MSc. Jana Brčeková, PhD.

Position:scientific staff
Phone:+421 2 9014 9281
Publicationslist of publication
Section of Economic geology

Scientific interests

  • Mineralogical and geochemical research of mineral deposits
  • Creation of complex 2D, 3D models of mineral deposits and their environmental aspects in the environment of 2D and 3D GIS and geological software
  • Creation of databases of deposit geological data obtained by field survey, mineralogical and geochemical research of samples from deposit exploration, statistical analysis of data, creation of vector map data in 2D horizontal and vertical sections)
  • modeling of the geological structure of deposits (lithological boundaries and tectonic structures of the deposit)
  • modeling of geochemical parameters of deposits (2D and 3D geochemical distribution of useful and harmful components, hydrothermal transformations and environmental aspects)
  • visualization and modeling of exploration and mining
  • mineralogical research of construction rocks subjected to thermal influences

Pedagogical activities

Pedagogical activities mainly focus on teaching research methods of mineral deposits, mainly GIS and 3D geological software.

Master’s degree

  • GIS in Economic and Environmental geology
  • Application of GIS in Economic and Environmental geology
  • Mineralogical, geochemistry and other methods of research in Economic geology
  • Modelling of conditions and processes in deposits and environmental applications

Doctoral degree

  • Advenced methods of reasearch in Econimic geology

The most significant publications

  • Koděra, P., Kozák, J., Brčeková, J., Chovan, M., Lexa, J., Jánošík, M., Biroň, A., Uhlík, P., Bakos, F., 2018: Distribution and composition of gold in porphyry gold systems: example from the Biely Vrch deposit, Slovakia. Mineralium Deposita, Volume 53, Issue 8, pp.1193-1212.
  • Kompaníková, Z., Gomez-Heras, M., Brčeková, J., Durmeková, T., Vlčko, J., 2014: Sandstone alterations triggered by fire-related temperatures. Environmental Earth Sciences. – Vol. 72, No. 7 (2014), p. 2569-2581
  • Lalinská-Voleková B., Majzlan J., Klimko T., Chovan M., Kučerová G., Brčeková J., Hovorič R., Göttlicher J., Steininger R., 2012: Mineralogy of weathering product of Fe-As-Sb mine wastes and soils at several Sb deposits in Slovakia. The Canadian Mineralogist. – Vol. 50, No. 2 (2012), p. 481-500.
  • Šottník, P., Lalinská – Voleková, B., Brčeková, J., Koděra, P., Jurkovič, L., 2016: Characterization and environmental risk assessment of potential mining waste from Detva – Biely vrch deposit. Acta Geologica Slovaca, 8 (2), 2016, s. 217 – 227.
  • Brčeková J., Koděra P., Jánošík M., Uhlík P., Lexa J., Biroň A., 2015: 3D modelling of Geology, Geochemistry and Alteration Zones of Biely vrch – Porphyry Deposit (Javorie Mts., Slovakia). Mineral Recoruses In A Sustainable World • 13th SGA Biennial Meeting 2015. Proceedings, Volume 1, p. 263 – 266.

Current Projects

VEGA 1/0313/20 – a member of the research team (2020-2023, principal investigator P. Koděra) „Genesis of precious metal epithermal and porphyry mineralisations in the stratovolcanoes Štiavnica and Javorie“ Click for project annotation

The project deals with the conditions of origin and genesis of two most important types of precious metal mineralisation in Slovakia that have a real economic importance. Completion of their current level of knowledge in terms of genesis can significantly help in exploration and mining of these ores. The epithermal vein Au-Ag deposit Banská Hodruša at the Rozália mine is the only mined ore deposit in Slovakia. The completion of genesis of precious metal epithermal mineralisation in the broad vicinity of this mine is necessary for its future effective exploration. Porphyry gold mineralisation, including the Biely Vrch deposit, is an unusual type of deposit, where gold was introduced by salt melts. Completion of its genetic model has a potential to significantly improve the knowledge of these rare magmatic-hydrothermal systems even in a global aspect, because due to their rare appearance the knowledge is still just on a low level.

APVV-20-0175a member of the research team (2021-2025, principal investigator P. Uhlík) „Bentonite: Slovak strategic raw material – Innovative assessment of bentonite quality and origin for its efficient use ”  Click for project annotation

Bentonite is an important industrial raw material. Due to the high amount of clay minerals from the smectite group, bentonite has unique properties, e.g. high swelling capacity, plasticity, high specific surface area, cation exchange capacity and low hydraulic conductivity. Due to these properties bentonites have broad range of possible applications. As a consequence, worldwide bentonite production is constantly increasing. Slovak republic (SR) is one of the world’s leading bentonite producers and bentonites belong to the strategic raw materials in SR. In the last 10-15 years, several new bentonite deposits have been opened in SR, most of which have never been studied in detail. This may mean that the potential of Slovak bentonites is not fully utilized. One of the objectives of the project is therefore the comprehensive characterization of bentonites from new deposits. The mineral and chemical composition of bentonites, their physico-chemical, mechanical and rheological properties will be determined. The obtained results will help to better understand the geology and genesis of bentonite deposits which may lead to the discovery of other economic accumulations of bentonites. The main contribution of the project lies in the rational and efficient use of domestic raw materials which will lead to the long-term sustainability of bentonite exploitation in SR. The idea itself is not new, but the way on how we want to implement the proposed changes is highly innovative. The main application outputs of the project such as: passports for the optimal utilization of different qualitative types of bentonites, 3D model of bentonite quality and geological model of selected bentonite deposit, will contribute to achieve this ambitious goal. The multidisciplinary team of experts on domestic and world bentonites in cooperation with major bentonite producer in SR, REGOS, s.r.o. is guarantee of successful solution of the proposed project. The partners of the project are the Earth Science Institute of the Slovak Academy of Sciences (SAS), the Institute of Inorganic Chemistry SAS and the Faculty of Civil Engineering, Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava.