Gerrit M.W. Kroesen

  • Eindhoven University of Technology Department of Applied Physics FLX 0.159 Postbus 513 5600 MB Eindhoven


  • 6671 Citations
1981 …2019
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Personal profile


“Applications come, and applications fade away. But the discipline of plasma physics always should remain at the core, to help society on its way forward.”

Research profile

Gerrit Kroesen has been active in the area of plasma physics since he was a student. His first experience was a project in the second year of his study, in 1978. In the 40 following years he has constantly strived to push the boundaries of plasma physics, by following a combined effort of experiments, diagnostics, theory and modeling, and he keeps doing so. When a new plasma parameter needs to be measured, new diagnostics will be developed. Application areas have varied over the years. Starting in plasma etching and plasma deposition, he moved on to environmental applications, plasma displays, dusty plasmas, EUV producing plasmas, EUV produced plasmas, to medical applications. His research focuses on the internal elementary processes in the plasma, but also touches upon phenomena induced at surfaces that are in contact with the plasma. Also, the feedback from photons and surfaces on the plasma processes have his attention.

Academic background

Even though he had had a complete mini chemistry lab at home as a teenager, Gerrit Kroesen studied  Applied Physics at Eindhoven University of Technology from 1977 to 1983. In his second year, he fell in love with plasma physics, a subject he also studied for his PhD, which he started in 1983 and completed in 1988. Kroesen was appointed Assistant Professor in the Elementary Processes in Gas Discharges (EPG) group in 1985. In 1990, Kroesen took a sabbatical at IBM in New York (USA) and in 1997, he took a sabbatical at the University of Kyoto (Japan). Kroesen still works in the EPG group, since 1996 as Associate Professor and since 2000 as Full Professor, focusing on experimental plasma physics. Kroesen became Dean of Applied Physics in 2012.

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Research Output 1981 2019

72 Citations (Scopus)
4 Downloads (Pure)

Plasma modelling and numerical simulation

Dijk, van, J., Kroesen, G. M. W. & Bogaerts, A., 2009, In : Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics. 42, 19, p. 190301-1/14 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Computer simulation
1099 Citations (Scopus)
204 Downloads (Pure)

Plasma medicine: an introductory review

Kong, M. G., Kroesen, G. M. W., Morfill, G., Nosenko, T., Shimizu, T., Dijk, van, J. & Zimmermann, J. L., 2009, In : New Journal of Physics. 11, 11, p. 115012-1/35 35 p., 115012.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
9 Citations (Scopus)
14 Downloads (Pure)

Thermalization of electrons in decaying extreme ultraviolet photons induced low pressure argon plasma

Beckers, J., van der Horst, R., Osorio, E. A., Kroesen, G. M. W. & Banine, V. Y., 6 Apr 2016, In : Plasma Sources Science and Technology. 25, 3, p. 1-8 035010.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

56 Citations (Scopus)
99 Downloads (Pure)

Concepts and characteristics of the 'COST Reference Microplasma Jet'

Golda, J., Held, J., Redeker, B., Konkowski, M., Beijer, P., Sobota, A., Kroesen, G., Braithwaite, N. S. J., Reuter, S., Turner, M. M., Gans, T., O'Connell, D. & Schulz-Von Der Gathen, V., 20 Jan 2016, In : Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics. 49, 8, 084003.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
Atmospheric pressure
atmospheric pressure
Coupled circuits
9 Citations (Scopus)
88 Downloads (Pure)
Open Access
Drag Force

Activities 2007 2021

International Conference on Phenomena in Ionized Gases XXXV

Ute Ebert (Chair), Sander Nijdam (Organiser), Gerrit Kroesen (Organiser)

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesConferenceScientific

Hakone XVII, International Symposium on High Pressure Low Temperature Plasma Chemistry

Sander Nijdam (Chair), Ana Sobota (Organiser), Ute Ebert (Organiser), Gerrit Kroesen (Organiser), Tom Huiskamp (Organiser)

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesConferenceScientific

M.J. Kushner

Gerrit Kroesen (Host)
22 Apr 2016

Activity: Hosting a visitor typesHosting an academic visitorScientific

Meet the Future, Science and Technology Summit 2010, Conferentiecentrum World Forum, Den Haag, Den Haag, Nederland

Gerrit Kroesen (Speaker)
18 Nov 2010

Activity: Talk or presentation typesContributed talkScientific


DBL signals and systems

1/09/15 → …


Press / Media

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1 item of Media coverage

Press/Media: Expert Comment

Ontwerp van een vraag

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1 Media contribution

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Student theses

Absorption spectra on some metal halide molecules used in HID lamps

Author: Mulders, H., 31 Aug 2005

Supervisor: Kroesen, G. (Supervisor 1)

Student thesis: Master


Analysis of a long living atmospheric plasmoid

Author: Versteegh, A., 31 Dec 2007

Supervisor: Fussmann, G. (External person) (External coach), Jüttner, B. (External person) (External coach) & Kroesen, G. (Supervisor 1)

Student thesis: Master


Analysis of the effects of plasma treatment on bone tissue

Author: Wagenaars, E., 31 Oct 2002

Supervisor: Cigal, J. (Supervisor 1), Kroesen, G. (Supervisor 2) & Maurice, C. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master


An investigation into the replacement of mercury by indium iodide or tin halides in high-intensity discharge lamps

Author: Lemmens, T., 31 Aug 2013

Supervisor: Rijke, A. (Supervisor 1), Nijdam, S. (Supervisor 2) & Kroesen, G. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master