The Polymer Centre (CPM) is a research unit at the Faculty of Technology. Its main area of interest is basic, applied and industrial research into the engineering aspects of technologies and materials based on polymer composite structures. The researchers mainly focus on the rheology of polymer melts and suspensions, electrorheology, unstable polymer flows, thermodynamics of polymer systems, physical ageing, highly-filled polymer systems, percolation phenomena, molecular electronics, biodegradable polymers, interphase phenomena, and smart behaviour of polymer materials.
The results of the research conducted find application particularly in the rubber, plastics, automotive and textile industry, in medicine, agriculture and in the production of packaging materials as well as in the electrical and electronics industry and in nanotechnologies.
In the pedagogic field, attention is focused on PhD programmes.
The most significant accomplishment
Implementation of the project entitled “Centre of Polymer Systems” (CZ.1.05/2.1.00/03.01111), which develops the research potential of TBU in Zlín in the field of polymer materials and processes. All members of the Polymer Centre have joined the project.
Other significant accomplishments
Specification of the criterion rule for prediction of the negative die drool phenomenon - separation at the die exit.
Specification of a new method for process modelling during the processing of polymer melts in the field of highly non-linear viscoelasticity.
Discovery of metastability and creation of weak links in degradation processes in special polymers.
Discovery of a new characterization method for boundary layers and molecular interactions.
Discovery of the positive and negative electrorheological effect in heterogeneous polymer systems.
Explanation of the mechanism of n-doping of polyaniline by lithium.