The Otto Wichterle Centre for Polymer Materials and Technologies is a part of the Institute for Macromolecular Chemistry AS CR
. The name of the inventor of gel contact lenses
was not given to the institute by chance. It was Professor Wichterle who founded the Institute for Macromolecular Chemistry and occupied himself with polymer chemistry.
The scientists in the centre will conduct polymer research for use in electronics. In addition, they plan to develop identification labels for product wrapping which will provide information about changing chemical composition or durability. The state-of-the-art instruments and devices in the centre will be also used for research in the field of artificial joint materials with the aim to increase their reliability and service life. Moreover, the centre will become a background facility for education in the area of macromolecular technologies designed both for students and industrial specialists. The centre was built with support from EU funding.