• Development and optimization
    of plasma sources
    for deposition of thin films
     

    Development and optimization
    of plasma sources
    for deposition of thin films
     
  • Investigation and diagnostics
    of low-temperature plasma
     

    Investigation and diagnostics
    of low-temperature plasma
     
  • Deposition of thin films
    and nanosuctured surfaces
     

    Deposition of thin films
    and nanosuctured surfaces
     
  • Formation of nanoparticles
    and clusters
     

    Formation of nanoparticles
    and clusters
     
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Laboratory

The surface & interface science is key focus of Laboratory of Applied Plasma Physics and Nanostructures. We research and develop nanostructured active surfaces grown by means of low-temperature plasma. We also perform basic research of nanoparticles formed from gas phase as a key stones for nanostructure engineering. We use unique properties of matter at the nanoscale for (bio)medical, (bio)chemical, (bio)sensing or technological applications. Welcome!

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Outlook

Our interdisciplinary research boarders low‑temperature plasma, bio‑chemistry and interface physics with primary focus on bio‑applications and high‑tech materials of high added value. Scientific interest is demonstrated by the national and international projects across wide spectra. Projects of fundamental as well as applied research aim at development of novel, active surfaces with thickness in nanometer scale. We are looking forward to start a new collaboration with all who wants to push the borders of science and engineering.

Activities

Project OP PIK defended

The project OP PIK „Chemically resistant membrane vacuum pump, multi stage vacuum pump system and dynamic bellows“ done in collaboration with company Lavat was successfully defended.

Simply, nanotubes arrays

International Czech-Polish project GACR „Semitransparent titania nanostructures on complex geometry surfaces for enhanced light harvesting and sensing“ has just started.

Project SPS NATO defended

Project SPS G5147 „Ultra-Sensitive Opto Electrochemical Detection of Liquid Explosives“ as joint effort of the international consortia was defended. More diaexp.com.

Jiří Kratochvíl awarded

Jiří Kratochvíl has got Česká hlava award in category Doctorandus in technical science. Congratulations!

Nanoworkshop is done

The workshop is done! You can find some nice photos there Photo-report

TV report

Our laboratory in a local TV show

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    Young Scientist Award

    Our member Mgr. Jiří Kratochvíl (in the middle) was awarded the "Young Scientist Award" for his excellent lecture "Antibacterial Thin Films with the Release of Antibacterial Substances" at the Spring EMRS 2018 in Strasbourg, France.

    ITFPC 2017

    Our member Mgr. Jiří Kratochvíl (second from left) was awarded the "Michael Cantarel Student Grant" for his lecture at the ITFPC 2017 International Conference in Nancy, France.

    Nanoworkshop soon

    Our laboratory is currently organizing a workshop about nanomaterials. It will be held in Ceske Budejovice, see and join. Official workshop webpage

    Interview

    Do you have a current university magazine number? Read the interview with our member Mgr. Jiří Kratochvíl

Research profile

The laboratory is oriented on research and tailoring of low‑temperature plasma processes for deposition of nanostructured (bio)functional thin films. We perform investigation on the border of advanced material science, physics and biochemistry, which deals with the preparation of novel, nanostructured, functional surfaces with possible and preferential application in biotechnology.

Nanostructured surfaces have gained enormous importance because altering of the single unit dimension in the range of 100 nm reveals new properties of the matter. Optimum size of these units determines particular property of the surface. The biggest benefit of nanostructured surfaces is attributed to their large effective area which can be further functionalized e.g. by graft‑rich groups which allow immobilization of bio‑molecules onto the surface. Hence, chemically or physically active surfaces, which enable reactions with surrounding media, can serve for sensors, bio‑cell separations, biochips and many other goals.

Functional thin films in our laboratory are preferentially prepared by plasma vapour deposition (PVD) and plasma enhanced chemical vapour deposition (PECVD) methods. We are interested in tailoring of nanostructures for their possible applications. In this way, we deal with topological structures in nanometer dimensions up to homogeneous, dense coatings of micron(s) thickness. We are able to prepare metal, metal oxide, semiconductor, polymer films as well as isolated nanoparticles to develop new materials with high added value.