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Webinar #1: Nanofibrous Materials for Medical Applications


Date: Tuesday, November 1, 2022
Time: 15:00 – 16:00 CET (09:00 - 10:00 EDT)
Speakers: Prof. RNDr. David Lukáš, CSc. & doc. Ing. Eva Kuželová Košťáková, Ph.D.

Fibers and fiber materials are exceptional in terms of properties as well as the flexibility and variability of technological processes leading to a vast number of variants of the resulting products. The realization that the fiber is a unique structural unit of materials leads to an understanding of the uniqueness and inimitability of the properties of fiber materials. The creation of nanofibrous polymer materials using electrospinning offers the possibility of creating materials mimicking - imitating extracellular matter and thereby encouraging their use for medical applications such as wound covers, cell carriers (scaffolds) for tissue engineering or drug delivery systems. The result of clinical testing of the electrospun nanofibrous biodegradable wound cover will be presented.

About speakers:

Prof. David Lukas is the head of Bioengineering at the Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science, Humanities and Education at the Technical University of Liberec. He is a leading expert on the physical principles of the formation of polymer nanofibers , the author of many patents and the author of important publications in the field of electrospinning both DC and AC. In his teaching, he focuses not only on the physical principles of the creation of nanofibers, but also on the physics of polymers, biophysics and stereology. He is the guarantor of the follow-up master's study program in Bioengineering at FP, TUL both in Czech and completely in English. Prof. Lukáš is the emeritus rector of the Technical University in Liberec and is also a Fulbright Honorary Ambassador.

Assoc. prof. Eva Kuzelova Kostakova is a member of  Bioengineering at the Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science, Humanities and Education at the Technical University of Liberec. She is primarily devoted to materials engineering associated with the creation of fibrous materials for medical applications and their testing. Since 2001 she is in the team of prof. David Lukáš. Her teaching focuses on the subjects Biomaterials for medical applications, Wetting of fibrous materials, Materials for tissue carriers and Introduction to bioengineering. She is the guarantor of the bachelor's study program Bioengineering at FP, TUL. She is the co-author of several patents not only in the field of electrospinning, DC and AC and several dozen publications in WOS.

About Technical University of Liberec:

Technical University of Liberec (TUL) is a dynamic university of medium size that joins forms of technical and university education. The university was founded in 1953 under the name of the University of Mechanical Engineering in Liberec, originally with the aim of educating qualified engineers for the local industry. Gradually, the scope expanded, the number of fields and faculties increased, which in 1995 led to the renaming of the Technical University of Liberec.

It is the only university in the Liberec Region and has seven faculties and one professional institute. Despite the name, university does not only focus on technical fields, but also educates economists, teachers, architects and other experts. It cooperates with approximately 200 similarly focused institutions around the world.

The Technical University of Liberec reaches excellent results in the fields of science and research. Let us mention the world-wide unique discovery of industrial manufacturing technology of nano-textiles – the Nanospider. These results, well-known to the public, only increase the reputation of TUL.

In the field of technology transfer, the Technical University of Liberec has a tradition of research in close cooperation especially with the textile and automotive industries. This has guaranteed excellent placements to graduates. Furthermore, the University is involved in more than 100 research projects worth almost USD 3 million and in contract research.

The Technical University of Liberec can also be proud of its good social, cultural and sports background. Only a few universities can offer such broad sporting possibilities.

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