The Department of Physics provides courses in physics for all students of the Faculty of Civil Engineering. Besides the core courses in physics (Mechanics of Material Points, Mechanics of the Continuum, Thermodynamics of Reversible and Irreversible Processes, Electricity and Magnetism), the department offers special elective courses for students whose branch of civil engineering requires specialized knowledge in a specific area of physics (Application of Nanotechnologies in Civil Engineering, Physical Diagnostics, Transport Phenomena, Applied Physics in Construction, Physics Seminar etc.), and also courses for the doctoral degree students (thermodynamics and statistical physics, kinetic processes in materials, physical chemistry, applied physics etc.).
The staff members of the department are engaged in research focused on the following key issues:
Application of polymer nanofibres in civil engineering.
Application of carbon nanotubes (CNT) to modify cement grains.
Investigation into phase changes and chemical reactions in building materials.
Modern optical measurement methods.
Transport and degradation processes in porous construction materials.
Effects of ionizing radiation on characteristics of building materials.
Physical concept of intelligent buildings.
Research projects of the Department of Physics are carried out in the Centre of Nanotechnology in Civil Engineering at FCE CTU in Prague, in cooperation with the Institutes of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic and with international institutes (LCPC Paris, STU Bratislava etc.), and also as research grant projects awarded by the Czech Science Foundation (GA ČR), the Centre of Excellence of the Czech Science Foundation etc.