Man can change the world in many ways: by planting thousands (or one) trees, by building skyscrapers, by writing a poem, painting a landscape, composing a song. Or by trying to find – and finding – ways how to increase our knowledge about the universe or the human brain or how to do things differently and better. A man we wrote about sometime a year ago, Ludvík Martinů, fits in the last mentioned group. Some of us know, that he is a distinguished scientist; some know him as a member of the Montreal unit of the Sokol Gymnastic Organization, and still others as the husband of Alena, the author of a fascinating book. This brief comment is about Ludvík Martinů, the scientist (and entrepreneur).
He graduated in Prague in 1985 in a mysterious field known as Nanocomposite films formed by metal clusters in dielectric matrices fabricated by a hybrid PECVD process. And, of course, all of us are familiar with that. After graduation Ludvik worked in research, first at his alma mater, Charles University in Prague, then at the Bari University in Italy, and finally moved to Montreal’s Ecole Polytechnique, to become the head of research in optical coatings and optical film systems. He taught and planned creating at the Polytechnique Montreal, with the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), Research Chair in coating and surface engineering.
On September 25, 2012, his magnificent dream came true. That day it was announced in Montreal that, indeed, a Research chair in coating and surface engineering was inaugurated at the Ecole Polytechniqe by the Polytechnique, NSERC and seven partners (among the largest companies in Canada: Essilor, Hydro-Quebec, Canadian Industries Corp., Pratt&Whitney Canada, Velan (yes, our Velan), JDS Uniphase and the Canadian Space Agency. Funding for the next five years is assured by a 2.6 million donation from NSERC, and 2.75 million donations from the seven partners. Ludvík Martinu, Professor in the Department of Engineering Physics at Polytechnique Montreal was appointead chair of this huge undertaking. Research will focus on developing a new generation of non-polluting manufacturing technologies for nanostructured coating materials.
The scope of collaboration within this Chair reflects the immense variety of industry fields in which the multi-layer coating technologies can be applied, such as aerospace, energy, manufacture, optics, photonics and space exploration.
And how does Professor Martinu see the future? “ The possible functionalities are limited only by our imagination.”
He should know: The Chair is largely his “child” – a unique achievement. Congratulations.
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Svět ovšem můžeme měnit různě: vysázením tisíce (nebo jednoho) stromů, postavením mrakodrapů, básní, obrazem, písničkou. Nebo tím, že se snažíme najít – a nacházíme – způsoby, jak množit naše vědomosti o vesmíru či lidském mozku, nebo jak dělat věci jinak a lépe. Do té poslední skupiny patří muž, o němž jsme psali někdy před rokem: Ludvík Martinů. Někteří vědí, že je vědec, jiní, že je členem montrealské sokolské jednoty a ještě jiní, že jeho žena Alena je autorkou zajímavé knihy povídek. Dnes tedy O Ludvíku Martinů vědci (a podnikateli).
V roce 1985 graduoval v Praze v oboru a to mi dovolte napsat anglicky: ‘nanocomposite films formed by metal clusters in dielectric matrices fabricated by a hybrid PECVD process’. Po graduaci pracoval ve výzkumu na Karlově univerzitě, pak na univerzitě v Bari v Italii a nakonec se přemístnil do Montrealu na Ecole Polytechnique, kde se stal vedoucím výzkumu v ‘optical coatings and optical film systems’.
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