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97th IUVSTA Workshop on plasma-assisted conversion of gases for a sustainable future

Conference date: 17th to 21st December 2023
Location: Cerklje na Gorenjskem, Slovenia
Abstract deadline: 1st November 2023
Registration deadline: 30th November 2023

The 97th IUVSTA Workshop will gather leading scientists in the plasma-assisted conversion of gases to discuss recent achievements in sensing technology as well as drawbacks of currently used technologies.
Key challenges for the next decades are green technologies, a circular economy, and preventing global warming. Of particular interest is the development of technologies for synthesizing useful compounds from stable gases that are widely available, for example, carbon dioxide, nitrogen, methane, and water vapor. Classical methods have matured, so no breakthrough is expected. Plasma methods have been proven promising for synthesizing useful chemicals, and numerous groups worldwide reported encouraging results in scientific literature. However, none of the scientific achievements have been adopted for industrial use because there are serious technological obstacles.
The proposed workshop will enlighten major challenges in the plasma-assisted conversion of stable gases. The invited participants will present recent advances in this scientific niche and a frank evaluation of technological obstacles. Both the conversion rates and the energy efficiency will be tackled. The gas-phase reactions may not provide appropriate yields of useful compounds at acceptable energy efficiency, so scientists who attempt to combine plasma and surface reactions using advanced nano-catalysts will be welcome. The invited participants will be selected from major groups worldwide and will discuss both theoretical evaluations and experimental results. The workshop will enable a current state of the art and will provide directions for further scientific and technological activities.



17. 12. 2023

18. 12. 2023

19. 12. 2023

20. 12. 2023

21. 12. 2023

7:00 – 9:00   Breakfast Breakfast Breakfast Breakfast
9:00 – 10:30   Round table on vibrational excitation and dissociation of gaseous molecules Round table on catalysts in plasma gas conversion devices Round table on conversion of biogas Round table on powerful discharges for gas conversion
10:30 – 11:15   Coffee break Coffee break Coffee break Coffee break
11:15 – 13:00   Continuation of the round table Continuation of the round table Continuation of the round table Continuation of the round table
13:00 – 14:30   Lunch break Lunch break Lunch break Lunch break
14:30 – 16:00   Invited talks Invited talks Invited talks Concluding remarks
16:00 – 16:30 Opening Coffee break Coffee break Coffee break  
16:30 – 18:00 Registration Invited talks Invited talks Invited talks  
18:30 Dinner break Dinner break Dinner break Dinner break  


Peter Awakowicz Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany Gas treatment with catalytic enhanced surface – dielectric barrier discharges: diagnostics, simulation, applications for hydrogen cleaning + VOC removal, scale-up and optimisation
Thierry Belmonte Institut Jean Lamour / CNRS, France Two-dimensional materials by discharges in liquids
Timo Gans National Centre for Plasma Science and Technology, Dublin Self-limiting trade-off between CO yield and CO2
Matjaž Godec Institute of Metals and Technology Enhancing additive manufacturing metallic materials: a study on plasma nitriding for improved corrosion and wear resistance
Satoshi Hamaguchi Osaka University, Japan Machine learning application to plasma modelling
Toshiro Kaneko Graduate School of Engineering, Tohoku University, Japan Atmospheric pressure plasma with high-speed liquid flow: basic science and its application
Holger Kersten PlasmaTechnology, IEAP, Kiel University, Germany Combining a nanosecond-pulsed DBD with an electrolytic cell to reduce CO2 and N2
Nikša Krstulović Institute of Physics, Croatia LAL nanoparticles and their incorporation into polymers by APPJ for various applications
Alenka Vesel Institute Jožef Stefan, Slovenia Hydrogen energy storage in ammonia
Kinga Kutasi Wigner Research Centre for Physics, Hungary Plasma assisted nitrogen fixation
Nikša Krstulović Institute of Physics, Croatia LAL nanoparticles and their incorporation into polymers by APPJ for various applications
Nikita Lepikhin Ruhr University Bochum, Germany A nanosecond (near) Atmospheric Pressure Plasma Jet (ns-APPJ) as a source of excited species
Mark Zver Institute Jožef Stefan, Slovenia Inductively coupled low pressure plasma radiation for water purification
Zdenko Machala Comenius University, Slovakia Plasma-liquid transport of reactive species for nitrogen
Deborah O’Connell National Centre for Plasma Science and Technology, Dublin City University, Ireland Generating and transporting plasma reactive species into liquid environments
Miran Mozetič Institute Jožef Stefan, Slovenia Scientific approach to plasma technologies
Zoran Petrović Institute of Physics Belgrade, Serbia Cross section sets for electron scattering on some new
Viktor Schneider PlasmaTechnology, IEAP, Kiel University, Germany Diagnostics in a dual-frequency capacitively coupled rf
Petr Špatenka Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Czech Technical University in Prague Gas conversion in industrial low-pressure plasma reactors
Mahendra Sunkara University of Louisville, USA Plasma-catalytic methane pyrolysis and reforming for hydrogen production
Koichi Takaki Iwate University, Japan Development of compact pulsed power generator for keeping freshness of agricultural and marine products
Gregor Primc Institute Jožef Stefan, Slovenia Inactivation of water-transmissible viruses by combining advanced oxidation techniques
Susumu Toko Osaka University, Japan Experimental study on the effect of plasma-catalyst interaction on methanation reaction

Please prepare your abstract of up to 3250 characters (with spaces) using the form below. It is not possible to insert images, therefore only abstracts containing text are accepted. The deadline is 1st November 2023.
Note that you are able to choose the preferred day of your lecture on a first-come-first-served basis.
Authors are encouraged to submit more than one contribution for the poster section and compete for the best poster award.
Prior to filling out the abstract form please check an example provided here.

All participants are required to register. Please fill out the registration form in Word, which you can download here (all fields are required). Registration deadline is 30th November 2023.

Conference fee and payment conditions:

  • Exhibitors 1500 EUR
  • Invited speaker registration fee 1180 EUR
  • Regular speaker registration fee 1250 EUR
  • Student registration fee 990 EUR
  • Accompanying person fee 650 EUR

The registration fee covers:

  • Accommodation in the conference hotel **** (4 nights)
  • Transfer from the airport to the hotel
  • Attendance to scientific sessions for 1 person (17th–21st Dec.)
  • Electronic abstract booklet
  • Welcome cocktail on 17th Dec.


The registration fee can be paid only by bank transfer (no cash payment at the conference).

Bank transfer information:

Društvo za vakuumsko tehniko Slovenije, Teslova 30, Ljubljana, Slovenia
IBAN bank account no.: SI56 020830014712647
IBAN code: SI56
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Address of the bank: NOVA LJUBLJANSKA BANKA d.d., Čopova 3, 1520 Ljubljana, Slovenia
When transferring the registration fee, please include the bank's transaction fees and ensure that the full registration fee is received to the account.
Please do not forget to write the transfer purpose: FAMILY NAME—97th IUVSTA
When the fee has been transferred, please send an e-mail message with the name of the participant(s), the date of the transfer, and the transferred sum to the email address info@dvts.si.

Cancellation policy

If a registrant is unable to attend the conference/workshop someone else from the same organization could attend at no cost. Where the registrant is unable to attend and is not in a position to transfer his/her place to another person, then the following refund arrangements apply:

  • Registrations canceled less than 50 but more than 10 days before the conference/workshop will be refunded 40 % of the registration fees;
  • Registrations canceled less than 14 days before the event will not be eligible for a refund.


Organizers cannot accept liability for personal accidents nor loss of or damage to private property of participants, either during or directly arising from the 97th IUVSTA Workshop on plasma-assisted conversion of gases for a sustainable future. Participants should make their own arrangements with respect to health and travel insurance.


Conference chair: prof. dr. Miran Mozetič

International Scientific Committee:

  • Hori Masaru, Nagoya University, Japan
  • Hong Young Chang, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, South Korea
  • David Ruzic, University of Illinois, US
  • Slobodan Milošević, Institute of Physics, Zagreb, Croatia
  • Zoran Petrović, University of Belgrade, Serbia
  • Petr Špatenka, Czech Technical University in Prague, Czech Republic

Organizing Committee

  • Gregor Primc, Jozef Stefan Institute, Slovenia (Chair)
  • Miha Čekada, Jozef Stefan Institute, Slovenia
  • Alenka Vesel, Jozef Stefan Institute, Slovenia
  • Mark Zver, Jozef Stefan Institute, Slovenia
  • Rok Zaplotnik, Jozef Stefan Institute, Slovenia
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