CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE FOR CERAMICS, GLASS AND SILICATE MATERIALS
Prof. Dušan Galusek has been working in the area of structural ceramic composites, and functional glasses since 1991. After earning his PhD at the Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava in 1995 he spent several years working at various research institutions abroad, including Brunel University in London, University of Leeds, Darmstadt University of Technology and Karlsruhe University of Technology. He became full professor in 2013, and in 2014 obtained the degree Doctor of Science (DSc.). He coordinated more than ten national and two international research projects, authored and co-authored more than 70 peer reviewed papers in scientific journals and more than one hundred contributions in conference proceedings, which have been cited more than 300 times. He is author and co-author of 4 books. At present he is the head of the Centre of excellence for ceramics, glass, and silicate materials, and serves as the vice-rector for research, science, and international relations of the Alexander Dubček University of Trenčín.
Prof. Marek Liška earned his M.Sc. in 1974 at the Faculty of Chemical Technology of the Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava, Slovakia. In 1978 he finished his doctoral study at the same university and obtained his Ph.D. in Chemical Sciences. In 1996 he obtained his D.Sc. and in 1997 he was appointed Associate Professor of Physical Chemistry and Chemical Physics, and in 2003 the full professor of Physical Chemistry. His main research interests include physical chemistry and chemical physics, mainly in connection with the glass science and technology. He repeatedly worked as the visiting scientist at the Institute of Silicate Chemistry, St. Petersburg, Russia. Prof. Liška published one monograph (Applications of Numerical Methods in Molecular Spectroscopy, CRC Press, Boca Raton, 1994) and one handbook (Comprehensive Dictionary of Physical Chemistry, Ellis Horwood, Chichester, 1992), 151 peer reviewed papers in international journals, which have been cited 266 times. He is co-author of 2 patents, and led 21 national or international research projects. At present he is the full professor of the Alexander Dubček University of Trenčín, and the head of the Joint Glass Centre of the same university.
Assoc. prof. Peter Šimurka, experienced in glass research and modernization, project management in industry/academic field and top management in industrial companies. He is currently active as the researcher in the the Centre of excellence for ceramics, glass and silicate materials. He attained his diploma in Chemical Technology of Silicates in STU Bratislava (1982), his PhD. in the IICH SAS (1994) and an associated professorship in TnUAD (2004). After working as a researcher in the Research and Development Glass Institute in Trenčín (1982 – 1991) and in the IICH SAS (1991-1994) he joined the tableware glass company Rona a.s. Lednické Rovne in 1994. Here he started as the Head of the Department for modernization and continued as the Technical Investment Director, Production Director and General Director. He also served as the Executive Director in the companies Slovenský hodvab a.s. Senica and Slovglass a.s. Poltár. In 2009 he changed to the Joint Glass Centre of the IICH SAS, TnUAD and FCHT STU in Trenčín, where he has been working on and managing the projects where academic and industrial partners are participated. He is author of 7 patents and utility models and more than 50 publications in journals and Conference Proceedings. He is the Executive Secretary of the International Commission on Glass and President of the Slovak Glass Society.
Dr. Dagmar Galusková works as the researcher in the Centre of excellence for ceramics, glass and silicate materials. She works in the field of silicate chemistry with main focus on chemical durability of glasses, corrosion resistance of structural ceramics and biomaterials. Her research activities include chemical analysis of materials by optical emission spectroscopy with inductively coupled plasma and microstructural and compositional analysis of inorganic materials by scanning electron microscopy. During her study stay at Technische Universität Darmstadt, Institut für Materialwissenschaft, Darmstadt, Germany, she worked on the preparation of pre-ceramic powders for novel hafnium nitride- and hafnium diboride-based ceramic nanocomposites. She earned her PhD in 2010. Dr. Galusková published 14 papers in peer reviewed scientific journals, which has been cited 13 times. At present she is leading two national research projects related to the mechanisms of corrosion and micromechanical properties of dental materials and to development of the anticorrosive layers for metal protection.
Dr. Róbert Klement received his PhD degree in 2001 in physical chemistry at Faculty of Chemical Technology Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava, under the supervision of Prof. Peter Pelikan. He subsequently completed postdoctoral research fellowship at ICS ULP Strasbourg, France (2001-2003) with Prof. Claude Mathis. He is author and co-author of 25 CC publication, 2 book chapters, and more than 60 conference contributions with more than 270 SCI, editor of 2 conference proceedings and supervised 2 national research projects. He is currently a senior researcher in the Centre of excellence for ceramics, glass and cement. His main research interest is focussed on the preparation and characterization of inorganic phosphors for solid state lighting and application of spectroscopic (UV-VIS-NIR, fluorescence spectroscopy – steady-state and time resolved TCSPC) and electrochemical methods in materials research.
Dr. Jozef Kraxner works in the area of applied research in field of glass and ceramics and his main research interests are glass properties, mainly in connection with the glass science and technology and cooperation with the glass industry. He has been working on the preparation of glass-ceramics materials with flame synthesis. He completed his PhD thesis in 2008 under the supervision of Prof. Marek Liška on the physical properties and thermodynamic models of borosilicate glasses and melts with industry cooperation with Johns Manville Slovakia Trnava. He cooperated with glass industry Rona a.s., under the project, where he focused on the research of the influence of the parameter change in melting process, on the research of the influence of burning characters on the melting effects (burning process, oxygen-fuel boosting) and on the research of the corrosion of refractories. Dr. Kraxner has published 9 papers in peer reviewed scientific journals. In 2012 he worked on the Institute of Ceramics and Glass (ICV-CSIC) in Madrid, where he worked on the topic optimized glass sealants for sealing solid oxide fuel cells (SOFC). Besides the research activity he worked in 2014 parallel in glass industry Rona a.s. as a technologist of glass melting, batch and furnace.
Dr. Peter Hošták, MBA is an assistant professor at the Faculty of Social and Economic Relations at Alexander Dubček University of Trenčín. He received his MBA degree from City University of Seattle in Trenčín, Slovakia and holds a doctorate in Accounting Information and Management from Northwestern University in Chicago for research on risk measures in performance pricing debt contracts. Prior to joining academia he worked as a financial analyst at Citibank Slovakia with responsibility to carry out financial analysis of corporate clients and various strategic studies for the bank. He has taught accounting, finance and taxation courses at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. He is an expert in financial analysis, his research interests include corporate governance mechanisms, public finance management and regional development studies He has served in various academic positions at Rush University in Chicago, University of Massachusetts in Dartmouth and City University of Seattle in Europe. His work has appeared in such academic journals as the Review of Accounting Studies, Economics and Management and Social and Economic Revue.