Viera Skákalová

Presentation - Prof. Assoc. Dipl.-Ing. Viera Skákalová, DrSc. – worked as a professor associate at the Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava in field of conducting polymers. In 1999 she joined the Weizmann Institute of Sciences and then, in 2002, the Max Planck Institute in Stuttgart. Since 2012 she has been employed at the University of Vienna. Her main expertise is in low-dimensional carbon materials (graphene and carbon nanotubes) with about 130 publications and 2800 citations (H-index: 26 (Scopus)). She has been a principal investigator or coordinator of 10 national and EC scientific projects, organizer of scientific conferences, editor of a book “Graphene: properties, preparation, characterization and devices” (Elsevier, 2014). Since 2004, she has been a managing director of an SME Danubia NanoTech.

Research project

Graphene – one-atom thick layer of carbon network - has a number of outstanding properties which may lead to breakthrough in a number of industrial applications. Moreover, acting as a molecular barrier, graphene has a potential to protect objects of the cultural heritage, exposed to open environment, from degrading due to corrosion. In our experiments we will explore how graphene-coated surface of the precious object could resist to corrosive chemicals. We will test anticorrosive effect of graphene prepared through different routes as well as combined with additional protective layers. The chemical composition of the surface of the protected objects as well as of graphene layer will be analyzed by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, Raman spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy and by electrical transport. The results will be carefully evaluated with the perspective of practical applications in a wide range of fields.