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Prague, 20. 2. 2017 – A joint research team from the Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin (HZB), the University of Heidelberg, and the University of Chemistry and Technology, Prague (UCT Prague) present results of a new method for experimental observation of electron-transfer mediated decay (ETMD) processes in the March 2017 issue of Nature Chemistry, “Observation of electron-transfer-mediated decay in Aqueous Solution” by Isaak Unger, Robert Seidel, Stephan Thürmer, Marvin N. Pohl, Emad F. Aziz, Lorenz Sm . Cederbaum, Eva Muchová, Petr Slavíček, Bernd Winter, and Nikolai V. Kryzhevoi.
This work utilizes X-rays to observe aqueous solutions in new ways. Historically, Nobel Prize winner (1914) Max von Laue was the first to discover diffraction of X-rays by crystals. This new research illustrates how chemists can use X-rays to observe ETMD in the liquid phase.
UCT Prague was represented on the project team by Prof. Petr Slavíček and RNDr. Eva Muchová.
According to Prof. Slavíček, Dr. Bernd Winter’s liquid microjet for photoelectron spectroscopy was key for this research, since it makes photoelectron spectroscopy applicable to highly volatile liquid solutions, including water.
Such techniques may have broad ranging future applications, according to RNDr. Muchová. The present work is just the first step into a new research field and future studies will reveal how ETMD spectroscopy may become a powerful tool for studying various properties of aqueous solutions.
Electrons emitted from highly volatile solution experience multiple elastic and inelastic collisions with gas-phase (water) molecules, and the latter must be avoided for detection of electron kinetic energies. The seemingly contradictory concept of achieving undisturbed electron travel in a region of high vapor pressure has been realized by the development of the vacuum liquid microjet technique. In tandem with the jet, an X-ray beam (with focal size matching the diameter of the jet), and the imaging focus of a hemispherical electron energy analyzer (EA) are spatially overlapped in the main interaction chamber.
Laboratory of theoretical photodynamics (Photox)’s main goal is to understand how controlling molecules with light is possible through the use of laser technology. Much of the work group is also dedicated to the development of new theoretical methods and approaches that deal with photodynamics.
RNDr. Eva Muchová, PhD. completed her master's degree and PhD studies at the Faculty of Science of Charles University. She’s been working at the University of Chemistry and Technology, Prague since 2013. Her scientific work focuses on theoretical photochemistry, photodynamics, and the development of new approaches for studying both models and realistic systems.
Prof. RNDr. Petr Slavíček, PhD. completed his master's degree at the Faculty of Science of Charles University and his PhD studies at the Faculty of Mathematics and Physics of Charles University. He finished his post-doctoral internship at the University of Illinois in the USA under Professor Martinez and earned the title of professor at the University of Chemistry and Technology, Prague. He also cooperates with the J. Heyrovský Institute of Physical Chemistry, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic.
The University of Chemistry and Technology, Prague (UCT Prague) is a technical research university with a prestigious international reputation. UCT Prague was founded in 1952 and currently consists of four faculties - the Faculty of Chemical Technology, the Faculty of Environmental Technology, the Faculty of Food and Biochemical Technology and the Faculty of Chemical Engineering.
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The University of Chemistry and Technology, Prague regularly collects achievements during the annual Siemens Awards. Nothing changed in the 19th year of the competition, which culminated on February 9th at a gala in Bethlehem Chapel. The Best PhD Thesis Category was dominated by MSc. Martin Ullrich, PhD from the Faculty of Chemical Engineering for his work on the "formation of liposomes for controlled release of reactants and actives." Ullrich was mentored by Prof. František Štěpánek from the Faculty of Chemical Engineering.
The winning thesis deals with topics at the intersection of many disciplines, and focuses on the preparation of structured microparticles used in medicine and other scientific fields.
"The main scientific contribution of this work is that Martin created a functional prototype for a chemical robot, i.e. microparticles capable of carrying encapsulated content that could release said content on the basis of a radio frequency signal, locally create a biologically active product, and then release those products into the surroundings. What was when Martin Ullrich started his doctoral studies only a concept, is now a reality," explains Professor Štěpánek.
Congratulations to MSc. Ullrich, who also won a multimillion-dollar contract with the aim of testing chemical robots as drug carriers in the preclinical phase.
It has been shown that the preparation of the microparticles is possible by combining the individual components. It was not a simple and straightforward matter but what eventually overcame these complications was a composed particle the size of tens of micrometers which acted as a "micro-laboratory". Inside the particles are small liposomes with closed reactants and magnetic nanoparticles. A contactless radio-frequency impulse “turns on” a reaction inside the microparticle. The reaction product is then expelled into the environment of the particles. This technology is one of the first that involves a radio frequency signal that enables a remote controlled release of molecules from biochemical reactions at the single cell level. It effectively links chemistry and biology to the world of Cybernetics. This technology demonstrates an entirely new drug delivery method using an electronic device with this contactless radio frequency functionality in interaction with human senses or in personalized medicine.
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The Education Policy Centre at Charles University in Prague has created a rating system for Czech public universities and their faculties. These ratings do not only evaluate research and levels of student knowledge, but they also include numbers like international students/staff and graduates in the labor market. The University of Chemistry and Technology, Prague was the top ranked Czech public university in the area of science and research. In the category of science, research and creative orientation all four faculties achieved five-star status. Consequently, UCT Prague was the only university to achieve five-stars in the whole institution category.
The University of Chemistry and Technology Prague is continuing its collaboration with The Molson Coors Brewing Company, the world’s third largest beer producer. A ceremonial signing of a partnership memorandum took place on January 16 during a visit by European Molson Coords managers to the university.
Signatories included UCT Prague Rector Prof. Karel Melzoch; Simon Cox, President and CEO of Molson Coors Europe; and Ing. Petr Kovařík, Managing Director of Molson Coors Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Hungary. Under the agreement, UCT Prague students are able to participate in the Staropramen trainee program as well as to take part in internships and excursions at the Staropramen brewery, which is also providing topics of investigation for Bachelor and Master theses.
The Molson Coors Brewing Company produces 21 million hectoliters of beverage products annually and employs more than 6,200 workers worldwide. In the Czech Republic, the company owns the Ostravar and Braník brands in addition to Staropramen.
The Czech branch of the company employees a number of UCT Prague graduates, as do the majority of breweries in the Czech Republic, a result of the university’s long tradition of educating brewers and managers at the Department of Biotechnology.
The most recent edition of the well respected Times Higher Education unviersity rating for 2016 placed UCT Prague as one of 5 Czech universities to reach the class of 601-800th best schools. In one of the key aspects - quality of education - UCT Prague reached 2nd place between the 5 Czech schools.
Times Higher Education belongs, along the Shanghai based QS Ratings, to the most respected university rating systems. Main 5 criteria are judged –education, cooperation with industries, international relations, research and citations.
Our Representatives attend Days of International Education in Vilnius, Riga and Tallinn
Representatives of the project Study in Prague attend for the second time the biggest Baltic specialized study abroad fair “Days of International Education”. The biggest Baltic study abroad Fair with a well-known brand name in the Baltic region and beyond is a chance for our prepresentatives to to meet face-to-face with almost 20.000 of our potentional applicants and institutional partners.
We are looking forward to seeing you on Thursday, March 16 in Vilnius, on Saturday, March 18 in Riga and on Sunday, March 19 in Tallinn.
University of Chemistry and Technology, Prague (UCT Prague) is offering a unique opportunity for an Early Stage Researcher to undertake research in the framework of the project “Smart phone analyzers for on-site testing of food quality and safety (FoodSmartphone)”. The Early Stage Researcher will be funded for 3 years by the prestigious Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions Innovative European Training Network (MCSA-ITN-ETN-2016) programme. The successful candidate will be offered the opportunity to enrol on the following PhD programme: Enzymatic FoodSmartphone assays for AChE inhibitors (ESR 6). He/she will be an active member of a research project team assisting in the delivery of research and training activities within a specified project scope aimed to meet overall FoodSmartphone research objectives and submit a thesis in fulfilment of the requirements of a PhD degree.
For more information regarding this position please contact Prof Dr. Jana Hajslova; email@example.com or at (+420)220 443 185.
Please submit your motivation letter with CV by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org (this is the only correct way to apply) before March 27, 2017. Any applications reaching us, in any other way are not taken into consideration.
FoodSmartphone encourages qualified women, researchers from recent member states and researchers with a refugee status to apply as well. A screening research is part of the selection procedure and employment conditions at UCT Prague.
More information here
Following the opening course in 2014, and very successful courses in 2015 and 2016 the registration is now open for the 4th Prague Summer School "Advances in Drug Discovery", focusing on the whole process from discovery to drug marketing.
The Summer School is organized by the University of Chemistry and Technology Prague and Institute of Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry of the CAS.
As in 2016 the attendants are welcome to present their research in the form of poster presentation.
The Summer School is intended mainly for PhD students and postdocs. Expert speakers from major international pharma and biotech companies and academia will cover these broad areas:
- Target discovery
- General chemical approaches – medicinal chemistry
- Structure and In silico based drug design
- Lead structure characterization
- Precinical and clinical development
- Principles and examples of commercial drug development cycleS
- Specific section devoted to personalized medicine and related diagnostic.
- James Douglas Engel
University of Michigan
Developing Therapeutics for the Worlds most Common Inherited Genetic Disease
- Thomas Ullrich
Novartis, Institutes for Biomedical Research
Local Drug Delivery to Joints and Tendon
- Petr Váchal
Topic: Medicinal Chemistry Enabled by Novel, Transformational Capabilities
- Sergej Zezula
Discovering Drugs with a CRO
- Stephan Bachmann
Catalysis as Key Technology in the Synthesis & Scale-up of APIs and their Intermediates
- Ernst Plefka
Pharmacometabolomics in Drug Development and Precision Medicine
The on-line Abstract submission already started:
The aim of the conference is to highlight recent developments in environmental applications of Advanced Oxidation Processes (AOPs), covering the themes listed below.
The conference programme will consist of Plenary Lectures (40 min), Keynote Lectures (25 min), Oral Communications (20 min) and Student Paper Communications (5 min), complemented by Poster Sessions.
- The deadline for abstract submission is on 31st January 2017.
- The on-line registration will be open on 20th March 2017.
All the other relevant information about the conference is available at the web page http://www.eaaop5.com.
- UV-based processes, semiconductor photocatalysis
- Fenton and Fenton like processes
- Radiation processes (Sonolysis…), ozonation technologies
- Electrochemical processes
- Wet air and supercritical oxidation processes
- Catalytic redox processes, zero-valent iron and other reducing agents
- Plasma and Electrohydraulic discharge technologies
- Pilot-scale studies and field applications
- AOPs for water and groundwater treatment, AOPs for odour and VOC control, AOPs for soil remediation, AOPs for energy production
- Coupling AOPs with other processes
Invited plenary speakers:
- Detlef Bahnemann, Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz University Hannover, Germany
- Dionysios D. Dionysiou, University of Cincinnati, USA
- Urs von Gunten, Eawag, Dübendorf, Switzerland
- Michael R. Hoffmann, California Institute of Technology, USA
- Bunsho Ohtani, Hokkaido University, Sapporo, Japan
Josef Krysa, University of Chemistry and Technology Prague, Czech Republic
The members of the Organizing Committee cordially invite you to the upcoming BioTech 2017 & the 7th Czech-Swiss Symposium with Exhibition, which will be held in the National Technical Library in Prague, the Czech Republic, from 13 to 17 June 2017.
The highly successful series of tri-annual BioTech conferences, inaugurated in 1999, promotes networking between academic and industrial sectors involved in biotechnology research and development.
The scientific program is organized in following sessions:
- Medical and Pharmaceutical Biotechnology
- Microalgae Biotechnology
- Environmental Biotechnology
- Food and Agriculture Biotechnology
- Industrial Biotechnology
The multidisciplinary approach of this conference not only attracts participation from a wide scientific community, but also provides an opportunity to establish new scientific, technical and commercial collaborations between academia and industry.
For detailed information about scientific and social program please visit the conference website www.biotech2017.cz.
Gary Loke, Deputy Chief Executive/Head of Policy and External Relations for Equality Challenge Unit (ECU), visited UCT Prague in October 2016 and discussed issues of gender of equality in higher education, using examples from the United Kingdom, with members of the UCT Prague community. Loke also addressed equality issues more broadly.
Loke participated in a European Commission funded project, GENDER-NET, the first European Research Area network exploring gender equality in research careers and content. He has been on a number of UK advisory bodies, including the Research Excellence Framework equality and diversity panel, the Quality Assurance Agency’s advisory group on the Quality Code on student support, learning resources and careers education, information, advice and guidance, as well as the Legal Education and Training Review Diversity and Social Mobility Expert Advisory Group. He is currently a member of the policy advisory group on migration and ethnicity of the UK Economic and Social Research Council Research Centre on Micro-Social Change at the University of Essex and a member of the gender equality commission of the Swiss National Science Foundation. He is also a visiting research associate at the Forum for Research into Equality and Diversity at the University of Chester.
ECU supports universities and colleges to build an inclusive culture that values the benefits of diversity, to remove barriers to progression and success for all staff and students, and to challenge and change unfair practices that disadvantage individuals or groups.
Those interested in learning more about how ECU can support them are encouraged to contact Loke directly.
A team of Czech scientists—including members from the Department of Experimental Physics and Department of Physical Chemistry, Regional Centre of Advanced Technologies and Materials, Faculty of Science, Palacky University in Olomouc; the Department of Inorganic Chemistry, University of Chemistry and Technology Prague; the Division of Chemistry & Biological Chemistry, School of Physical and Mathematical Sciences, Nanyang Technological University; and the Institute of Scientific Instruments, The Czech Academy of Sciences—has developed the world's smallest metal magnets.
The results of their efforts were been published in Nature Communications on September 15, 2016, in an article entitled Air-stable superparamagnetic metal nanoparticles entrapped in graphene oxide matrix.
On November 9-10, Jan Heyda from FCHE attended a rector’s conference of universities for the Danube region and Central Europe at the Danube University Krems. At this conference, young scientists—one from each of the participating states—received awards.
The award seeks to encourage young scientists to engage themselves in the scientific examination of the multifaceted issues and questions specifically related to the Danube and to stimulate the specific community in the Danube Region. Universities, Academies of Sciences and research institutions in all 14 countries of the Danube Region have been encouraged to nominate suitable and promising candidates that have been assessed by an international expert jury. The highest ranked candidate of each of the countries that submitted eligible nominations will now be awarded with the prize.
Dr. Jan Heyda, born June 18th, 1983, is a theoretical physical chemist, experienced in atomistic computer simulations, development of coarse-grained models, and applications of statistical thermodynamics. His fields of research are soft matter and aqueous solutions; in particular, ion- and cosolvent-specific effects and the control of biomolecular stability. During his PhD and postdoctoral research, he made a step from qualitative characterization of weak ion-specific effects to their thermodynamics description.
Dr. Heyda is co-author of 37 publications in peer-reviewed journals, with more than 600 citations and h-index of 17. He holds several awards.
Prague, September 19 – Prof. Jana Hajšlová from University of Chemistry and Technology in Prague was honoured with the prestigeous Harvey W. Wiley Award for 2016. Prof. Hajšlová was given the award at a ceremony in Dallas, Texas, during the 130th member’s meeting of the AOAC International asociation, which plays an important role as a platform for scientists using analytical methods regularily.
While at the conference, prof. Hajšlová gave a presenation on today’s technical procedures and challanges in food analysis, be it for quality, security or authenticity‘s sake.
Since 1956, the Harvey W. Wiley Award is the most prestigeous award that AOAC grants. It is bestowed upon researchers, who attribute to the development of official analytical methods in an extraordinary way. It is named after Dr. Wiley, who has attributed greatly to legislature regulating food quality.
The Phytochemical Society of Europe, at the 23rd Conference on Isoprenoids, gave appreciation to Dr. Silvie Rimpelova from Department of Biochemistry and Microbiology for her lecture "Natural and semisynthetic sesquiterpene lactones in cellular context: Focus on live-cell imaging and gene expression analysis" and also to Ing. Lukáš Huml from the Department of Chemistry of Natural Compounds for his poster "Immunoassay for determination of Trilobolide."
3rd Prague Summer School for Advances in Drug Discovery, which introduces PhD students and postdocs to the drug discovery process and is organized by the University of Chemistry and Technology Prague (UCT Prague) in conjunction with the Institute of Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry of the Czech Academy of Sciences, will be held September 5-9, 2016, and will be held at UCT Prague on the Prague-Dejvice science and technology campus.
Experts from academia as well as major international pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies will lecture in the following areas:
• General chemical approaches – medicinal chemistry
• Biochemical approaches – target-oriented research
• Structure and in silico based drug design
• Lead structure characterization
• Pre-clinical and clinical development
• Principles and examples of the commercial development cycle
Selected speakers include:
• Tomáš Cihlář, Giled Sciences: Novel compounds for Ebola treatment
• Vít Perlík, PharmInvent: Development of Medical Inhalation Products PharmInvent
• Sergey Zozulya, Enamine, Inc: High-throughput screening of compound libraries
Attendees are invited to participate in the poster session held in conjunction with the event, which additionally includes a welcome party, a guided tour including dinner, and lunch with experts.
A seminar on forensic DNA analysis for students from the VHL University of Applied Sciences in the Netherlands was held at the UCT Prague Department of Biochemistry and Microbiology from August 29 to September 2 .
Participants in the seminar listened to lectures on the history of DNA analysis, tried methods of quantification of DNA profiling using short tandem repetitions, and had the opportunity to isolate their own DNA, obtaining a DNA profile exactly as is the case in forensic identification or in determining paternity. The week-long seminar is held annually, usually before the winter semester begins. The current fee for the seminar, taught in both English and Czech, is €250 per person. If you are interested in future iterations of the course, please contact: email@example.com.
Two iterations of a camp for first-year students will be held this year at Resort Kletečná. To register, contact Jana Zapletalova (firstname.lastname@example.org) asap.
- When: 10.-13.9.2016 or 13.-16.9.2016
- What: Sports, social, and cultural events
- How much: 1600 CZK (includes full board, accommodation for 3 nights – sleeping bag necessary)
- More details (in Czech)
Science is the theme of the annual Festival of Science, which will take place on Wednesday, September 7, outside in the park near the Dejvice metro stop (exhibits and more) and also at the National Library of Technology (lectures).
Fun for all ages; open to the public.
On August 24, 2016, UCT Prague Rector Professor Karel Melzoch signed a participatory agreement with Daniel Kočí, Managing Director of the Future Forces Forum, an international platform for defence & security information exchange and for promotion of the allied countries and their partners’ objectives within national and global security. The project consists of a compilation of events and activities at a high political, military and expert level. All events are primarily focused on the presentation of current and future needs of the armed and security forces, state-of-the-art technologies and R&D programmes with interactions between all involved participants due to the interconnected topics.
UCT Prague will present projects for the NATO and US Army within the R&D pavillion at Future Forces Exhibition in Hall 4 on October 19-21, 2016, including research which has created an affordable device to assist security agencies in rapid and reliable detection of explosives and chemical warfare agents. Assoc. Prof. Martin Vrňata, Department of Physics and Measurements, has led the NATO-supported project team (also including the Czech University of Defense; Yerevan State University, Armenia; and the Armenian National Bureau of Expertises) for the past two years.
While highly sophisticated detection equipment already exists for chemical warfare agents and explosives, this equipment is often very expensive and only able to be used by specialized departments with skilled personnel. "We are working to develop sensors for devices that will be accessible and affordable for police, firefighters, and other first response units," said Assoc. Prof. Vrňata.
Project team member Ing. David Tomeček has already been awarded several prizes, from the point of view of research applicability (first place ABB best diploma thesis award; second place - Crytur best diploma thesis award) and from point of view of scientific merit (EMRS 2016 Lille Young Scientist Award).
UCT Prague Student Josef Dostál won a silver medal in the men's kayak single 1000m event at the 2016 Summer Olympics. He was also part of the Czech team that won a bronze metal in the men's kayak four 1000m event and was Czech flag bearer during the closing ceremonies.
Photo (source): Instagram, Josef Dostál
In July, a Memorandum of Understanding between UCT Prague and TU Munich (TUM) was signed by the Rectors of both institutions at TUM's new Garching campus. TUM is one of Europe's most prestigious technology universities in Europe. Prof. Dr. Jörg E. Drewes from TUM led this initiative and will be visiting UCT Prague in November.
Cooperation between the two institutions will encompass:
- Exchange of doctoral/postgraduate students;
- Exchange of professors/researcher for short-term collaboratives;
- Development of joint research programs;
- Organization of the bilateral symposiums, seminars, and conferences;
- Involvement of leading scientists from TUM as advisors to UCT Prague's Research Centre;
- Cooperation in international funded (EU) projects such as Horizon 2020
- Scientific cooperation aimed developing joint scientific outputs as well as patents, primarily in the fields of:
- Forensic analysis,
- Human health and the environment,
- Advanced materials, technology and the environment.
Last week five representatives of our University visited Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Chimie de Rennes (ENSCR) in France, a long-term partner institution, to discuss details of a Master double degree programme which the two institutions would like to implement from the academic year 2017/2018.
UCT Prague developed its cooperation with ENSCR a couple of years ago and now it actively works both within the Erasmus+ programme (student and staff exchange) and “cotutelle“, i.e. joint supervision of a doctoral thesis.
Double degree is a study programme that is carried out at two different universities in which a student is expected to complete the two programmes in a regular Masters time period and in the end achieve degree acknowledged by both universities.
Now UCT Prague students might enrol for Master double degree in the study field Basic and Special Inorganic Technologies at the Faculty of Chemical Technology. More info: http://uat.vscht.cz/en/offer-for-students/.
On Tuesday May 17 a four-member delegation from the Korea Research Institute of Chemical Technology (KRICT) visited UCT Prague. At the meeting, which representatives and students of the Faculties of Chemical Technology and of Chemical Engineering also took part in, the President of KRICT dr. Kew-Ho Lee and the Rector prof. Karel Melzoch signed an agreement on cooperation, Memorandum of Understanding. Afterwards participants discussed about potential common research areas and forms of cooperation and did a short tour at the University visiting selected departments and laboratories.
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Prof. Pospíšil, Assoc. Prof. Šimáček and Ivan Souček, PhD were in Belgrade.
UCT Prague made a strong showing at FameLab 2016. Václav Bystrianský won the Academy of Sciences Award and Jakub Kubečka received the Audience Award. Quyen Nguyenová's work was also showcased. Congratulations! Eliška Selinger from Charles University will represent the Czech Republic in the final international competition.
UCT Prague's running team received the silver medal in the university category at the Volkswagen Prague Marathon. Running for the team "Chemici VŠCHT" were Petr Holánek, Jiří Charvát, Tomáš Kapal, and Jiří Lietavec. Congratulations!
Doctoral student Ing. David Tomeček won the Graduate Student Award at the E-MRS 2016 Spring Meeting for his contribution EE: Carbon-, or nitrogen-containing nanostructured thin films, work conducted in relation to NATO Science for Peace Project 984597. His advisors are Ing. Přemysl Fitl, Ph.D. and doc. Dr. Ing. Martin Vrňata.
On Friday, April 22, UCT Prague welcomed representatives of major American universities including MIT, Kansas State University, and the University of Maryland as part of a Fulbright Commission workshop aimed at deepening cooperation between Czech and American universities. Prof. Pavel Matějka organized the visit.
Prof. Hasal lectured to students on many interesting topics, and Ms. Žilíková presented information about UCT Prague as well as about life in Prague.
Conference participants, in addition to students interested in studying abroad, included other International Relations staff from many European institutions, including Norway, Poland, Germany, and Spain.
The Czech Constitutional Court recently referred to Prof. RNDr. Štěpán Urban's research into human smell recognition.
Relay races, games, and other events, starting at 13:00.
Mining University in St. Petersburg (Russia) hosted its annual conference for young scientists April 20-22, 2016 and several UCT Prague students attended and presented the results of their research, winning three awards: Ing. Veroniky Šnajdrová (first place) and Ing. Katerina Maneva and Ing. Tomáš Hudský (second place). Congratulations!
UCT Prague, together with Ton Duc Thang University and several other institutions, is co-organizing the first International Conference on Environmental Technology and Innovations (ICETI), to be held November 23-26, 2016, in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
- Conference information, including important dates
UCT Prague held its traditional Hanami celebration on April 18, welcoming the blossoming of the beautiful sakura trees on Kampus Dejvice. Hanami comes originally from Japan; UCT Professor Jelínek brought it to his alma mater in 1999, and it is has been celebrated ever since.
This year, a highline crossing between two buildings symbolized cooperation with the Czech Technical University in Prague, UCT's neighbour on campus.
18.4.2016, Prague - The European Commission (EC) Commissioner for Health & Food Safety, Vytenis Andriukaitis, visited various locations on campus as part of an official visit to Prague.
- Questions? Contact IASTE's Lenka Kadeřábková
University of Chemistry and Technology, Prague, Department of food analysis and nutrition, is the main organizer of the international conference "Assuring the integrity of the food chain: Fighting food fraud (FOODINTEGRITY 2016)", organized in collaboration with Fera Science Ltd., UK.
The conference takes place on April 6 - 7, 2016, in Prague, in the conference center at the Diplomat Hotel.
This conference will focus on the latest research outputs on developments and strategies in the field of food integrity - safety, quality, authenticity and traceability, from the project and beyond, including:
- Tools for food integrity assessment
- Gaps in current research in food authenticity on topics
- Non targeted analysis
- Complex foods
- Transparency along the food chain
- Rapid methods
- Analytical tools for food authentication
- Demonstration how a European knowledgebase on analytical methodology and databases for food authenticity can be exploited by stakeholders
In addition, series of workshops will be organised to include:
- Food Crime, occurrence, motivations and mitigations
- Industrial perspective for strategies applied for assuring food authenticity
- Citizen science potential approaches to food integrity
- Authenticity of herbs and spices
On-site demonstration of the approaches for food authentication developed by the FoodIntegrity project, will also provide unique opportunity to discuss with FoodIntegrity experts the latest developments and strategies in the field of food integrity - safety, quality, authenticity and traceability.
Similarly, as for the conferences undertaken in the previous two years, for the FOODINTEGRITY 2016 it is anticipated participation of 150 to 200 scientists, representing academics, industry representatives, regulators, government and commercial laboratories, from more than 25 countries around the world, who will hear in the upcoming program about 45 lectures and watch 50 poster presentations.
Within the accompanying exhibition and the workshops, participants will have the opportunity to learn about the latest trends in modern instrumentation and other equipment used to assess the quality, safety and authenticity of food.
More information about the international conference FOODINTEGRITY 2016 is available on the website www.foodintegrity2016.eu.
Prof. Jana Hajšlová, PhD
Chair of the FOODINTEGRITY 2016 Organizing Committee
This event will be held in the Respirium, Building A
25.2.2016, Prague - The University of Chemistry and Technology, Prague (UCT Prague); University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences, Vienna; and Queens University, Belfast are launching the MultiCoop Project. Goals of this partnership are strengthening links between project partners. The project will include a series of training and mobility initiatives and will encourage publication of joint scientific papers.
The project will run from January 1, 2016, until December 31, 2018.
Main Coordinator is Prof. Jana Hajšlová in cooperation with Prof. Tomáš Ruml.
10.2.2016, Prague - The opening of UCT Prague's updated biotechnology labs took place on February 9. The state of the art labs, funded by the KvaLab project, offer students and researchers new research options. Equipment offered will, for example, enable cell sorting by flow cytometry and open up new horizons for analyzing gene expression and cellular response to test sustances and pharmaceuticals as well as the development of new production strains of microorganisms.
8.2.2016, Prague - Two UCT Prague students, Ing. Vít Svoboda and Ing. Jan Hostaša, Ph.D., received Werner von Siemens awards for their works, "High resolution overtone spectroscopy of atmospherically relevant molecules" (mentor: Mgr. Ondřej Votava, Ph.D. ) and "Transparent YAG ceramics for laser applications (mentor: doc. Dr. Dipl. Min. Willi Pabst)," respectively.
KEP Italy: Beginning of Project “Capacity Building for Improved Mineral Fuels Monitoring System - Transfer of Best Practices against Grey Economy - FUELPAGE” in Serbia
February 2016 marks the official kick-off of the FUELPAGE project aimed at transfering fuel quality monitoring best practices from the European Union (EU) and the Czech Republic to a beneficiary target group in Serbia.
The project has been jointly designed by the Faculty of Chemistry and Technology, Prague (as the main know-how provider) in cooperation with the Czech Association of Petroleum Industry and Trade on the Czech side. The beneficiary organizations in Serbia include the Trade Inspection of the Ministry of Trade, Tourism and Telecommunications of Serbia (as main beneficiary), the Ministry of Mining and Energy of Serbia, the National Petroleum Committee of Serbia – World Petroleum Council, and the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering of the University of Belgrade.
In the coming months, the project will be implemented through screening and analysis of the fuel quality monitoring framework in Serbia and presentation of the best Czech and EU practices with tailor-made knowledge transfer as support to the efforts of national authorities and other stakeholders in implementing relevant EU legislation and continuing the struggle against grey economies. The project will result in recommendations and measures for system improvements and entails capacity building of the key beneficiary stakeholders in Serbia through training and a peer review visit to the Czech Republic.
An expert project Working Group comprising of professionals delegated by all project partners has been set up at the Ministry of Trade, Tourism and Telecommunications of Serbia and is to be engaged in the delivery of project results.
The project kick-off is well-timed because, by the beginning of its implementation, the beneficiaries in Serbia will have gained their first experiences with the implementation of the recently adopted national framework of fuel quality monitoring in Serbia and fuel quality field inspection activities throughout the country, meaning systems shortcomings and deficiencies can be detected at an early stage. Experience exchange, capacity building, and the review of best practices from the EU and Czech Republic will positively contribute to the first thorough system assessments and considerations for further adaptations of the Serbian national fuel quality monitoring legislation and its regulation.
The Screening Visit of the Czech know-how provider group to Serbia will be held March 7-8, and the project will end in November 2016.
Thinking of joining the ranks of UCT Prague alumni?
Our Open House on 22.1. is the perfect time to learn how.
An English speaking guide will be waiting for you that day at 12 p.m. to give you a tour and answer your questions. Meet at the entrance to Building A.
The Institute is a strategic alliance of universities (including Charles University, Hebrew University in Jerusalem, and Masaryk University in Brno), high-tech companies, and other organizations, including the American Chemical Society. Its headquarters is in Prague.
As a member of the Scientific Board, Professor Hajšlová will link UCT Prague to the ICCI network and assist in leveraging research developments in this area.
1.2016, Prague - Prof. Ing. Jitka Moravcová, PhD, who has had a long-term affiliation with UCT Prague, was appointed by the Government of the Czech Republic's Deputy Prime Minister for Science, Research, and Education Pavel Bělobrádek to the national R&D council.
Prof. Moravcová was born in 1950 in Prague and graduated from the University of Pardubice's Faculty of Chemical Technology, Institute of Organic Chemistry and Technology. In 1980 she began her career at UCT Prague, where she led the Department of Chemistry of Organic Compounds (2000-2005), becoming full professor in 2005 and served as Vice-Rector for Research and Development (2005-2007). From 2010-2011 she was Vice-Dean for Education at the Faculty of Food and Biochemical Technology. She currently teaches and conducts research for the Department of Chemistry of Organic Compounds in the area of carbohydrates and their role in cell recognition. She is a member of several scientific and professional boards and projects related to scientific policy, including main vocational guarantor for the IPN Metodika project (2012-2015).
"Professor Moravcová is not only a well-known scientist in the field of organic chemistry, she also will bring the R&D Council a leading expert in evaluating research, development, and innovation," said Deputy Prime Minister for Science, Research, and Education Bělobrádek.
→ More about the appointment (in Czech)
→ Interview (August 2014) (in Czech)
Photo by: Michal Ureš
4.12.2015, Prague - A delegation led by Dr. Kew How Lee, President of the Korea Research Institute of Chemical Technology, visited UCT Prague to explore possibilities for future collaborative research activities.
8.12.2015, Prague - Thanks to cooperation between UCT Prague and the Royal Canon of Premonstratensians at Strahov, cultural heritage objects have now been conserved and restored at Strahov Library, ranked as one of the most beautiful libraries in the world. This effort also enabled the chemical analysis of medieval manuscripts and prints. The two partners formally signed an agreement on December 7 at the newly renovated Strahov Philosophical Library.
The Premonstratensians arrange excursions to professional workplaces for students pursuing bachelor's or master's degrees in cultural heritage conservation and restoration, allowing them to practice. Undergraduate students may even pursue a semester-long project directly on the monastery premises.
Students are currently preparing a comprehensive restoration of the pontifical Albrecht von Sternberg, a medieval manuscript from the period of Charles IV, which is stored in Strahov Library.
12.11.2015, Prague - At a meeting on 11.11.2015, the UCT Prague Academic Senate approved a new four-year term for the Faculty of Food and Biochemical Technology Dean Prof. Ing. Tomáš Ruml, CSc.
Prof. Dean has held other prominent positions throughout his career. His research interests include the structure and function of retroviral proteins and particles, heavy metal biosorption, biodegradation in pesticides, and biocompatibility of materials for clinical applications.
12.11.2015, Prague - Prof. Manfred Horvat, lead for European and International Research and Technology Collaboration at the Vienna University of Technology, spoke and led a discussion on the topic of Human Resources for Research (HR4R), a European Commission initiative to support research institutions and funding organizations in the implementation of the HR4R Charter & Code in their policies and practices.
Benefits of HR4R include tools for helping organisations to enhance the efficiency, effectiveness, and impact of the actions that they should undertake to provide an attractive and supportive environment to researchers. In addition, organizsations taking part in the process will become part of a network of like-minded organizations from across Europe, providing opportunities for the exchange of experiences and the sharing of good practice with other organizations also implementing the HRS4R.
Prof. Horvat described how the Conference of European Schools for Advanced Engineering Education and Research (CESAER), an organization to which he is a senior advisor, has positively benefited from implementing HR4R principles over the past two decades.
11.11.2015 - On Monday, November 16, UCT Prague will host students from the international study program ATHENS. The Faculty of Environmental Technology and the Faculty of Chemical Engineering will offer courses on Environmental Biotechnology (http://web.vscht.cz/~benesp/athens.htm) and Digital Signal and Image Processing with Applications (http://uprt.vscht.cz/prochazka/pedag/ATHENSe.htm).
More info: http://intranet.cvut.cz/incomers/athens
11.11.2015 - UCT Prague was one of the organizers for the International Wworkshop on Computational Intelligence for Multimedia Understanding (IWCIM 2015), held at Strahov Monastery, 29-30 October 2015. 41 papers by 145 authors from 16 countries were presented. Additional details and complete video transcripts of four keynote lectures are available at: http://iwcim.isep.fr/. All papers will be published in IEEE Xplore.
The 7th International Symposium on Recent Advances in Food Analysis (RAFA 2015) will be held at the Clarion Congress Hotel Prague, in Prague, Czech Republic, on November 3–6, 2015.
The RAFA organizers, the University of Chemistry and Technology, Prague (UCT Prague, Czech Republic), Department of Food Analysis and Nutrition, and RIKILT Wageningen UR (The Netherlands), would like to invite all food scientists from academia and industry and representatives of national and international agencies, control authorities, governmental and commercial laboratories to attend this event, being the leading conference in food analysis.
RAFA has grown since it was launched in 2003: the previous event was attended by 800 participants from 63 countries in Europe, Asia, America, Australia and Africa, and supported by more than 50 sponsors, exhibitors and media partners.
The 2015 symposium will provide an overview of the state-of-the-art on analytical & bioanalytical food quality and safety control strategies and introduce the challenges for novel approaches in this field. The following recent & emerging issues will be addressed by RAFA 2015:
The conference program will be accompanied by several satellite events (tentative list):
Workshops on novel analytical strategies:
- 3rd European workshop on ambient mass spectrometry in food and natural products
- Workshop on ‘Infrared and Raman spectroscopy, and chemometrics for monitoring of food and feed products, bringing the lab-to-the-sample’
- 1st European workshop on the analysis of nanoparticles in food, cosmetics and consumer products
- Workshop on ‘The application of micro / nano systems in food safety control’
- Workshop on ‘Smart data sets processing in food analysis’
Interactive seminar – Be active and learn from each other:
- On ‘Sample-prep, separation techniques and mass spectrometric detection in food quality and safety: step by step strategies for fast development of smart analytical methods’
Food authorities’ summit, EU and beyond:
- United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) seminar on ‘Food safety issues beyond the EU’
- FAO/IAEA Workshop: Food Safety – challenges for developing countries
- European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) information platform on emerging food quality / safety issues of high concern
Reference laboratories colloquium:
- Workshop on ‘Experiences, achievements and challenges of EU Reference Laboratories’
EU framework program seminar:
- Tutorial for newcomers in HORIZON 2020, the EU framework Programme for Research and Innovation: a discussion platform mediating networking and joint planning of projects within the Societal challenge ‘Food security, sustainable agriculture and forestry, marine and maritime and inland water research’, and the ‘bioeconomy’ (chaired by an EC representative and supported by the Czech National Contact Point)
Exhibition and sponsorship opportunities
An exhibition of the most modern instrumentation recently used in food analysis and other equipment and consumables, reference materials, literature, etc., will be organized during the symposium.
Vendor seminars will be organized to introduce recent commercial instrumentation and scientific strategies for advanced food quality / safety control.
Young scientist opportunities
A platform for young scientists will be offered to present their scientific work; typically 20% of the contributed oral presentations will be assigned to the next generation. Also a number of RAFA 2015 Student Travel Grants will be provided. The best poster presentation(s) by a young scientist(s) will be awarded with the prestigious RAFA Poster Award and sponsored poster award(s).
In summary, RAFA 2015 will offer a high quality scientific program with many top quality presentations followed by stimulating discussions, several satellite events, a large state-of-the-art exhibition and an attractive social program. Scientific contributions will be presented by leading scientists through keynote lectures and by contributed oral and poster presentations. The RAFA 2015 programme will be tailored to provide a lot of opportunities for networking as well as exploration of the latest results of the food analysis community.
Please join us today and register for participation in the Recent Advances in Food Analysis (RAFA 2015) at www.rafa2015.eu.
Deadline for registration at a reduced fee and submission of an abstract for oral presentation is July 31, 2015; deadline for submission of an abstract for poster presentation is August 31, 2015.
Prof. Jana Hajslova (UCT Prague), RAFA 2015 chairwoman & Prof. Michel Nielen (RIKILT), RAFA 2015 co-chair
The Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2015 was awarded jointly to Tomas Lindahl, Paul Modrich and Aziz Sancar "for mechanistic studies of DNA repair".
According to the 2015-2016 Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings, UCT Prague ranks among the best 800 universities in the world.
THE's evaluation methodology includes five main areas, which are weighted variously according to the region in which a university is located: Teaching (educational reputation, the environment for teaching and learning), Research (range of research activities, funding generated by research, research reputation), Publication activities (acclaim and influence of an institution), Industry income (cooperation with the commercial sector), and International outlook (the proportion of international faculty and students as well as international cooperative activities) .
UCT Prague scored the highest in the areas of cooperation with the commercial sectors and International activities
09.2015, Prague - UCT Prague Professor Václav Švorčík has received a basic research award from The Czech Science Foundation (GA CR) for studying the surface properties of substrates for tissue engineering, which has over the last decade shown sensational promise for providing viable alternatives to surgical procedures for harvested tissues, implants and prostheses.
- Read articles to which Prof. Švorčík has contributed in English
9.2015, Prague - Czech universities participated in Eduexpo, an educational fair held in Bello Horizonte, Brazil, and attended by nearly 2,400 students interested in studying abroad. From the fields offered by UCT Prague, most students were interested in pharmaceuticals production and and environmental protection.
A second expo geared towards undergraduates was also held in Brasilia. UCT Prague's booth received interest from students in chemical engineering and biotechnology.
Photo: Representatives of Czech universities with the Ambassador and Deputy Ambassador of the Czech Republic in Brazil.
31.8.2015, Prague - A majority of UCT Prague's departments received the ability to use the term "Eurobachelor®" in the field of chemistry. Together with Charles University and the University of Naples, UCT Prague was the first institution in the Czech Republic to be given this right. Authorization was granted by the European Chemistry Thematic Network (ECTN) board of directors during an August 28 meeting in Prague. The ECTN general assembly will take place in April 2016 in Gdansk, Poland.
The Eurobachelor® label enables students to apply for future studies at any other university bearing the Eurobachelor® designation.
31.8.2015, Prague - On August 28, the Administrative Council of the European Chemistry Thematic Network (ECTN) gathered at UCT Prague. ECTN, a European organisation of faculties and universities dedicated to the European Higher Education Area (EHEA) and chemistry education, is registered as a non-profit organisation in Belgium which continues many years (1996 to present) of network activity in this area. The Association was created to provide a sustainable future for all activities that were previously conducted under the auspices of EU grant-funded projects.
ECTN members include higher education institutions, national chemical societies, and chemical and software companies. There are currently over 120 members in the network from thirty European countries, with associate members worldwide.
Expert European groups work on a range of topics and produce reports with a real European dimension. These reports and recommendations are available on the ECTN website (http://ectn-assoc.cpe.fr/).
The association also awards European quality labels to chemistry programmes (Eurolabels).
A multi-lingual series of tests (EChemTest) that can be used for certification/ alidation of competence in chemistry at various levels is now available on Internet. Associated eLearning facilities have also been produced. The purpose of the tests is to validate the competencies of all citizens, regardless of their learning paths.
Photo by R. Jung, ECTN AC at the UCT Prague student brewery lab
31.8.2015, Prague - Czech high school students won one gold and three silver medals at the 47th International Chemistry Olympiad (IChO) held this year in Baku, Azerbaijan. 291 participants from 75 countries competed in both theoretical and practical problems, each of which had a five-hour time limit. "This year's problems were extremely difficult and time-consuming and participating students had a hard time with both sections. We had preparatory training and knew we had a strong team, but none of us expected we would be so successful! It's certainly a great motivation for next year," said participant Petr Holzhauser.
Czech individual medal winners included:
- Jiří Etrych (Pardubice High School) - 68th place
- Jan Šugar (Ostrava High School) - 80th place
- Ladislav Prener (Czech Budejovice High School) - 80th place
- Stanislav Chvíla (J. A. Comenius in Uherský Brod High School) - 93rd place
Next year's event will be held in Prague and Bratislava. Congratulations!
14.7.2015, Prague - An international research team led by doc. Ing. Zdeněk Sofer, Ph.D. has recently published an article in ACS Nano entitled "Insight into the Mechanism of the Thermal Reduction of Graphite Oxide: Deuterium-Labeled Graphite Oxide Is the Key."
Campus leaders signed an agreement on 17 June 2015 to proactively work towards making Campus Dejvice more attractive and engaging for the social, academic and research lives of students, scientists, professors and the general public.
Prague, June 17, 2015 - Previous meetings by campus leaders about the Campus Dejvice confirmed the need for systematic and prudent efforts to cultivate a common area on the science and technology campus. Its restoration is planned in several stages, with varying degrees of urgency and complexity in relation to proposed solutions. The University of Chemistry and Technology, Prague, for example, has already received a green light for creating a pedestrian zone in Technická street, which will enable better pedestrian movement between the Dejvice metro station and the center of campus.
Activities associated with the development of the campus will be coordinated under the auspices of a working group composed of representatives from the various participating institutions (NTK; Czech Technical University in Prague; the Catholic Theological Faculty of Charles University; the Czech Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry; the University of Chemistry and Technology, Prague; and the district of Prague 6). The working group is very interested in the opinions of students, employees, and neighborhood residents and welcomes your comments and thoughts on the project at: http://tinyurl.com/Campus-Dejvice.
Promotion of International Cooperation on Research and Development at UCT Prague
Professor Daniel W. Koon from St. Lawrence University, NY, USA, spent almost a year of his sabbatical at UCT Prague
“Defects of thin films and their diagnostics” is a field of research which, due to fortunate circumstances, linked two scientists from opposite corners of the world. Why did an American physicist choose to spend his sabbatical at UCT Prague, Department of Solid State Chemistry at the Faculty of Chemical Technology? Who did he work with? What was the purpose of his scientific research? Read about all of this—and even something extra—in the following interview with Prof. Daniel Koon conducted by Ing. Anna Mittnerová from Department of Scientific Research and Development.
Professor, what do you do at St. Lawrence? Where did you get the idea that you, as a physicist, might spend a year of scientific research at UCT Prague?
St. Lawrence—in Czech it’s Svatý Vavřinec—is a school with about 2,000 students, almost all of whom are undergraduates pursuing a bachelor degree. We don’t have any physics graduate students, no doctoral students. It’s primarily a teaching institution. In American English, we refer to it as a college; it doesn’t have different faculties, it doesn’t teach graduate students. I will have been there for 28 years; I came there right after graduate school. My graduate work was experimental solid state physics.
Did you graduate from St. Lawrence?
No, I graduated from the University of Rochester, New York, which is the home of world famous Kodak, Xerox. My field of study was Experimental Solid State Physics. During a regular school year, I usually teach about three equivalent classes per semester, so it’s hard to get a lot of research done. When you’re mostly teaching, you don’t have graduate students, etc. So every seven years—I’m lucky to say that—at our school we have the possibility of having a sabbatical year to focus on research. A lot of people, when I talk to them in Prague, ask me: “Are you teaching any classes?” and I say “NO! It’s sabbatical!” And most of the Czech professors I talk to are very envious.
My wife teaches at Clarkson University, which is near St. Lawrence. She teaches English Composition for non-native speakers. Since she and I love to travel and she has an experience teaching English to non-native speakers, we like to go abroad when we have sabbatical.
How long have you been in Prague?
Well, I will have been in Prague for 11 months. Judy, my wife, was here for just 4 months because of family issues, and our son was here for a week. This was my fourth sabbatical; in past, I’ve had sabbaticals in Albuquerque, in Costa Rica, and in Madrid.
How did you find out about UTC Prague?
It was a coincidence. One scientific journal sent me an article and I was asked to go through it as a referee. This paper came to my attention. I looked at all these figures and without reading any of the paper I knew what this person is doing. I looked at the title and the author, if it’s someone I knew, then I looked to see the affiliation and it’s Prague.
In 1981-1982, right before graduate school, as a student, I received a Fulbright grant to study in West Berlin. Towards the end of the stay, some Americans that were also in Berlin told me they had just returned from Budapest and Prague and I had to go to both cities. And I did. I spent less than 24 hours in Prague and I fell in love with it, it’s a beautiful city.
So when this paper came across my desk, I asked my wife immediately “What would you think about sabbatical in Prague?” and her response was “What language do they speak?” (Which may have something to do with why she only wanted to stay for 4 months). So I was excited, because there was somebody who was working on a project that I was familiar with and that I was very interested in and had done some work in and as it turns out it was a perfect matchup, because he was approaching it from purely experimental standpoint and I had done some work on the theory, so we could combine our work together and complement each other.
Exactly, complementarity is the most important thing in European projects.
Every time I’ve gone on sabbatical, except the first time, I’ve liked to visit where I’m planning to stay before I come in, so two summers ago I came here and visited the lab. Pepa (Ing. Josef Náhlík, CSc.) and I, despite the language obstacle, get along really well. So not just our research interest, but our personalities I think are a good match.
I came here in summer 2013 with my wife. It was a great opportunity to show her the Charles Bridge and everything. I came in here and gave a presentation, I talked with Pepa and with his students and got the sense of the laboratory, of what we could do, what source of project we could work with. On that trip I also talked with my colleagues in Copenhagen, if we might work on the theoretical side and we also discussed possible things I might do on my sabbatical. I felt strongly that this was a good idea, a wonderful city to work in as well as wonderful group that complemented my skills and would be good people to work with. During my very first sabbatical, I was working in a completely different field, which was strange. So to find a field and a group and a city? It’s perfect. It all came together. From all sabbaticals, this one could be the one most impactful, the one in which I get the most accomplished.
That sounds great! So you decided to come to Prague. You had to find some money for traveling and living here, how did you do it? I remember our email conversation when you applied for Marie Curie International Incoming Fellowship grant, which didn’t work out.
One of the nice things about the sabbatical is that I can either choose to spend one semester (6 months) away at full pay or two semesters (full year) at half pay. Because of the differences in currency and cost of living, I figured that even if I didn’t get any money from a grant, between that and savings that I had, I could do this and it could be worth it.
Can you say something about your research, the project you work on, your co-workers in Prague, especially Ing. Josef Náhlík, CSc.?
One of the analogies for what we do that I like is the story of Archimedes, who was given the king’s crown. The king suspected that it wasn’t all gold, that the goldsmith could have stolen some gold and replaced it with silver. Archimedes was able to figure out how much of that gold was missing. If you think about it, the crown is a mixture of two things—gold and silver. How is the mass density of that averaged between the value for silver and the value for gold? It’s somewhere in between, right? But if you have one little gram of gold here and one gram of silver there, what effect do those two have on what you measure for the whole thing? So, what we’re interested in is: if you use this circular disc of copper foil here and we measure the electrical properties of it, putting a hole in there, it’s going to change what we measure. The question is, how much impact does that hole create on what we measure? And it depends on a few things: how large is the hole, where is it located and what’s the shape of the thing that has a hole in it.
There, I would rather insert the description of experiments, as explained by Ing. Martina Heřmanová, a PhD student at Dr. Náhlík’s lab, who’s working hard on the experimental part of the project.
In our laboratory, we deal with research in the field of sensitivity of thin films to local defects. We use electrical measurements for this purpose, in particular the measurement of resistivity and the Hall coefficient using the Van der Pauw method. The Van der Pauw method offers the advantage that after fulfilling known assumptions, it doesn't require a specific shape of sample. The size of the sensitivity depends on several factors: the shape of the sample (thin film), and the size, shape and location of the defect. To be able to verify all these factors, we have prepared several series of samples of various shapes with different size and location of defects. The samples were prepared by photolithography, by the procedure developed in our laboratory, on commercially available printed circuit boards (copper foil with a thickness of 35μm). For the measurement of resistivity and the Hall coefficient, we use special fixtures developed by Dr. Náhlík and Keithley electronic devices. The experiments are controlled by computer (software in NI LabView environment developed in our lab).The sensitivity of the examined quantity to local defects can be assessed by comparing of the measured values of the sample with a without defect. Prof. Koon examines this task theoretically by solving the Laplace PDE by finite difference method in MS Excel. Our results are in good agreement.
And as Dr. Náhlík adds, what Prof. Koon simulated theoretically, we immediately verified experimentally. The impulse for our cooperation was to determine whether the theory and experiment would give the same result and that we either confirmed or found together the cause of deviations. Then we corrected the used procedures on both sides—the theoretical and experimental. We have similar nature with Daniel; it is joyful when the theory and the experiment are consistent, but even more exciting is the search for the causes of differences.
Professor, you have spent a year at UCT Prague. Can you compare working at UCT with working at St. Lawrence? What would you recommend to UCT, what should we improve?
It’s hard to say. I tend to be a solitary worker. If I can lock myself in a room and work away all day, I’m happy. Some people are more social workers and need to have an interaction with a lot of people, so it’s hard for me to say. I found the people in this department to be friendly. Although, except the hallway or the Christmas party, I haven’t met a lot of them.
I completely understand. Chemists are solitary workers, too. They focus on their research and don’t want to be bothered with any administration. Therefore, it’s necessary that here at UCT are departments that can handle all of the administrative stuff.
For people in my situation, Americans for example, it’s hard to know what sort of projects are going on, what sort of research infrastructure is in different countries. And certainly the former Socialist Bloc is an area that’s still mysterious to a lot of us Americans, partly because of the language. But one of the things I found interesting: This year I signed onto Facebook. Partly it’s a way of just sending out all these beautiful pictures that I was taking to my friends and family, but I also discovered the Fulbright Commission Facebook page. They have a wonderful presence on Facebook. In addition to broadcasting various program that they have, they also highlight some of the places in the USA that are looking for Czech students for some specific scholarship places.
That’s a good tip, to focus on the Fulbright Commission and forward this information to our students, maybe promote it on the UCT webpages.
I would say that you (UCT) could include various collaborations that faculties here are involved in. I know that there is an increasing interest in America, largely for undergraduate exchange programs and part of that is just how gorgeous Prague is and the reputation it has achieved among kids of a certain age, partly just for the drinking (laughing). But more consciousness is being raised, I keep hearing about someone who’s been in Prague, people share their experience. Think of every advantage you can use.
You have been in the Czech Republic almost a year. Except for Prague, have you had an opportunity to visit any other cities or places in our country?
Not as much as I should. A couple weeks ago I decided I had to take couple weekends off. Last weekend I went to Pilsen—lovely old city. I loved the architecture, I love Art Nouveau. I’ve also been to Karlštějn and Pec pod Sněžkou. Pec was one of the first places I visited, because August 10 is the name day for Svatý Vavřinec, St. Lawrence. In Pec pod Sněžkou, there is a pilgrimage every August 10 up Sněžka to the chapel. Then I went to Kutná Hora with my family. This weekend, I plan to go to Tallinn. There are many beautiful places, but it reminds me in some ways of Prague.
Will you come back to Prague one day?
Would you like to add something to conclude this interview?
Actually, when I first found out about this group and I saw the affiliation is the University of Chemistry and Technology, I thought to myself: “That’s not chemistry, that’s physics.” There’s also been this added fun about this year in being one of the few physicists and being with somebody who’s not a chemist in this institution, surrounded by all these chemists. Most of the equipment and tools that chemists use are developed by physicists.
Thank you very much for the interview! I wish you all the best and hopefully, a continual cooperation with Josef Náhlík’s research team.
The article was supported by project LE 12005, funded under the programme EUPRO II of MEYS.
16.6.2015, Prague - UCT Prague and Unipetrol will continue the strategic partnership in the year ahead, under the auspices of an agreement signed by UCT Prague Rector Karel Melzoch and Unipetrol Chairman of the Board of Directors and CEO Marek Świtajewski. Collaborative efforts between UCT Prague and Unipetrol date back to 2002.
16.6.2015, Prague - Two UCT Prague faculty members, prof. Ing. Jaroslav Kvíčala CSc (organic chemistry) and prof. Ing. Michal Přibyl, Ph.D. (chemical engineering), were appointed professor status at a ceremony on June 12 at the Prague Rudolfinum.
9.6.2015, Prague - UCT Prague leaders and special guests—including Tomáš Prouza, State Secretary for European Affairs at the Czech Prime Minister's Office—inaugurated the new innovation center Technopark Kralupy on June 5 in Kralupy nad Vltavou.
The new center will provide agile solutions for small- and medium-sized enterprises and serve as an intermediary between industrial and academic research initiatives.
9.6.2015, Prague - Representatives from UCT Prague met with David Maenaut, Counsellor of the Flemish Community and of the Flemish Region from the Embassy of Belgium in the Czech Republic, to discuss possibilities of cooperation with Flemish universities for future projects, research, and student exchanges.
2.6.2015, Prague - Representatives from UCT Prague—including Petr Slavíček, Eva Muchová, Daniel Hollas, Jan Chalabala, and Martina Rubešová—were co-organizers of the COST Action, Our Astrochemical History CM1401, held May 25-29 at the J. Heyrovsky Institute AS CR. v.v.i. in Prague, a center for fundamental research in physical chemistry, electrochemistry, and chemical physics.
COST is the longest-running European framework supporting trans-national cooperation among researchers, engineers and scholars across Europe, and the aim of this international Action was to bring together laboratory and theoretical gas phase and surface chemistry as well as large facilities based experiments with the aim of rationalizing the molecular evolution. Specific markers, such as isotopic fractionation, ices composition, and abundance ratios of isomers, must be used and understood, in order to draw a coherent picture of our chemical origins.
Succeeding former European initiatives that shaped the field of Astrochemistry, this Action focused on the molecular evolution towards higher complexity. Being a stepping-stone for building models, the Action provided a context for delivering new schemes for physical chemistry at large, like chemistry of transient species and photochemistry, in gas or on surfaces.
1.6.2015, Prague - Professors Reiner Salzer (Dresden University of Technology), Janusz Ryczkowski (Maria Curie-Skłodowska-University), and Jiří Barek (Charles University in Prague)—committee members from the European Chemistry Thematic Network (ECTN)—visited UCT Prague for three days in order to evaluate its study programmes in relation to extending Euromaster®.
Committee members met with students, toured labs, and reviewed study programme materials and textbooks in the areas of chemistry and chemical technology, materials technology, food technology, environmental protection technology, fuels and environmental technology as well as analytical and physical chemistry and nano and microtechnologies in chemical engineering.
Results of the review were presented publicly, and committee members noted several positive aspects of UCT Prague's study programmes, including: partnerships with industrial partners (including the new University Center UCT Prague - Unipetrol); inclusion of toxicology in the first year Bachelor curriculum; self-confidence and high ability of students to express theoretical concepts (also in English); ability to publish in-house (CIS); good student mobility and undergraduate thesis quality; availability of excellent instrumentation even for undergraduates.
As with many institutions, UCT Prague should analyze its undergraduate programmes to ensure students do not prolong their studies if they study abroad.
Committee members encouraged UCT Prague to apply for additional Euromaster® Chemistry programmes and the Doctorate Eurolabel®.
A new video documentary of UCT Prague's cherry blossom festival held April 29 on campus.
The biannual series of International Conferences on Ferroelectric Liquid Crystals (FLC‘s) is devoted to basic and applied aspects of new self-assembling materials possessing chiral and polar structures and properties. This year's conference will be held in Prague, around the corner from UCT Prague at Hotel DAP***.
Prof. Ing. Jiří Svoboda, CSc. from UCT Prague is a co-chair of the conference, and conference organizers include the Institute of Physics, ASCR, Prague; the University of Chemistry and Technology, Prague; and the Czech Physical Society, a section of The Union of Czech Mathematicians and Physicists.
Prague, 26.5.2015 – UCT Prague Faculty of Chemical Technology alumnus Ing. Antonín Králík, currently a doctoral student at the University of Regensburg (Germany), received the prestigious two-year Kekulé Mobility Fellowship for exceptional doctoral students from the Chemical Industry Fund (FCI) of the German Chemical Industry Association (Verband der Chemischen Industrie, VCI). Only ten such awards—covering relocation, living costs, and conference attendance—are granted annually.
Králík is currently a PhD student at the University of Regensburg's Research Group König, where is he is completing his dissertation entitled Development of Novel Catalytic Systems Based on Immobilized Ionic Liquids.
Please note that the water in Prague-Dejvice is not currently drinkable, according to an official announcement from Prague water treatment experts. Water tanks have been placed in the affected area to replace tap water.
Please follow the instructions of water treatment experts and please do not drink the tap water even after boiling and also please do not use the water for oral hygiene.
PVK is working on the issue and the advisement holds until further notice.
Prague, 19.5.2014 - An event for FameLab finalists marking the occasion of the Queen’s birthday took place at the British Embassy in Prague on May 19. UCT Prague students Marek Lanč, Eva Maxová, Matěj Novák, and Ondřej Rychecký—finalists of FameLab Czech Republic—presented amazing chemical experiments during a garden reception for VIP quests.
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Prof. Slavíček conducts his teaching and research at UCT Prague's Department of Physical Chemistry. The Slavíček Research Group uses the tools of theoretical chemistry to explore the interaction of light with molecules and materials, simulating the response of molecules to photons with the goal to design molecules with specific functions.
Prof. Slavíček is author of more than eighty articles published in prestigious journals including Science, Nature Chemistry, Physical Review Letters and the Journal of the American Chemical Society. He is also recognized for his role as an educator and proponent of science education for the public.
Prague, 14.5.2015 - Head of UCT Prague's Department of Biochemistry and Microbiology, Prof. Tomáš Ruml, recently received a medal of honour for his outstanding contributions to the development of Vietnam. The President of Vietnam, Trương Tấn Sang personally bestowed the award.
Prof. Ruml has, over the course of his career, forged relationships with over ten Vietnamese universities and research institutes, developed a network for support for joint research projects, worked with Czech ambassadors in Vietnam to streamline the admissions process for Vietnamese students, and created a special preparatory programme for Vietnamese students prior to beginning their studies at UCT Prague. Prof. Ruml is now focused on collaborative research projects and other Czech-Vietnamese cooperative endeavors.
Prague, 7.5.2015 - This week, ESN UCT Prague students, as a part of the ExchangeAbility project, tested campus accessibility for people with special needs. Results of the test will be published on MapAbility.
ExchangeAbility and MapAbility are intended to encourage young people with special needs to participate in mobility programmes such as Erasmus+.
Prague, 5.5.2015 - UCT Prague student Andrea Vichrová was crowned Miss Majáles 2015 at the annual student festival. Students also won the prize for the best allegorial parade float.
Prague, 5.5.2015 - Ondřej Lidický, a UCT Prague student who completed his doctoral thesis on polymer drug performance at the Institute of Macromolecular Chemistry of Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic (IMC), won the national FameLab competition and will represent the Czech Republic at the FameLab International Grand Final, which will be held at The Times Cheltenham Science Festival in June.
Prague, 24.4.2015 - The new University Centre is housed in the newly-renovated premises in Chempark Litvínov (Ústí nad Labem Region, where the largest oil refinery in the Czech Republic is located).
Three bachelor's degree programmes are offered at the Centre, and a master's degree programme is being planned.
The Centre also offers a continuing education services to employees of Unipetrol.
"We also focus on the promotion of science and technology education, support a variety of primary and secondary schools in the region, foster international cooperation, and offer technical seminars," said Prof. Zdeněk Bělohlav, Vice-Rector for Education and initiator of the concept for the Centre.
Prague, 23.4.2015 - UCT Prague's Rector, together with the rectors of other Czech universities, had lunch with U.S. Ambassador to the Czech Republic, Andrew H. Shapiro to discuss collaborative possibilities in higher education.
Prague, 22.4.2015 - A total of fifty teams, divided into five heats, participated in the first annual Cross Campus relay race event, hosted by all the Dejvice campus universities and institutes.
This event marks the beginning of conversations by all campus partners to improve campus social life.
Prof. Drašar and Prof. Macek visited Karaganda, Kazakhstan, for the "Current Status and Prospects of Further Development of Phytochemistry," conference organized by the Institute of Phytochemistry. They were presented with awards of merit and traditional Kazakh costumes, hats, and cloaks.
Prague, 21.4.2015 - Forty UCT Prague students and staff visited the Science and Technology Park (Technopark) in Kralupy nad Vltavou, with Ing. Ales Soukoup leading the tour of its laboratories and technical facilities.
Prague, 21.4.2015 - Professor Richard D. Noble (University of Colorado Boulder), a leading expert in next-generation membranes and ionic liquids, visited the University. During his stay, he lectured to Erasmus Mundus students on membrane engineering and gave the seventeenth annual Hála lecture entitled Novel Membranes for Improved Separation at the Czech Academy of Science's Institute of Chemical Process Fundamentals (ICPF).
Prof. Noble collaborates in a project dealing with the enrichment of raw biogas methane (LH14006) with doc. Ing. Karel Friess, PhD (UCT Prague Department of Physical Chemistry) and Ing. Pavel Izák, Ph.D., DSc. (ICPF).
On Thursday, April 29, 13:00-22:00, the UCT Prague community celebrated hanami under the cherry blossoms which adorn Technická Street in front of Building B.
The trees were planted in 1979 by instrumental analysis professors, including doc. Ing. Skacel Francis, PhD, who recalls planting the trees in an interview (in Czech). The majority of the original thirty trees have survived to the present day.
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Prague, April 14—The twenty-ninth annual summer school for high school teachers and students will be held at UCT Prague August 25–27, 2015. This year's event will focus on a wide area of chemical technologies and products in everyday life.
To apply, contact email@example.com by May 10, 2015.
Additional information (in Czech) at: http://www.vscht.cz/spoluprace/skoly/pro-ucitele/letni-skola
Prague, April 2 - In addition to nutritional value, sensory qualities such as taste, smell, and appearance are important attributes that determine the success of food products on the market. UCT Prague's explanded food sensory facilities, inaugurated on April 2 by Department of Food Analysis and Nutrition's Professor Jana Hajšlová and her team, now provide ideal conditions for the analysis of these characteristics.
The laboratory will be open to the entire UCT Prague research community. "I believe that we can, for example, collaborate with the Department of Biochemical Technology," said Professor Hajšlová.
The new laboratory, which adheres to ISO standards, offers twelve individual booths (previously there were six). Spaces for panel discussions and interactive learning are also available. The lab was funded as part of the KvaLab project, intended to create the highest-quality educational conditions for students and researchers. The main activity in the laboratory will be instruction in sensory analysis techniques.
"In science, we will further develop the methodology of sensory evaluation—the study of the perception of flavors and fragrances as well as exploring volatile substances in foods in combination with instrumental methods," said Associate Professor Zdenek Panovská, head of the laboratory. "Other areas of interest include critical evaluation of the sensory qualities of new types of food as well as testing their shelf lives."
A major goal for the future is to obtain accreditation as well as creating linkages between instrumental and sensory analyses.
Prague, 7.4.2015 - As part of KvaLab, the university's current project for improving its laboratories, UCT Prague has acquired its first Spark Plasma Sintering (SPS) device. "It will allow us to move our research capabilities to a new level", said Vice-Dean for External Relations at the Faculty of Chemical Technology, Dr. Pavel Novák.
According to Novák, both students and researchers will be able to use SPS to do research into nanopowders. "Many institutions would not provide access to such cutting-edge equipment. But our school is based on combining high-quality theoretical education with intensive practical practice and so I am glad we are able to continue this tradition in this case."
25.3.2015, Prague - The University of Chemistry and Technology, Prague, and Škoda Auto have entered into a framework agreement for partnership and cooperation.
The agreement between UCT Prague and the Czech automotive leader, signed by UCT Prague prof. Ing. Zdeněk Bělohlav, PhD, Vice-Rector for Education and Škoda Auto's Ing. Bohdan Wojnar, covers the fields of education, science, and research activities. It also opens the door to university graduates for career possibilities with one of the most promising Czech employers today.
"The contract is a logical consequence of what we are trying to do at our university - combine quality education with industrial practice, thus offering our students meaningful learning and graduates with promising futures," said prof. Karel Melzoch, UCT Prague Rector. "On the other side of the coin, cooperation with Škoda Auto will, of course, heighten research activities and particularly technology transfer, including the results of our applied research."
"For Škoda Auto it is important that graduates not only have theoretical knowledge, but also that they have had close contact with business norms. The fourth industrial revolution is in full swing and recent graduates of technology schools must come into the workplace well-prepared. That is why we place great emphasis on intensive linking of theory with practice. A partnership and cooperation with UCT Prague is the next step is to get qualified young talent," said Ing. Bohdan Wojnar, who also lectured about cars and chemistry on Wednesday.
UCT Prague has been offering undergraduate courses in chemistry materials for the automotive industry since 2007 at the Faculty of Chemical Technology and is—among other things—actively involved in fuel cell research. The Faculty of Environmental Technology also provides know-how in motor fuels, lubricants, exhaust emissions, and climate protection.
24.2.2015, Prague - Ing. Bohdan Wojnar (UCT Prague 1983) visited campus on Wednesday, March 25, and gave a talk open to all starting at 10:00 in lecture hall A1.
Ing. Wojnar is the sole Czech representative, for Human Resources, on the ŠKODA AUTO Board of Management. After graduating from UCT Prague in 1983, he joined ŠKODA in 1985, and since that time has served the automaker in various capacities.
23.3.2015, Prague - IAESTE UCT Prague hosted its 21st Annual Career Fair on Wednesday, April 8, in Building B, with prospective employers, lectures, and prizes.
Are you in Erasmus+? Would you like to share your experiences with Czech students who would like to go abroad, provide some advice, cook food from home, and just have fun? Learn more.
If you answered yes to any of these questions, join us and students from across the Czech Republic and from many other countries in the Resperium on Wednesday, 18.3. 2015 from 11:00-15:00, and see if Erasmus+ is right for you.
ESN UCT Prague members and international students will be on hand to personally answer your questions while you try new foods. You can also practice your language skills while voting for the best booth.
UCT Prague's International Relations team will able be available to answer your questions about exchange programmes and work placements.
17. March, Prague - Dr. Wyatt Vreeland, Research Chemical Engineer in the Biomolecular Measurement Division of the Bioprocess Measurements Group, US National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), visited UCT Prague on Tuesday, March 17. He met with various UCT Prague representatives and and toured the Faculty of Food and Biochemical Technology (Department of Biochemistry and Microbiology) as well as the Department of Chemical Engineering (microfluidics).
13 March, Prague - The University of Chemistry and Technology together with the Česká vodíková technologická platforma (Czech Hydrogen Technology Platform) hosted Hydrogen Days 2015, an international hydrogen technologies conference, at Hotel DAP*** (the House of the Army, Prague), 18-20 March.
A four-person team from UCT Prague attended the sixth annual Modern Educational Establishments 2015 conference at the Kiev Palace of Children and Youth in the Ukraine, introducing university offerings to prospective Bachelor's, Master's, and Doctoral degree students.
The conference is the largest educational conference in the Ukraine; last year, nearly one thousand educational institutions from 147 colleges and universities participated in the event.
As official representatives of the Study in Prague project, the UCT Prague team also be provided information about study programmes at Charles University, the Czech Technical University in Prague, the University of Economics Prague, and the Czech University of Life Sciences Prague.
Kachekran, the Czech Republic's largest and oldest carnival, took place on Thursday, March 5, at the Prague Conference Center. This Prague tradition included a crazy carnival, dancing, bands, competition between faculties, and more fun into the night.
The European Journal of Organic Chemistry (EurJOC) featured an image of 5-alkylflavin hydroperoxide from a Microreview by Doc. Ing. Radek Cibulka, PhD (UCT Prague, Department of Organic Chemistry, Laboratory 255) on the cover of its February 2015 issue.
- Details in the full-text Microreview
- Citation: Cibulka, R. (2015), Artificial Flavin Systems for Chemoselective and Stereoselective Oxidations (Eur. J. Org. Chem. 5/2015). Eur. J. Org. Chem., 2015: n/a. doi: 10.1002/ejoc.201590009
Prague, 3 March - On Tuesday, April 21, a team relay race followed by other special events took place on the plaza around the National Library of Technology (NTK). Teams from NTK, UCT Prague, the Institute of Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry of the Czech Academy of Sciences (IOCB), and Charles University's Catholic Theological Faculty (KTF UK) participated.
Prague, 2 March - A newly-renovated student laboratory for inorganic chemistry opened on Monday in a symbolic ceremony in which University of Chemistry and Technology, Prague (UCT Prague) Rector Karel Melzoch symbolically handed over the keys to students. Renovation of the lab is the first tangible output of the "KvaLab" project, which began this year and is dedicated to improving the quality of teaching laboratories for students.
Under the auspices of the project, over eight hundred million crowns will be invested with one primary goal - to create the highest-caliber educational conditions for students. "At the end of this project, to which all of us will devote a substantial amount of energy, we will - to embellish slightly - have a new UCT Prague," explained Milan Pospisil, Vice-Rector for Strategies and Development.
The modernization project is divided into three main phases. First, reconstruction of teaching laboratories and lecture halls within the UCT Prague building, followed by the purchase of new equipment for the basic, industrial, and research laboratories. The third pillar of the project includes a universal W-Fi network for the entire UCT Prague campus as well as virtualization software applications. The investment in a total of twenty-nine key pieces of equipment - some of which will be unique to the Czech Republic - will exceed five million crowns (not including VAT).
"The entire investment will have make an essential contribution to the quality of education for our students. UCT Prague is committed to practical laboratory and project-based learning experiences, which will now be supported by excellent equipment," said Vice-Rector Pospisil.
This UCT Prague project, with an anticipated completion date of December 2015, is funded by an operational programme for research and development of innovation.
As of January 1, 2015, Vysoká škola chemicko-technologická v Praze uses following names in other languages:
- University of Chemistry and Technology, Prague, UCT Prague
- Universität für Chemie und Technologie, Prag
- École Nationale Supérieure des Technologies Chimiques de Prague
- Chimiko-technologičeskij universitět, Praga