Study programmes for academic year 2020/2021

Nanotechnology

Faculty Faculty of Science
Form, type of study full-time, doctoral
Study single-major
Language of instruction English
Length of study (years) 4
Academic title Ph.D.
Estimation of admissions next year (according to the number of announced dissertation topics)
Study guaranteed by Mašláň Miroslav, prof. RNDr. CSc.

Programme description

Nanotechnology is an interdisciplinary study at the interface of several scientific disciplines, such as physics, chemistry, molecular biology, mathematics, and informatics. The research-oriented doctoral degree program Nanotechnology aims to educate graduates with an independent and creative approach to nanotechnology, who are able to implement their knowledge in the field of physics for experimental work in the areas focused on the development and application of new materials and nanomaterials. It is a matter of course for students that they will be able to work with demanding high-tech technologies, to further educate themselves in the field, and develop the studied topic. The focus of the study is students' own research activity, led by experienced supervisors and consultants with the target to their doctoral thesis elaboration. In the course of their doctoral study students are engaged in research of physical methods of nanomaterials and nanostructures preparation, study of their physical properties (optical properties, electrical conductivity, magnetism, etc.), and their applications, especially in catalysis, electronics, and photonics.

Requirements for admission

The condition for admission to study is a successfully completed Master's degree in physical or chemical disciplines at Palacký University in Olomouc, another university in the Czech Republic or abroad. Those interested in doctoral study choose the conceptual theme of dissertations provided in the list published on the faculty website. It is recommended to contact the supervisor who listed the topics and ask for details.

Enrolled doctoral candidates undergo an interview, where their professional knowledge and skills in English language are verified.

https://www.prf.upol.cz/en/prospective-students/

Programme teaching goals

The research-oriented doctoral degree program Nanotechnology aims to educate graduates with an independent and creative approach to nanotechnologies, enable them to implicate their knowledge in the field of physics for experimental work in the fields focused on the development and application of new materials and nanomaterials. The aim is to provide students with the ability to independently formulate a scientific problem based on the study of scientific literature and to plan research activities leading to the solution of the problem. At the same time, students are able to present their results to the professionals and general public in the form of publications and oral presentations. This purpose is achieved by their active participation in seminars, professional conferences and involvement in the educational process of Bachelor and Master study programs students. Mandatory research internships abroad and participation in international scientific meetings are used to enhance their language skills.

Graduates‘ profile

The graduate gains deep knowledge and experience provided by the focus of his/her dissertation work in the field of physical methods of nanostructure preparation, study of physical properties of nanomaterials, especially by microscopic and spectral methods.

The graduate also acquires theoretical knowledge and experimental skills enabling him / her to work independently in basic and applied research oriented on the area of nanomaterials and nanotechnologies. The graduate is able to use the latest theoretical and experimental techniques, to perform advanced measurements, and analyze the obtained results using modern information technology.

Employability prospect

Graduates may further continue in research work at the university or at another scientific research establishment in the Czech Republic and abroad. Selected graduates can also find employment as post-doctoral staff at foreign research institutions or universities. The graduate can also apply the acquired knowledge in research centers of various industrial enterprises and institutions focused on nanomaterials, technology, physics, chemistry, and biology. Graduates can also work as a staff in state and public institutions oriented on certification and control of products and materials.

Possible job positions

The abilities and knowledge acquired during the PhD study of the Nanotechnology programallow graduates to pursue further research work at the University or other scientific-research centers. Some graduates can also find employment as post-graduate staff at foreign research institutions or universities. Graduates can also apply the acquired knowledge in research centers of various industrial enterprises and institutions with a focus on nanomaterials, technology, physics, chemistry and biology.

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