Polymers for Optoelectronic and Energy Applications OPTOEL
The OPTOEL centre comprises teams working in fields related to optical and/or electrical phenomena in polymers and to advanced materials for energy storage or conversion, relying on the close cooperation of chemists, materials scientists and physicists.
The preparation of conducting polymers (team Conductive polymers) is investigated,
along with optically-active polymers, and utilised in solar cells (team Polymer photonics). Close cooperation exists between the teams oriented to materials for flexible electronics and conducting inks (team Opto-electronic phenomena and materials).
A promising future exists in the field of inorganic–organic hybrid materials (team Hybrid and Inorganic Materials for Energy Conversion).
Solid-state ionically conductive materials and materials with mixed electronic–ionic conductivity are new classes of conducting materials. Application of conducting polymers in gas separation ranks among new research directions (team Polymer Membranes). The membrane technology contributes to the construction of fuel cells and to hydrogen chemistry.
The membrane research in the Institute formed a basis for the Czech membrane industry
and technologies. This contribution has been awarded the Czech national prize for inventive
contribution (Czech Head: Price of Invention, 2007).