Chemistry, Technology and Properties of Materials
FCHAbbreviation: DPAO_CHM_4Acad. year: 2019/2020
Length of Study: 4 years
Accredited from: 21.12.2015Accredited until: 31.5.2024
The aim of the study is to educate experts in the field of materials engineering and engineering technology with an emphasis on chemical processes and material properties. In studies are also included basics of testing and measuring methods that the students were able to work not only as a leading technology teams in chemical plants, but also in basic and applied research, research and development institutes involved in the testing of physical-chemical characteristics of substances and in dedicated production promising new materials. This is also directed domestic and international internships. The inclusion of practical exercises doctoral students acquire basic experience with students, allowing them in the future can be integrated into the process of teaching at universities and secondary schools.
Key learning outcomes
Chemistry graduate DSP technology and material properties is able to formulate a scientific problem, propose a hypothesis to solve it and make experimental and theoretical attempts to confirm it. An integral part of the basic knowledge of graduate DSP is the ability to critically assess published scientific information and the ability to express oneself in writing in the English language.
Occupational profiles of graduates with examples
Graduates of Chemistry, Technology and material properties are equipped with both experimental and theoretical knowledge in the field of material structures and their properties. They control a number of methods for the characterization of materials not only at the level of theoretical description , but are also familiar with the practices of their use in practice ( a lot of information gain among others, during internships at foreign universities ) . Stays allow them to also expand your language skills. Theoretical foundations of obtain in appropriately selected subjects. Graduates also have experience in the provision of information and presentation of results at conferences and professional seminars , not only in Czech , but also the English language. Doctoral students are also encouraged to independent and creative thinking and technological foresight , allowing them to solve technological problems in a number of operations. Given that the study course " Chemistry, Technology and Properties of Materials " is a modern -conceived field of doctoral study, which is based on the current state and needs of the chemical, electronic and consumer goods industries , graduates are eligible to work in both the industrial sector and areas applied and basic research. It should be noted that the graduate study program also has a basic knowledge of chemistry and physics. The general basis is extended by special courses that include, for example, the progress of chemistry and physics , nanotechnology , use of secondary raw materials, bioengineering and the use of chemical and physical laws in the areas of inorganic and organic compounds.
We expect knowledge of basic chemical, physical and physically-chemical concepts and principles to the extent specified for the comprehensive MA exam in chemistry, physics and physical chemistry at the Faculty of Chemistry of the Brno University of Technology, eventually at other similarly focused BUT faculties or other university faculties.
Other requirements: interest in engineering and scientific work, knowledge of English and good results in the previous study (better than average grade of 2). The knowledge of general chemical, physical and physico-chemical concepts and laws of the extent provided for in the comprehensive master's examination of chemistry, physics and physical chemistry at the Brno University of Technology eventually. other similar focus BUT faculties and university faculties directions.
Other assumptions are: interest in engineering and scientific work, knowledge of English and good academic performance in previous studies (better than average grade 2).
Issued topics of Doctoral Study Program
- Biodegradable polymers synthesized in non-isothermal plasma
Polymers prepared by chemical vapor deposition (CVD) polymerization have found broad acceptance in research and industrial applications. However, their intrinsic lack of degradability has limited wider applicability in many areas, such as biomedical devices or regenerative medicine. In 2017, for the first time, researchers from University of Michgan demonstrated a backbone-degradable polymer directly synthesized via CVD. Synthesis of biodegradable plasma polymer by plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition (PECVD) is a big challenge and would found broad use not only in biomedical applications.
- Organic-inorganic nanostructures
The precise synthesis of materials and devices with tailored complex structures and properties is a prerequisite for the development of the next generation of products based on nanotechnology. Nowadays, the wet chemical technologies for the generation of this type of materials lack the precision to determine their properties and the synthesized materials contain numerous imperfections at the atomic level. The use of bottom-up approaches, which use small fragments of molecules or single atoms as building blocks, is an attractive approach for the synthesis of very complex and yet well-defined material structures. Preparation of organic-inorganic nanostructures with controlled physical and chemical properties is an example of highly sophisticated materials. Plasma nanotechnology will be used for the synthesis of such hybrid nanostructures with controlled mechanical and chemical properties. The synthesis must allow a continuous change in the nature of the material from organic to inorganic.
- Probe measurements of thin films
Surface properties of thin films prepared in non-isothermal plasma will be analyzed by scanning probe microscopy using contact and semicontact modes. The surface topography of films will be correlated with the deposition conditions and evaluated according to theoretical models (KPZ, Monte Carlo, etc.) depending on the film thickness. The initial phase of film growth using the phase contrast and lateral force modes will also be studied. The selected mechanical properties of the films will be characterized by nanoindentation techniques and evaluated using the Oliver/Pharr and Field/Swain methods. Film adhesion on various substrates will be characterized by scratch test, the results of which will be used for modeling, or modification of current models, for the evaluation of adhesion work.
- Stability of sizings of fiber reinforcements for polymer composites
Plasma surface modification of glass fibers is an alternative technology to wet chemical processes employed for commercial sizing used for glass fiber-reinforced polymer composites. The sizing (functional coating) must improve compatibility and form a strong but tough link between the fiber and the polymer matrix. However, commercial sizing is a heterogeneous coating of variable thickness, with only a small portion of the total sizing chemically bonded to the fiber surface. In addition, the bonding is hydrolytically unstable. The task is to prepare a plasma coating of glass/basalt fibers with a mechanical response of polymer composite comparable to commercial sizing for polyester and epoxy matrices and to compare the degradation rate of the surface treatments.
Course structure diagram with ECTS credits
|DCO_FCHM||Physics and chemistry of materials||cs||0||both||Compulsory||DrEx||yes|
|DCO_FPD||Photoinduced processes in molecular materials||cs||0||both||Compulsory-optional||DrEx||1||yes|
|DCO_MP||Measurements of material parameters||cs||0||both||Compulsory-optional||DrEx||1||yes|
|DCO_MPM||Materials Science-Fundamentals and Advances||cs||0||both||Compulsory-optional||DrEx||1||yes|
|DCO_PMT||Advanced Materials Technolgies and Applications||cs||0||both||Compulsory-optional||DrEx||1||yes|
|DCO_PTV||Preparation and properties of thin layers of materials||cs||0||both||Compulsory-optional||DrEx||1||yes|
|DCO_VSD||Utilisation of secondary products||cs||0||both||Compulsory-optional||DrEx||1||yes|
|All the groups of optional courses|
|1||1||DCO_FPD, DCO_KM, DCO_KOV, DCO_MP, DCO_MPM, DCO_MM, DCO_PMT, DCO_PTV, DCO_VSD|