Hubertus Thomas

HUBERTUS M. THOMAS is group leader at the DLR-Institute of Materials Physics in Space in Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany. He received his Diploma in physics from the University of Cologne in 1992, and his Ph. D. degree from Ludwig-Maximilians Universität in Munich in 1996.  He was working at the Max-Planck-Institut für extraterrestrische Physik in Garching from 1992 to 2013. Since 2014 he is leading the Working Group on Complex Plasmas at the Institute of Materials Physics in Space of the German Aerospace Center DLR.

His research interests are low temperature plasmas and especially complex plasmas. He was the responsible scientist for the long-term complex plasma projects PKE-Nefedov and PK-3 Plus, the first and second generation labs, respectively, continuously operated on the International Space Station from 2001-2013 in a German-Russian program.  He is the PI of the present facility PK-4 in the Columbus Module of the ISS operational since 2014. Beside the microgravity research a complementary program in the ground lab, in theory and simulation is performed in his group at DLR. Hubertus Thomas is author/co-author of more than 200 publications.