INSTITUTE OF INORGANIC CHEMISTRY OF THE CAS
The Institute of Inorganic Chemistry undertakes basic as well as applied research in inorganic chemistry and fields spanning inorganic chemistry, material sciences and other disciplines. In addition to its research work the Institute is involved in teaching undergraduate and postgraduate students and guiding their diploma theses and dissertations, as well as courses at numerous colleges and universities. The research is focused on five main areas: photoactive inorganic molecules and materials, borane compounds chemistry, new materials for environmental sustainability, cultural heritage preservation, and geochemical sediment analysis. In cooperation with industrial partners, the Institute also carries out development in the area of construction materials and special boranes.
One of the workplaces shared with the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague is the Academic Materials Research Laboratory of Painted Artworks (ALMA) Work here encompasses the microanalysis and non-destructive analysis of artworks and studying the degradation processes in painted works. Experimental research into painting pigments focuses not only on the properties, but also on the historical preparation methods and degradation processes within the pigment layer. The applied research of the Institute in cooperation with a number of companies has a very wide scope: from inorganic materials for water stabilization, facade treatment against algae and fungi to shielding of cosmic, neutron and UV radiation and capture of radionuclides and pollutants.
FOR THE PUBLIC
- Open day – for the general public
- „Michael‘s experiments“ – Michael Londesborough‘s show popularizing science on Czech TV, Materials chemistry shows as part of the ‘Czech Heads’ programme series on Czech TV. Concerning decontamination of chemical warfare agents or the use of ultrasound, The practical use photocatalytic titanium dioxide, Materials analysis of works of art