Dean's Awards 2023

Tomáš Kašparovský, the dean of the Faculty of Science, awarded the best students of the Faculty of Science MU. From the Department of Physical Electronics, Kristína Tomanková and dr. Michael Kroker were awarded. From the Department of Theoretical Physics and Astrophysics was awarded dr. Martin Piecka.

8 Jun 2023 Tereza Schmidtová

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Dean's Awards 2023

Dean Tomáš Kašparovský has presented awards to the best students of the MU Faculty of Science. In the academic year 2022/2023, three students/graduates from Physics were recognized. You can find more details about the prize-giving ceremony and a list of all awardees here.

Bc. Kristína Tomanková is a student in the Physics master's program in Plasma physics and nanotechnologies. Kristína Tomanková has achieved above-average results in her studies, demonstrating a deep knowledge of plasma theory, fundamental processes, specific materials, engineering solutions, and chemical kinetics. As part of her diploma thesis, "Simulation of oxygen plasma in a hollow cathode plasma source," she created and validated a plasma-kinetic scheme for the precursor TMDSO (tetramethyl disiloxane). Until then, it had never been published in the scientific literature, despite the precursor being used in several practical applications. Indeed, the scope of her work corresponds more to Doctoral research. Kristína's results are received with interest by the academic community and partners in the international consortium in which she conducts her Master's research. Kristína has given lectures on her work at two international conferences and is preparing her first publication in an impacted periodical.

Mgr. Michael Kroker, Ph.D., is a graduate of the Physics doctoral program in Plasma physics. As part of his doctoral thesis, "Magnetron sputtered hard ternary coatings with enhanced fracture toughness," he focused on the deposition and characterization of TaBC and WBC layers. He has mastered all aspects of such coatings' industrial preparation and laboratory characterization. The resulting products had been tested and put into production by an industrial partner as a part of their portfolio for customers. He published his results in seven high-quality international journals. He presented his work in three lectures and two posters at international conferences.

Mgr. Martin Piecka, Ph.D., is a graduate of the Physics doctoral program in Astrophysics. As part of his doctoral thesis, "Studying Open Clusters and DIBs During the Gaia Era,"​ he focused on the physics of the interstellar medium and open star clusters. Martin Piecka is one of the most successful Doctoral students in astrophysics today. In his first article in an impacted journal, he presented his research on interstellar medium lines in star spectra. He is also the author or co-author of several other professional and cited publications. For his work as one of the few Czech astrophysicists, he mainly uses data from the Gaia satellite, one of the essential satellites launched by the European Space Agency in recent years. Martin currently holds a post-doctoral position in the world's leading group dealing with the interstellar environment in Vienna.

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