Research group

Polymer processing

In addition to the material development of new plastics for existing applications, current development in the field of polymer materials processing follows the use of existing materials for completely new applications or the increasingly frequent need to define the use of recycled (waste) materials for the production of existing or new products. With regard to this fact, to ensure long-term sustainability of effective progress of innovation activities in this area, it is not only appropriate to take all these aspects into account in production practice, but in accordance with modern production methods it is useful to use available software tools for suggestion of optimization of technological conditions as well as for designing the processing tools. The subject of research and development activities of the Polymer Processing group is focused on selected segments of modern processing technologies. These include mainly the preparation of fibers, nonwovens, polymeric foams and ceramics and metal-filled components with their subsequent sintering. Further the activities focus on processing of thermosetting materials and materials with reduced flammability, injection molding of multi-component products and finally the advanced 3D printing of hierarchically structured materials. Despite the fact that these processing methods differ quite significantly in their technological requirements, the unquestionable common denominator is to know the rheological behaviour of processed macromolecular systems, which is the main controlling parameter in setting and optimizing all technological production processes. The connections between material properties of inputs (thermal, rheological, mechanical and other properties), processing conditions of used technologies (temperature, pressure, flow rate, ..) and achieved parameters of final products (adhesion, mechanical, optical, barrier properties, flammability characteristics, etc.) are investigated/ observed. To achieve an optimized processing process, it is important to know the flow and viscoelastic properties of used materials (modern rotary, oscillating and high pressure capillary rheometers are used). Further the knowledge of influence of selected technological conditions on final characteristics of prepared testing and functional samples and their mutual relations is used/ applied. In the field of polymer materials processing, the group offers comprehensive solutions to research and development tasks as well as problems brought by industrial practice. It is possible to prepare trial products, testing samples, semi-finished products and other products on equipment of laboratory and pilot size. The expertise of staff and the equipment cover areas of continuous and discontinuous processes such as compounding using twin screws, blowing and extrusion of 5-layer films, multicomponent spinning and preparation of nonwovens, blowing of hollow products, thermoforming, extrusion of plastic and elastomer profiles, 1K and 2K injection, injection moulding of highly filled systems, including systems filled with abrasive fillers (PIM - Powder Injection Moulding), debinding and sintering in special ovens with controlled atmosphere, 3D printing.

Head of the group: doc. Ing. Tomáš Sedláček, Ph.D.


Implemented projects

TE01020216 - The project of Competence centre “Centre of advanced polymer and composite materials” in consortium of Tomas Bata University and 5 companies, 2012 – 2019

FV20088 - “Development of novel formulations for modification of asphalt mixtures using recycled polyvinylbutyral”, 2017 – 2019

IGA/CPS/2018/006 - "Preparation and characterization of filled polymeric systems", 2018

Research outcomes

Electrorheology of polyindole

CITATION DATA: Polymer, VOL: 217, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.polymer.2021.123448, PUBLICATION YEAR: 2021

Polyacrylamide brushes with varied morphologies as a tool for control of the intermolecular interactions within EPDM/MVQ blends

CITATION DATA: Polymer, VOL: 215, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.polymer.2021.123387, PUBLICATION YEAR: 2021

Oxidized polysaccharides for anticancer-drug delivery: What is the role of structure?

CITATION DATA: Carbohydrate Polymers, VOL: 257, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.carbpol.2020.117562, PUBLICATION YEAR: 2021

Foamy phase change materials based on linear low-density polyethylene and paraffin wax blends

CITATION DATA: Emergent Materials, VOL: 1, ISS: 1-2, https://doi.org/10.1007/s42247-018-0003-3, PUBLICATION YEAR: 2018

Light-controllable viscoelastic properties of a photolabile carboxybetaine ester-based polymer with mucus and cellulose sulfate

CITATION DATA: Emergent Materials, VOL: 1, ISS: 1-2, https://doi.org/10.1007/s42247-018-0004-2, PUBLICATION YEAR: 2018

Impact of ionic liquids on the processing and photo-actuation behavior of SBR composites containing graphene nanoplatelets

CITATION DATA: Sensors and Actuators, B: Chemical, VOL: 329, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.snb.2020.129195, PUBLICATION YEAR: 2020

Thermally conductive polyethylene/expanded graphite composites as heat transfer surface: Mechanical, thermo-physical and surface behavior

CITATION DATA: Polymers, VOL: 12, ISS: 12, https://doi.org/10.3390/polym12122863, PUBLICATION YEAR: 2020

Vibration sensing systems based on poly(Vinylidene fluoride) and microwave-assisted synthesized zno star-like particles with controllable structural and physical properties

CITATION DATA: Nanomaterials, VOL: 10, ISS: 12, https://doi.org/10.3390/nano10122345, PUBLICATION YEAR: 2020

Contacts

Head of the group: doc. Ing. Tomáš Sedláček, Ph.D.

Senior researcher


prof. Ing. Berenika Hausnerová, Ph.D.

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doc. Ing. Tomáš Sedláček, Ph.D.

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prof. RNDr. Petr Ponížil, Ph.D.

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doc. Antonín Minařík, Ph.D.

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Ing. Lukáš Maňas, Ph.D.

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Ing. Daniel Sanétrník, Ph.D.

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Ing. Tomáš Plachý, Ph.D.

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Ing. Pavlína Holčapková, Ph.D.

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Ing. Roman Kolařík, Ph.D.

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Ing. Markéta Ilčíková, Ph.D.

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Ing. Lenka Musilová, Ph.D.

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Ing. Petr Smolka, Ph.D.

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doc. Ing. Aleš Mráček, Ph.D.

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Ing. Josef Osička, Ph.D.

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Ing. Miroslav Mrlík, Ph.D.

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Junior researcher


Ing. Lubomír Beníček, Ph.D.

+420 57 603 1303
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Ing. Simona Mrkvičková, Ph.D.

+420 57 603 1309
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Ph.D. students


Ing. Věra Klofáčová

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Ing. Danila Gorgol

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