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 of the Plasma for Life Sciences group. Read more.


Congratulations to Nicholas Sponsel! – His paper was selected as an Editor’s Pick

Nick’s first first-author paper got published September 29, 2022 as part of the Special Topic Collection on Atmospheric Plasma-Liquid Interfaces in the Journal of Vacuum Science and Technology A (JVST A). The paper was selected as an Editor’s Pick! You can read the article here: https://avs.scitation.org/doi/10.1116/6.0001990


Katharina Stapelmann receives Early Career Award

  • The International Society of Plasma Medicine honored Prof. Stapelmann with the Early Career Award for Plasma Medicine (ECAPM). The award was presented at the 9th International Conference on Plasma Medicine (ICPM) in Utrecht, The Netherlands.
  • ECAPM recognizes outstanding work and significant contribution to the advancement in the field of plasma medicine by early-career researchers. It is typically awarded to an individual every two years during the international conference. The International Society for Plasma Medicine, founded in 2009, promotes scientific activities, including meetings, presentations, as well as educational and training activities.


11th IWM 2020 in Raleigh in 2022

  • The “International Workshop on Microplasmas” (IWM) was held in Raleigh June 6 – 10, 2022.


Watch our group members Duncan Trosan and Nicholas Sponsel in their IOPS oral presentation! 

  • Ph.D. candidates Duncan Trosan and Nicholas Sponsel presented on the International Online Plasma Seminar (IOPS) their research on “Biomedical applications of flexible surface DBDs” and “Breakdown in bubbles in liquids”, respectively.


Congratulations to our recent graduate Dr. Brayden Myers! 


Our group members presented part of our research at the American Physical Society’s 2021 Gaseous Electronics Conference. Check out the abstracts below or presentation videos with your GEC registration. 

  • Ph.D. candidate María Herrera Quesada presented on the plasma-liquid interaction II session on “Exploring chemical modifications caused by the COST-Jet in an NO-rich gas admixture by means of FTIR and Mass Spectrometry on the simple biological model cysteine” 


Contributing to the IOP Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics Special Issue “Emerging Leader 2021”


Drs. Stapelmann and Brudno selected for the UNC Lineberger Innovation Award


Drs. Stapelmann and Bolotnov win National Science Foundation Award


Plant Science meets Nuclear Engineering

  • One of the Game-changing Research Incentive Programs GRIP4PSI was awarded to PI Stapelmann and co-PI’s. In the project “Harnessing (bio-) Electrochemical Technologies as Sustainable Sources for On-Demand Precision Agriculture”, she and her 11 collaborators from 9 departments at NCSU will explore plasma and bacteria to produce fertilizer on demand. Integrated in an irrigation system and driven by fiberoptic sensors in the soil, a “fertigation on demand” system for precision agriculture will be developed within the course of the 3.5 year project.


IWPCT 2020, postponed to 2023, will be held in Raleigh

  • The “International Workshop on Plasma for Cancer Treatment” (IWPCT) will be held in Raleigh in 2023.