We are currently working on numerous research projects with various institutes and research facilities. Click on the logos for more details.
Institute of Pathology at the Technical University of Munich, Germany
At the Institute of Pathology at the Technical University of Munich, Germany the effect of cold atmospheric plasma on molecular and cell biological level is researched under the supervision of Prof. Dr. med. Jürgen Schlegel. In particular, the experts investigate the following two areas:
Effectiveness of cold atmospheric plasma for the treatment of in vitro rat glioblastoma cells (brain tumour cells) in combination with ionizing radiation – the aim is to substantially progress in tumour therapy research
Influence of cold atmospheric plasma on the proliferation and differentiation of muscular stem cells of mice and humans on a molecular level – the aim is to better understand the mode of action of cold atmospheric plasma on molecular level
In cooperation with the Institute for Food Quality and Food Safety of the University of Veterinary Medicine Hannoverwe are currently working on the development of a cold atmospheric plasma device for the decontamination of meat products. The aim of this joint project includes the investigation of the influence of cold atmospheric plasma on microbiological, physical chemical and sensory parameters of processed meat and sausage products, as well as for the application during meat and sausage production process.
The University Hospital Regensburg (UKR) is our long-standing partner for research on risk class II bacteria, fungi, biofilms, eukaryotic cells (cell lines and primary cells) and also ex-vivo tissues. With its broad spectrum of expertise on micro- and cell biological level, as well as regarding the application of plasma sources, our cooperation represents the foundation for highly flexible, scientific research specified to the requirements according to the desired field of application of the cold plasma device (or its plasma source).
Among other things, in cooperation with the UKR we developed a thin-film technology plasma source for the usage in the medical device “plasma care” (class IIa), which was characterized at the UKR in detail preclinically through biomedical and biological investigations. Based on these investigations, we identified suitable plasma parameters for the inactivation of bacteria in wounds without damaging eukaryotic cells (therapeutic window).
Bundeswehr Research Institute for Protective Technologies and NBC Protection (WIS)
The military use of biological weapons jeopardises our troops and can also negatively affect the function of used military equipment, materials or other systems leading to various failures. In the project “Development of a decontamination chamber using cold atmospheric plasma” for sterilization of thermolabile equipment this problem was addressed. Target of our studies within this project was to develop a mobile chamber for sterilisation of thermolabile equipment for military use. WIS represents an area of expertise within the Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support (BAAINBw).
The current SARS-CoV-2 pandemic exceeds in severity and danger all previous coronavirus epidemics and keeps Germany as well as the rest of the world on tenterhooks. Hygiene – in general – is one of the most important means of minimizing infection in the containment and slowing down pandemics in the most diverse areas of life. Germs can survive for a very long time (days, weeks and even months) on a wide variety of surfaces, thus the hygiene of frequently handled utensils is particularly important for reducing the potential risk of infection.
Within our own development, we are working on the cold plasma device “Little Plasma” for the disinfection of utensils (such as car or door keys, glasses, cell phones, etc.), which can only be removed with difficulty and inadequately from adhering germs with conventional household agents.
This project is supported by the program for research, development and innovation of the Bavarian Ministry of Economic Affairs “Bayern Innovativ” (Baytp).