In recent days, the Czech Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports announced the results of the last calls for the MOBILITY program. Projects were prepared with the cooperation of our Austrian, German, and French partners. Scientists from the Department of Physical Electronics submitted three project proposals. All three of them were approved.
The DPE is successful with the project proposals. In the last three years, the success rate of submitted proposals has been around 85%. Scientists will carry out all three newly approved MOBILITY projects from March 2023 to December 2025. These projects aim to support the mobility of scientific workers and improve cooperation with foreign partners with similar topics to enhance basic research in the field.
Assoc. Prof. Vilma Buršíková, in cooperation with the MU Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry, submitted the project "TZnSb materials: their crystalline and electron structure and physical properties." The project deals with synthesizing new one-phase materials on the base of TZnSb (T = Ti, V, Cr) using powder metallurgy methods. The DSC/DTA data and EDX/SEM analysis will determine the condition for synthesis. Scientists will study physical properties, including thermal stability, heat capacity, electric conductivity, Seebeck coefficient, magnetic behavior (from 7 to 800 K), hardness, and elasticity at room and high temperatures. The DFT results will give details about electron structure and bonds and also on physical thermoelectric properties. The TU Vienna (Institut für Festkörperphysik) will be the mobility partner in this project.
Assoc. Prof. Tomáš Hoder succeeded with the project, enhancing cooperation with Laboratoire plasma et conversion d'énergie (LAPLACE) in Toulouse, France. The topic is the study of dielectric barrier discharge in CO2. For the Czech scientists, this cooperation will make a significant contribution. The knowledge of the French team about homogeneous dielectric barrier discharge (DBD) will broaden the scientific work of our colleagues that mainly specialize in filamentary discharges. For the first time, our colleagues will work with the technique of space-resolved electric barrier measurements of barrier discharges and subsequent description and analysis of the theoretical model. It will offer knowledge of discharges' development, spatial distribution, memory effect, chemical processes along the gas flow, etc. It will also allow studying the effects occurring just before the discharge ignition that may significantly contribute to mechanisms of memory effect responsibly for the discharge homogeneity.
Dr. Zlata Kelar Tučeková will improve the cooperation with the University of Applied Sciences and Arts (Fakultät Ingenieurwissenschaften und Gesundheit) in Göttingen, Germany. The topic is the atmospheric-pressure plasma-assisted coating deposition on functional fibers and advanced coating thickness measurement using laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy. The goal of the Czech-German joint project is to study the possibilities of laser-induced spectroscopy as a tool for precise thickness measurement of films prepared by plasma-assisted deposition on fibers at atmospheric pressure. Scientists will study the important parameters (structure, composition, wettability, and stability) using modern microscopy (confocal, SEM, WDX). All results will be compared to experimental data and used to optimize thin film thickness measurements further.
Congratulations to our successful colleagues!