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White titanium dioxide is frequently used in the form of nanoparticles. There is a real chance now that black titanium dioxide in the form of nanotubes will see its first industrial application; it will appear on a clock face of a famous watch manufacturer. When approached by this manufacturer, the team of Dr. Jan Macák conceived of the idea of producing black titanium dioxide. “We always strive for our materials having a variety of applications thanks to their properties. That is one of...
We talked to Jan Vodička, who is involved in research into smell and taste at the University of Pardubice. What is the clinician's view of Czech science? And how do innovations in medicine come into practice? You are a doctor with clinical experience, you work at the Faculty of Medical Studies at the University of Pardubice. When did you decide to dedicate your career to science as well? After completing my studies, I joined the Pardubice Hospital in the ENT department. I was lucky...
In collaboration with their colleagues, researchers from the Faculty of Economics and Administration are addressing the impact of the COVID 19 pandemic. They have deliberately chosen the Czech Republic and Slovakia for their empirical research focused on issues related to the COVID 19 crisis. Both countries have undergone a similar development, with positive results and international recognition in the first stage, while in the second stage the situation developed very negatively and both...
Scientists from the University of Pardubice obtained an American patent protection for a special alloy nanolayer with unique properties. It enables to save data thousand times faster and in ten times higher density than materials which have been used for storage media up until now. Researchers from the Faculty of Chemical Technology produced a nanolayer from material on the basis of chalcogenides, which have been subject to their long-term observation. „We concern ourselves with materials...
The rail traffic management in Europe will become more modern and safer thanks to the EGNOS satellite navigation system that has been used in civil aviation up to now. The use of satellite navigation for train positioning also involves reduction of operation costs. Aleš Filip, Associate Professor at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Informatics won the Galileo Masters 2020, a prestigious award in the field. “Thanks to using satellites for train positioning, it will be possible to have...
From Sugar to Fame 24. 05. 2021
Sixteen months. For such a long time did the experts from the Faculty of Restoration keep a 7,000 years old well in sugar solution. They aimed to preserve the oldest wooden structure worldwide, found by archaeologists near Ostrov na Chrudimsku in 2018. They succeeded. Experts have just taken out the parts from special containers and proceeded to the second phase of the restoration. The cellars of the Faculty of Restoration, University of Pardubice, in Litomyšl were the place where experts...
Smell is extremely important in social relations. In some cases, losing smell may well result in losing a job. As many as 20% of the population suffer from impaired smell. COVID-19 patients also lose their sense of smell for a limited period of time. How to regain the sense of smell? In this interview, MUDr. Jan Vodička, Ph.D., a leader of an excellent research team at the Faculty of Health Studies, introduces a unique project involving taste testing in the times of the pandemic, talks about...
Have you ever found a package of sausages expired by a day or two in your fridge and wondered whether you could still eat them? In the future, this will probably be answered by intelligent packaging co-developed by Czech scientists. For example, smart labels with sensors will be able to detects whether the food has been stored correctly or not. The information will then be simply passed on to the retailer’s or customer’s smartphone via the commonly used NFC technology. “These labels are,...