Faculty of Chemical Technology
- Study Field: Surface Engineering
Study Program: Chemistry and Technology of Materials
- Form of study: Part-time/Full-time
- The standard length of study: 4 years
- Number of ECTS credits allocated: Study is not credit-based
- Graduation requirements: State Doctoral examination and Doctoral thesis defense
- Tuition fee (per academic year): Maximum 4,900 EUR
The doctoral study program in Surface Engineering accredited at the Institute of Chemistry and Technology of Macromolecular Materials of the Faculty of Chemical Technology fosters research in areas unique to the Czech Republic. Ph.D. students research materials and focus on macromolecular and supramolecular structures intended for modeling organic/inorganic composite and hybrid systems. Materials research is associated with macromolecular chemistry, the technology of macromolecular materials, chemistry of polymers and composites, chemistry of organic coatings, fibers and textile chemistry, chemistry of paper and cellulose materials, and the area of graphic arts and photo-physics.
Students researching in the field of organic coatings engage with formulating new composites, protecting materials against corrosion, coatings designed to enhance protection and performance of materials, surface finishing which reduces bacterial contamination, targeted surface modification of pigment and filler particles, and synthesis and catalytic action of organometallic compounds and coordination compounds of transition metals for auto-oxidation of binders whose drying is driven by the oxidative mechanism.
Research topics in the field of polymeric and textile chemistry encompass polymerization and polycondensation reactions and investigate water-based dispersions. Students learn about polymer-bonded anti-degradants intended for polymers (conventional thermoplastics and some types of reactoplastics), and about the technological processes being developed for the preparation of these new materials and their applications in various types of polymers, such as styrene and polyethylene.
Research topics in the field of wood, pulp and paper address problems associated with surface processes in porous systems, i.e. hyper-molecular processes in cellulose and lignocellulose based materials and the preparation of fiber from plant materials to better understand the aging of lignocellulose based materials and to control this process. Students research the properties and modifications of cellulose, paper, and other cellulose-based materials; mechanical, chemo-mechanical and chemical methods for the processing of rape straw (which remains as waste from the production of biofuel) into the fiber.