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
  • Ing. Marta Bukáčková, PhD
  • Mgr. Gabriela Hotová, Ph.D.
  • RNDr. Petra Bulavová, PhD
  • Mgr. Tomáš Zelenka, Ph.D.


  • Aix-Marseille University, Marseille, France
  • 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
  • Szczecin University of Technology


  • Soft-templated porous carbonaceous materials from liquefied wood (7AMB18FR026, Václav Slovák & Julien Parmentier)
  • Floating photocatalyst with synergic adsorption function (8X17016, Jan Šubrt & Václav Slovák)
  • New trends in adsorption decontamination of water (SGS07/PřF/2019, Václav Slovák)
  • Adsorption from liquid phase (SGS07/PřF/2018, Václav Slovák)
  • 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)


  • Hotová, G.; Slovák, V.; Zelenka, T.; Maršálek, R.; Parchaňská, A., The role of the oxygen functional groups in adsorption of copper (II) on carbon surface, Science of The Total Environment 711 (2020) 135436.
  • Zelenka, T.; Slovák, V.; Lhotka, M.; Hotová, G., Alternative determination of the skeletal density of solids using a manometric gas physisorption apparatus: A systematic and methodological study, Microporous and Mesoporous Materials 290 (2019) 109641.
  • Motlochová, M.; Slovák, V.; Plizingrová, E.; Szatmary, L.; Bezdička, P.; Šubrt, J., The influence of annealing temperature on properties of TiO2 based materials as adsorbents of radionuclides, Thermochimica Acta 673 (2019) 34-39.
  • Motlochová, M.; Slovák, V.; Pližingrová, E.; Klementová, M.; Bezdička, P.; Šubrt, J., Thermal decomposition study of nanostructured amorphous lithium, sodium and potassium metatitanates, Thermochimica Acta 670 (2018) 148-154.
  • Kinnertová, E.; Slovák, V., Kinetics of resorcinol-formaldehyde polycondensation by DSC, Journal of Thermal Analysis and Calorimetry 134 (2018) 1215-1222.
  • 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.
  • Hotová, G.; Slovák, V.; Soares Olívia, S.G.P.; Figueiredo, J.L.; Pereira, M.F., Oxygen surface groups analysis of carbonaceous samples pyrolysed at low temperature, Carbon 134 (2018) 255-263.
  • Sahin, N. E.; Comminges, C.; Le Valant, A.; Kiener, J.; Parmentier, J., One-pot soft-template synthesis of nanostructured copper-supported mesoporous carbon FDU-15 electrocatalysts for efficient CO2 reduction, ChemPhysChem 19 (2018) 1371-1381.
  • Hotová, G.; Slovák, V., Optimization of oxygen chemisorption on the carbon surface based on kinetic analysis of isothermal thermogravimetry, Thermochimica Acta 666 (2018) 82-90.

Other Fields of Research

  • Biochemistry (Mgr. Michal Haluzík, PhD)
  • Calorimetry (prof. Ing. Boleslav Taraba, CSc.)
  • Colloid chemistry (doc. RNDr. Roman Maršálek, PhD)
  • 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, RNDr. Martin Švidrnoch, PhD)
  • Spectral methods - FTIR, AAS (Mgr. Martin Mucha, PhD)