Jan Benedikt- Scientist of the Week

Hello followers of the Science and Engineering Cafe, hope your summer is going well.


As we approach the new academic year, it’s time once again to feature well known and accomplished members of the plasma community.


I am pleased to present our first Scientist of the Week, Professor Jan Benedikt from Christian-Abrechts University in Kiel, Germany. I have known Jan for several years and have followed his research in applied plasmas and lately, the characterization of atmospheric pressure plasmas.  It’s been a bit over 9 months since we last saw each other at the iplasmanano conference (http://www.athens2016.iplasmanano.org/index.php),  where we both presented our work.


Since then, I moved to Silicon Valley and work in the semiconductor industry, while Jan became full professor in Kiel.

Congratulations Jan, well deserved! I am sure that you be very successful in your new position and that you will continue to promote high level plasma research.


Daphne Pappas

Prof. Jan Benedikt, Christian-Albrechts-University, Kiel, Germany. Photo credit: Beatrix Biskup.

Jan Benedikt, Ph.D., full professor at Christian-Albrechts-University in Kiel, Germany


Prof. Benedikt received his university degree from the University of West Bohemia in Plzen, Czech Republic in 2000 and his Ph.D. degree from the Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands in 2004. In 2010. He then became a research assistant in Prof. Achim von Keudell’s group at the Ruhr-University Bochum in Germany, where he successfully applied for Junior Professorship.  Starting in April 2017, he has a position with Experimental Plasma Physics at the Christian-Albrechts-University in Kiel.

He received the Hans-Werner-Osthoff Plasma Physics Prize in 2009 for his innovative approaches in plasma diagnostics and the John Coburn and Harold Winters Student Award in 2003. He is the co-author of more than seventy peer-reviewed articles and has presented his work in 40 invited lectures. His research activities focus on quantitative diagnostics of low- and atmospheric-pressure plasmas, especially molecular beam threshold ionization mass spectrometry, on the analysis of the plasma-chemical processes, and on the study of deposition mechanisms of thin films and nanomaterials. He is also developing and characterizing novel atmospheric plasma sources for the study of isolated and combined (synergistic) effects of different plasma components (radicals, photons, ions) on biological substrates.

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