R&D CENTRE

History and Vision | People | Spin-Off company

History and Vision

The vision of CEPLANT is to be a reputable centre that will be the leading Central European R&D institution in the field of in-line plasma surface treatments and to be sought after as an R&D partner for SMEs or global international companies and other R&D centres and universities too.

The R&D centre CEPLANT was established in December 2010 at the Department of Physical Electronic, Masaryk University in Brno and the centre was built on a tradition of applied plasma physics research at the Department lasting for more than 50 years, which resulted into several innovations successfully transferred into industry, for example, the award from Central European Initiative in program “From the research to the enterprise” for the director, prof. Mirko Černák, or the Award "The Best Cooperation of Year“ of the Association for Foreign Investment (AFI) and the American Chamber of Commerce in the Czech Republic (AmCham).

CEPLANT is publicly funded organization within Masaryk University, as the host instituion. The infrastructure was built thanks to the Operational Programme Research and Development for Innovations by the European Regional Development Fund and Czech state budget during years 2010-2014 (total budget was 8,5 Mio EUR). Since 2015, CEPLANT has been partially financed from the National programme of Sustainability from the Czech state budget and other national or international funding schemes. Thanks to the international orientation of CEPLANT, the international funds are gradually increasing within last years.

People

CEPLANT research team is made up of director, 8 senior researchers, 25 junior researchers, 15 doctoral students and 4 technicians. CEPLANT has also the research management office, in which 2 managers and economist take care of projects management and financing.

Research activities are divided into five main groups:

  • Discharge physics and plasma diagnostics and modelling
  • Plasma surface treatment
  • Thin film deposition
  • Plasma-modified surface diagnostics
  • Research and development of plasma generators

You can find contact researchers representing each research group in this section.

prof. Mirko Černák

Director

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.

doc. RNDr. Vilma Buršíková, Ph.D.

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. 

Mgr. Dusan Kováčik, Ph.D.

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. Ivan Ohlídal

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.

doc. RNDr. Jozef Ráheľ, Ph.D.

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.

doc. Mgr. Pavel Sťahel, Ph.D.

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.

prof. Mgr. Petr Vašina, Ph.D.

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.

Spin-Off company

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 company Advecoplas was founded as the spin-off of Masaryk University, Czech Republic with the goal of commercialisation of newly patented plasma technology invented at the university's R&D centre CEPLANT. The innovation idea of direct plasma cleaning of industrial waste air has been already awarded by the Seal of Excellence by the European Commission within the framework Horizon 2020 and its prestigious SME Instrument (Phase 1). Company Advecoplas owns the exclusive licence to the plasma technology - rotating gliding arc (RGA), developed at university. The wide range of the technology applications is determined by the unique technology features.

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