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Department of Inorganic Technology UCT Prague

The Department of Inorganic Technology (within the Faculty of Chemical Technology) has a long-standing tradition in the education of young specialists for the production of inorganic substances. Besides teaching, research activity is a significant part of its activities.

It consists of four branches, all of which have their origin in history. They deal with i) technical electrochemistry, ii) photocatalyze, iii) catalytic and membrane processes or iv) heterogeneous non-catalyzed reactions. However, present topics of research are much wider and more extensive. New technological processes are studied, together with their impact on the environment and economic issues. The combination of theoretical lessons and modern research produces graduates with a high level of education. This level is rising all the time as a result of cooperation with many domestic and international universities, research institutes and industrial partners. 

Department history

The history of the department goes back to the beginning of Prague Polytechnic (the predecessor of ICT, established in 1806). Technical chemistry (particularly inorganic technology) was first offered as an individual study program in the academic year 1863/64. In 1920 Prague Polytechnic was rebuilt and the Czech Technical University was established, incorporating the Faculty of Chemical-Technological Engineering. The Faculty was transformed into an independent university (the Institute of Chemical Technology) in 1952. The branch of inorganic technology was developed primarily by Professor Jaroslav Milbauer (1880-1959) and Professor Albert Regner (1905-1970). 

Erasmus mundus

Our department participates in education within the Master's program Erasmus Mundus Master in Membrane Engineering (EM³E) and doctoral program Erasmus Mundus Doctorate in Membrane Engineering (EUDIME). The main aim of these projects is, in collaboration with other members of the consortium, to improve knowledge in the field of membrane materials and processes.

Opportunity to gain a double diploma certificate:

The entrance of the Czech Republic into the EU has produced many new educational opportunities. One of these is the chance to gain a double diploma certificate. The Department of Inorganic Technology offers this possibility to students of the master’s degree programme Chemistry and Chemical Technology, who are studying in the field of study Basic and Special Inorganic Technologies. This is as a result of an agreement between ICT and both Universitat Rovira I Virgili Tarragona (Spain) and INPL Nancy (France).

On the basis of the Agreement signed between the above-mentioned universities, students follow the first year at their entrance university, and the second year at the partner university of their choice. Study leads to a double diploma certificate. In accordance with current Czech law, on completion of their studies abroad Czech students must also pass their state exams at ICT.

The advantages of this opportunity, when compared with the ERASMUS programme for example, is that it offers students the possibility of studying abroad for one complete academic year, and of obtaining two diploma certificates within the standard length of their studies.

More detailed information can be obtained from Prof. Karel Bouzek (e-mail: karel.bouzek@vscht.cz, tel.: 220 444 019)