Dr. Mária OMASTOVÁ, D.Sc.
H-Index: 43

Dr. Mária OMASTOVÁ, D.Sc.

Slovak Academy of Sciences, Bratislava, Slovakia, EU


Position: Head of the Department of Composite Materials, Polymer Institute, Slovak Academy of Sciences, Bratislava, Slovakia

Specialization: Multiphase polymer systems, Composites and nanocomposites with special properties.


At the NANOCON´24 conference Mária Omastová will present the invited lecture “Fascinating two-dimensional nanoparticles and their application” in the Session ANanomaterials for Electronic, Magnetic and Optic Applications. Carbon Nanostructures, Quantum Dots.


Personal Background and Education:

Mária Omastová graduated (MSc. degree) in physical chemistry at the Slovak Technical University, Faculty of Chemical Technology, in Bratislava, Slovakia (1985). She received her Ph.D. in macromolecular chemistry under supervision of Prof. Milan Lazár, D.Sc, Dr. Stanislav Košina at the Slovak Academy of Sciences (SAS), Bratislava (1993); thesis: "Synthesis of polypyrrole on the presence of pyridinium chlorochromate and study of its properties". In 1994 she completed the
12 months long post-doctoral stay at the Institute of Polymer Research Dresden, Germany.
In 2009 she received D.Sc. - Doctor of Sciences in macromolecular chemistry, SAS, Bratislava.

She is the principal research scientist at the Polymer Institute SAS in Bratislava (since 1995) and since 2011 she is the Head of the Department of Composite Materials.


Research interests:

In the beginning of her scientific carrier, she synthetized various conducting polymers. Paper on surfactants influence on polypyrrole (PPy) conductivity and properties is her most cited one (over 460 WOS citations). Another part of her research is a combination of conductive polymers with other polymers, carbon nanotubes, or noble metals, to create new kinds of materials for applications as conducting inks, or replacing Pt cathode in solar cells.

In the last years, M. Omastová research is also focused on the non-covalent and covalent surface modification of carbon nanotubes and other nanoparticles, and to the subsequent preparation of nanocomposites with polymeric matrices for sensors and actuator application (project 7RP). Graphene, graphene oxide, and MoS2 were modified with magnetic nanoparticles and antibody for creation of nanoplatform for cancer detection. MXene polymeric nanocomposites are prepared under supervision of M. Omastová, and proposed to have EMI shielding properties (Horizon 2020 project). She has extensive co-operation with other research groups abroad resulting in mutual projects within FP7, Horizon 2020, Horizon Europe, Interreg, MEraNet, and many others. Surface and interphase characterization of polymeric, organic and inorganic materials by X- ray photoelectron spectroscopy is one of the main interests.


Summary of publication activity:

Author and co-author of >215 publications in international peer-reviewed journals. More than 6.100 citations and H-index: 43 (WoS, May 2024).


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