Chairs and working groups

Various chairs and working groups conduct research and teach at the RUB Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology. Here you can find  insights about our current research projects. You also find an overview of our chairs.


Electrical Engineering and Plasma Technology

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Peter Awakowicz

Plasma has a multitude of use cases in everyday life and enables many achievements of our technological world, such as microelectronics, optics and mechanical engineering. We work on the fundamentals for technical application and develop innovative concepts and systems together with our partners in industry and research.


Prof. Dr.-Ing. Ulrich Kunze

Main topics of the research group Electronic Materials and Nanoelectronics are technology for fabricating nanoscale semiconductor and metal structures, transport in semiconductor nanostructures: quantum effects, ballistic processes and single electron effects, thin-film transistors based on organic oligomers or metal-oxide layers, ferromagnetic nanostructures and ferromagnet-semiconductor hybrids and novel device concepts of nanoelectronics.


Prof. Dr.-Ing. Jürgen Oehm

Our computer-assisted research is focused on the conception and optimization of new concepts for integrated circuits, implemented in state-of-the-art semiconductor technology. Developed to maturity, these will often serve as gateways to systematic solutions for e-mobility, optics, chemistry and medicine.


Prof. Dr.-Ing. Thomas Mussenbrock

Based on simulations and experiments, we investigate technical plasmas, plasma processes as well as nanoelectronic and nanoionic components. The electrodynamics of the systems play an essential role here. The aim is to understand the macroscopic behavior of the systems based on the microscopic dynamics of the atoms, molecules, electrons and photons involved.


Prof. Dr.-Ing. Jan Lunze

Automation aims at controlling technical processes such as vehicles, machines, power networks or air conditioning systems so as to make them autonomous. The institute works in the fields of fault-tolerant control, networked systems, hybrid and discrete-event systems, develops new methods for process supervision and control, and demonstrates the results by experiments in several lab facilities.


Prof. Dr. Andrew Gibson

Plasma technology provides a unique path to convert electrical energy into chemical and thermal energy. This drives a range of applications in biomedicine, where plasma-produced reactive species can be used to disinfect surfaces, combat infections or inactivate cancer cells. In the research group, the aim is to understand the chemistry behind these applications through a combination of numerical simulations and experimental measurements.


Prof. Dr.-Ing. Aydin Sezgin

Our focus in research is on the characterization of fundamental limits in information acquisition and processing for various applications. Among others, these are: next generation mobile communications systems, machine learning in communications, non-destructive testing and functional safety and security.


Vertr.-Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Philipp Niemann

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Prof. Dr.-Ing. Thomas Musch

Our chair is involved in the development of new electronic sensors and high-precision measurement systems. The various circuits we develop differ vastly in terms of power and frequency range and are used in the process industry, as well as in humanitarian and security applications.


Prof. Dr.-Ing. Constantinos Sourkounis

The chair Power Systems Technology and Power Mechatronics researches power generation and low-loss power transport, e.g. in converters for power supply grids, innovative DC networks and rail power rectifiers, and optimized mechatronical systems for wind power.


Prof. Dr.-Ing. Ilona Rolfes

Our research spans from synthesis and characterization of high-frequency systems and sensors to material characterization and radar-based image processing. We work with high-precision simulations, then develop prototype systems based on our findings, and verify robustness and functionality in measurement.


Prof. Dr.-Ing. Nils Pohl

Integrated systems surround us in all of our everyday companion devices in the shape of small, intelligent chips. Our chair researches how to run modern transistors at the limits of their speeds in order to produce and process radio and radar waves.


Prof. Dr.-Ing. Georg Schmitz

Our research focus is on medical imaging and, in particular, sonographic imaging. We develop new diagnostic and therapeutic techniques that address major diseases and meet clinical needs. Our aim is to improve image quality and automatic image interpretation by leveraging signal processing, wavefield image reconstruction and the dynamic field of artificial intelligence.


Prof. Dr.-Ing. Martin Hoffmann

We work with all aspects of micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS), from concept to production in the cleanroom. Research is focussed on concepts of 2D electronics, time integrator sensors, micro-actuators, micronano integration, and system integration for specific applications.


Prof. Dr. Clara Saraceno

Ultrafast lasers have enabled many scientific and industrial breakthroughs. Our group works on exploring the limits of ultrafast laser technology, pushing their performance to new limits and using them as tools to explore new areas in science and technology.


Prof. Dr. Martin Hofmann

Central to our research are semiconductor lasers. Besides fundamental aspects (e.g. spin-controlled lasers) we are researching their dynamics. Interesting physical effects are analyzed and optimized for new fields of application. Currently, these include terahertz technology and biomedical imaging.


Prof. Dr. Ralf Peter Brinkmann

Our chair TET researches plasma technology by means of modeling and simulation. Without plasmas, modern microprocessors would be unthinkable. We developed a new process for the determination of electron density in plasma, and we also revealed the process of electron heating in low temperature plasmas.


Prof. Dr.-Ing. Rainer Martin

Our research is focused on improving acoustical communication via signal processing and machine learning. We work on algorithms for the analysis and processing of audio signals (speech, music, sounds), for example for the application in smartphones, hearing aids, and in human-machine-communications.


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