617-0974/01 – Chemistry of Carbon (CHU)

Gurantor departmentDepartment of ChemistryCredits10
Subject guarantordoc. Mgr. Lucie Bartoňová, Ph.D.Subject version guarantordoc. Mgr. Lucie Bartoňová, Ph.D.
Study levelpostgraduateRequirementChoice-compulsory type B
YearSemesterwinter + summer
Study languageCzech
Year of introduction2019/2020Year of cancellation
Intended for the facultiesFMTIntended for study typesDoctoral
Instruction secured by
LoginNameTuitorTeacher giving lectures
BAR57 doc. Mgr. Lucie Bartoňová, Ph.D.
KOU37 Mgr. Ivan Koutník, Ph.D.
PAN37 doc. Ing. Petr Pánek, CSc.
Extent of instruction for forms of study
Form of studyWay of compl.Extent
Full-time Examination 20+0
Part-time Examination 20+0

Subject aims expressed by acquired skills and competences

Student will be able to: -understand the relationship between structure and properties of carbonaceous substances -carry out mass and energy balances of processes and assess their effectiveness -interpret the results of sorption measurements and assess the effect of activation conditions on sorbent properties -assess the suitability of carbonaceous raw materials for a given technological process

Teaching methods

Individual consultations


The subject leads to a deeper understanding of how the chemical structure affects the properties and application possibilities of carbonaceous materials. It is focused to elemental forms of carbon, inorganic and organic compounds of carbon and carbonaceous macromolecular substances. It explains the chemistry of pyrolysis processes, combustion, gasification and graphitization of carbonaceous matter. Attention is also paid to modern materials: carbon fibers, composites, sorbents and nanomaterials.

Compulsory literature:

MARSH,H.,REINOSO,F.R. Science of Carbon Materials. Publicaciones Universidad de Alicante 2000, 674 s. ISBN 84-7908-544-4 SOLOMONS, T.W.G., FRYHLE,C.B. Organic Chemistry. John Wiley and Sons, Inc. 2003, 1255 s. ISBN 0-471-41799-8 WILLIAMS,P.T. Waste Treatment and Disposal. Wiley Online Library 2005 ISBN 9780470849125. Dostupné z: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/book/10.1002/0470012668 SHARPE, A. G. Inorganic chemistry. 3rd ed. Burnt Mill: Longman, 1992. 702 s. ISBN 0-582-05913-5. TIWARI, A., SHUKLA,S.K.(ed). Advanced carbon materials and technology Scrivener Publishing ; Wiley,2014.492 s. ISBN: 978-1-118-68623-2.

Recommended literature:

DÍEZ TASCÓN, J.,M. (ed.) Novel carbon adsorbents. Oxford: Elsevier, 2012.686 s. ISBN 978-0-08-097744-7. GOGOTSI, Y. a Volker PRESSER,V.(ed.) Carbon nanomaterials. 2nd ed. Boca Raton: CRC Press, 2014. ISBN 978-1-4398-9781-2. Časopisy: Carbon, Zeitschrift für anorganische und allgemeine Chemie, Hazardous Waste and Hazardous Materials, Waste Management

Way of continuous check of knowledge in the course of semester

Presentation of seminar paper and oral exam.


Other requirements

Individual requirements are based on PhD thesis subject.


Subject has no prerequisities.


Subject has no co-requisities.

Subject syllabus:

Bonding in carbon compounds. Allotropy. Structure vs. properties. Amorphous carbon. Carbon black, fibre structures, pyrocarbon. Inorganic carbon compounds. Organic carbon compounds. Structural theory of organic chemistry (chemical bonds, molecular geometry, isomerism). Intermolecular forces. Physical properties and molecular structure. Introduction to organic reactions. Homolysis and heterolysis of bonds to carbon. Reaction and their mechanisms. Thermodynamics and reaction kinetics in organic chemistry. Acid-base reactions, pyrolysis process and combustion of organic compounds. Summary of important families of organic compounds. Fossil and recent carbonaceous fuels. Carbon cycle. The importance of carbon for life. Photosynthesis. Genesis of caustobiolites. Current views on the composition of coal. Characteristics of coal depending on coalification. The importance of caustobiolites for power production. Chemistry of metallurgical coke production. Behaviour of coal during heating. Carbonization process theory. Kinetics and thermodynamics of coke-forming processes. Interpretation of plastic behaviour of coal. Coal coking products depending on coking conditions. Carbon combustion and gasification. The path to a unified theory. Characteristics for the selecting of coals for combustion and impacts on plant operation and performance. Self-ignition chemistry. Principle of oxidation protection. Grafitization. Mechanism of graphitization process. Black coal pitch and processing of electrode material. Chemistry of coal-tar and petroleum-pitch. Activated carbons. Porozity in carbons. Physical and chemical adsorption, measuring extents of adsorption. Production of carbonaceous sorbents. Carbon fibres. Precursors, methods of formation, properties and utilization. Correlation of structure and properties of carbon fibres. Carbonaceous composites. Mechanical properties of carbon materials. New structures in carbon-based materials. Fullerenes and their derivatives, carbon nanotubes, carbon films, graphene etc. Future trends. Carbon materials for nuclear energy applications. Fission and fusion reactor applications. Neutron irradiation effects, thermal shock, chemical erosion, tritium retention. Environmental aspects of fuel utilization. Classical carbonaceous fuels and the environment.

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