The Centre is based upon an internationally established research team which has taken part in a number of past projects at the level of Research Plans and Research Centres. Since 2010, the research team has been substantially expanded and internationalized thanks to support from the Operating Programme Research and Development for Innovation (OP RDI). This support totalled almost CZK 500 million, 400 million of which was invested in unique technology and constructing of the new Centre building. The remaining funding was used to support young researchers and internationalization. Today, RCPTM has approximately 100 scientific team members, 25% of whom are foreign specialists.
RCPTM focuses primarily on chemical, material and optical research. Priority research areas include metal oxide nanoparticles for catalytic, magnetic and biomedical applications, carbon nanostructures based on graphene and carbon quantum dots, metal nanoparticles for antimicrobial treatments and water treatment technologies, medical, computational and coordination chemistry, photonics and the development of instrumental techniques for applications in optics and analytical chemistry. Each year, the Centre publishes more than 200 original publications in prestigious foreign journals (average IF ~ 4.0) and collaborates with more than 30 leading world institutions.
The Centre has had long-term success in getting both national and international grants. During the three years of RCPTM’s existence, Centre employees have successfully submitted 55 projects, bringing CZK 520 million in funding to RCPTM. The most important projects are those done under the Competence Centres of the Technology Agency of the Czech Republic, the Centre of Excellence of the Czech Science Foundation and the EU Seventh Framework Programme. The Centre is involved in prestigious international cooperation with institutions like the Pierre Auger Observatory and CERN-ATLAS.
The Centre also has a long tradition of collaboration with industrial and public organizations in the applied research area. RCPTM collaborates with approximately 50 domestic and foreign industrial partners. In addition to high-tech approaches and technologies, it also offers modern equipment for use in contract research and implementing joint projects.