Name: R&D Centre for Low-Cost Plasma and Nanotechnology Surface Modifications

Institution: Masaryk University

Coordinator: prof. RNDr. Mirko Černák, CSc.; cernak@physics.muni.cz


CEPLANT is based on the long-standing tradition of top basic and applied research in the field of plasma nanosurface science with a focus on plasma-enabled scalable nanofabrication. Its activities have already resulted in several industrial applications with eco-friendly and cost-effective solutions for preparing new advanced materials and the surface treatment of traditional materials. R&I in this area help address current socioeconomic challenges and environmental issues, such as environmental protection and the reduction of the use of chemicals. The uniqueness of CEPLANT lies in the broad focus of its scope. The scientific and technological scope of CEPLANT extends along the entire innovation chain, from basic research through applied research with business institutions to the transfer of plasma technology for industrial applications. CEPLANT laboratories are equipped with modern scientific instruments which are commercially available, but there are some customised plasma technologies developed to test and optimise the different plasma surface treatment approaches of materials according to the user specifications. CEPLANT users are able to carry out research and modelling of fundamental plasma processes and their advanced diagnostics at an international level under one roof. CEPLANT also participates in the teaching and guiding of Bachelor, Master and Ph.D. students, and involves them in their R&I career. CEPLANT is engaged in international networks and associations of research organisations and innovative companies active in the field of plasma technology and cooperates, e.g., with INPLAS (Network of Competence Industrial Plasma Surface Technology), BalticNet-PlasmaTec, or the Graphene Council.