• APVV 15-0014, Advanced composite coatings for high temperature corrosion protection of metals

Coordinator: Galusková Dagmar, Ing. PhD.

Team: Galusek Dušan, prof. Ing. DrSc., Chromčíková Mária, Ing. PhD, Michálková Monika, Ing. PhD., Švančárek Peter, Mgr. PhD., Prnová Anna, Ing. PhD., Valúchová Jana, Ing. PhD, Kraxner Jozef, Ing. PhD., Klement Róbert, Ing. PhD., Michalková Jaroslava, Ing., Petríková Ivana, Ing. PhD., Škvarková Natália, Ing., Aleksandra Nowicka, Mgr., Švančárková Anna, Ing., Parchovianský Milan, Ing. PhD., ÚACh SAV, ÚMV SAV

Funding 2018: 24681,-EUR

Dates: 2016 – 2020

Abstract: Extension of lifetime and enhancing the thermal stability of steel used for construction of exhaust pipes, heat exchangers in waste incinerators, and casting and melting aggregates in steel and glass production can be achieved via suitable anti-corrosion coatings. The aim of this project is development of new types of composite anti-corrosion protective layers, based on ceramics prepared by controlled pyrolysis of organosilicon precursors. The use of organosilicon precursors facilitates application of conventional coating technologies, such as spray and dip-coating, with subsequent pyrolysis and conversion of the precursor to amorphous ceramics. Increased thermal stability, corrosion resistance, and minimization of volume changes related to conversion of the organic precursor to ceramics will be achieved through the addition of suitable active and passive oxide glass fillers prepared by flame synthesis in the form of microspheres. The flame synthesis facilitates the preparation of glasses with high melting point, which ensures increase of the maximum operation temperature of the coating up to 1400 oC, as well as increased oxidation and corrosion resistance of prepared coatings, optimum compatibility of the filler with ceramic matrix and metallic substrate and, due to spherical shape of glass microparticles, also negligible influence on the rheology of the system polymer-filler in the course of coating on metallic substrate.

  • VEGA 2-0026-17, Transparentné polykryštalické keramické materiály so submikrónovou mikroštruktúrou a luminiscenčnými vlastnosťami

Coordinator: Galusková Dagmar, Ing. PhD.

Team: Galusek Dušan, prof. Ing. DrSc., Galusková Dagmar, Ing. PhD., Chovanec Jozef, Ing. PhD., Kaňková Hana, Ing. PhD., Kraxner Jozef, Ing. PhD., Klement Róbert, Ing. PhD., Michálková Monika, Ing. PhD., Švančárek Peter, Ing. PhD., Prnová Anna, Ing. PhD., Plško Alfonz, doc. Ing. CSc., Valúchová Jana, Ing. PhD., Neščáková Zuzana, Ing. PhD., Švančárková Anna, Ing., Petríková Ivana, Ing., Nowicka Aleksandra, Ing., Nibu, Majerová Melinda, ÚACh SAV

Funding 2017: 5168 EUR

Dates: 2017 – 2020

Abstract: Transparentné polykryštalické keramické materiály s luminiscenčnými vlastnosťami predstavujú vďaka lepším mechanickým vlastnostiam a vďaka nižšej cene náhradu za monokryštály pre tuhé lasery a scintilátory. Pre dosiahnutie transparencie vo viditeľnej oblasti je potrebné pripraviť polykryštalický materiál s kompletne eliminovanou pórovitosťou. Pre dosiahnutie kvalitných mechanických vlastností, najmä pevnosti a tvrdosti, ktoré vedú k zvýšeniu odolnosti voči teplotným šokom je potrebné pripraviť materiály s jemnozrnnou, ideálne submikrónovou mikroštruktúrou. To je v protiklade s požiadavkou na odstránenie pórov, vyžadujúcou použitie vysokých teplôt a dlhých časov spekania. Projekt je zameraný na štúdium fundamentálnych aspektov spekania materiálov s kubickou kryštálovou mriežkou, najmä yrito hlinitého granátu, dopovaného opticky aktívnymi prísadami a optimalizáciou parametrov jeho prípravy s cieľom pripraviť transparentné materiály s luminiscenčnými vlastnosťami a výnimočnými mechanickými vlastnosťami.


  • APVV-SK-FR-2017-0008, Corrosion and low temperature degradation of zirconia

Coordinator: prof. Dušan Galusek, DrSc.

Dates: 2018 – 2019

Abstract: The excellent mechanical properties of zirconia-based materials combined with their superior aesthetics and biocompatibility characteristics have encouraged their application as bioceramics, particularly in the dental field. However, this ceramic can undergo Low Temperature Degradation (LTD) in presence of water (ageing) under in-vivo conditions within time scale of the orders of years. To date, only few works have studied the influence of different pH values on zirconia surface features and the effect of acid corrosion on accelerating the process of ageing remains controversial. This project aims to study and elucidate the role of corrosion on LTD regarding zirconia bioceramics that could be used in the dental field but also in other biomedical applications (hip joint, spine prostheses…).Expected results of the project are as follows: (a) Mechanisms of corrosion under experimental conditions will be determined and the influence of long term corrosion on LTD elucidated. (b) Material’s parameters responsible for different corrosion and LTD rates in tested zirconiabased biomaterials will be established. (c) A set of recommendations for zirconia-based biomaterials with decreased susceptibility to corrosion and LTD will be proposed.

VEGA 2/0088/16: Štruktúra a vlastnosti oxidových skiel – termodynamický model, entalpická a objemová relaxácia

Coordinator: doc. Ing. Mária Chromčíková, PhD.

Dates: 2016 -2019

Alexander Dubček University of Trenčín was succesful in implementation of a project called New materials and technologies for industry in the 21stcentury with acronym NOMATECH, ITSM code 313011T546. The contract for 476.778,08 € was signed between the Research Agency of the Slovak Republic represented by Minister of Education, Science, Research and Sport JUDr. Mgr. Martina Lubyová, Phd. and Ing. Stanislav Sipko, and the Alexander Dubcek University of Trencin represented by the University’s rector, associate prof. Jozef Habánik, PhD. The project was succesfully realized during the period started on January 1st, 2016 and finished on December 31st, 2019 at FunGlass Center (prior VILA), Faculty of Industrial Technologies, and Faculty of Special Technology.


Dates:       01/2016 – 12/2019

Funding:   476.778,08 €  (Celkové oprávnené výdavky)

Name of the fund: ERDF – European Regional Development Fund

Code of the call/Call: OPVaI-VA/DP/2018/1.1.3-07

Place of implementation: Trenčín, Púchov

Project garants: prof. Ing. Dušan Galusek, prof. Ing. Marek Liška, doc. Ing. Alfonz Plško, prof. Ing. Darina Ondrušová, prof. RNDr. Mariana Pajtášová, prof. RNDr. Jaroslav Pokluda

GoalsIncrease research activity through improved coordination and consolidation of R&D potential of research institutions

The NOMATECH project grant consisted of three main activities:

  • The main activity 1, realized by FunGlass – Centre for Functional and Surface Functionalized Glass was focused on the development of new types of advanced non-metallic inorganic materials and coatings in particular based on glass and ceramics for industrial applications for the 21st century, the development of advanced high-porous materials prepared by the alkaline-activated polymerization of waste materials and the study of degradation mechanisms of these materials and structures in order to prolong their life and reduce environmental impact.
  • The main activity 2, realized by Faculty of Industrial Technologies focused on the functionalization of filler surfaces into polymeric materials by means of plasma discharge and microwave radiation; development, preparation and modification of progressive polymeric materials, testing properties of new materials and predicting properties of studied materials and composites by mathematical-physical modeling for preparation of materials in industrial applications for 21st century industry.
  • The main activity 3, realized by Faculty of Special Technology, was focused on improvement and optimization of utility properties of high-strength metal materials


Based on elaborated models describing soles and properties of anorg.-org, nanocomposite layers for the protection of materials against micro-organism populations, the most suitable composition of these layers was found in the OTES system.

The independent research and development of advanced highly porous materials prepared by the alkali-activated polymerization of waste glass, using flame synthesis technology, which has been improved within the project. The development of this apparatus for the production of solid and hollow glass and glass-ceramic microspheres by means of flame synthesis is completed and the patent is registered.

Unique software development to calculate the surface tension of a sitting and hanging drop

Increased durability and quality of surface treatment of materials

New types of progressive fillers and additives for polymers and composites

New methodologies aimed at characterizing and diagnosing existing materials

New types of materials and coatings with specific functional, especially optical, magnetic, sorption, catalytic and other properties for the 21st century industry

Publications cofunded from the European Regional Development Fund:

  • Alfonz Plško, Katarína Faturíková, Jana Pagáčová, Iveta Papučová, Mariana Švančárková,
    Spectral properties of inorganic-organic films on glass, Book of Abstracts, FunGlass School 2019 / Part 2, ISBN 978-80-8075-900-1 (2019)
  • Katarína Faturíková, Alfonz Plško, Jana Pagáčová, Iveta Papučová, Mariana Švančárková, The influence of preparation conditions for inorganic-organic nanocomposite layers on their hydrophobicity, Book of Abstracts, FunGlass School 2019 / Part 2, ISBN 978-80-8075-900-1 (2019)
  • A Feriancová, M Pajtášová, K Moricová and B Pecušová, Using of wood ash as the alternative filler for preparation of rubber mixtures, MMS 2019: IOP Conf. Series: Materials Science and Engineering 776 (2020) 012087, ISSN 1757-8981.
  • R Janík, M Kohutiar, M Pajtášová, A Dubec, J Pagáčová and J Šulcová, The impact of DCSBD Plasma Discharge on polypropylene, IOP Conf. Series: Materials Science and Engineering 776 (2020) 012090, ISSN 1757-8981.
  • M Kohutiar, R Janík, M Pajtášová, D Ondrušová, I Labaj and V Zvoláneková Mezencevová, Study of structural changes in thermoplastics using dynamic mechanical analysis,MMS 2019: IOP Conf. Series: Materials Science and Engineering 776 (2020) 012092, ISSN 1757-8981. doi:10.1088/1757-899X/776/1/012092
  • I Labaj, D Ondrušová, J Vršková and M Kohutiar, The effect of various alternative filler granularity on the properties of elastomeric vulcanizate,MMS 2019: IOP Conf. Series: Materials Science and Engineering 776 (2020) 012098, ISSN 1757-8981. doi:10.1088/1757-899X/776/1/012098
  • D Ondrušová, I Labaj, J Vršková1, M Pajtášová and V Zvoláneková Mezencevová, Application of alternative additives in the polymer composite systems used in automotive industr, MMS 2019: IOP Conf. Series: Materials Science and Engineering 776 (2020) 012101, ISSN 1757-8981. doi:10.1088/1757-899X/776/1/012101
  • J Vršková, D Ondrušová, I Labaj and I Kopal, Effect of alternative filler from glass industry on the selected properties of friction polymer matrix in automotive industry,MMS 2019: IOP Conf. Series: Materials Science and Engineering 776 (2020) 012106, ISSN 1757-8981. doi:10.1088/1757-899X/776/1/012106
  • J Šulcová, I Papučová and R Janík, Glass surface modification using diffusion coplanar surface barrier discharge (DCSBD),MMS 2019: IOP Conf. Series: Materials Science and Engineering 776 (2020) 012105, ISSN 1757-8981. doi:10.1088/1757-899X/776/1/012105
  • Lenka Bartošová, Michal Krbaťa. Univesity Review, Trenčín: TnUAD, 2019, ISSN 1339-5017.
  • Maroš Eckert.  Vedecké práce a štúdie. Trenčín: TnuAD, 2019. ISBN 978-80-8075-902-5.
  • Milan Jus, Jiří Balla. Univesity Review, Trenčín: TnUAD, 2019, ISSN 1339-5017.
  • Beáta Kopiláková, Ján Zápotočný, Maroš Eckert. Univesity Review, Trenčín: TnUAD, 2019, ISSN 1339-5017.
  • Juraj Majerský, Jozef Majerík, Igor Barényi, Peter Perun. Transfer 2019, 20th International Scientific Conference. – Trenčín: TnUAD, FŠT, 2019, ISBN 978-80-8075-889-9.
  • Pavol Mikuš, Alexej Chovanec, Alena Breznická, Igor Barényi. Univesity Review, Trenčín: TnUAD, 2019, ISSN 1339-5017.

Information about operational program integrated infrastructure 2014-2020 can be found at www.opii.gov.sk


  • APVV PP-H2020-18-0013, Towards healthy life of research institutions via implementation of Gender Equality Plans

Coordinator: prof. Dušan Galusek, DrSc., Andrea Chrastinová, PhD.

Dates: 2018


  • APVV 0108-12, Development of SiC based Conductive Ceramics

Coordinator: prof. Dušan Galusek, DrSc.

Team: Galusková Dagmar, Ing. PhD., Kraxner Jozef, Ing. PhD., ÚACh SAV, ÚMV SAV

Funding 2017: 11848,- EUR

Dates: 2013 – 2017

Abstract: The main purpose of the project is preparation, development and optimization of mechanical (hardness, strength, fracture toughness, wear resistance), high temperature (corrosion and thermal shock resistance) and electrical (electrical conductivity) properties of silicon carbide based ceramic composites with metallic additives, in a way that would ensure electrical metal-like conductivity without compromising structural stability. As experimental materials SiC composites with various volume fraction of Nb and Ti will be used. The subject of the study will be the relationship between the relevant properties of the experimental materials and parameters of their microstructure with the aim to understand their mutual connections, and then to use the gained knowledge in development of optimal material for applications in civil and electrical engineering.


  • VEGA 2/0058/14: Keramické vrstvy pripravené z organokremičitých prekurzorov pre vysokoteplotnú protikoróznu ochranu kovov

Coordinator: Ing. Dagmar Galusková, PhD.

Dates: 2014 – 2016

Abstract: Korózia kovov v horúcich korozívnych plynoch skracuje životnosť technologických zariadení (výmenníkov tepla v elektrárňach a spaľovniach komunálneho odpadu) a vyžaduje dodatočné investície do ich obnovy. Projekt si kladie za cieľ vývoj nového druhu protikoróznej ochrany – keramických povlakov pripravených riadených rozkladom organokremičitých prekurzorov. Navrhovaný spôsob prípravy umožňuje nanášať vrstvy technológiami, ako sú striekanie a namáčanie v tekutom prekurzore, s následnou pyrolýzou a konverziou prekurzora na amorfnú keramiku. Zmena objemu pri konverzii prekurzora sa kompenzuje prídavkom aktívnych a pasívnych plnív na báze oxidových skiel pripravených plameňovou syntézou vo forme mikroguličiek. Takto pripravené vysokotaviteľné sklá s definovaným zložením zabezpečia účinnosť protikoróznej ochrany do vysokých teplôt (> 1200 oC), optimálnu kompatibilitu plniva s keramikou, a vzhľadom na sférický tvar sklených mikročastíc, aj minimálny negatívny vplyv na reológiu prekurzora pri nanášaní.



Name: Výskumné centrum ALLEGRO

Coordinator: prof. Dušan Galusek, DrSc., Ing. Ingrid Hierwegová

Team: SAV/Ústav materiálov a mechaniky strojov SAV, ÚACH SAV, Fyzikálny ústav SAV,Elektrotechnický ústav SAV, STU

Date: 2015


Name: Znalostná databáza a expertný systém environmentálneho riešenia havárií straty chladiva v prevádzke jadrovej elektrárne

Coordinator: Ing. Ingrid Hierwegová

Team: VÚEZ a.s./ÚACH SAV, TnUAD, Fyzikálny ústav SAV, Výskumný ústav chemických vlákien, a.s.

Date: 2010 – 2015


Name: Zvyšovanie kvality a kapacity ľudských zdrojov v oblasti výskumu a vývoja na TnUAD prostredníctvom vzdelávania, zahraničnej spolupráce a transferu odbornosti do praxe

Coordinator: Ing. Ingrid Hierwegová

Team: TnUAD

Date: 2014 – 2015


Name: Centrum pre testovanie kvality a diagnostiku materiálov

Coordinator: Ing. Ingrid Hierwegová

Team: TnUAD

Date: 2015



Name: Centrum excelentnosti pre keramiku, sklo a silikátové materiály

Coordinator: prof. Dušan Galusek, DrSc., Ing. Ingrid Hierwegová


Dates: 2010 – 2013