The Faculty of Environmental Protection Technology (FTOP) focuses on the issue of environmental protection. In 2019, FTO gained 2nd place in the "Faculty of the year" in the Chemistry category.
When studying at FTOP, students focus on natural science and technical subjects, thanks to which they will not get lost in the scientific or industrial sphere. The common basis with all faculties in the bachelor's fields will give students a broad general knowledge in the field of chemistry and technology, extended by the subjects of their specialization. In subsequent master's programs, students already devote themselves to their field according to specific requirements and interests. Emphasis is placed on both theoretical knowledge and practical connections, whether in our laboratories or on practice in the industry.
It is also possible to teach the master's program in Sustainability and Environmental Engineering in English or international cooperation with other European universities on the master's program IMETE or a double doctorate with universities in Belgium and France.
Graduates of our faculty find employment in various branches of industry, for example, chemical or petrochemical, and a wide range of employment is also found in the field of environmental protection. We also have graduates in analytical laboratories, inspection and control bodies, state administration, and research. Last but not least, it is worth mentioning that they are employed in project and consulting organizations or as technologists, specialists, or environmental managers. Notable graduates include, for example, Milan Smrž, author and co-author of dozens of professional publications and patents and vice-president of the European association EUROSOLAR, which strives for the complete replacement of fossil and nuclear sources with renewable ones, or Miroslav Kos, co-author of a whole range of technological solutions for WWTPs in the Czech Republic, including the New Prague Water Line, completed in 2019.
The study is also closely linked to witnessing work at all institutes, and students have the opportunity to participate in the solution of grant projects, which are subsequently used or implemented in industry, ministries, further research or take place in cooperation with foreign institutions.
Department of Petroleum Technology and Alternative Fuels
in its pedagogical activities, it focuses on theoretical and practical teaching in the field of technology and analysis of oil and oil products, alternative fuels, and green chemistry. Pedagogical activities are closely connected with scientific research activities focused both on the field of oil and oil products, and on technologies for the production of alternative fuels including, among other things, the hydrogenation of bioliquids and liquids from recycled carbon (waste plastics) for the purpose of producing advanced biofuels and chemicals. Related to this are other research activities focused in general on biomass valorization technologies and the development of heterogeneous catalysts. An integral part of all areas of research is the development and optimization of methods for the analysis of fuels, biofuels, bioliquids, and other materials that are the subject of research activities.
Department of Gaseous and Solid Fuels and Air Protection
is engaged in teaching students of bachelor's, master's, and doctoral studies in Energy and fuel study programs with a focus on gaseous fuels, solid fuels, biofuels, and air protection. The institute's research activities are focused on the issues of transportation, distribution, and processing of natural gas, chemical, and energy use of coal and coke, use of biomass for the production of alternative fuels, as well as air protection technologies and waste gas processing.
Department of Water Technology and Environmental Engineering
deals with pedagogical and scientific-research activities in the field of drinking water treatment and wastewater treatment. During the course of study, students can participate in many research projects in the entire field of water technology: drinking water treatment, wastewater treatment, microbiology, energy production from wastewater and other materials, etc. terrain. The institute's activities are currently focused on current topics: reuse of water, reuse of materials and energy, use of information from wastewater, safe supply of drinking water, and digitalization of water management.
Department of Power Engineering
The scientific research activity can be divided into three basic areas of research: a) Corrosion and materials in the energy sector – research is focused on testing the corrosion behavior of new materials in existing and new energy technologies (refractory steels and alloys and their behavior in supercritical energy circuits, development protective layers for coating nuclear fuel (Accident Tolerant Fuel, etc.). b) Sorption processes and ion exchange in water treatment - applications are historically associated with the production of demineralized water for energy and industry. Professional interest gradually grew into the areas of environmental protection, hydrometallurgy, and the preparation of sorbents, their lifetime in real operating conditions. An example of the topics addressed is the removal of unwanted ions from contaminated sources of drinking water and waste and process waters. A lot of attention is paid especially to oxoanions and complex ions of toxic metals and semimetals. c) Energy and material use of biomass, alternative fuels, and waste - here the research is primarily focused on the thermochemical use of waste, solid alternative fuels, bio waste, biomass, and on the circular economy of products in energy, heating, and waste management. It mainly deals with current energy topics with the aim of greater use of renewable energy sources and alternative fuels and the issue of thermochemical conversions.
Department of Environmental Chemistry
as part of its pedagogical and research activities, it generally deals with current and very important issues of environmental protection. In a more detailed view, these activities can be divided into five areas of scope: technology for environmental protection, environmental sampling and analysis, toxicology and ecotoxicology, numerical simulation of environmental engineering processes, and environmental microbiology. The institute has spacious laboratories for practical teaching, modern equipment, qualified personnel, and traditionally excellent links with leading subjects from the institutional and applied sphere of technical environmental protection.
Department of Sustainability and Product Ecology
The pedagogical focus of the institute is based on the current social need to implement the principles of sustainability into practice. Our goal is to develop education in the field of sustainability, circular economy, product ecology, raw material safety, and other fields that are important for professionals focused on sustainability. The content of the professional and creative activities of the institute's employees is analytical work in the field of product and corporate sustainability. We conduct research focused on product ecology and ecodesign. Using analytical tools such as life cycle assessment (LCA) or material flow analysis (MFA), we determine the environmental aspects of products, services, technologies, and organizations.