The Regional Centre of Advanced Technologies and Materials (RCPTM) is a scientific and research centre connected to the Faculty of Science, Palacký University, Olomouc. Its chief objectives are to produce superlative research and to transfer high-tech products and technologies to medical, industrial, and environmental practice with particular emphasis on integrating the centre with international networks and collaborations.
The centre has assembled an excellent research team that has taken part in a number of projects. Since 2010, the research team has been substantially expanded and internationalized owing to the support from the Operational Programme Research and Development for Innovation (OP RDI) and the Operational Programme Research, Development and Education (OP RDE). This support totalled €40 million. Half of this sum has been invested in implementing cutting-edge technology and constructing a new building with laboratories. The remaining funding was used to support young researchers and to enhance internationalization. Today, RCPTM has approximately 137 scientific team members, 35% 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 300 papers in ‘high-impact journals’, 40 % of which being published in IF > 5 journals in 2017, and collaborates with more than 30 leading world institutions.
The centre has continuing success in getting both national and international grants. During the eight years of its existence, RCPTM has successfully submitted dozens of projects receiving more than €45 million in funding. The major ones are those carried out under H2020 ERC programme, EC Seventh Framework Programme, Competence Centres of Technology Agency of the Czech Republic, and Centre of Excellence of Czech Science Foundation. RCPTM collaborates with prestigious institutions such as 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.