Katharina Stapelmann

Assistant Professor of Nuclear Engineering

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Dr.-Ing. (Ph.D.) 2013

Electrical Engineering

Ruhr University Bochum, Germany

Dipl.-Ing. (M.S.) 2009

Electrical Engineering

Ruhr University Bochum, Germany

Research Description

Dr. Stapelmann studies the interactions of technical plasmas with biological systems on a macromolecular level. Her focus is on the characterization and optimization of plasma discharges used for biomedical applications and the understanding and improvement of plasmas used e.g. in medicine. The applications range from wound healing to air purification, sterilization of medical instruments as well as for planetary protection purposes. Furthermore, plasma-liquid interactions and plasma discharges in liquids belong to the repertoire.


Cold atmospheric plasma ({CAP}) differently affects migration and differentiation of keratinocytes via hydrogen peroxide and nitric oxide-related products
Balzer, J., Demir, E., Kogelheide, F., Fuchs, P. C., Stapelmann, K., & Opländer, C. (2019). Cold atmospheric plasma (CAP) differently affects migration and differentiation of keratinocytes via hydrogen peroxide and nitric oxide-related products. Clinical Plasma Medicine, 13, 1–8. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cpme.2018.11.001,
Can We Achieve Selectivity In Plasma Medicine?
Wende, K., Lackmann, J.-W., Jablonowski, H., Stapelmann, K., von Woedtke, T., & Bekeschus, S. (2018), Clinical Plasma Medicine, 9, 43. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cpme.2017.12.067
Chemical fingerprints of cold physical plasmas: an experimental and computational study using cysteine as tracer compound
Lackmann, J.-W., Wende, K., Verlackt, C., Golda, J., Volzke, J., Kogelheide, F., … Stapelmann, K. (2018), Scientific Reports, 8, 7736. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-018-25937-0
Comparing Spore Resistance of Bacillus Strains Isolated from Hydrothermal Vents and Spacecraft Assembly Facilities to Environmental Stressors and Decontamination Treatments
Zammuto, V., Fuchs, F. M., Fiebrandt, M., Stapelmann, K., Ulrich, N. J., Maugeri, T. L., … Moeller, R. (2018), Astrobiology, 10. https://doi.org/10.1089/ast.2017.1715
Computational And Experimental Study Of The Impact Of Plasma On The Human Epidermal Growth Factor And Its Implications For Wound Healing And Cancer Treatment
Stapelmann, K., Yusopov, M., Razzokov, J., Bogaerts, A., & Lackmann, J.-W. (2018), Clinical Plasma Medicine, 9, 12. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cpme.2017.12.018
From patent to product? : 50 years of low-pressure plasma sterilization
Fiebrandt, M., Lackmann, J.-W., & Stapelmann, K. (2018), Plasma Processes and Polymers, 2018, e1800139–1 - e1800139–17. https://doi.org/10.1002/ppap.201800139
Impact of plasma oxidation on structural features of human epidermal growth factor
Yusupov, M., Lackmann, J.-W., Razzokov, J., Kumar, S., Stapelmann, K., & Bogaerts, A. (2018), Plasma Processes and Polymers, 5, e1800022. https://doi.org/10.1002/ppap.201800022
Influence of photon energy and photon / particle fluxes on the inactivation efficiency of B. subtilis spores in low-pressure plasmas
Fiebrandt, M. (2018). , (phdthesis). North Carolina State University.
Modulating Plasma-Induced Thiol Chemistry In Liquids
Lackmann, J.-W., Klinkhammer, C., Verlackt, C., Jabloniwski, H., Kogelheide, F., Stapelmann, K., … Wende, K. (2018), Clinical Plasma Medicine, 9, 38–39. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cpme.2017.12.060
A combined low-pressure hydrogen peroxide evaporation plus hydrogen plasma treatment method for sterilization: Part 1: Characterization of the condensation process and proof-of-concept
Stapelmann, K., Fiebrandt, M., Raguse, M., Lackmann, J.-W., Postema, M., Moeller, R., & Awakowicz, P. (2017), Plasma Processes and Polymers, 14, 1600198–1 - 1600198–10. https://doi.org/10.1002/ppap.201600198

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