About us

boltzplatz - numerical plasma dynamics GmbH provides engineering & consulting services in the field of numerical modelling and simulation for companies in high-tech industries. With our unique expertise in rarefied gas & plasma dynamics, we extend your research & development department cost-efficiently. Our focuses are vacuum- & plasma-based technologies such as vacuum surface coating, semiconductor manufacturing and in-space propulsion. For this purpose, we offer complete simulation and development projects as well as technical support around the open-source code PICLas.

Our history: from space to high-tech industries

The spin-off boltzplatz is a result of a long-term cooperation between the Institute of Aerodynamics and Gas Dynamics and the Institute of Space Systems at the University of Stuttgart, where our founders worked together during their PhDs on the development of PICLas. Our mission is the transfer of novel simulation techniques from academia to industry.

  • July 2018: Founding of the TGU boltzplatz at the TTI GmbH
  • April 2019 - March 2020: EXIST Business Start-up Grant
  • January 2020: Office at the CODE_n innovation hub
  • April 2020 - March 2021: Young Innovators-Programme
  • March 2021: Foundation of boltzplatz - numerical plasma dynamics GmbH

The team

Our combined expertise is in the rarefied gas dynamics, electromagnetic phenomena and numerical simulation techniques.

Dr.-Ing. Paul Nizenkov
Managing Director
Paul is our expert in the software application in research & industry with experience in the simulation of reactive, high-enthalpy flows.
Dr.-Ing. Asim Mirza
Marketing & Sales Director
Asim is our expert in the numerical modelling of physical problems with experience in the simulation of space propulsion systems.
Dr.-Ing. Stephen Copplestone
Research & Development Director
Stephen is our specialist for numerical methods and algorithms with experience in the simulation of electromagnetic phenomena.
Dr.-Ing. Marcel Pfeiffer
Scientific Advisor
Marcel is our academic collaborator, pursuing the development of PICLas and researching novel numerical methods.
MSc. Julian Beyer
Senior Simulation Engineer
Julian is our expert in the field of rarefied gas & plasma radiation and focuses on industry simulation projects.
Valentin Schunck
Valentin is an aerospace engineering student, supporting us in the analysis automization and simulation projects.