1. Research infrastructure CEMNAT

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Provider: Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports of the Czech Republic, project LM2015082
Principal investigator:  prof. Dr. Miroslav Vlcek

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This project provides funds from public resources in the total amount of 58 153 CZK for years 2020-2022. These funds will cover mainly personnel costs and operational costs of R&D employees carrying out their activities within all 4 principal scientific directions of CEMNAT in the OPEN-ACCESS regime.

CEMNAT focuses its research activities on the synthesis of high performance materials, their characterization and exploitation in applications, including materials for the needs of cooperating research institutions and companies. This in particular covers to amorphous or crystalline  inorganic materials  - metal oxides and chalcogenides, that are key materials for various fields (non-silicon sensors, solar cells, memories, batterries, optoelectronics, catalysis).

All these materials belong to category of high-tech materials for so-called emerging technologies. With respect on the nanotechnological focus of CEMNAT, these materials are investigated in various forms that have dimensions on nanoscale.  Among these forms belong nanoparticles, nanotubes, nanofibers, thin layers. See illustrative images of these structures below.

Infrastructure and know-how of CEMNAT is available for research organizations and companies from the Czech Republic as well as from abroad.


2. High sensitive sensors and low density materials based on polymeric nanocomposites (NANOMAT)

Provider: Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports of the Czech Republic (CZ.02.1.01/0.0/0.0/17_048/0007376)
Principal investigator: Prof. Ing. Miroslav Vlček, CSc.

The project deals with the development of innovative active and passive materials, ready for practical applications: a) polymer nanocomposite detectors, namely composite stress-strain detectors and scintillators for high energetic conversion of neutron and gamma radiation; b) new materials with low density based on polymer nanocomposite materials, namely nanostructured polymer aerogels with low density for space applications and nanostructured polymer foams with low thermal conductivity for insulation purposes. Developed sensors, foams and aerogels will also find applications in other industry sectors due to their unique properties (automotive, aerospace, defensive, healthcare,….), where extraordinary properties are more important than price of material.

 

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3. Amorphous to crystal (3D2D) transition in van der Waals bonded chalcogenide materials

Provider: Czech Science Foundation, project 19-17997S
Principal investigator: Ing. Miloš Krbal, Ph.D.

 

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4. Engineering of glass formation and photoinduced property modification of hybrid amorphous chalcogenides via controlled content of lone-pair electrons

Provider: Czech Science Foundation, international project, 20-23392J
Principal investigator: Ing. Miloš Krbal, Ph.D.


5. Polymeric fiber materials for capture and killing of viruses and a methodology for the determination of antiviral properties of the fiber materials

Provider: Technology Agency of the Czech Republic, program Gama 2, call COVID-19
Principal investigator: Center for technology transfer, Univerzity of Pardubice, investigator for CEMNAT: Dr.- Ing. Jan Macák

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1. Selenide-based 2D nanomaterials by Atomic Layer Deposition with exciting properties

Provider: Czech Science Foundation, project 18-03881S 
Principal investigator:  Assoc. Prof. Filip Bureš, Ph.D.
CEMNAT co-investigator:  Dr.-Ing. Jan Macák


2. Strengthening interdisciplinary cooperation in nanomaterials research and in studying their effects on living organisms (NANOBIO)

Provider: Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports of the Czech Republic (CZ.02.1.01/0.0/0.0/17_048/0007421)
Principal investigator: Prof. RNDr. Zuzana Bílková, Ph.D.
Principal investigator for CEMNAT: Dr.-Ing. Jan Macák

The aim of the project is to create a team of experts in complementary scientific disciplines (material engineers, chemists - analysts, biologists, geneticists, immunologists, toxicologists, histologists) and to develop modern infrastructure for: 1) development and characterization of engineered nanomaterials (ENMs), 2) their surface modification and biofunctionalization, 3) testing the impact of conventional and newly developed nanomaterials (ENM) on the organisms. In cooperation with all biomedical sites, a functional panel of tests will be developed for this purpose to determine the level of toxicity / biocompatibility of NM at the level of cells, tissues and whole organisms. By validating these methods and by expertly evaluating the obtained results, we want to provide the manufacturers and users of ENMs in the Hradec-Pardubice agglomeration with professional and infrastructural backgrounds for NM characterization. Our primary focus will be on ENMs usable in biomedicine (such as in vivo diagnostics, therapy, vaccination) and in biotechnological processes (e.g. carriers for isolation and purification of bioactive substances, and manufacture of reagents for in vitro diagnostics).

 

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Already terminated projects which have been carried out by CEMNAT staff

1. Study of chemical and electrochemical processes influencing growth of self-organized TiO2 nanotubes in solutions

Provider: Czech Science Foundation
Principal investigator:  Dr. Jan Macák

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2. Technology for advanced nanostructured SiO2 fibers

Provider: Technology Agency of the Czech Republic
Principal investigator: Dr. Jan Macák

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3. Fabrication and characterization of micro- and nanostructures in high refractive index glasses

Provider: Czech Science Foundation, project 16-13876S  
Principal investigator:  prof. Dr. Miroslav Vlcek

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4. Large Infrastructure Center of Materials and Nanotechnologies (CEMNAT)

Provider: Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports of the Czech Republic, project LM2015082
Principal investigator:  prof. Dr. Miroslav Vlcek

Details:

This project provides funds from public resources in the total amount of 29 515 ths CZK for years 2016-2019. These funds will cover mainly personnel costs and operational costs of R&D employees carrying out their activities within all 4 principal scientific directions of CEMNAT.

CEMNAT focuses its research activities on the synthesis of high performance materials, their characterization and exploitation in applications, including materials for the needs of cooperating research institutions and companies. This in particular covers to amorphous or crystalline  inorganic materials  - metal oxides and chalcogenides, that are key materials for various fields (non-silicon sensors, solar cells, memories, batterries, optoelectronics, catalysis).

All these materials belong to category of high-tech materials for so-called emerging technologies. With respect on the nanotechnological focus of CEMNAT, these materials are investigated in various forms that have dimensions on nanoscale.  Among these forms belong nanoparticles, nanotubes, nanofibers, thin layers. See illustrative images of these structures below.

Infrastructure and know-how of CEMNAT is available for research organizations and companies from the Czech Republic as well as from abroad.

More about CEMNAT utilization can be found here.

 

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5. Towards New Generation of Solid-State Photovoltaic Cell: Harvesting Nanotubular Titania and Hybrid Chromophores 

Provider: European Research Council, Starting Grant
Principal investigator: Dr. Jan Macák

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Within this project, a close cooperation with the group of Assoc. Prof. Filip Bures is carried on. See Filip´s webpage.


6. Modernization and upgrade of CEMNAT infrastructure

Provider: Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports of the Czech Republic
(nr. CZ.02.1.01/0.0/0.0/16_013/0001829)
Principal investigator: prof. Ing. Miroslav Vlček, CSc.

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The main goal of the project is to upgrade instrumentally and technically the equipment of Center of Materials and infrastructure (which is a one of the institutions on the Roadmap of large research infrastructures if CZE at least till 2020. CEMNAT research team focuses on nano- and microstructures of chalcogenide and oxide materials. For an effective research activity with utilization of already installed instruments (e.g. ALD), CEMNAT researchers need complementary material-analytical techniques (XPS, XRD, SEM). In accordance with the CEMNAT development plan, it also needs new instruments for synthesis of 1D materials (nanofibers) and 2D materials (thin functional layers). However, these instruments are missing in CEMNAT. The project will endorse effective utilization of CEMNAT research infrastructure and will allow increase of the competence and possibilities of researchers in direction to needs all user target groups (internal and external researchers, students, companies).

Following instruments will be purchased from the project budget:

  • X-ray photoelectron spectroscope (XPS)

  • X-ray diffractometer (XRD)

  • Modernization of dual-beam FIB-SEM microscope

  • Device for fiber synthesis

  • Optical sources- lasers

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