Research groups

Group of Carbonaceous Adsorbents

The research of a group is oriented to synthesis of the new carbonaceous materials for adsorption applications in aqueous media. The basic investigated problems can be summarized as follows:
  • tailoring of the porosity of the carbon gels based on organic or cellulosic precursors (affecting the gelation process, soft-templating)
  • functionalization of carbon matrix by heteroatoms (N-doped or surface oxidized carbons for heavy metals ion adsorption, S-doped materials for mercury ion adsorption);
  • synthesis of the special carbonaceous adsorbents (photocatalytically active TiO2-doped adsorbents, adsorbents of oils or organic nonpolar solvents, carbonaceous floating adsorbents with photocatalytic function, antibacterial Ag-doped adsorbents);
  • determination and description of adsorption mechanisms of various adsorbates (heavy metal ions, dyes, organics) on the surface of the carbonaceous adsorbents;
  • a study of relation between the results of surface characterization techniques and adsorption properties of the carbonaceous materials.


  • doc. RNDr. Václav Slovák, PhD
  • dr. hab. Julien Parmentier, PhD
  • Mgr. Eva Kinnertová
  • Mgr. Gabriela Hotová
  • Mgr. Monika Motlochová
  • Mgr. Petra Bulavová, Ph.D.
  • Mgr. Tomáš Zelenka, PhD


  • Brno University of Technology, Brno, Czech Republic
  • Institute of Inorganic Chemistry, CAS, Řež, Czech Republic
  • Institut za nuklearne nauke "Vinča", Belgrade, Serbia
  • J. Hejrovský Institute of Physical Chemistry, CAS, Prague, Czech Republic
  • Laboratory of Separation and Reaction Engineering - Laboratory of Catalysis and Materials (LSRE-LCM), University of Porto, Porto, Portugal
  • Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava, Bratislava, Slovakia
  • The Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology (EMPA), Dübendorf, Switzerland
  • University of Belgrade, Belgrade, Serbia
  • University of Chemistry and Technology Prague, Prague, Czech Republic
  • University of Eastern Finland, Kuopio, Finland
  • University of Granada, Granada, Spain
  • University of Pardubice, Pardubice, Czech Republic
  • University of Upper Alsace, Mulhouse, France


  • Floating catalyst with synergic adsorption function (8X17016, Jan Šubrt & Vlasta Brezová Václav Slovák Jaromír Jirkovský Jovan Nedeljković)
  • Double-layer carbon adsorbents (SGS01/PřF/2017, Václav Slovák)
  • Soft-templated carbon gels (7AMB16FR050, Václav Slovák & Julien Parmentier)
  • Establishing of cooperation between University of Ostrava and University of Porto in the field of surface oxidation of carbonaceous materials (MSK VaV TO4, Roman Maršálek & Václav Slovák Gabriela Hotová)
  • Involvement of foreign employees in research of structures and molecular interactions of selected biological and chemical systems (MSK VaV TO1, Vladimír Špunda & G. Garab M. Štroch V. Karlický I. Kurasová V. Slovák J. Parmentier)
  • Optimalization of adsorption properties of carbon gels (SGS01/PřF/2016, Václav Slovák & Eva Kinnertová Gabriela Hotová)
  • The study of possibilities of enhancing of adsorption ability of carbon aerogels for pollutants from aqueous media (SGS15/PřF/2012, Václav Slovák)
  • Prediction of adsorption behavior of the carbonaceous materials on the basis of their textural parameters (SGS02/PřF/2013, Jana Štefelová & Tomáš Zelenka)


  • Kinnertová, E.; Slovák, V., Influence of catalyst amount on properties of resorcinol-formaldehyde xerogels, Thermochimica Acta 660 (2018) 37–43.
  • Taraba, B.; Bulavová, P., Adsorption enthalpy of lead(II) and phenol on coals and activated carbon in the view of thermodynamic analysis and calorimetric measurements, The Journal of Chemical Thermodynamics 116 (2018) 97-106.
  • Palkovská, M.; Slovák, V.; Šubrt, J.; Boháček, J.; Havlín, J., Thermal decomposition of a peroxopolytitanic acid cryogel: TA/MS study, Thermochimica Acta 647 (2017) 1-7.
  • Štefelová, J.; Slovák, V.; Siqueira, G; Olsson, RT.; Tingaut, P.;, Zimmermann, T.; Sehaqui, H., Drying and pyrolysis of cellulose nanofibers from wood, bacteria, and algae for char application in oil absorption and dye adsorption, Acs Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering 5 (2017) 2679-2692.
  • Hotová, G.; Slovák, V., Determination of the surface oxidation degree of the carbonaceous materials by quantitative TG-MS analysis, Analytical Chemistry 89 (2017) 1710-1715.
  • Šubrt, J.; Pližingrová, E.; Palkovská, M.; Klementová, M.; Bezdička, P.; Kupčík, J.; Sovová, H., Titania aerogels with tailored nano and microstructure: comparison of lyophilization and supercritical drying, Pure and Applied Chemistry 89 (2017) 501-509.
  • Taraba, B.; Zelenka, T., Study of micropores accessibility in coals and activated carbon using immersion heats with C1-C4 alkanols, Journal of Thermal Analysis and Calorimetry 128 (2017) 1505–1512.
  • Štefelová, J.; Zelenka, T.; Slovák, V., Biosorption (removing) of Cd(II), Cu(II) and methylene blue using biochar produced by different pyrolysis conditions of beech and spruce sawdust, Wood Science and Technology 51 (2017) 1321–1338.
  • Hotová, G.; Slovák, V., Quantitative TG-MS analysis of evolved gases during the thermal decomposition of carbon containing solids, Thermochimica Acta 632 (2016) 23-28.
  • Zelenka, T., Adsorption and desorption of nitrogen at 77 K on micro- and meso- porous materials: Study of transport kinetics, Microporous and Mesoporous Materials 227 (2016) 202-209.

Other Fields of Research

  • Biochemistry (Mgr. Michal Haluzík, PhD, Ing. Karolína Křenková)
  • Calorimetry (prof. Ing. Boleslav Taraba, CSc.)
  • Colloid chemistry (doc. RNDr. Roman Maršálek, PhD, Ing. Marta Bukáčková)
  • Current Aspects of Chemistry Education (doc. PaedDr. Dana Kričfaluši, CSc., Mgr. Jana Prášilová, PhD, Mgr. Kateřina Trčková, PhD)
  • Electrochemistry (doc. Ing. Zuzana Navrátilová, CSc.)
  • Liquid chromatography (doc. RNDr. Jiří Kalina, PhD, Mgr. Marek Mucha, Mgr. et Ing. Barbora Hrvolová)
  • Spectral methods - FTIR, AAS (Mgr. Martin Mucha, PhD, Mgr. Lenka Bláhová)