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Department of Dielectrics

Institute of Physics of the Czech Academy of Sciences


INTERNATIONAL PROJECTS
Project no. 101040057, EU-Horizon Europe, ERC-STG
2D sandwiches, artificial layered building blocks for multifunctional materials (2D-sandwich)
T. Verhagen, (2022-2027)

The ERC project will provide material design strategies that can remove the stringent lattice matching criteria to stack different classes of layered materials and provide these class of layered materials with similar stacking freedom as layered materials with vdWIs. These insights will allow the interbreeding of different classes of layered quantum materials, such as complex oxides, 2D layered crystals with vdWIs, cuprate superconductors or topological insulators or semimetals.

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Project no. 101107145, EU-Horizon Europe, MSCA
Heterojunctions of Topological Insulator and Metal organic frameworks for THz detection applications (TI-MOF-TERA)
P. Kužel, (2024-2026)
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Project no. 964931, EU-Horizon2020, FET-OPEN
Topological solitons in antiferroelectrics (TSAR)
J. Hlinka, (2021-2025)

On the trail of novel spintronic and electronic devices via exotic light-matter interactions

Topological states are exotic phases of matter resistant to change. They give rise to phenomena such as crystals that insulate on the inside but conduct electricity on their surfaces (topological insulators) or chiral arrangements of some order parameters in real space. It is also possible to isolate individual topological entities and use them for specific tasks, especially for information technology purposes. The EU-funded TSAR project will investigate topological phenomena in 'unconventional' topological materials where the staggered orders (electric and magnetic) result in a macroscopic cancellation of their built-in fields. This will open new horizons in the manipulation of individual topological solitons at very fast speed.

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website: https://www.tsar-fetopen.eu/.

Project no. 101130758, EU-Horizon Europe, MSCA
Dynamics of water next to solid-state surfaces and polymers (ATTIC)
A. N. Theodorou, (2023-2025)
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Project no. 101028425, EU-Horizon Europe, MSCA
3D architectures of Mxenes for Terahertz Applications (3D-AM-TERA)
P. Kužel, (2022-2024)
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Project no. 899285, EU-Horizon2020, FET-OPEN
A magneto-electric liquid – better sensing (MAGNELIQ)
V. Novotná, (2020-2024)

Novel magnetoelectric liquid material could revolutionise sensing

The magnetoelectric (ME) effect, discovered in the 1960s, enables engineers to control electric properties with a magnetic field and vice versa. The only known ME materials to date are solid-state multiferroics, which are under intense study and development for applications in revolutionary memory technologies, and spintronic devices. On the other hand, solid-state piezolelectrics have been exploited in force sensing devices, enabling very high sensitivity to detect small changes, resulting in excellent resolution. While solid ME materials are well-suited to 'hard' devices, imagine the 'flexibility' – literally and practically – of liquid ME materials. The EU-funded MAGNELIQ project will develop a new liquid material, a ME liquid, and novel sensors that could be used in human-like devices from robotics to prostheses.

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website: https://www.magneliq.eu/.
Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/@MagneliqProjectH2020.

CZECH PROJECTS
Project no. 24-11275S of the Czech Science Foundation
Computational design of high-performance ferroelectrics
P. Márton, (2024-2026)
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Project no. 24-10791S of the Czech Science Foundation
Terahertz spin excitations and ultrafast phonomagnetism
S. Kamba, (2024-2026)
Project no. 24-10331S of the Czech Science Foundation
Control over terahertz plasmons in graphene nanostructures
P. Kužel, (2024-2026)
Project no. 8I23001 of the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports of Czech Republic
Epoch-making ferroic fluids based multi-functional materials (FerroFluid)
V. Novotná, (2023-2026)
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Project no. 23-05640S of the Czech Science Foundation
Electron tunneling triggered by plasmon resonance in coupled nanostructures at terahertz frequencies
H. Němec, (2023-2025)
Project no. 23-42944L of the Czech Science Foundation - International Lead Agency
Holographic Blue Phase Photonic Crystals: from microlasers to all-optical switching (HOLOBLUE)
A. Bubnov, (2023-2025)
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Project no. 22-16499S of the Czech Science Foundation
Chirality as a tool for controlling photoresponsiveness of supramolecular arrangements
A. Bubnov, (2022-2024)
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Past international projects (last six years):

EU COST Action CA17139
European Topology Interdisciplinary Action
V. Novotná, (2018-2022)
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MEYS 8J20PL008
Design of functional photochromic self-assembling materials and smart composites for advanced photonic applications
A. Bubnov, (2020-2022)
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Bilateral project no. AR-17-02 of the Czech Academy of Sciences
Structure-thermal properties correlation of composite materials for energy application
E. Buixaderas, (2017-2019)
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Project no. 17-11494J of the Czech Science Foundation
Multiferroicity in skyrminonic materials
J. Hlinka, (2017-2019)
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Project no. PAN-17-04 of the Czech Academy of Sciences
Phase transitions in nanocomposites, multiferroics, ionic conductors and liquid crystals
J. Hlinka, (2017-2019)
Project no. DAAD-17-07 of the Czech Academy of Sciences
Skyrmion vortices in multiferroic materials
J. Hlinka, (2017-2018)
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FP7-PEOPLE-2013-ITN No. 607521
Novel Type of Terahertz Devices
P. Kužel, (2013-2017)
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Past Czech projects (last six years):

Project no. LAS-21-02 of the Czech Academy of Science - Mobility Projects
High frequency dielectric response of uniaxial relaxors and ferroic materials
E. Buixaderas, (2021-2023)
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Project no. 21-20110K of the Czech Science Foundation - International Lead Agency
Semiconductor - dielectric heterostructures for photoelectrochemical hydrogen evolution (SeDiHe)
J. Hlinka, (2021-2023)
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Project no. 21-11089S of the Czech Science Foundation
Terahertz magneto-spectroscopy of superconducting films
Ch. Kadlec, (2021-2023)
Project no. 21-06802S of the Czech Science Foundation
Multiferroics induced by strain or by terahertz radiation
S. Kamba, (2021-2023)
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Project no. 19-28594X of the Czech Science Foundation
Ferroelectric skyrmions
J. Hlinka, (2019-2023)
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Project no. 20-05167Y of the Czech Science Foundation
Magneto-electric properties of ferroelectric charged domain walls
P. Bednyakov, (2020-2022)
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Project no. 20-01527S of the Czech Science Foundation
Interactions among water molecules localized in crystals tending to their orientational ordering
F. Kadlec, (2020-2022)
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Project no. 20-20326L of the Czech Science Foundation - International Lead Agency
Polarization decorrelation regions in perovskite relaxors
M. Kempa, (2020-2022)
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Project no. 20-01570S of the Czech Science Foundation
Improved osseointegration of bone implants with the use of ferroelectric coatings
P. Vaněk, (2020-2022)
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Project no. LTC19051 of the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports of Czech Republic
Self-organised molecular materials and nanocomposites in restricted geometries
V. Novotná, (2019-2022)
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Project no. 19-03564S of the Czech Science Foundation
Smart supramolecular photochromic nanostructures
A. Bubnov, (2019-2021)
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Project no. 19-13525S of the Czech Science Foundation
Quantum coherence in systems with correlated electrons: Superconductivity and magnetism in nano and bulk materials
V. Janiš, (2019-2021)
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INTER-COST LTC19045 of the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports
Correlation induced quantum fluctuations in low-dimensional superconducting structures
V. Janiš, (2019-2021)
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Project no. 18-09265S of the Czech Science Foundation
Magnetoelectric coupling and high-frequency properties of multiferroics
S. Kamba, (2018-2020)
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Project no. 18-14497S of the Czech Science Foundation
Functional organic-inorganic self-assembling nanostructures
V. Novotná, (2018-2020)
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Project no. 17-03662S of the Czech Science Foundation
Terahertz conductivity in semiconductor nanostructures: fundamental aspects of charge transport and confinement
P. Kužel, (2017-2019)
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Project no. 17-04412S of the Czech Science Foundation
Charge transport and phase transitions in cobalt oxides investigated by terahertz spectroscopy
H. Němec, (2017-2019)
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Project no. 16-09142S of the Czech Science Foundation
Lattice dynamics and dielectric response of tetragonal tungsten-bronze oxides
E. Buixaderas, (2016-2018)
Project no. 16-12757S of the Czech Science Foundation
Ferroelectric properties of biological structures
J. Pokorny, (2016-2018)
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Project no. GA15-04121S of the Czech Science Foundation
Current perspectives of ferroelectric domain interfaces
J. Hlinka, (2015-2017)
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Project no. 15-08389S of the Czech Science Foundation
Dielectric and phonon spectroscopy of multiferroics
S. Kamba, (2015-2017)
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Project KONTACT II, No. LH15122 by Ministry of education, youth and sports
Multiferroics with strong magnetoelectric coupling
S. Kamba, (2015-2017)
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Project no. 15-02843S of the Czech Science Foundation
Hybrid and composite systems based on mesogenic compounds and nanoparticles
V. Novotná, (2015-2017)
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Project no. LD14007 of the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports of Czech Republic
Multifunctional liquid crystalline compounds and hybrid nanocomposite systems
V. Novotná, (2014-2017)
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Project no. 15-01558S of the Czech Science Foundation
Electroactive films on titanium alloy substrates for surface modification of bone implants
P. Vaněk, (2015-2017)
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