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prof. Ing. Tomáš Polcar, Ph.D.

Present position
Full professor in Applied Physics (part time), Head of Advanced Materials Group, Department of Control Engineering, Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Czech Technical University in Prague (CTU), Technicka 2, 166 27 Prague 6, Czech Republic, polcar@fel.cvut.cz
Associate professor in Coatings and Nanotribology, Head of national Centre for Advanced Tribology at Southampton (nCATS), Engineering Sciences, University of Southampton (SOTON), Highfield Campus, Southampton, SO17 1BJ, Hampshire, UK, T.Polcar@soton.ac.uk; Tel: +44 02380 59 8615


2015 full professor in Applied physics (CTU)
2014 associate professor in Coatings and Nanotribology (SOTON)
2012 associate professor in Applied physics (CTU)
2005 PhD, Mathematical and Physical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Thesis: Tribological Characteristics of Protective Coatings at Elevated Temperatures
2000 MSc (Ing.), Mechanical Engineering, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Czech Technical University in Prague. Thesis: Design of 10MW hot-water boiler for wood combustion

Main Research Areas
Materials and Surface Engineering, Deposition and characterization of thin films, Tribology

Publication Activities

Patent (co-author)
Reactive spraying method for coating substrate, e.g. with titanium oxynitride, includes introducing reactive gas into spray chamber at flow rate determined by cyclic control signal Derwent Primary Accession Number: 2008-D73298 [27]; FR2905124-B1 29 2009

Selected Publications: H Index 17 (Web of Science)

1. M. Callisti, S. Lozano-Perez, T. Polcar, Structural and mechanical properties of gamma irradiated Zr/Nb multilayer nanocomposites, Materials Letters 2015
2. S.M. Marques, I. Carvalho, M. Henriques, T. Polcar, S. Carvalho, PVD-grown antibacterial Ag-TiN films on piezoelectric PVDF substrates for sensor applications, Surface and Coatings Technology 2015
3. F. Fernandes, A. Loureiro, T. Polcar, A. Cavaleiro, Effect of the substrate dilution on the room and high temperature tribological behaviour of Ni-based coatings deposited by PTA on grey cast iron, Surface and Coatings Technology 281 ( 2015) 11-19
4. G. Levita, E. Molinari, T. Polcar, M. C. Righi, First-principles comparative study on the interlayer adhesion and shear strength of transition-metal dichalcogenides and graphene, PHYSICAL REVIEW B 92 (2015) 085434
5. J. Borges, M.S. Rodrigues, T. Kubart, S. Kumar, K. Leifer, M. Evaristo, A. Cavaleiro, M. Apreutesei, R.M.S. Pereira, M.I. Vasilevskiy, T. Polcar, F. Vaz, Thin films composed of gold nanoparticles dispersed in a dielectric matrix: The influence of the host matrix on the optical and mechanical responses, Thin Solid Films
6. J. Borges, M.S. Rodrigues, C. Lopes, D. Costa, F.M. Couto, T. Kubart, B. Martins, N. Duarte, J.P. Dias, A. Cavaleiro, T. Polcar, F. Macedo, F. Vaz, Thin films composed of Ag nanoclusters dispersed in TiO2: influence of composition and thermal annealing on the microstructure and physical responses, Applied Surface Science
7. J. Borges, F. Macedo, F.M. Couto, M.S. Rodrigues, C. Lopes, P. Pedrosa, T. Polcar, L. Marques, F. Vaz, The influence of nitrogen and oxygen additions on the thermal characteristics of aluminium-based thin films, Materials Chemistry and Physics 163 (2015) 569-580
8. J. Zekonyte, T. Polcar, Friction force microscopy analysis of self-adaptive W-S-C coatings: nanoscale friction and wear, ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces 7 (2015) 21056–21064
9. A. Cammarata, T. Polcar, Tailoring Nanoscale Friction in MX2 Transition Metal Dichalcogenides, Inorganic Chemistry 54 (2015) 5739–5744
10. F. Fernandes, J. Morgiel, T. Polcar, A. Cavaleiro, Oxidation and diffusion processes during annealing of TiSi(V)N films, , Surf. Coat. Technol. 275 (2015) 120-126
11. I. Carvalho, T. Polcar, M. Henriques, S. Carvalho, Materials incompatibility as a major cause of hip prostheses rejection, Rev.Adv.Mater. Sci. 42 (2015) 36-49
12. M.-G. Mureşan, A. Charvátová Campbell, P. Ondračka, V. Buršíková, V. Peřina, T. Polcar, S. Reuter, M.U. Hammer, M. Valtr, L. Zajíčková, Protective Double-Layer Coatings Prepared by Plasma Enhanced Chemical Vapor Deposition on Tool Steel, Surf. Coat. Technol. 272 (2015) 229-238
13. J. Borges, D. Costa, E. Antunes, C. Lopes, M.S. Rodrigues, M. Apreutesei, E. Alves, N.P. Barradas, P. Pedrosa, C. Moura, L. Cunha, T. Polcar, F. Vaz, P. Sampaio, Biological behaviour of thin films consisting of Au nanoparticles dispersed in a TiO2 dielectric matrix, Vacuum 2015
14. M. Callisti, T. Polcar, Microstructural evolution of nanometric Ti(NiCu)2 precipitates in annealed Ni-Ti-Cu thin films, Vacuum 117 (2015) 1-3
15. M. Callisti, M. Danek, K. Yasuda, M. Evaristo, F.D. Tichelaar, A. Cavaleiro, T. Polcar, Ni-Ti(-Cu) shape memory alloy interlayers supporting low friction functional coatings, Tribology International 88 (2015) 135-142
16. E. Frutos, M. Callisti, M. Karlik, T. Polcar, Length-scale-dependent mechanical behaviour of Zr/Nb multilayers as a function of individual layer thickness, Materials Science and Engineering: A 632 (2015) 137-146
17. A. Escudeiro, M.A. Wimmer, T. Polcar, A. Cavaleiro,Tribological behavior of uncoated and DLC-coated CoCr and Ti-alloys in contact with UHMWPE and PEEK counterbodies, Tribology International 89 (2015) 97-104
18. P. Mutafov, M. Evaristo, A. Cavaleiro, T. Polcar, Structure, mechanical and tribological properties of self-lubricant W-S-N coatings, Surf. Coat. Technol. 261 (2015) 7-14
19. C. Lopes, C. Gonçalves, J. Borges; T. Polcar, M.P.M. Rodrigues; N.P. Barradas, E. Alves, E. Le Bourhis, F. Macedo, C. Fonseca, F. Vaz, Evolution of the functional properties of silver-titanium thin films for biomedical applications: influence of in-vacuum annealing, Surf. Coat. Technol., 261 (2015) 262-271
20. M. Callisti, T. Polcar, Martensitic transformation in Ni-Ti(-Cu) interlayers supporting low-friction functional layers, Applied Surface Science 325 (2015) 192-202
21. A. Escudeiro, N.M Figueiredo, T. Polcar, A. Cavaleiro, Structural and mechanical properties of nanocrystalline Zr co-sputtered a-C(:H) amorphous films, Applied Surface Science 325 (2015) 64-72
22. F. Fernandes, T. Polcar, A. Cavaleiro, Tribological properties of self-lubricating TiSiVN coatings at room temperature, Surf. Coat. Technol. 267 (2015) 8-14
23. F. Gustavsson, M. Bugnet, T. Polcar, A. Cavaleiro, S. Jacobson, Effect of choice of doping element on the sliding mechanisms of sputtered WS2 coatings – a high resolution TEM/EELS study, Tribological Transactions 58 (2015) 113-118