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Richard Engeln is Associate Professor in the Plasma and Materials Processing group at the Department of Applied Physics of the Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e). His research has included spectroscopic studies using Raman, CARS and CRD spectroscopy of molecules in technological plasmas, ranging from deposition plasmas containing hydrocarbon molecules to plasma expansions of molecular hydrogen.

Engeln worked for several years on the development of novel ultra-sensitive absorption detection schemes. His research currently focuses on the study of plasmas for gas conversion and the development of optical diagnostics to study the reaction kinetics and dynamics of those conversion processes.


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Academic background

Richard Engeln received his MSc and his PhD, both in Physics, in 1987 and 1991 from the Radboud University Nijmegen. After almost two years working as a project manager in the R&D division of Stork X-cel, Engeln began to perform post-doctoral research, first at Eindhoven University from 1993 to 1995 and then at Radboud University from 1995 to 1998.

Since 1998, Engeln has worked at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e), first as Assistant and since 2005 as Associate Professor. Over the past years he has built a strong collaboration on the topic of CO2 plasma conversion with groups in Paris, at École Polytechnique, and Lisbon, at the University of Lisbon, and at DIFFER. He has been editor-in-chief of the Dutch Journal of Physics from 2012 until 2016, and in 2016 and 2017 also of the English digital-version.

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Research Output 1994 2018

6 Citations (Scopus)

Evidence of Lyman transitions of high rovibrationally excited HD and D2 detected by laser induced fluorescence in the VUV

Gabriel, O. G., Dungen, van den, J. J. A., Soliman, W. M., Schram, D. C. & Engeln, R. A. H., 2008, In : Chemical Physics Letters. 451, 4-6, p. 204-208

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

laser induced fluorescence
3 Citations (Scopus)

A rotational Raman study under non-thermal conditions in a pulsed CO2 glow discharge

Klarenaar, B. L. M., Grofulović, M., Morillo-Candas, A. S., van den Bekerom, D. C. M., Damen, M. A., van de Sanden, M. C. M., Guaitella, O. & Engeln, R., 25 Apr 2018, In : Plasma Sources Science and Technology. 27, 4, 12 p., 045009

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

glow discharges
plasma currents
gas composition

Editorial for plasma diagnostics using spectroscopic methods

Sasaki, K., Engeln, R. & Barnat, E. V., 2018, In : Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics. 51, 4, 3 p., 040202

Research output: Contribution to journalEditorialAcademicpeer-review

Open Access

Electric field measurements in atmospheric-pressure plasma jets

Sobota, A., Hofmans, M., Slikboer, E. T., Klarenaar, B. L. M., Viegas, P., Engeln, R. A. H., Bourdon, A. & Guaitella, O. Y. N., 2018

Research output: Contribution to conferenceAbstractAcademic

Open Access
plasma jets
atmospheric pressure
electric fields
4 Citations (Scopus)

How dielectric, metallic and liquid targets influence the evolution of electron properties in a pulsed He jet measured by Thomson and Raman scattering

Klarenaar, B. L. M., Guaitella, O., Engeln, R. & Sobota, A., Aug 2018, In : Plasma Sources Science and Technology. 27, 8, 085004

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Activities 2012 2012

  • 1 Editorial activity

Nederlands Tijdschrift voor Natuurkunde (Journal)

Richard Engeln (Editor-In-Chief)

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial activityScientific


Advanced plasma physics

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Introduction to plasma physics

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CO2 neutral fuels

Richard Engeln (Researcher), W.M.M. (Erwin) Kessels (Researcher)

Impact: Research Topic/Theme (at group level)

Student theses

Absorption spectroscopy on O2 production in an atmospheric pressure dielectric barrier discharge in CO2

Author: Damen, M., 2013

Supervisor: Welzel, S. (Supervisor 1) & Engeln, R. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Bachelor


A laser spectroscopic study of hydrogen molecules in an expanding thermal plasma

Author: Heil, S., 30 Jun 2003

Supervisor: Vankan, P. (Supervisor 1), Engeln, R. (Supervisor 2) & Schram, D. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master


A spectroscopic study on the detection of carbon monoxide for solar fuel production

Author: Damen, M., 30 Nov 2015

Supervisor: Engeln, R. (Supervisor 1) & Machura, P. (Coach)

Student thesis: Master

Broadband cavity ring down spectroscopy

Author: Zijlmans, R., 31 Dec 2003

Supervisor: Schram, D. (Supervisor 1), Van Helden, J. (Supervisor 2) & Engeln, R. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master


Determining the ion flux in a magnetized expanding thermal hydrogen plasma

Author: Hommes, R., 2013

Supervisor: Leyte Gonzalez, R. (Supervisor 1) & Engeln, R. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Bachelor