Ph.D. in Chemistry and Technology of Materials: Surface Engineering

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Program Description

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 programme 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. PhD students research materials and focus on macromolecular and supramolecular structures intended for modelling organic/inorganic composite and hybrid systems. Materials research is associated with macromolecular chemistry, technology of macromolecular materials, chemistry of polymers and composites, chemistry of organic coatings, fibres 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 polymerisation 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 fibre from plant materials to better understand the ageing 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 fibre.

Last updated Nov 2019

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The University of Pardubice is one of 26 public higher education institutions in the Czech Republic and the only university in the Pardubice Region. As an internationally respected center of learning, ... Read More

The University of Pardubice is one of 26 public higher education institutions in the Czech Republic and the only university in the Pardubice Region. As an internationally respected center of learning, the University wishes to contribute continually to the development of scientific knowledge, creative human potential and advanced technologies to improve the quality of life and prosperity of the society. As the only tertiary education institution of the university type in the Pardubice Region, it wants to be a modern public university open in sharing and exchanging information and dynamically developing in contact with the surrounding world. Read less