Field of Study characterization
Study of the PhD program of Nanomaterial Chemistry is focused on the field of nanomaterials, where we develop methods of preparation and complex characterization of nanomaterials, hybrid materials and nanocomposites where the aim is their use in e.g. environmental applications, heterogeneous catalysis and biomedical applications. Next to experimental disciplines we also apply computational chemistry and molecular modelling with the aim to understand physically-chemical phenomena on the molecular level and consecutively design new highly functional nanomaterials. We use and develop a wide range of computational methods reaching from molecular mechanics all the way to advanced methods of quantum chemistry and hybrid QM/MM methods. Students are supervised by erudite experts from the Department of Physical Chemistry and from the Regional Centre of Advanced Technologies and Materials (www.rcptm.com).
PhD graduates are fully qualified and experienced in the field of nanomaterial chemistry and are able to develop this multidiscipline field independently. Students are introduced to a wide range of methods of preparation of nanomaterials, for example the bottom-up and top-down methods, further more methods of functionalization of nanomaterials, complex size, morphological, structural and surface characterization of nanomaterials. Students get acquainted with key applications of nanomaterials in environment, biomedicine and heterogeneous catalysis. The graduates can apply modern IT and accurately process information gained from international expert databases. They can lead expert discussions in English language, both written and oral form. The graduates are qualified for the career of university lecturers and can also find their place as independent experts or leading executive workers in research and industry Czech and also abroad institutions.
The PhD study program of Nanomaterial Chemistry is a selective field of study. All applicants are obliged to prove good study results within their MSc study, interest in independent research and scientific work and high level of English language knowledge. Further details concerning formalities, tuition, fees and the terms of the enrolment interviews are published on official websites of the Faculty of Science. We provide some stipends (Fischer stipend, ERC stipend) for the PhD students enrolled in the PhD program. In case of interest contact the supervisor in question or directly the Head of the Department.
The enrolment interview is oral and consists of the following points:
- Short 3 to 5 minute introduction of the applicant in English, where the students present their existing results of their research and introduce basic thesis of their future PhD project.
- The interview concerning the PhD project is led in English language. The applicants can present their published articles or results published in a different form (e.g. Diploma Thesis). The interview also checks expert study skills of the applicants.
- Applicants shall prove good knowledge of English language (fluent writing and oral skills) and ability to discuss scientific topics in English. The basic condition for passing the interview is knowledge of physical/material chemistry minimally on the level of the Final Exams of the MSc study of physical chemistry.
The Ph.D. student are obliged to receive credits according to the credit system for Ph.D. study programme.
Field of study guarantor
The guarantor of the PhD study of Nanomaterials is professor Radek Zbořil, whose research is focused in the field of nanomaterials on:iron, iron oxide, noble metal and carbon-based (graphene derivatives, carbon dots) nanostructures, magnetic nanoparticles, hybrid systems. Their advanced nano-architecture and applications in water treatment, energy materials, antimicrobial technologies, catalysis, biosensing, medicine (MRI, drug delivery) and biotechnologies. Prof. Zbořil is the author and co-author of more than 509 papers with the total impact factor over 2 991. Prof. Zbořil is also a co-author of more than 20 proceedings and book chapters published by, e.g., American Chemical Society, Wiley or American Institute of Physics. He is a member of the editorial board of Applied Materials Today (Elsevier), scientific Reports (Nature family), ChemPlusChem (Wiley). His publications have received over 22 200 citations, he is among the TOP 3 most cited Czech scientists in 2018. Professor Zbořil is on the list of the Highly Cited Researchers, published annually by Clarivate Analytics in the USA.prof. RNDr. Radek Zbořil, Ph.D.
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