About US

We do plasma. Literally. We know how to create it, how to make it large, tiny, hot, very hot or cold. We even know how to make it cool. But this is only our starting point. Our chief objective is to give plasma a purpose. We employ its exceptional chemical reactivity to solve the most prominent challenges of current chemical engineering. We are able to replace environmentally problematic technologies by a cleaner alternative. We can save energy by offering a more energy-efficient approach. Plasma pre-treatmnet can mould together otherwise incompatible chemical steps. Thus the fabrication of new advanced materials or functional coatings becomes possible.

Plasma technologies are the workhorse of nowadays microelectronics revolution. Our job is to expand their potential into further industrial sectors. 

ReSEARCH AGENDA

Plasma sources Design

          Design and development of novel plasma sources and their up-scaling.

powders treatment

Improvement of ceramic processing and fabrication of novel composite materials. 

WASTE GAS CLEANING

Investigation of high-throughput, cost-effective methods for VOC pollutants conversion.

SURFACE TREATMENT

Fabrication of hydrophobic, adhesive or other functional coatings.

Water Treatment

Innovative approaches to a large-scale plasma water treatment. 

Discharge physics

Targeted fundamental research of plasmochemical applications relevant problems.

OUR PROJECTS

GA17-05620S

Physical activation of ceramic particles surface towards improved fine-grained advanced ceramics.

The main goal of the project was to investigate novel ceramic processing methods involving fine ceramic particles with physically activated surfaces. The principal mechanisms of physical activation governing the improved properties of ceramic products were identified. Project was carried out in collaboration with the Brno University of Technology.

 

Project Period: 1/2017 - 12/2019

TH02030332

Ammonia plasma decomposition and large-volume purification of ammonia-contaminated waste air

Project was carried out in collaboration with the DEKONTA a.s.

 

Project Period: 1/2017 - 12/2019

MUNI/31/63726/2018

Technology of plasma assited electrodeposition of fine ceramics metal matrix composites

The aim of the project was to improve the mechanical properties of electrolytically deposited metal layers with dispersed fine ceramic particles, so called metal matrix composites (MMC), by means of proper plasma pretreatment of fine ceramic particles.

 

Project Period: 5/2018 - 4/2019

TE02000011

Research center of surface treatment

The project addressed the problems of surface modifications needed by mechanical engineering and construction industries, in particular the research and development of new types of materials, application technology and pretreatment of surfaces with a high level of know-how that significantly improves their properties. Project was primarily oriented towards the commercialization of results and their coordination with the priorities of the Czech Republic. Our team participated in the project as one of its member.

 

Project Period: 1/2014 - 12/2019

GA13-24635S

Spectroscopic studies of surface charge recombination in dielectric barrier discharges

Final evaluation report: The four year project has fully met the objectives according to the proposal and contributes significantly to the basic research of the specific field of the dielectric discharges. The results are presented to a sufficient detail in the final report. The project contributed to education and has potential to applications. The outputs are relevant and correspond to the proposal.

 

Project Period: 2/2013 - 12/2016

CZ.1.05/2.1.00/03.0086

CEPLANT - Regional Research and Development Centre for Low-Cost Plasma and Nanotechnology Surface Modifications

The purpose of this investment project was to build a regional R&D centre in the field of low-cost plasma assisted/mediated surface treatments capable of flexible response to the industrial demands, especially of SMEs, to provide practical solutions to technological problems affecting a substantial part of the industry sectors in the Czech Republic.

 

Project Period: 12/2010 - 12/2014

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Our Team

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Assoc. Prof.

Group spokesman and treasurer. Powder treatment. 

Assoc. Prof.

Waste gas and water cleaning. So far the only successful entrepreneur in our team.

Prof.

Ionized gas processes simulations and ozone production.

ph.D.

Chemical engineer. Plasma jets and coatings applications. 

ph.D.

Optical diagnostics and discharge physics. 

Ph.D.

Chemical analyst, MALDI, GC MS.

Ph.D.

Specialist on nanofibers functionalization.

Assoc. Prof.

PECVD and RF plasma expert seeking asylum in our team. 

Ph.D.

Authentic chemist. Industrial contacts provider.

Ph.D.

Top expert on future deployment of plasma technologies.

Teaching

According to the Pareto principle  roughly 80% of the effects come from only 20% of the causes. The principle applies also for the academic education. It is useful to know, that completing thesis in our laboratory will provide you with the most of these critical 20%. 

Applied Physics – Nanotechnology

  • Mgr. Jan Čech, Ph.D.
    • Study of discharge parameters of Wide-pressure-range coplanar dielectric barrier discharge with respect to working gap composition. 
    • Study of parameters of rotational gliding arc. 
  • doc. RNDr. Jozef Ráheľ, PhD.
    • Electrical characteristics of disperse systems.
    • The use of sub-atmospheric barrier discharge for plasma-chemical modification of materials.
  • doc. Mgr. Pavel Sťahel
    • Decontamination of sample surface for Scanning Electron Microscopy using to photocatalytic process.
    • Decontamination of vacuum apparatus.
    • Plasma surface modification of crystalline silicon.

Physics and Combined Physics

  • Mgr. Jan Čech, Ph.D.
    • Study of discharge parameters of Wide-pressure-range coplanar dielectric barrier discharge with respect to working gap composition
    • Study of parameters of rotational gliding arc
  • doc. Mgr. Pavel Sťahel, Ph.D.
    • Investigation of thermal stability of thin films prepared by PE-CVD
    • Plasma assisted deposition of photo-catalytic TiO2 films.
    • Deposition of thin protective films in surface barrier discharge
  • prof. RNDr. David Trunec, CSc.
    • Deposition of thin films in atmospheric pressure discharges

Plasma physics

  • Mgr. Jan Čech, Ph.D.
    • Study of discharge parameters of Wide-pressure-range coplanar dielectric barrier discharge with respect to working gap composition
    • Study of parameters of rotational gliding arc
  • doc. Mgr. Pavel Sťahel, Ph.D.
    • Plasma assisted deposition of photo-catalytic TiO2 films
    • Deposition of thin protective films in surface barrier discharge

Current or recently graduated PhD students:

Preparation of high structured hydrophobic and oleophobic layers.

Decontamination of surfaces using plasma and fotocatalytical processes. 

Disperse systems with plasma treated particles.

Simulation of probe measurement in plasma.

Contact

  • Applied Plasmochemistry Research Group
    Department of Physical Electronics
    Faculty of Science, Masaryk University
    Kotlarska 2, 611 37 Brno
    Czech Republic

 

For more information please contact directly any member of our team.