PhD. position in Plasma Physics
Plasma engineering of nanostructured coatings for flexible energy-harvesting and -storage systems
- September 2020
• 12 000 CZK / month (MUNI stipend)
• 10 000 – 15 000 CZK / month (project support)
• possibility to apply for PhD. Talent project* in 09/2020: 100 000 CZK / year
* two doctoral students have already got the PhD. talent grant (100% success rate), see details below.
Tomáš Homola holds Master and Doctoral degrees in Plasma Physics from Comenius University, Slovakia. For almost two years, he worked as an Intern at the Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology, A*STAR, Singapore, on plasma treatment and thin-film applications and roll-to-roll manufacturing technologies.
He is also experienced from research stays in Finland and Austria. Currently, he is a Scientist at Masaryk University focusing on plasma pre-treatment of various surfaces, plasma post-treatment of functional and energetical coatings, flexible/printed electronics, printing and roll-to-roll manufacturing methods.
The novel emerging field of flexible and printed electronics has attracted increased attention because of its potential to enable low-cost and high-throughput manufacturing of electronics on cheap plastic substrates for various applications including photovoltaics. However, this segment is still far away from commercialization because the cutting edge materials and manufacturing steps are not compatible with thermally sensitive flexible materials.
The PhD. work will focus on low-temperature plasma engineering of novel nanostructured nanomaterials as molybdenum disulfide, tungsten oxide, iron oxides and their application in various energy-harvesting, -storage systems and sensing devices. The topic and tasks in the laboratory are strongly oriented towards the industrial segment.
Possibility to spend 6 months on an internship in a high-tech company in Singapore working on PhD. topic.
The exact title of topic and tasks will be defined later according to applicant preference.
State-of-the-art plasma generators, coating deposition methods (i.e. ink-jet printing), plasma treatment, advanced surfaces, nano-coatings, roll-to-roll manufacturing, flexible and printed electronics, surface characterization (AFM, XPS, SEM, etc.).
Previous PhD. students
Important papers relevant to the topic
Mr. Július Vida (2019 - 2023) ongoing study
PhD talent holder
Fast and Low-Temperature (70 °C) Mineralization of Inkjet Printed Mesoporous TiO2 Photoanodes Using Ambient Air Plasma
ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces 2016, 8, 49, 33562-33571
Journal impact factor 8.5
Atmospheric Dry Hydrogen Plasma Reduction of Inkjet‐Printed Flexible Graphene Oxide Electrodes
ChemSusChem 2018, 11, 5, 941-947
Journal impact factor 7.8