The Nanomaterials Group at the Department of Surface and Plasma Science of the Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, Charles University, conducts fundamental and applied research in the field of nanomaterials, mainly focusing on hydrogen energy, heterogeneous catalysis, and gas and biomolecule sensors. The NG researchers support the operation of SPL-HTC at both, technical and scientific level.
SPL-HTC is a large research infrastructure designed for the research in surfaces and surface processes. From 2023, its focus is extended to research and testing of materials for hydrogen technology. It was created by merging the Surface Physics Laboratory (SPL) in Prague, Czech Republic, and the Charles University Beamline for Materials Science (MSB) at the Elettra synchrotron in Trieste, Italy, supplemented with the Hydrogen Technology Center (HTC) in Prague. It is a member of the CERIC-ERIC consortium, through which SPL-(MSB)-HTC can be accessed by researchers from all over the world.