Staff

Fullname: Prof. Dr. Ing. Karel Bouzek

Position: Head of the department

Room: A 25a

Phone: 220 444 019

e-mail: Karel.Bouzek@vscht.cz

Workgroup: Technical electrochemistry

Education

N105007Electrochemical Engineering
N105013Membrane Processes
S105013Membrane Processes
N105028Fundamentals of Membrane and Hydrogen Processes
N105018Thermodynamics of Aqueous Solutions
N963014Bachelor Thesis
N963008Diploma Thesis

Professional curriculum vitae

1991Master study - ICT Prague, Diploma thesis "Electrochemistry Study of Iron (VI) Production" under supervisor prof. Roušar
1997PhD study - ICT Prague, Dissertation "Electrochemistry Study of Iron (VI) Preparation" under supervisoe prof. Roušar
1997-2002Assistant professor - ICT Prague, Department of Inorganic Technology
2001Habilitation in the field Inorganic Technology, ICT Prague
2002-2005Associate professor - ICT Prague, Department of Inorganic Technology
2002-2019Head of the Department of Inorganic Technology, ICT Prague
2005Promotion to Professor, Inorganic Technology - field
2005-2019Professor - UCT Prague, Department of Inorganic Technology
2014-2019Dean of the Faculty of Inorganic Technology, UCT Prague

Specialization

Applied electrochemistry for treatment of waste and drinking water, fuel cells, mass transfer in electrochemical systems, mathematical simulation

Membership in scientific societies

Czech Chemical Society
Czech Society of Chemical Engineering (member of main committee)
Czech Society of Industrial Chemistry (member of executive board)
International Society of Electrochemistry (chairman of division of Electrochemical Process Engineering and Technology)
Electrochemical Society
Working Party on Electrochemical Engineering at European Federation of Chemical Engineers - Czech representative
States Representatives Group of Fuel Cells and hydrogen joint Undertaking - Czech representative

Membership in editorial boards

Electrochimica Acta - member of Journal Advisory Board

Internships

1991Technical University Darmstadt, Germany(3 months), laboratory of Prof. H. Wendt
1993Technical University Trondheim, Norway (5 months), laboratory of Prof. J. Thonstad
1998-1999Karl-Winnacker-Institut der DECHEMA e.V., Frankfurt am Main, Germany (12 months), laboratory of Prof. Dr. K.M. Jüttner, grant from Alexander von Humboldt Stifftung
2001Anhalt University of Applied Sciences, Köthen, Germany (6 months), laboratory of Prof. H. Bergmann

Awards

1995"Hlávkovo nadání" - Hlavek Foundation Award
1999"Carl Wagner Medal of Excellence" of Working Party on Electrochemical Engineering at EFCE
2003"Quality seal" - students mobility project awarded by Leonardo da Vinci program
2008Minister of education, youth and sports Award

Theses topics

Highly efficient electrochemical CO2 reduction -inexhaustable source of simple organic molecules

An electrochemical reduction of CO2 in "zero-gap" arrangementcan can be operated as a highly efficient process which in combination with renewable energy sources of represents an inexhaustible source of simple organic molecules such as formic acid, formaldehyde or methanol. These compounds represent basis of number of established technologies. Within the work, CO2 reduction will be investigated as well as individual components (electrodes, catalyst, membrane) of the electrolyser optimisation and its operation.

Thesis supervisor: Prof. Dr. Ing. Karel Bouzek

Mathematical modelling of the electrochemical systems

Mathematical modeling represents an extraordinary powerful tool for deeper understanding of the electrochemical units function and their subsequent optimization. Within the framework of this project the attention will focus on the mathematical description of the local potential and current density distribution. Subsequently the problem of the mass transfer in an electric field will be studied. The models formulated will be implemented to simulate systems with a practical impact.

Thesis supervisor: Prof. Dr. Ing. Karel Bouzek

Research and optimization of components of the PEM type fuel cell stack

With a rapid development of advanced catalysts and construction materials an important question arises. It concerns impact of these parameters on fuel cells operational parameters for various construction arrangements. The target of this study is to optimise construction and materials of the bipolar plates for fuel cells stacks. Two different types of catalysts will be used. The results obtained will be tested by means of laboratory scale fuel cell stack of size of hundreds of watts. Applicability of the product in a small mobile unit powered by the stack will be tested.

Thesis supervisor: Prof. Dr. Ing. Karel Bouzek

Study of the degradation processes in the mid-temperature PEM type fuel cells

An attention of the numerous laboratories around a globe is focused on the issue of the PEM type fuel cells operational temperature increase above 100 ºC. The globaly accepted approach to solve this problem consists in application of basic polymers impregnated with phosphoric acid as an electrolyte and carbon supported Pt nanoparticles as an electrolyte. The main obstacle of this approach represents corrosion aggressivenes of the phosphoric acid at the fuel cell operational conditions. The closer understanding of these processes represents an important condition of further improvement of this technology and its future practical application.

Thesis supervisor: Prof. Dr. Ing. Karel Bouzek

Mathematical modelling of the electrochemical systems

Mathematical modeling represents an extraordinary powerful tool for deeper understanding of the electrochemical units function and their subsequent optimization. Within the framework of this project the attention will focus on the mathematical description of the local potential and current density distribution. Subsequently the problem of the mass transfer in an electric field will be studied. The models formulated will be implemented to simulate systems with a practical impact.

Thesis supervisor: Prof. Dr. Ing. Karel Bouzek

Alkaline water electrolysis for energy storage

Alkaline water electrolysis represents most developed process of electrolytic hydrogen production. For its use in energy storage systems it is necessary to modify its operational parameters for discontinuous run. Beside development of new electrocatalysts and ion selective membranes it is necessary to focus also on cell deign.

Thesis supervisor: Prof. Dr. Ing. Karel Bouzek

Water electrolysis as a hydrogen source for the energetics

Water electrolysis represents an important part of the hydrogen economy considered nowadays as a promissing approach to the future securing of the human society with electrical energy. Industrial water electrolysis processes established today suffer from several disadvantages when considering its application in the field of energetics. It is mainly its low efficiency and flexibility. Therefore, this process is a subject of interest of numerous research laboratories arround the globe. Electrode reaction kinetics, suitable polymer electrolytes and overall process design represent the main issues studied. Corrosion stability of the individual construction materials is also an issue.

Thesis supervisor: Prof. Dr. Ing. Karel Bouzek