With the research focus (FSP) "Laser and Plasma Technology" at the Faculty "Engineering Sciences and Health" in Goettingen, which is shown on the research map of the German Rectors' Conference, the HAWK has been making valuable contributions to the development of innovations for the economy and society since 1995. Especially by developing and manufacturing prototypes for new plasma sources and handheld devices, the HAWK has achieved a top R&D position in Germany.
Since 2017, this FSP has been one of only ten FH-Impuls partnerships funded by the BMBF (Federal Ministry of Education and Research) in Germany. Within the framework of this partnership called "Plasma for Life", the potential of laser and plasma technology in the fields of surface technology, material processing, radiation sources, fluid processing and plasma medicine for process and product innovations is bundled with the cooperating companies, research institutions as well as specialist networks and administrative units and made available for transfer and implementation-oriented research, mainly in the region of Southern Lower Saxony/North Hesse.
The group of appr. 50 scientists and engineers with forward-looking, application- and demand-oriented research and development projects, mainly in the field of atmospheric pressure plasma technology, focuses on the life sciences in general - and in particular on the upstream and downstream sectors of the health industry.
In cooperation with various universities, an overproportionally high number of PhD students are supervised.
With regard to the topic of "junior staff of the future", companies can also transfer their R&D&I topics to young students via bachelor- and master-theses, third-party-funded R&D&I projects or feasibility studies via the partnership and thus benefit from current ideas and early contact establishment - in this way, companies get to know the graduates well as potential employees.