The R&D Centre for Low-Cost Plasma and Nanotechnology Surface Modifications (CEPLANT) is a project mainly financed by the Operational Programme Research and Development for Innovation, Reg No. CZ.1.05/2.1.00/03.0086, Priority Axis 2 - Regional R&D center, of the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports of the Czech Republic.
CEPLANT was established in December 2010 at Department of Physical Electronic, Masaryk University in Brno, Czech Republic with total budget of 214 mil. CZK (8,5 mil Euro) including 182 mil. CZK from the European Regional Development Fund and 32 mil. CZK form the state budget.
The founder and the director of the CEPLANT is Prof. Mirko Černák who is also the Head of the Department of Physical Electronics. For more than 50 years of a lasting tradition of applied plasma physics research at the Department of Physical Electronics, which resulted in several innovations successfully transferred into the industry, the project plan is to launch highly focused applied research of plasma sources and plasma processing development that is strategically targeted at industrial end-users.
The project aim is to establish the regional R&D centre capable of fast, flexible and highly expert response on demands of mostly SMEs and corporate industrial partners in the field of plasma mediated with low-cost nano-technological surface treatments. In the first few years, the centre will primarily provide practical and “high-tech” response to technological problems of Czech SMEs partners arising from the current implementation of strict environmental legislation of the EU. The long-term vision is to establish a reputable centre that will be the leading Central European R&D institution in the field of in-line plasma surface treatments and will be sought after as an R&D partner by global international companies too.
CEPLANT research team is made up of 30 researchers, technicians and 15 doctoral students, which their primary focus is on applied research of atmospheric cold plasma, application in technologies of material processing, deposition of hard and protective thin layers or plasma diagnostics and simulation. We also offer services for the industry and universities for complex analyses of surfaces and materials.
CEPLANT research team is made up of director, 8 senior researchers, 21 junior researchers, 15 doctoral students and 3 technicians. Research activities are divided into four main groups: discharge physics and plasma diagnostics, surface diagnostics, plasma activation, thin film deposition. You can find contact researchers representing each research group in this section.
Mirko Černák received his Ph.D. degree in Physics at Comenius University in 1985. In addition he has post-doctoral experience from foreign universities (Nagoya Institute of Technology, Japan, Shizuoka University, Hamamatsu, Japan and CNRS, Paris, France). He got his prof. at Masaryk University in Plasma Physics in 2003. His current position is head of Department of Physical Electronics and head of CEPLANT at Masaryk University. Mirko's main research areas are plasma physics, plasma chemistry, applied electrostatics, fundamental and applied study of atmospheric pressure discharge mechanism. He is author and co-author of 115 (WoS) scientific papers, a co-inventor of 12 patents and several utility models, WoS h-index = 17.
Vilma Buršíková received RNDr. at Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, Charles University, Prague in 1987 after finishing her Master studies in Solid State Physics (1985). She received her Ph.D. from Masaryk University Brno in Mechanical Properties of Solid Materials in 2002. She works at Institute of Physical Electronics, Faculty of Science, Masaryk University since 1996, since 2013 as associate professor. She has been engaged in the investigation of the mechanical properties of plasma deposited thin films for a long time, mostly by means of indentation techniques. Her other domain is the plasma deposition of protective coatings.
Dušan Kováčik obtained his MSc. degree in Mathematics and Physics (teacher) from Comenius University, Bratislava in 2001 as well as his Ph.D. degree in Plasma Physics in 2007. He has been a member of CEPLANT since 2011 and his current position is a senior researcher. His research is focused on the development of atmospheric-pressure plasma sources, plasma surface modification (hydrophilisation, plasma induced grafting, plasma polymerization) of various materials such as polymers, nonwovens, foils, nanofibres.
Prof. Ohlidal graduated from Masaryk University in 1967. In 1977 he received CSc (PhD) degree and in 1980 he was appointed an associated professor of solid state physics. In 1988 he was awarded with DrSc degree and appointed as a professor of the field of quantum electronics and optics. His scientific activities are concentrated on optics of real thin films and surfaces. Prof. Ohlídal published more than 160 original papers.
Jozef Ráheľ received his Ph.D. from Comenius University Bratislava in Plasma Physics in 2001. He works at Masaryk University since 2005, where he came from his long-term postdoctoral stage at the University of Tennessee Knoxville, USA. His current position in CEPLANT is a senior researcher. Jozef's primary research areas are physics of dielectric barrier discharges and plasma treatment of polymer materials (especially wood and plastics) and inorganic powders done at atmospheric pressure. He has published over 30 peer-reviewed papers, is a co-inventor of two patents and eight utility models.
Pavel Sťahel received his title docteur de L´université Paris 6 in 1998 and Ph.D. from Masaryk University Brno in 1999. He works at Masaryk University since 1998. His current position in CEPLANT is a senior researcher. His primary research areas are applications of dielectric barrier discharges and plasma treatment of different materials (especially polymers and semiconductors) and also characterization of solids (surface energy evaluation, thermal stability of solids). He has published over 50 peer-reviewed papers, is a co-inventor of 4 patents and ten utility models.
Petr Vašina received his Ph.D. in 2005 from Université Paris-Sud in discipline Waves and Matter and from Masaryk University in discipline Plasma Physics. He works at Masaryk University since 2004. His current position in CEPLANT is a senior researcher and a group leader. His primary research areas are study of elementary processes in discharges, diagnostics and modeling of reactive plasmas, study of hybrid PVD-PECVD deposition process and its application for thin film deposition, high power impulse magnetron sputtering and deposition of nanostructured composite materials. Petr has published over 40 peer-reviewed papers and he is a co-inventor of a patent.
ROPLASS s.r.o. is a spin-off company of Masaryk University, Czech Republic, specializing on commercialization of atmospheric pressure plasma generators invented at the CEPLANT - Department of Physical Electronics. ROPLASS was founded in 2011 to allow the university trades with its own inventions.
ROPLASS’s key competence is to design, develop and manufacture the atmospheric-pressure plasma sources and related equipment for surface modification of above all polymeric materials used in automotive, textile, paper and other industries. The business model of ROPLASS is focused on providing the adequate “nanotechnology” response to technological problems of regional industrial partners (SMEs).
The flagship among ROPLASS products is the RPS400, which is manufactured in four variations: small handheld device RPS40, full-featured plasma system RPS400, plasma system for roll-to-roll applications with curved DCSBD units and large area array with 25 RPS400 units.