Research Profile:

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Katharina Stapelmann


Peer-reviewed journal publications:



M Fiebrandt, B Hillebrand, J-W Lackmann, M Raguse, R Moeller, P Awakowicz, K Stapelmann

Inactivation of B. subtilis Spores by Low Pressure Plasma – Influence of optical filters and photon / particle fluxes on the inactivation efficiency

J. Phys. D: Applied Physics 51, 045401, 2018


J.-W. Lackmann, K. Wende, C. Verlackt, J. Golda, J. Volzke, F. Kogelheide, J. Held, S. Bekeschus, A Bogaerts, V. Schulz-von der Gathen, K. Stapelmann

Chemical fingerprints of cold physical plasmas – an experimental and computational study using cysteine as tracer compound

Scientific Reports 8, 7736, 2018, DOI:10.1038/s41598-018-25937-0


M Yusopov, J-W Lackmann, J Razzokov, K Stapelmann, A Bogaerts

Impact of Plasma Oxidation on Structural Features of Human Epidermal Growth Factor

Plasma Processes and Polymers, DOI: (published online)


V Zammuto, F Fuchs, M Fiebrandt, K Stapelmann, N Ulrich, T Maugeri, R Pukall, C Gugliandolo, R Moeller

Comparing spore resistance of Bacillus strains isolated from hydrothermal vents and spacecraft assembly facilities to environmental stressors and decontamination treatments

Astrobiology, accepted for publication


M Engelhardt, F Kogelheide, K Stapelmann, N Bibinov, P Awakowicz

Micro-plasmoids in self-organized filamentary dielectric barrier discharges

Plasma Processes and Polymers 14(7) 2017, DOI: 10.1002/ppap.201600095



M Fiebrandt, J-W Lackmann, M Raguse, R Möller, P Awakowicz, K Stapelmann

“VUV absorption spectroscopy of bacterial spores and DNA components”

Plasma Physics and Controlled Fusion (Special Issue Invited Speaker EPS2016), 59 (1), 014010, 2017, DOI: 10.1088/0741-3335/59/1/014010


K Stapelmann, M Fiebrandt, M Raguse, J-W Lackmann, M Postema, R Möller, P Awakowicz

“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”

Plasma Processes and Polymers, 14(8), 1600198, 2017, DOI: 10.1002/ppap.201600198


J-W Lackmann, M Fiebrandt, M Raguse, K Kartaschew, M Havenith, JE Bandow, R Möller, P Awakowicz, K Stapelmann

“A combined low-pressure hydrogen peroxide evaporation plus hydrogen plasma treatment method for sterilization − Part 2: An intercomparison study of different biological systems”

Plasma Processes and Polymers14(8), 1600199, 2017, DOI: 10.1002/ppap.201600199


B Offerhaus, J-W Lackmann, F Kogelheide, V Bracht, R Smith, N Bibinov, K Stapelmann, P Awakowicz

“Spatially resolved measurements of the physical plasma parameters and the chemical modifications in a twin surface dielectric barrier discharge for gas flow purification”

Plasma Processes and Polymers14(10), 1600255, 2017, DOI: 10.1002/ppap.201600255


F. M. Fuchs, M. Raguse, M. Fiebrandt, K. Madela, P. Awakowicz, M. Laue, K. Stapelmann, R. Möller

“Investigating the Detrimental Effects of Low Pressure Plasma Sterilization on the Survival of Bacillus subtilis Spores Using Live Cell Microscopy“

J. Vis. Exp. (129), e56666, 2017, DOI: 10.3791/56666

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C Klinkhammer, CVerlackt, D Smiłowicz, F Kogelheide, A Bogaerts, N Metzler-Nolte, K Stapelmann, M Havenith, and J-W Lackmann

Elucidation of Plasma-induced chemical modifications on Gluthathione and Gluthathione Disulfide

Scientific Reports 7, 13828, 2017, DOI:10.1038/s41598-017-13041-8


M Raguse, M Fiebrandt, K Stapelmann, K Madela, M Laue, J-W Lackmann, JE Thwaite, P Setlow, P Awakowicz, R Möller

“Improvement of biological indicators by using standardized Bacillus subtilis spore monolayers for the evaluation of study of enhanced spore decontamination technologies”

Applied and Environmental Microbiology, 82(7), 2031, 2016, DOI: 10.1128/aem.03934-15


F Kogelheide, K Kartaschew, M Strack, S Baldus, N Metzler-Nolte, M Havenith, P Awakowicz, K Stapelmann, J-W Lackmann

“FTIR spectroscopy of cysteine as a ready-to-use method for the investigation of plasma-induced chemical modifications of macromolecules”

Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics, 49(8), 084004, 2016, DOI: 10.1088/0022-3727/49/8/084004


J Schirmack, M Fiebrandt, K Stapelmann, D Schulze-Makuch

“Testing the Effects of Low-Temperature Plasma-Sterilization on Mars Analog Soil Samples Intermixed with Deinococcus radiodurans

Life 6(2), 22, 2016, DOI: 10.3390/life6020022


M Raguse, M Fiebrandt, B Denis, K Stapelmann, P Eichenberger, A Driks, P Eaton, P Awakowicz, R Möller

“Understanding of the importance of the spore coat structure and pigmentation in the Bacillus subtilis spore resistance to low pressure plasma sterilization”

Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics, 49(28), 285401, 2016, DOI: 10.1088/0022-3727/49/28/285401


M Engelhardt, F Kogelheide, K Stapelmann, N Bibinov, P Awakowicz

Micro-plasmoids in self-organized filamentary dielectric barrier discharges

Plasma Processes and Polymers 2016, DOI: 10.1002/ppap.201600095 (published online)


K Stapelmann, M Fiebrandt, T Styrnoll, S Baldus, N Bibinov, and P Awakowicz

“Implications of electron heating and non-uniformities in a VHF-CCP for sterilization of medical instruments”

Plasma Sources Science and Technology 24(3), 034014, 2015, DOI: 10.1088/0963-0252/24/3/034014


S. Baldus, F. Kogelheide, N. Bibinov, K. Stapelmann, and P. Awakowicz

“Phase resolved analysis of the homogeneity of a diffuse dielectric barrier discharge”

Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics, 48(37), 375202, 2015, DOI: 10.1088/0022-3727/48/37/375202


K Stapelmann, J-W Lackmann, I Bürger, JE Bandow, and P Awakowicz

“An H2 very high frequency capacitively coupled plasma inactivates glyceraldehyde 3-phosphate dehydrogenase (GapDH) more efficiently than UV photons and heat combined”

Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics, 47 (8), 085402, 2014, DOI: 10.1088/0022-3727/47/8/085402


K Stapelmann, M Fiebrandt, M Raguse, P Awakowicz, G Reitz, and R Moeller

“Utilization of low-pressure plasma to inactivate bacterial spores on stainless steel screws”

Astrobiology, 13 (7), 597-606, 2013, DOI: 10.1089/ast.2012.0949


P Awakowicz, S Baldus, K Stapelmann, M Engelhardt, N Bibinov, B Denis

“Optical Emission Spectroscopy as a Tool for Characterization of Technical Plasmas in Medical Applications”

Plasma Medicine 2 (1-3), 151-168, 2012, DOI: 10.1615/plasmamed.2013006849


O Kylián, B Denis, K Stapelmann, A Ruiz, H Rauscher, F Rossi

“Characterization of a Low-pressure Inductively Coupled Plasma Discharge Sustained in Ar/O2/N2 Ternary Mixtures and Evaluation of its Effect on Erosion of Biological Samples”

Plasma Processes and Polymers 8 (12), 1137-1145, 2011, DOI: 10.1002/ppap.201100086


A von Keudell, P Awakowicz, J Benedikt, V Raballand, A Yanguas-Gil, J Opretzka, C Flötgen, R Reuter, L Byelykh, H Halfmann, K Stapelmann, B Denis, J Wunderlich, P Muranyi, F Rossi, O Kylián, N Hasiwa, A Ruiz, H Rauscher, L Sirghi, E Comoy, C Dehen, L Challier, J P Deslys

“Inactivation of Bacteria and Biomolecules by Low-Pressure Plasma Discharges”

Plasma Processes and Polymers 7 (3-4), 327-352, 2010, DOI: 10.1002/ppap.200900121


H Rauscher, K Stapelmann, O Kylián, B Denis, F Rossi

“Monitoring plasma etching of biomolecules by imaging ellipsometry”

Vacuum 84 (1), 75-78, 2009, DOI: 10.1016/j.vacuum.2009.05.012


K Stapelmann, O Kylián, B Denis, F Rossi

“On the application of inductively coupled plasma discharges sustained in Ar/O2/N2 ternary mixture for sterilization and decontamination of medical instruments”

Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics 41 (19), 192005, 2008, DOI: 10.1088/0022-3727/41/19/192005



Book chapter


O Kylián, H Rauscher, A Ruiz, B Denis, K Stapelmann, F Rossi,

“Elimination of pathogenic biological residuals by means of low-pressure inductively coupled plasma discharge”,

Industrial Plasma Technology: Applications from environmental to energy technologies, 193-199, Editors: Y Kawai, H Ikegami, N Sato, A Matsuda, K Uchino, M Kuzuya and A Mizuno,  Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim, Germany, 2010, DOI: 10.1002/9783527629749.ch15