The CEPLANT R&D centre was established in December 2010 at the Department of Physical Electronics, Masaryk University in Brno, and the center was built on a tradition of applied plasma physics research at the Department lasting for more than 50 years, which has resulted in several innovations successfully transferred into the industry.
The CEPLANT infrastructure was built thanks to the Operational Programme Research and Development for Innovations of the European Regional Development Fund and the Czech state budget during the years 2010-2014 (the total budget was 8.5 million EUR). Since 2015, CEPLANT has been partially financed by the National Programme of Sustainability from the Czech state budget and other national or international funding schemes. Thanks to the international orientation of CEPLANT, international funds have been gradually increasing over the last few years.
Since 2019, CEPLANT has been included in the list of Large Research Infrastructures supported by the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports of the Czech Republic. This step strengthened the role of CEPLANT as an important research center offering its services to both research and business entities. The aim of the project R&D Centre for Plasma and Nanotechnology Surface Modifications (LM2018097) is to support the development of the new large research infrastructure of CEPLANT at Masaryk University and to provide open access to its instrumentation and know-how in the field of environmentally-friendly plasma technologies and nanotechnologies. With its focus, CEPLANT successfully covers the entire value chain from basic research through applied research conducted with businesses to technology transfer of plasma technologies for specific industrial applications.
- Prof. Černák and the CEPLANT team were awarded from the Central European Initiative in the program From Research to Enterprise.
- The Association for Foreign Investment (AFI) and the American Chamber of Commerce in the Czech Republic (AmCham) awarded Prof. Černák with the prize of The Best Cooperation of the Year.
The CEPLANT team is organised into four research groups covering various applied and fundamental topics including plasma physics, plasma chemistry, material chemistry, biomedicine and nanotechnology.