Chair for Multicomponent Materials

Plasma nanoscience

Plasma nanoscience is an exciting new field which currently gets much international attention. It particularly encompasses self-organized processes where plasmas are used to fabricate nanomaterials. The activities of the Chair for Multicomponent materials in plasma nanoscience include the following subjects:


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Modelling and simulation of nanoparticle formation and deposition

Modelling of various plasma-based processes, partially illustrated in the figure, was carried out in close cooperation with the group of Michael Bonitz form theoretical physics in Kiel.  Simulations include the following subjects:

  • Kinetic Monte-Carlo simulations on the formation of metallic nanoparticles and particulate nanocomposites during deposition,
  • Kinetic Monte-Carlo simulations on the formation of rod-like nanostructures,
  • Molecular dynamics simulations on particle coalescence in the gas phase,
  • Molecular dynamics simulations on the formation of granular nanostructures upon metal sputtering on polymers.




Sketch of typical processes of nanoparticle formation occurring in a gas aggregation cluster source in the plasma and during deposition on the substrate 


Selected publications

Abraham, J.W.; Strunskus, T.; Faupel, F.; Bonitz, M.; Molecular dynamics simulation of gold cluster growth during sputter deposition, Journal of Applied Physics 119 (2016) 185301 ; "Editors' Pick".

Abraham, J.W.; Kongsuwan, N.; Strunskus, T.; Faupel, F.; Bonitz, M.; Simulation of nanocolumn formation in a plasma environment, Journal of Applied Physics 117 (2015) 14305.

Rosenthal, L.; Strunskus, T.; Faupel, F.; Abraham, J.W.; Bonitz, M.: Kinetic Monte Carlo Simulations of Cluster Growth and Diffusion in Metal-Polymer Nanocomposites, Complex Plasmas, Springer Series on Atomic, Optical, and Plasma Physics82 (2014) 321-370.

Rosenthal, L.; Greve, H.; Zaporojtchenko, V.; Strunskus, T.; Faupel, F.; Bonitz, M.: Formation of magnetic nanocolums during vapor phase deposition of a metal-polymer nanocomposite: experiments and kinetic Monte Carlo simulations,Journal of Applied Physics 114 (2013) 044305.

Bonitz, M.; Rosenthal, L.; Fujioka, K.; Zaporojtchenko, V.; Faupel, F.; Kersten, H.: Towards a particle based simulation of complex plasma driven nanocomposite formation, Contributions to Plasma Physics Vol. 52 No. 10 (2012) 890-898.

Rosenthal, L.; Filinov, A.; Bonitz, M.; Zaporojtchenko, V.; Faupel, F.: Diffusion and growth of metal clusters in nanocomposites: A kinetic Monte Carlo study, Contributions to Plasma Physics Vol. 51 Issue 10 (2011) 201100034.

Early work

Faupel, F.; Strunskus, T.; Kiene, M.; Thran, A.; Bechtolsheim, C. v.; Zaporojtchenko, V.: Fundamental aspects of polymer metallization, Mat. Res. Soc. Symp. Proc. 511 ”Low-Dielectric Constant Materials IV” Eds. C. Chiang, J.T. Wetzel, T-M. Lu, P.S. Ho (1998) invited paper.
Willecke, R.; Faupel, F.: Diffusion of gold and silver in trimethylcyclohexane bisphenol polycarbonate, Journal of Polymer Science, B:Polymer Physics 35(7) (1997) 1043-48.