About the Department
The history and the present of Department
Since it’s founding in 1984 Department of Graphic Arts has become a renowned institution of higher education in a printing technology and communication media. All lecturing staff is experienced publishing, printing or multimedia professionals, and there is a very close relationship with the publishing industry. In 2001 the new structure of two level studies was accredited: full-time three years Bachelor (BSc.) course and two years Master (MSc.) course in Graphic Arts and Printing Technology. BSc. course content includes print production processes, multimedia publishing and the bases of economics and management. MSc. course includes more theoretical subjects focused on the principles of printing processes and printing material properties.
Department of Graphic Arts and Photophysics is regular member of prestigious international professional organization media, as IARIGAI (International Association of Research Institutes for the Printing, Information and Communications Industries), International Circle of Educational Institutes for Graphic Arts and Photophysics and Technical Association of Graphic Arts (TAGA). Since 1995 it has been holding own international forum in printing and coating every two years. The department cooperates with range of companies and offers an independent analysis and external consultancy of series printing related problems.
In the field of photophysics, particular attention is paid to preparation of high-purity amorphous semiconducting materials in the form of bulk glasses as well as thin films and their characterization by measuring thermal, electric and optical properties. Analyzed are relationships between these properties and chemical composition, structure, and way of preparation. Of high interest are also photoinduced phenomena which are typical for amorphous chalcogenide-based materials. The applications of studied materials in infrared photonics and optoelectronics are proposed.
Research is carried out in all areas of printing, but is mainly focused on modern inks and printing materials including:
• Study of UV curable inks and coatings (radical and cationic systems)
• Development of experimental techniques for monitoring kinetics of radiation initiated polymerization
(e.g. photocalorimetry, photoacoustic, absorption and emission spectroscopy)
• Evaluation of printing quality using of image analysis