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Chemistry, Technology and Properties of Materials

Original title in Czech: Chemie, technologie a vlastnosti materiálůFCHAbbreviation: DPCO_CHM_4Acad. year: 2018/2019

Programme: Chemistry, Technology and Properties of Materials

Length of Study: 4 years

Accredited from: 30.4.2012Accredited until: 31.5.2024


The aim of the study is to educate experts in the field of materials engineering and engineering technology with an emphasis on chemical processes and material properties. In studies are also included basics of testing and measuring methods that the students were able to work not only as a leading technology teams in chemical plants, but also in basic and applied research, research and development institutes involved in the testing of physical-chemical characteristics of substances and in dedicated production promising new materials. This is also directed domestic and international internships. The inclusion of practical exercises doctoral students acquire basic experience with students, allowing them in the future can be integrated into the process of teaching at universities and secondary schools.

Key learning outcomes

Chemistry graduate DSP technology and material properties is able to formulate a scientific problem, propose a hypothesis to solve it and make experimental and theoretical attempts to confirm it. An integral part of the basic knowledge of graduate DSP is the ability to critically assess published scientific information and the ability to express oneself in writing in the English language.

Occupational profiles of graduates with examples

Graduates of Chemistry, Technology and material properties are equipped with both experimental and theoretical knowledge in the field of material structures and their properties. They control a number of methods for the characterization of materials not only at the level of theoretical description , but are also familiar with the practices of their use in practice ( a lot of information gain among others, during internships at foreign universities ) . Stays allow them to also expand your language skills. Theoretical foundations of obtain in appropriately selected subjects. Graduates also have experience in the provision of information and presentation of results at conferences and professional seminars , not only in Czech , but also the English language. Doctoral students are also encouraged to independent and creative thinking and technological foresight , allowing them to solve technological problems in a number of operations. Given that the study course " Chemistry, Technology and Properties of Materials " is a modern -conceived field of doctoral study, which is based on the current state and needs of the chemical, electronic and consumer goods industries , graduates are eligible to work in both the industrial sector and areas applied and basic research. It should be noted that the graduate study program also has a basic knowledge of chemistry and physics. The general basis is extended by special courses that include, for example, the progress of chemistry and physics , nanotechnology , use of secondary raw materials, bioengineering and the use of chemical and physical laws in the areas of inorganic and organic compounds.

Entry requirements

We expect knowledge of basic chemical, physical and physically-chemical concepts and principles to the extent specified for the comprehensive MA exam in chemistry, physics and physical chemistry at the Faculty of Chemistry of the Brno University of Technology, eventually at other similarly focused BUT faculties or other university faculties.
Other requirements: interest in engineering and scientific work, knowledge of English and good results in the previous study (better than average grade of 2).

The knowledge of general chemical, physical and physico-chemical concepts and laws of the extent provided for in the comprehensive master's examination of chemistry, physics and physical chemistry at the Brno University of Technology eventually. other similar focus BUT faculties and university faculties directions.
Other assumptions are: interest in engineering and scientific work, knowledge of English and good academic performance in previous studies (better than average grade 2).


Issued topics of Doctoral Study Program

  1. Designing realistic ways to increase the efficiency of liquid scrubbers used to separate gaseous pollutants from air

    Tutor: Svěrák Tomáš, prof. Ing., CSc.

  2. Design and implement the functional process for the separation of nitrogen oxides from a gaseous fluid on a pilot plant size membrane-based gas-liquid contactor

    Tutor: Svěrák Tomáš, prof. Ing., CSc.

  3. Alkali activated and hybrid binders

    Design, preparation and further physical, chemical nad structure characterization of alkali activated binder and hybrid binders, i.e. in combination with Portland cement.

    Tutor: Šoukal František, doc. Ing., Ph.D.

  4. Coal combustion by – products, the raw material base for the future

    The processing of coal combustion by – products is one of many possible ways to provide sufficient amount of raw materials for forthcoming years. An overwhelming amounts of these secondary raw materials, mostly from the combustion of black and brown coal, are recently deposited with no further use. Due to their favourable chemical and phase composition it is very probable to find the ways of processing and further industrial utilisation of these materials in the future. The aim of this doctoral thesis is to check the possibilities of separation of particular raw materials from these secondary raw materials in laboratory conditions. Mainly the compounds containing aluminium, iron and titanium will be the issue, however a peripheral study on the extraction of rare-earth elements will be carried out as well. Class F and Class C fly ash from the combustion of brown coal will be used in this study.

    Tutor: Šoukal František, doc. Ing., Ph.D.

  5. Functional hybrid nanostructures

    The precise synthesis of materials and devices with tailored complex structures and properties is a prerequisite for the development of the next generation of products based on nanotechnology. Nowadays, the wet chemical technologies for the generation of this type of materials lack the precision to determine their properties and the synthesized materials contain numerous imperfections at the atomic level. The use of bottom-up approaches, which use small fragments of molecules or single atoms as building blocks, is an attractive approach for the synthesis of very complex and yet well-defined material structures. Preparation of hybrid organic-inorganic nanostructures with controlled physical and chemical properties is an example of highly sophisticated materials. Plasma nanotechnology working with the specific interaction of free radicals in the form of neutral and negative ions, which allows controlled design of a material with desired properties based on atomic processes, will be used for the synthesis of such hybrid nanostructures. Development of functional hybrid nanostructures will be directed to controlled interphase in polymer composites. Modeling and experimental data suggest that for such a hybrid organic-inorganic systems be developed nanostructured materials with controlled mechanical properties, wherein the Young’s modulus varies in the range up to two orders of magnitude (10^0-10^2 GPa) for the dimensional scale of less than 100 nm. However, the synthesis must allow simultaneous change in the character of the material from the organic to inorganic phase. The PhD thesis is aimed at preparing a feasibility study of these hybrid nanostructures by plasma nanotechnology and ways of analyzing their properties. The hybrid nanostructures have wide application potential and will be possible to develop them for nanoscale or macroscale functionality in specific hybrid devices.

    Tutor: Čech Vladimír, prof. RNDr., Ph.D.

  6. High-strength polymer-cement composites

    Preparation, modification and characterization of polymer-cement (macrodefect-free) composites of enhanced moisture resistance.

    Tutor: Šoukal František, doc. Ing., Ph.D.

  7. Mechanical activation of chemical reactions at phase interfaces

    Study of chemical reactions induced by mechanical activation (shear) at phase interfaces focused on polymer-cement interfaces utilizing XPS.

    Tutor: Šoukal František, doc. Ing., Ph.D.

  8. Novel organic materials for applications in bioelectronics

    The work will deal with preparation and characterization of new organic materials, which are prospective for use in bioelectronics. Attention will be focused primarily on the characterization of the optical and electrical properties of materials prepared in the form of thin films. The possibilities of using materials in thin-film sensory systems to stimulate cells and study their response will be studied.

    Tutor: Weiter Martin, prof. Ing., Ph.D.

  9. Polymer composites without interfaces

    The interphase in polymer composites containing relatively sharp interfaces between the individual phases greatly reduces the performance of these materials. We start our concept of polymer composites without interfaces (inspired natural materials), where a gradient interlayer between the reinforcement and the polymeric matrix is designed to vary chemical and physical properties continuously from those of the reinforcement to those of the matrix. Model simulations with gradient interlayer enable to design the mechanical properties of the interlayer to simultaneously increase both the strength and the toughness of the resulting composite. Proposed gradient interlayer can be realized by using plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition with time-dependent deposition conditions enabling to control the interlayer adhesion at both the interfaces with the reinforcement and the matrix. The study will focus on the use of newly developed technological apparatus designed for the preparation of gradient interlayers and their application to fiber-reinforcement composites. The study will be an extensive analysis of chemical and physical properties of interlayers and their application in fiber-reinforced composites. The results and experience will enable to increase performance of polymer composites to a whole new level of smart materials.

    Tutor: Čech Vladimír, prof. RNDr., Ph.D.

  10. Printed organic electronics for biological application

    Design, modelling and fabrication of electronic circuits based on printable biocompatible materials for biosensor and stimulators of live signs of tissue cultures and microorganisms

    Tutor: Salyk Ota, doc. Ing., CSc.

  11. Processes of P3HB biopolymer extraction from biomass and their optimization

    The work will deal with the study and description of P3HB extraction process from biomass and subsequently the possibilities of its optimization with respect to the yield, time, amount of energy, polymer purity and molecular weight of the final product.

    Tutor: Weiter Martin, prof. Ing., Ph.D.

  12. RPC - Reactive Powder Concrete

    The development of special cement materials based on very fine particles with optimized distribution, which can achieve several times better utility parameters compared to conventional concrete.

    Tutor: Šoukal František, doc. Ing., Ph.D.

  13. RPC - Reactive Powder Concrete

    The development of special cement materials based on very fine particles with optimized distribution, which can achieve several times better utility parameters compared to conventional concrete.

    Tutor: Šoukal František, doc. Ing., Ph.D.

  14. Study of optical phenomena on thin-film structure whith graphene oxide layers

    Work will be focused on the study of surface properties of thin films used in the preparation of thin film structures with layers of graphene oxide.

    Tutor: Zmeškal Oldřich, prof. Ing., CSc.

  15. The use of polycyclic saturated systems in the synthesis of advanced molecules for organic electronics

    The work will focus on the synthesis of advanced molecules for organic electronics using polycyclic saturated systems.

    Tutor: Weiter Martin, prof. Ing., Ph.D.

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    Tutor: Šoukal František, doc. Ing., Ph.D.

Course structure diagram with ECTS credits

1. year of study, winter semester
AbbreviationTitleL.Cr.Com.Compl.Hr. rangeGr.Op.
1. year of study, both semester
AbbreviationTitleL.Cr.Com.Compl.Hr. rangeGr.Op.
DCO_FPDPhotoinduced processes in molecular materialscs0Compulsory-optionalDrEx1yes
DCO_KMCeramic materialscs0Compulsory-optionalDrEx1yes
DCO_KOVMetallic Materialscs0Compulsory-optionalDrEx1yes
DCO_MPMeasurements of material parameterscs0Compulsory-optionalDrEx1yes
DCO_MPMMaterials Science-Fundamentals and Advancescs0Compulsory-optionalDrEx1yes
DCO_MMMolecular materialscs0Compulsory-optionalDrEx1yes
DCO_PMTAdvanced Materials Technolgies and Applicationscs0Compulsory-optionalDrEx1yes
DCO_PTVPreparation and properties of thin layers of materialscs0Compulsory-optionalDrEx1yes
DCO_VSDUtilisation of secondary productscs0Compulsory-optionalDrEx1yes
MAA_BPABiopolymers Properties and Applications en0ElectiveExP - 26yes
All the groups of optional courses
Gr. Min. courses Courses