Currently, following projects are carried out by CEMNAT staff:


1. Large Infrastructure Center of Materials and Nanotechnologies (CEMNAT)

Provider: Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports of the Czech Republic, project LM2015082
Principal investigator:  prof. Dr. Miroslav Vlcek


This project provides funds from public resources in the total amount of 29 515 ths CZK for years 2016-2019. These funds will cover mainly personnel costs and operational costs of R&D employees carrying out their activities within all 4 principal scientific directions of CEMNAT.

CEMNAT focuses its research activities on the synthesis of high performance materials, their characterization and exploitation in applications, including materials for the needs of cooperating research institutions and companies. This in particular covers to amorphous or crystalline  inorganic materials  - metal oxides and chalcogenides, that are key materials for various fields (non-silicon sensors, solar cells, memories, batterries, optoelectronics, catalysis).

All these materials belong to category of high-tech materials for so-called emerging technologies. With respect on the nanotechnological focus of CEMNAT, these materials are investigated in various forms that have dimensions on nanoscale.  Among these forms belong nanoparticles, nanotubes, nanofibers, thin layers. See illustrative images of these structures below.

Infrastructure and know-how of CEMNAT is available for research organizations and companies from the Czech Republic as well as from abroad.

More about CEMNAT utilization can be found here.



2. Towards New Generation of Solid-State Photovoltaic Cell: Harvesting Nanotubular Titania and Hybrid Chromophores 

Provider: European Research Council, Starting Grant
Principal investigator: Dr. Jan Macák


Within this project, a close cooperation with the group of Assoc. Prof. Filip Bures is carried on. See Filip´s webpage.



3. Fabrication and characterization of micro- and nanostructures in high refractive index glasses

Provider: Czech Science Foundation, project 16-13876S  
Principal investigator:  prof. Dr. Miroslav Vlcek



4. Modernization and upgrade of CEMNAT infrastructure

Provider: Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports of the Czech Republic
(nr. CZ.02.1.01/0.0/0.0/16_013/0001829)
Principal investigator: prof. Ing. Miroslav Vlček, CSc.


The main goal of the project is to upgrade instrumentally and technically the equipment of Center of Materials and infrastructure (which is a one of the institutions on the Roadmap of large research infrastructures if CZE at least till 2020. CEMNAT research team focuses on nano- and microstructures of chalcogenide and oxide materials. For an effective research activity with utilization of already installed instruments (e.g. ALD), CEMNAT researchers need complementary material-analytical techniques (XPS, XRD, SEM). In accordance with the CEMNAT development plan, it also needs new instruments for synthesis of 1D materials (nanofibers) and 2D materials (thin functional layers). However, these instruments are missing in CEMNAT. The project will endorse effective utilization of CEMNAT research infrastructure and will allow increase of the competence and possibilities of researchers in direction to needs all user target groups (internal and external researchers, students, companies).

Following instruments will be purchased from the project budget:

  • X-ray photoelectron spectroscope (XPS)
  • X-ray diffractometer (XRD)
  • Modernization of dual-beam FIB-SEM microscope
  • Device for fiber synthesis
  • Optical sources- lasers



Already terminated projects which have been carried out by CEMNAT staff:


1. Study of chemical and electrochemical processes influencing growth of self-organized TiO2 nanotubes in solutions

Provider: Czech Science Foundation
Principal investigator:  Dr. Jan Macák



2. Technology for advanced nanostructured SiO2 fibers

Provider: Technology Agency of the Czech Republic
Principal investigator: Dr. Jan Macák