Environmental and Biomaterial Sciences

ABOUT THE DOCTORAL PROGRAMME “Environmental and Biomaterial Sciences”

Newly opened for the academic year 2024/2025

The doctoral programme “Environmental and Biomaterial Sciences” is a joint accreditation between:

The programme is realized in partnership with:

Specialized laboratories and mentoring are provided by:

  • Health Institute in Usti nad Labem
  • Neurosurgery Clinic, Masaryk Hospital in Usti nad Labem

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The goal of the doctoral programme EnviBio is to educate experts with deep interdisciplinary knowledge at the boundaries of the physical-chemical properties of materials and biology, in selected modules, according to the individualization of the students, including areas of environmental, analytical chemistry and biochemistry, chemistry and physics of materials, biomaterials, green technologies, circular economy, sustainable technologies, functional and progressive materials. During their studies, students will become acquainted with the latest characterization techniques and work in “high-tech” laboratories, for example, in the environment of a clean room laboratory, or in an accredited laboratory, as well as with advanced syntheses of new materials or application-oriented characterization laboratories, or material screening. Graduates of EnviBio should be able to design new materials with regard to the required physical-chemical properties in correlation with their atomic-molecular structure, with a deep understanding of the interaction of these materials with the environment (environmental, medical, etc. applications). When developing materials and possible devices, graduates will also take into account products entire life cycle, especially with regard to potential secondary use or recycling. Mastery of a multi-disciplinary approach and the use of synergistic effects in problem-solving is expected, which will be achieved thanks to the interdisciplinary cooperation of FZP, PrF, IIC and a foreign partner institution, IKTS. Thanks to the involvement of foreign teachers and a foreign partner institution in teaching and specialized laboratories, students will learn to work, think and procedures in an international scientific atmosphere, i.e., in a competitive environment. In cooperation with IKTS, students will learn the approach to commercialization, i.e., procedures and methodology for transferring laboratory technologies and new materials into usable practice and their positive impact on the economy – a skill that is currently highly important for improving the competitiveness of the Czech Republic and EU. The aim of the study is to prepare new generations of experts who will continue either in the academic environment and in the future take over the roles of creative and leading workers in new fields, or in research and development departments of innovative and creative international companies – “market leaders” – both in the Czech environment, but naturally also abroad, e.g., in Saxony, Germany (represented by a partner institution IKTS), which is becoming a Western European technological “Silicon Valley”.

Key competencies acquainted

Knowledge: A graduate of the doctoral study program “Environmental and Biomaterial Sciences” have deep knowledge, according to the individualization of their study courses, in the fields of environmental, analytical chemistry and biochemistry, materials chemistry, biomaterials, sustainable approaches, technologies, circular economy, functional materials, and biotechnologies. They are well-oriented in related scientific disciplines and can communicate with specialists from other fields and experts from industry at an appropriate level.

Practical knowledge and skills: Students master the methods of studying various materials and procedures for their application in the field of environmental protection and human health. They understand the relationships between the structure of materials and their macroscopic or useful properties and can use this when developing functional (functionalized) materials, including materials for biomedical applications. Students master the principles of modern physical-chemical methods for characterizing materials, their possibilities and limitations, and can practically use them when designing new materials.

Competencies and abilities: Students are prepared to work with modern technology in specialised laboratories and workplaces with a special regime (e.g., clean rooms, biological hazard laboratories, etc.). The education of the students is multidisciplinary in all respects – emphasis is placed on the ability of complex and “outside-the-box” thinking across the boundaries of scientific disciplines covered within the study. The graduates are familiar with the methods of scientific work. They are prepared, for example, to independently carry out research and development in the field of new functional materials for environmental protection, sustainable technologies, biomaterials, circular economy, nanotechnologies, and others at the level of the current state of knowledge with regard to practical usability.

An important aspect of the study is the systematic preparation of the students for the ability to work in a team in an international environment so that they can become leaders of such teams in the future.

Part of the study will also involve developing soft skills, such as communication skills, the ability to present and prepare qualified professional documents, the ability to clearly formulate thoughts, and the ability to apply for funding, such as EU funding, thus increasing the Czech Republic’s and the EU’s competitiveness in the R&D area.

IMPORTANT DATES

Deadline for submission of applications 31 August 2024
Date of entrance examinitaion September 2024
Enrolment of applicants admitted to study September 2024

IMPORTANT DOCUMENTS

Study and examination rules for doctoral study programmes
Scholarship regulations (je v současných předpisech a formulářích na webu)
Disciplinary code (je v současných předpisech a formulářích na webu)

PRESENT STUDENTS

…to be announced after the first enrolment in October 2024.

DOCTORAL COUNCIL

Our vision

The Doctoral Council envisions a future where every doctoral student is empowered, inspired, and well-equipped to reach their full potential. Our mission is to provide a robust support and evaluation system that not only fosters intellectual growth and nurtures academic curiosity but also promotes personal development. We are committed to offering a range of support, including guidance and resources tailored to the unique needs of each student. Our dedicated team of experienced professionals is always ready to assist, whether it is navigating the complexities of research, overcoming academic challenges, or planning for a successful career post-graduation. We believe in the power of collaboration, the importance of community, and the value of each individual’s contribution to the world of academia. As a part of our council, students can expect a supportive, enriching, and motivational environment that champions their ambitions and celebrates their achievements. Together, we are shaping the leaders, innovators, and thinkers of tomorrow.

Members

Chair
doc. Ing. Jiří Orava, Ph.D. (guarantor of Environmental and Biomaterial Sciences, Faculty of Environment UJEP)

Vice-chairs 
Ing. Kamil Lang, CSc., DSc. (Institute of Inorganic Chemistry, Czech Academy of Sciences)
Mgr. Jan Malý, Ph.D. (Faculty of Science UJEP)

Members 
doc. RNDr. Pavla Bojarová, Ph.D. (Institute of Microbiology, Czech Academy of Sciences; Faculty of Biomedical Engineering CTU in Prague)
RNDr. Jan Demel, Ph.D. (Institute of Inorganic Chemistry, Czech Academy of Sciences)
prof. RNDr. Milan Gryndler, CSc. (Faculty of Science UJEP)
doc. Ing. Jiří Henych, Ph.D. (Faculty of Science UJEP)
prof. Mgr. Martin Hrubý, Ph.D., DSc. (First Faculty of Medicine, Charles University; Institute of Macromolecular Chemistry, Czech Academy of Sciences)
Mgr. Olga Šebestová Janoušková, Ph.D. (Faculty of Science UJEP)
doc. Dr. Ing. Pavel Kuráň (Faculty of Environment UJEP)
Dr. rer. nat. Jörg Opitz (Fraunhofer Institute for Ceramic Technologies and Systems IKTS,
Dresden, Germany; BIOTEC and Max-Bergmann-Center of Biomaterials, TU Dresden, Germany)
Ing. Štěpán Stehlík, Ph.D. (New Technologies Research Centre, University of West Bohemia; Institute of Physics, Czech Academy of Sciences)
doc. MUDr. Petr Vachata, Ph.D. MBA (Neurosurgery Clinic, Masaryk Hospital in Usti nad Labem)
Ing. Stanislav Vinopal, Ph.D. (Faculty of Science UJEP)
prof. Ing. Tomáš Wágner, DrSc. (Faculty of Chemical Technology, University of Pardubice)
prof. Spyros N. Yannopoulos (Foundation of Research and Technology Hellas, Institute of
Chemical Engineering Sciences, Patras, Greece)

Secretary
Ing. Daniel Buzek, Ph.D. (Faculty of Science UJEP)

STATE DOCTORAL EXAM

ORAL DEFENCE

TOPICS OF DISSERTATION THESES

To be announced in July 2024.