments with complex modelling and simulations, thus already contributing to numerous discoveries. These have significantly extended our understanding of the physics of high-frequency discharges. This is important, for example, for processing in the semiconductor industry or production of thin-film solar cells.

The Hans Werner Osthoff Plasma Physics Prize was endowed by Professor Dr. Hans Werner Osthoff in 1994 to mark the establishment of Greifswald branch of Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics (IPP) in memory of his student years at Greifswald. Award of the prize is decided on the recommendation of proficient colleagues by an endowment board comprising members of the Osthoff family, Ernst Moritz Arndt University of Greifswald, Leibniz Institute of Plasma Research and Technology at Greifswald, and Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics at Garching and Greifswald.

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