Uwe Kortshagen

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Uwe Kortshagen

Distinguished McKnight University Professor and Ronald L. and Janet A. Christenson Chair in Renewable Energy, Mechanical Engineering


Mechanical Engineering
Room 2101F
111 Church Street SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455


Graduate Faculties of Chemical Engineering, Materials Science, and Physics


Habilitation 1995, Experimental Physics, Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany
Dr. rer. nat. 1991, Physics, Ruhr-University, Bochum, Germany
Diplomphysiker 1988, Ruhr-University, Bochum, Germany

Professional Background

Ronald L. and Janet A. Christenson Chair in Renewable Energy, 2019-present
Department Head, Mechanical Engineering, University of Minnesota, 2008 – 2018
James J. Ryan Professor, University of Minnesota, Mechanical Engineering, 2015 – 2018
Distinguished McKnight University Professor, Mechanical Engineering, University of Minnesota, 2007 – present
Director of Graduate Studies, Mechanical Engineering, University of Minnesota, 2006 – 2008:
Professor, Mechanical Engineering, University of Minnesota, 2003 – present:
Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering, University of Minnesota, 1999 – 2003
Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering, University of Minnesota, 1996 – 1999
Lecturer, Physics and Astronomy, University of Bochum, Germany, 1996
Visiting scholar, Physics, University of Wisconsin - Madison, 1995 – 1996
Research Associate, Physics and Astronomy, University of Bochum, 1991 – 1995

Scientific & Professional Societies

  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
  • American Chemical Society (ACS)
  • American Physical Society (APS)
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
  • International Plasma Chemistry Society (IPCS)


Uwe Kortshagen's research is in the area of fundamental plasma manufacturing science and plasma materials science. Applications of his research span from renewable energy technologies to nanoscale plasma manufacturing, to new materials for bio-imaging and human health.

Kortshagen Group - L122-L126
High Temperature & Plasma Laboratory - L120

ME Research Areas
Materials & Mechanics

ME Impact Areas
Energy Transition
Next-Gen Manufacturing
Human Health

Research Interests
  • Low temperature plasmas
  • Plasma synthesis of materials
  • Materials for renewable energy
  • Quantum dots, nanocrystals, and 2D materials
  • Quantum dots for brain imaging
  • Sustainable nanomaterials
Teaching Subjects
ME 3331: Engineering Thermodyamics
ME 4131: Thermal Environmental Engineering Laboratory
ME 5103: Thermal Environmental Engineering
ME 8362: Introduction to Plasma Technology
ME 8361: Molecular Gas Dynamics

Honors and Awards

  • 2020 Fellow, Institute on the Environment
  • 2019 Ronald L. and Janet A. Christenson Chair in Renewable Energy 
  • 2018 Fellow, American Physical Society
  • 2015 Plasma Prize, AVS (formerly: American Vacuum Society)
  • 2015 James J. Ryan Professor of Mechanical Engineering
  • 2013 Fellow, Internationals Plasma Chemistry Society
  • 2009 Fellow, American Society of Mechanical Engineers
  • 2008-09 President, International Plasma Chemistry Society
  • 2007 Distinguished McKnight University Professor
  • 2005 Univ. of Minnesota, Institute of Technology-George Taylor Award for Distinguished Research
  • 2004 Fellow, Institute of Physics (U.K.)
  • 1999 NSF Career Award
  • 1997 Mayhugh Assistant Professor
  • 1994 Lynen Award of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation

Selected Publications

  • Greenberg, B.L., Robinson, Z.L., Ayino, Y., Held, J.T., Peterson, T.A., Mkhoyan, K.A., Pribiag, V.S., Aydil, E.S., Kortshagen, U.R. Metal-insulator transition in a semiconductor nanocrystal network. Science Advances5 (8), eaaw1462, doi: 10.1126/sciadv.aaw1462 (2019).
  • “Efficient Luminescent Solar Concentrators based on Ultra-Earth-Abundant Indirect Band Gap Silicon Quantum Dots,” F. Meinardi, S. Ehrenberg, L. Dhamo, F. Carulli, M. Mauri, F. Bruni, R. Simonutti, U. Kortshagen, S. Brovelli, Nature Photonics 11, 177–185 (2017)
  • “Metal-insulator transition in films of doped semiconductor nanocrystals,” Chen, T.; Reich, K. V.; Kramer, N. J.; Fu, H.; Kortshagen, U. R.; Shklovskii, B. I., Nature Materials 15 (3), 299-304, (2016).
  • “High electron mobility in thin films formed via supersonic impact deposition of nanocrystals synthesized in nonthermal plasmas.” Thimsen, E., M. Johnson, X. Zhang, A.J. Wagner, K.A. Mkhoyan, U.R. Kortshagen, and E.S. Aydil, Nature Communications 5, 5822 (2014).
  • “Hypervalent surface interactions for colloidal stability and doping of silicon nanocrystals”, L. M. Wheeler, N. R. Neale, T. Chen and U. R. Kortshagen, Nature Communications 4, 2197, (2013).
  • “High-Yield Plasma Synthesis of Luminescent Silicon Nanocrystals”, L. Mangolini, E. Thimsen and U. Kortshagen, Nano Lett. 5 , 655-659, (2005).

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