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Technická 5
166 28 Prague 6 – Dejvice
IČO: 60461373 / VAT: CZ60461373

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UCT Prague automatically provides all graduates with a Diploma Supplement free of charge. This Diploma Supplement follows the model developed by the European Commission, the Council of Europe, and UNESCO/CEPES. 

The purpose of the supplement is to provide sufficient independent data for improving international transparency and for ensuring fair, academic, and professional recognition of qualifications (diplomas, degrees, certificates, etc.).

The Diploma Supplement is published in two languages – Czech and English – and contains the status of successfully completed studies, the list of courses evaluated according to the ECTS, and the number of credits awarded for each course.

The Supplement also includes information about courses completed abroad, Bachelor or Master theses, defence of the theses, final state examinations, and the overall evaluation of study results.

The Diploma Supplement also provides a brief description of Czech Higher Educational System.

Diploma Supplement Samples

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About Us

UCT Prague's Department of Research and Development coordinates all research activities for the university. Our team informs researchers regularly about funding opportunities, offers project development services for newly proposed Czech and international projects, and is in charge of the administrative, legal and financial issues for ongoing projects.

Our specialists design optimal utilisation of research findings inter alia for protecting intellectual and industrial property rights (IPR), patent applications, licence agreements, as well as publishing scientific results. We also monitor also postgraduate doctoral studies.

KOMPAS

Contact the KOMPAS Office for administrative and management support.

UCT Prague PIC number for H2020 is 999867853,
The LEAR
is Ms. Karolína Friessová

Direct Faculty Contacts 

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The University of Chemistry and Technology, Prague consists of four faculties and several other departments

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Faculty of Chemical Technology

101 Department of Inorganic Chemistry    
105 Department of Inorganic Technology    
106 Department of Metals and Corrosion Engineering    
107 Department of Glass and Ceramics    
108 Department of Solid State Chemistry    
110 Department of Organic Chemistry    
111 Department of Organic Technology    
112 Department of Polymers    
126 Department of Solid State Engineering    
141 Laboratory of Inorganic Materials    
143 Department of Informatics and Chemistry    
148 Department of Chemical Technology of Monument Conservation    
150 Dean’s Office of Faculty of Chemical Technology    

Faculty of Environmental Technology

215 Department of Petroleum Technology and Alternative Fuels    
216 Department of Gaseous and Solid Fuels and Air Protection    

217 Department of Water Technology and Environmental Engineering
   
218 Department of Power Engineering    
240 Department of Environmental Chemistry    
251 Dean’s Office of Faculty of Enviromental Technology    

 

Faculty of Food and Biochemical Technology

319 Department of Biotechnology    
320 Department of Biochemistry and Microbiology    
321 Department of Carbohydrates and Cereals    
322 Department of Dairy, Fat and Cosmetics     
323 Department of Food Analysis and Nutrition    
324 Department of Food Preservation    
342 Department of Chemistry of Natural Compounds    
352 Dean’s Office of Faculty of Food and Biochemical Technology    

Faculty of Chemical Engineering

402 Department of Analytical Chemistry    
403 Department of Physical Chemistry    
409 Department of Chemical Engineering    
413 Department of Mathematics    
444 Department of Physics and Measurements    
445 Department of Computing and Control Engineering    
453 Dean’s Office of Faculty of Chemical Engineering    

 

University Research and Education Centres

504 University Centre UCT Prague - Unipetrol    
554 Department for the History of the Chemical Industry and Applied Chemistry    
557 BIOMEDREG    
558 Metrology and Testing Laboratory    
559 Prague University Analytical Center    
560 BAFA    
570 Technoparc Kralupy UCT Prague    

The Administration of University Facilities

712 Director´s Office    
713 Finance Department    
721 Operating Department    
723 Sázava Dormitory    
724 Volha Dormitory    
731 Technical Department    
745 Network Administration    

Service Departments for all UCT Prague Faculties

827 Department of Physical Education and Sport    
832 Department of Education and Human Sciences    
834 Department of Languages    
837 Department of Economics and Management     

Rector's Offices

929 General Practitioner    
930 Crèche Zkumavka    
938 Department of Internal Auditing    
939 Department of Supervision      
961 Rector's Secretariat    
962 Bursar's Secretariat    
963 Department of Education    
965 Department of Scientific Research and Development    
966 Personnel Department    
968 Records Office     
969 Supplies Department    
971 Finance Department    
972 Department of Safety at Work    
974 Department of International Relations    
976 Department of Construction and Maintenance    
977 Department of Building Administration    
979 Department of Communication    
980 Central Laboratories    
990 Computer Centre    
991 Department of Strategic Planning    
992 Hollow Glass Workrooms    
994 Technology Transfer Office    
995 Department of Operation and Technical Services    
996 Department of Public Order    
997 Centre for Information Services
        UCT Library
        UCT Press
   
998 Vice-Rector's without Portfolio Office    




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University of Chemistry and Technology, Prague

Technická 5
166 28 Praha 6 – Dejvice
IČO: 60461373
VAT: CZ60461373

Contacts

Department of International Relations (for students)

email: int@uct-prague.eu  

 

 Iva Žilíková

Head of Department

Erasmus+ Institutional Coordinator
Iva Žilíková, MA 
email: Iva.Zilikova@vscht.cz
phone: +420 220 444 456

 Filip Faltejsek Outgoing students (Erasmus+, ATHENS, CEEPUS, AKTION)

Filip Faltejsek, BA

email: Filip.Faltejsek@vscht.cz 
phone: +420 220 444 309
 1802 (originál)

Incoming students (Erasmus+, free-mover)
Anna Eiflerová, MSc
email: anna.eiflerova@vscht.cz 

phone: +420 220 443 159

 Helena Pekárková Foreign Self-Supporting Degree Students,
Incoming students (freemover, Erasmus Mundus)

Helena Pekárková, MA 
email: Helena.Pekarkova@vscht.cz
phone: +420 220 443 158
 Šárka Zavadilová Foreign Business Trips
Šárka Zavadilová
email: Sarka.Zavadilova@vscht.cz
phone: +420 220 443 897

Office Hours for Erasmus+ Students

Pondělí (Monday) 13:30 – 15:30
Úterý (Tuesday) 13:30 – 15:30
Čtvrtek (Thursday) 9:30 – 11:00
Pátek (Friday) 9:30 – 11:00

 

Department of R&D (for researchers and industrial companies)

Head of the Department
Vice-Rector for Research and Development
Assoc. Prof. Pavel Kotrba, MSc, PhD
 pavel.kotrba@vscht.cz  
 (00420) 220 443 215

email: sci@ict-prague.eu

Iveta Pospisilova Czech projects, ESF, ERDF projects, IPR
Iveta Pospisilova, MSc
email: Iveta.Pospisilova@vscht.cz
phone: +420 220 443 232

Hana Štěpánková International Projects Consultant
project KOMPAS 
Hana Štěpánková, MSc 
b Hana.Stepankova@vscht.cz
e (+420) 220 443 210
Karolína Friessová International Projects Consultant
Norway fonds, project KOMPAS
Ing. Karolína Friessová, Ph.D.
b Karolina.Friessova@vscht.cz
e (+420) 220 443 210    
Hana Malichová Czech Funding Programmes
Hana Čadková, MSc
email: Hana.Malichova@vscht.cz
phone: +420 220 444 466 

Veronika Popová PhD Students
Mgr. Veronika Popová
email: Veronika.Popova@vscht.cz

How to Find Us 

The university is northwest of the Dejvická metro station, near Vítězné náměstí in Prague 6, and is housed in three buildings (see map below):

  • Building A - Technická 5
  • Building B - Technická 3
  • Building C - Studentská 6


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Welcome to the World of Modern Chemistry

The University of Chemistry and Technology, Prague (UCT Prague) is the largest educational institution of its kind in Central Europe with a tradition spanning almost two centuries. With progressive fields of study and a prestigious international reputation, UCT Prague provides every student with education in advanced technologies and excellent preparation for lucrative careers worldwide.

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UCT Prague - A challenge that pays off

 

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UCT Prague has a long tradition of collaborative and cooperative activities, across technological sectors, with other institutions and laboratories, secondary schools, and industrial and international partners - nearly seventy percent of which are located beyond the boundaries of the Czech capital.

 

 

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International Cooperation

In accordance with the university strategic goals University of Chemistry and Technology Prague (UCT Prague) actively participates in international initiatives which broaden and deepen cooperation in education and scientific research with both European and non-European partners.

The basic pillars of the international activities are interinstitutional cooperation agreements, multiple and joint degree programmes with other universities, Erasmus+ and other international programmes exchange activities (both incoming and outgoing student and staff exchanges), and international scientific and research projects.

UCT Prague is interested in partnerships with well respected institutions worldwide which share similar vision and values.

The international cooperation is administered by the Department of International Relations in cooperation with the Department of Research and Development, both headed by the respective Vice-Rectors.

INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION EXCHANGE PROGRAMMES

UCT Prague is actively involved in a number of student and staff exchange programmes:

  • ERASMUS+ (KA103, KA107)
  • ERASMUS MUNDUS
  • ATHENS
  • AKTION
  • CEEPUS
  • IAESTE


Besides, the University offers the students to enrol for studies in MASTER and DOCTORAL DOUBLE DEGREE programmes with partner universities, and students might also use the scholarship programme FREE-MOVER for exchanges worldwide. More information on the scholarship offer for students is available on this website.

UCT Prague cooperates and intensively supports activities of the University international student organizations, such as ESN (Erasmus Student Network) which mainly assist international students to adapt to new study and life conditions in a foreign country.


EUROBACHELOR

ECTN (European Chemistry Thematic Network) awarded the UCT Prague prestigious Chemistry Quality Eurolabel® “Chemistry Eurobachelor“. This Label is intended to promote international recognition of the degree qualification and to document the willingness of the institution to participate fully in the European Higher Education Area which is being constructed in the Bologna process.

INTERNATIONAL SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH PROJECTS AND CONFERENCES

UCT Prague faculties actively participate in several international scientific research projects, e.g. HORIZON 2020, Norwegians funds, FP7, NATO.

The University is the main organizer or partner of many prestigious scientific conferences and workshops with international participants.

INTERNATIONAL VISITORS and TEACHERS

UCT Prague is a top-quality research university which attracts a number of international teachers and researchers every year who largely contribute to inspiring study and work environment at our University.

Should you be interested in visit of our University to give a lecture and/or start education/research cooperation, please contact the Head of International Relations Office.

Data in 2016

303 ERASMUS incoming students

568 international students

116 ERASMUS outgoing students

78 international staff members

129 ERASMUS bilateral agreements

91 inter-institutional agreements (MoU)

5 Master Double Degree programmes

22 international research projects

3 ERASMUS MUNDUS programmes

11 international conferences


Larger map: cooperation with other institutions

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Contact for media

Feel free to contact Department of Comunication with any inquiry. The department will provide contact on University scientific staff.

Main contact person

L Mgr. Michal Janovský
b Michal.Janovsky@vscht.cz
e + 420 220 444 159
e + 420 733 690 543
- Room: A205a

Deputy contact person

D Ing. Petra Karnetová, Ph.D. 
b Petra.Karnetova@vscht.cz
e +420 220 444 459
: +420 739 249 128
Room A205

Whole team of Department of Comunication


Press releases

10. 8. 2017

Allergies: cross-reactivity between cypress pollen and peaches/citrus fruits finally explained

15. 6. 2017 UCT Prague to take part in EU-China Collaboration to Tackle Food Fraud
9. 2. 2017

UCT Prague continuing its collaboration with Molson Coors

20. 1. 2017

Observing Aqueous Solutions Using X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy

3. 1. 2017 FUELPAGE Project: Fuel Quality Monitoring peer review visit to Czech Institutions
3. 1. 2017

CEI KEP ITALY: Final Event of the FUELPAGE project in Belgrade

You can find older press releases in archive.

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Erasmus Policy Statement (Overall Strategy)

UCT Prague regards international cooperation as a vital part of its teaching and scientific activities and purposely extends and deepens this cooperation. Due to the active participation of academic staff in international scientific and educational projects and programmes (such as the EU FPs, TEMPUS, COST, COPERNICUS, EEA grants, NATO…), networking and contact making are continually expanding both in the terms of content as well as geographically. The main criterion for a new cooperation partner is the quality—related either to educational activities or to scientific quality and reputation; the assumption of mutual academic collaboration and reciprocity in student and staff mobility is very important. The areas of cooperation are linked more or less to technical chemistry, food chemistry and technology, material sciences, process engineering, chemical technologies and informatics, biotechnology etc. International scientific and educational events ongoing abroad or held at UCT Prague are also used for meeting new potential partners. Information about UCT Prague are disseminated through printed leaflets, brochures and presentations during staff international mobility.


At present, the University of Chemical and Technology Prague maintains nearly 150 Erasmus bilateral agreements with universities across Europe and more than 50 other agreements with partners not only in Europe but also in the USA, Canada, Australia, Japan, India and many other countries. UCT Prague is open to quality cooperation with all geographical areas. Cooperation with the European partners is of course the most frequent due to the easiest accessibility and lower financial cost.


The main objective of the internationalization is to keep UCT Prague at the top position with respect to both educational and scientific quality. Therefore, attention is consistently paid to the international mobility of staff and expanding opportunities to study abroad for UCTP students. The university seeks after all available resources to support long-term (one-two semesteral) study stays for students at all levels and this form of students' international experience will continue to develop. UCT Prague has fully implemented ECTS and Diploma Supplement Label, facilitating the recognition of studies abroad. For students mostly at doctoral level, internships and placements at leading scientific institutions are provided. Short-term stays at summer schools, conferences and workshops are consistently supported for students of MSc And PhD degrees. In addition to the LLP/Erasmus mobility, students participate in other international programmes, such as AAD, CEEPUS, AKTION, ATHENS, etc. The participation of scientific and pedagogical staff in international projects is highly recommended and supported; the presentation of results and making of new contacts are expected. The attempt to increase the number of teaching staff mobility will be permanently supported.


Great care is given to foreign students and visiting teaching staff. UCT Prague provides international students accredited Bachelor's and Master's study programmes taught in English and—for Erasmus students—a number of courses taught in English. The organization of Czech language courses for foreign students is considered an important activity in the internationalization and students' integration at the university.


Based on a long term cooperation with selected partner universities, double degree study programmes at Master and Doctoral levels in particular were established. Implementation of two Masters and two doctoral ERASMUS MUNDUS programmes resulted from multilateral interuniversity cooperation. Our further aim is to involve more Czech students in courses taught in English.


A very welcome and supported form of internationalization at UCT Prague is receiving doctoral students and trainees from third countries. Other successful activities we will continue to develop are short-term intensive training courses for students and teachers from third countries.


UCT Prague actively participates in a number of international projects and seeks for further participation in projects targeted towards teaching and training. The most successful implemented project is ERASMUS MUNDUS. Two Masters’ study programmes (EM3E and IMETE) have been running for two years; students studying under a consortium of European universities spend one semester at UCTP, some of them prepare also their diploma project and thesis here. UCTP has adopted all necessary procedures for issuing the joint diploma. Similarly, a doctoral programme EUDIME was implemented. During their stay at UCTP, PhD Students are actively involved in scientific research teams. The fourth EM project is EURINDIA where UCTP trains one PhD Student from India.


UCT Prague participates regularly in TEMPUS projects; in the past, through individual advisors/evaluators of several projects, currently as a partner. In this project, UCT Prague organizes intensive professional courses for teachers and students from Russian universities involved in the project.


Another form of cooperation is the participation of UCT Prague in ERASMUS thematic projects. The first one is the ISEKI-Food (originally FoodNet), which maps the teaching of food science and technology in Europe and to which UCTP has contributed a number of documents and data. The second example is the participation in the European Chemistry Thematic Network (ECTN and EC2EN2) which resulted in the possibility to grant IVTP graduates title EuroBachelor®.


Participation of UCT Prague in these projects is reflected in curricula modernization, creation of new degree programmes, awarding of double/joint diploma and implementation of new reaching methods and organization of studies. An integral part of the internationalization is an active students' club ESC and its involvement in the European network ECN; ESC plays an important role in the integration of foreign students into the local environment.

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Recognition of Education and Qualifications Acquired Abroad (Nostrification)

There are 2 steps to Nostrification of your previous education:

(1)          Verification of documents regarding the level of education

It's important that all the documents are verified in the country which issued them.

The authentication requirements differ according to the international treaties applying to the country where the original document was issued. Countries (states) can be divided into three groups:

  • A - For members of the Hague Convention the legalization proceeds by Apostille – an unified form of authentication of documents issued by the competent administrative body of the state in which the document was issued
  • B - Verification is not required for documents issued in countries which are parties to a relevant international agreement abolishing the requirement of legalization for foreign public documents
  • L - Unless the international agreement sets otherwise, the authenticity of signatures and stamps on the document must be verified by a two bodies:
    • the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the coutry, where institution which issued the document is based
    • respective representative office of the Czech Republic (e.g. Embassy / Consulate) in the country where the institution which issued the document is based

Q List of countries

(2)          Nostrification (Recognition)

Authorities governing the Nostrification (Recognition)

a)         Students applying for Bachelor degree programme

Secondary school leaving certificates issued outside the Czech Republic are subject to formal Recognition of an Education and Qualifications Acquired Abroad. The process of Recognition of secondary education documents is regulated by the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport. How to proceed?

The authorities competent to make decisions on recognition of  secondary school leaving certificates:

  • Prague City Hall, Department of Education

            Mgr. Martin Fučík
            Jungmannova 29/35, 111 21 Praha 1
            email: martin.fucik@cityofprague.cz

  • Regional Education Authorities

      more information here

b)           Students applying for a Master degree programme or PhD degree programme

The decisions upon the recognition of foreign higher education (Bachelor and Master diplomas) are an exclusive competence of public higher education institutions (universities) offering a similar study programme in terms of content. This competence is not extended to private higher education institutions. 

All applicants are advised to inquire which public higher education institution in the Czech Republic provides a study programme corresponding with their foreign education prior to applying for the recognition.

According to the administrative code, the applicant cannot require the recognition of the same higher education qualification from multiple public higher education institutions simultaneously.

If the request is rejected by a public higher education institution, the applicant can submit it to another higher education institution providing a similar study programme in terms of content only after the rejection has become legally effective (i.e. after 15 days from receipt of the decision).

As for holders of qualifications issued by military higher education institutions, recognition of qualification is determined by the Ministry of Defence; in the area of security services, recognition is determined by the Ministry of Interior (in accordance with Section 95, Subsection 9 of the Higher Education Act).

 

 Nostrification (Recognition) procedure at UCT Prague (relevant for Master and PhD applicants)

To obtain recognition of their foreign education, applicants are required to submit hard copies of the following documents:

  • Legally attested copy of a Diploma
  • Legally attested copy of a Diploma Supplement
  • Certified translations of both documents into Czech language
  • Certified written power of attorney, if submitted by a person other than the graduate
  • Completed and signed Application for the Recognition of Foreign Higher Education in the Czech Republic form
  • Proof of the fee payment

 

1)          Applicants for Nostrification (Recognition) who intend to study at UCT Prague shall send / personally deliver the necessary documents to the address:

University of Chemistry and Technology, Prague                                                                      
Department of International Relations
Technická 5, 166 28 Prague 6 – Dejvice
Czech Republic                                                                      
email: helena.pekarkova@vscht.cz
tel. 220 443 158

                                              

2)          Applicants for Nostrification (Recognition) only (no studies at UCT intended) shall send / personally deliver the necessary documents to the address:

Mailing address

UCT Prague  (Petra Linhartová )                                                                         
Department of Education and Human Sciences, Secretariat and Study department, Records office
Technická 5, 166 28 Prague 6 – Dejvice
Czech Republic                                                                      
e-mail:petra1.linhartova@vscht.cz   
tel.: 220 443 062;  220 443 818

Personal delivery:

UCT Prague                                                                        
building B, Records office (Archive) BS114
Technická 5, 166 28 Prague 6 – Dejvice
Petra Linhartová, tel.: 220443062  

Office hours here

 

The Nostrification (Recognition) of the foreign college/university education in the countries that signed a bilateral equivalence agreement with the Czech Republic:

 

SLOVAKIA                                POLAND, HUNGARY, SLOVENIA                                 GERMANY

 

How to pay the Nostrification (Recognition) fee – payment possibilities:

 

1. Bank transfer to UCT Prague account:

Bank Name:                                     ČSOB, Banskobystrická 11, Prague 6

Account number:                           130197294/0300

IBAN:                                                  CZ58 0300 0000 0001 3019 7294

SWIFT code:                                     CEKO CZ PP          

Remittance information:          /VS/963826059

                                                               /SS/ Full name as it appears in the passport or identity                                                                card followed by the date of birth in the format of                                                                DDMMYY                              

The full payment of CZK 3,000 shall be transferred to UCT Prague bank account (any bank charges shall be covered by the applicant).

 

2. Payment in cash in the Cash office of Finance department of UCT Prague:

Cash office in Building B (Technická 3), 2ⁿᵈ floor, Room B 202

Working hours: Mon – Fri 10.00 – 12.00

Please note:

Due to the electronic entrance system, every applicant shall be accompanied by an employee of UCT Prague.

If it is found during the recognition proceeding that it is not within the scope of rector’s responsibility to make a decision on the request for recognition of foreign higher education, e.g. because UCT Prague does not provide a similar study programme, the fee of CZK 3,000 is not charged, and, if already paid, will be returned to the applicant.

There is no refund of the fee if the recognition proceeding is discontinued due to a deficient application (absence of documents necessary for assessing the application), and the applicant’s failure to remove the deficiency upon request. 

There is no refund of the fee in case of rejection of the application due to substantial differences between the compared study programmes.

In case the purpose of the recognition is not further study, the equality of the education will be assessed in accordance with the Agreement – if substantial differences between the compared study programmes are found, the rector may reject the application.


Legislations governing the Nostrification (Recognition) of foreign higher education and qualifications

  1. Convention on the Recognition of Qualifications concerning Higher Education in the European Region signed on April 11, 1997, in Lisbon; published in Czech language in Collection of International Agreements No. 60/2000 Coll.
  2. International Agreements on mutual recognition of documents on education
  3. International Agreements on the authentication of public documents
  4. Act. No. 111/1998 Coll. on Higher Education Institutions and on Amendment to Other Acts, as amended - § 89, § 90, § 105, § 106
  5. Act No. 500/2004 Coll. on Administrative Procedure

 

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Fourteen JUNIOR RESEARCHER positions in

open at the UCT Prague as of 1 April, May or June 2018

Who can apply?

We are looking for postdoc/junior researchers from around the world who:

  • are 2-7 years after receiving PhD diploma in relevant fields,
  • were not employed in the Czech Republic in the years 2015-2017,
  • published at least two publications in the last three years,
  • are interested in one of the fourteen key research areas in chemistry (see below),
  • can start the 24 months fellowship 1 June 2018.

Benefits for applicants

  • 24 months fellowship at the UCT Prague (MSCA-IF concept)
  • full-time contract for two years with possibility of extension
  • monthly salary of 3000 EUR + consumables
  • support of excellent mentors & professional administration
  • possibility to establish own independent research group
  • employee benefits (6 weeks of vacation, catering allowance, pension insurance allowance, language courses, institutional childcare, etc.)
  • international creative environment, various activities for expats
  • low cost of living in tolerant, progressive and secure country with rich cultural and natural heritage
  • excellent transport connection with the whole world

How to apply?

  • select one key research area in chemistry (see the list)
  • download and fill in APPLICATION FORM
  • submit your application via e-mail to marika.kurova@vscht.cz before Monday 27 November 2017 23:59 Brussels time
  • be ready for an individual skype interview with mentor between Mon-Thu 11-14 December 2017
  • final results of the selection process will be announced to all applicants on Mon 18 December 2017

Selection criteria

  • research excellence (publications, citations, projects, etc.)
  • clear vision and objectives of own research project
  • know-how, international experience, skills, laboratory techniques
  • motivation, creativity, activity, flexibility, independency, responsibility
  • excellent knowledge of English (level B2 or higher)
  • organisational, communication and presentation skills
  • ability and willingness to publish results in reviewed highly impacted journals
  • ability and willingness to prepare and submit at least one research project during the mobility
  • ability and willingness to establish own independent research group

 

 

Research areas & mentors

Biochemistry

Evaluate clinically relevant biological potential of natural compounds; both cocktails from natural resources and newly synthesized molecules and nanoparticles.

Planned activities: robotic platform for high-throughput testing, preparation of experimental materials and passaging of tissue cultures, extraction of biological materials – fractionation of cocktails, testing of antimicrobial activities, testing of anticancer activities, testing of antidiabetic and anti-inflammatory activities, comparison of biological data with chemical analysis, implementation of new assays – anti-Alzheimer activity, endocrine disruptors, testing new set of compounds – chindioline derivatives, etc.

Mentor: Prof. Tomas Ruml, tomas.ruml@vscht.cz, www

Füzik T., Píchalová R., Schur F.K.M., Strohalmová K., Křížová I., Hadravová R., Rumlová M., Briggs J., Ulbrich P., Ruml T. Nucleic Acid Binding by Mason-Pfizer Monkey Virus CA Promotes Virus Assembly and Genome Packaging. Journal of Virology. 2016. 90(9): 4593-4603.

Kroupa T., Langerová H., Doležal M., Prchal J., Spiwok V., Hunter E., Rumlová M., Hrabal R., Ruml T. Membrane Interactions of the Mason-Pfizer Monkey Virus Matrix Protein and Its Budding Deficient Mutants. Journal of Molecular Biology. 2016. 428(23): 4708-4722.

Schur F., Hagen W., Rumlová M., Ruml T., Müller B., Kraeusslich H.-G., Briggs J. The structure of the immature HIV-1 capsid in intact virus particles at 8.8 Å resolution. Nature. 2015. 517(7535): 505-508.

Jurášek M., Rimpelová S., Kmoníčková E., Drašar P.B., Ruml T. Tailor-made fluorescent trilobolide to study its biological relevance. Journal of Medicinal Chemistry. 2014. 57(19): 7947-7954.

Bharat T.A.M., Davey N., Ulbrich P., Riches, J.D., de Marco J.D.A., Rumlova M., Sachse C., Ruml T., Briggs J.A.G. Structure of the immature retroviral capsid at 8 Å resolution by cryo-electron microscopy. Nature. 2012. 487(7407): 385-389.

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Biotechnology – Physical Chemistry – Chemical Engineering

Theoretical study and subsequent experimental verification of membrane separation connected with bioprocess (an example of bioprocess can be 1-butanol production from saccharides/glycerol or ethanol production from syngas). The aim is to develop the process, in which the membrane separation is connected with fermentation/bioprocess to continuously separate the product from fermentation broth. In frame of a long standing research in the field of mechanically agitated fermenters design, the necessity rises to combine the fermentation process with a continuous separation of the product. For the future completion of the methodology of industrial fermenters design, it is necessary to broaden this research topic, including membrane separation experimental study.

Planned activities: study of membrane separation methods and membranes properties in relation to separated molecules (alcohols), selection of suitable membrane types, assembling laboratory equipment, laboratory experiments, testing proper membrane types, mapping of process conditions effect, joining of separation process with fermentatin in laboratory scale etc.

Mentors:

Assoc. Prof. Petra Patáková, petra.patakova@vscht.cz, www

Assoc. Prof. Tomáš Moucha, tomas.moucha@vscht.cz, www

Assoc. Prof. Ondřej Vopička, ondrej.vopicka@vscht.cz, www, Researcher ID (WoS): B-7912-2008

Kolek J., Sedlar K., Provaznik I., Patakova P. Dam and Dcm methylations prevent gene transfer into Clostridium pasteurianum NRRL B-598: development of methods for electrotransformation, conjugation and sonoporation. Biotechnology for Biofuels. 2016. 9: 14.

Kolek J., Patakova P., Melzoch K., Sigler K., Rezanka T. Changes in membrane plasmalogens of Clostridium pasteurianum during butanol fermentation as determined by lipidomic analysis. PlosOne. 2015. 10(3): e0122058.

Sedlar K., Kolek J., Skutkova H., Branska B., Provaznik I., Patakova P. Complete genome sequence of Clostridium pasteurianum NRRL B-598, a non-type strain producing butanol. Journal of Biotechnology. 2015. 214: 113-114.

Paulova L., Patakova P., Rychtera M., Melzoch K. High solid fed-batch SSF with delayed inoculation for improved production of bioethanol from wheat straw. Fuel. 2014. 122: 294-300.

Patakova P., Linhova M., Rychtera M., Paulova L., Melzoch K. Novel and neglected issues of acetone-butanol-ethanol (ABE) fermentation by clostridia: Clostridium metabolic diversity, tools for proces mapping and continuous fermentation systems. Biotechnology Advances. 2013. 31(1): 58-67.

Labik L., Moucha T., Kordac M., Rejl F., Valenz L. Gas-Liquid Mass Transfer Rates and Impeller Power Consumptions for Industrial Vessel Design. Chemical Engineering & Technology. 2015. 38(9): 1646-1653.

Rejl F. J., Valenz L., Haidl J., Moucha T., Kordač M. On the modeling of gas-phase mass-transfer in metal sheet structured packings. Chemical Engineering Reearch & Design. 2015. 93: 194-202.

Labik L., Vostal R., Moucha T., Rejl F., Kordač M. Volumetric mass transfer coefficient in multiple-impeller gas-liquid contactors. Scaling-up study for various impeller type. Chemical Engineering Journal. 2014. 240: 55-61.

Linek V., Moucha T., Rejdl F. J., Kordac M., Hovorka F., Opletal M., Haidl J. Power and mass transfer correlations for the design of multi-impeller gas-liquid contactors for non-coalescent electrolyte solutions. Chemical Engineering Journal. 2012. 209: 263-272.

Moucha T., Rejl F. J., Kordac M., Labik L. Mass transfer characteristics of multiple-impellerfermenters for their design and scale-up. Biochemical Engineering Journal. 2012. 69: 17-27.

Vopicka O., Pilnacek K., Friess K. Separation of methanol-dimethyl carbonate vapour mixtures with PDMS and PTMSP membranes. Separation and Purification Technology. 2017. 174: 1-11.

Vopicka O., Pilnacek Cihal P., Friess K. Sorption of methanol, dimethyl carbonate, methyl acetate, and acetone vapors in CTA and PTMSP: General findings from the GAB Analysis. Journal of Polymer Science Part B-Polymer Physics. 2016. 54(5): 561-569.

Vopicka O., De Angelis M.G., Du N.Y., li N.W., Guiver M.D., Sarti G.C. Mixed gas sorption in glassy polymeric membranes: II. CO2/CH4 mixtures in a polymer of intrinsic microporosity (PIM-1). Journal of Membrane Science. 2014. 459: 264-276.

Vopicka O., De Angelis M.G., Sarti G.C. Mixed gas sorption in glassy polymeric membranes: I. CO2/CH4 and n-C-4/CH4 mixtures sorption in poly(1-trimethylsilyl-1-propyne) (PTMSP). Journal of Membrane Science. 2014. 449: 98-108.

Vopicka O., Friess K., Hynek V., Sysel P., Zgazar M., Sipek M., Pilnacek K., Lanc M., Jansen J.C., Mason C.R., Budd P.M. Equilibrium and transient sorption of vapours and gases in the polymer of intrinsic microporosity PIM-1. Journal of Membrane Science. 2013. 434: 148-160.

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Chemical Engineering

Advanced particle-based computer modelling (mostly DEM = Discrete Element Method applied to colloidal dispersions, partially also DPD = Dissipative Particle Dynamics). Parallelization of DEM code for graphic cards allowing to increase the number of particles (on the order of 10^5) and to calculate at realistic time-scales (e.g., shear-rates in the order of 10^2 s^–1). Gaining deep understanding of concentrated colloidal dispersions and their rheology required for the conceptual design of particle-based models.

Main objectives: speed-up research based on unique DEM modelling of colloidal dispersions developed in recent years at our research group, approach industrially relevant problems associated with rheology and coagulation of colloidal dispersions, through combined modelling approach broaden the limits of the engineering description of mass-transport processes occurring together with fast reactions (polymerization, catalysis) or colloidal gelation.

Planned activities: DEM model and the field of concentrated dispersions, conceptual design of model development and validation procedures, implementation of key novel features (physical description), parallelization of the DEM code for graphic card applications, AFM colloidal measurements for validation, mass-transport limitation at nano-scale, dynamics of colloidal gelation and structure of gels, calculation of constraints for industrial processes handling dispersions, formulation of kernels for population balance modelling, parametric studies and processing of results, etc.

Links to further research of junior researcher: films from colloidal dispersions, Cahn-Hilliard models of morphology evolution, coagulation, breakage and fouling kernels for CFD modelling for colloidal dispersions, multi-scale modelling and integration including automatic construction of surrogate models, application of dispersions in energy storage applications (flow fuel-cell, heat-storage), sensors for colloidal dispersions applicable at industrial conditions.

Mentor: Prof. Juraj Kosek, juraj.kosek@vscht.cz, www, Researcher ID (WoS): B-9182-2016

Ferkl P., Toulec M., Laurini E., Pricl S., Fermeglia M., Auffarth S., Eling B., Settels V., Kosek J. Multi-scale modelling of heat transfer in polyurethane foams. Chemical Engineering Science. 2017. 172: 323-334.

Vonka M., Nistor A., Rygl A., Toulec M., Kosek J. Morphology model for polymer foams formed by thermally induced phase separation. Chemical Engineering Journal. 2016. 284: 357-371.

Kroupa M., Vonka M., Kosek J. Modeling the mechanism of coagulum formation in dispersions. Langmuir. 2014. 30(10): 2693-2702.

Ferkl P., Pokorný R., Bobák M., Kosek J. Heat transfer in one-dimensional micro- and nano-cellular foams. Chemical Engineering Science. 2013. 97: 50-58.

Kroupa M., Vonka M., Šoóš M., Kosek J.: Utilizing the Discrete Element Method for the modeling of viscosity in concentrated suspensions. Langmuir 32: 8451-8460, 2016.

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Chemical Technology – Electrochemistry

Performing selective oxidation of organic molecules to the high added value compounds using environmentally friendly oxidation agents is a highly prospective and attractive subject. Oxidation agents based on hypervalent iodine (the most popular is 2-iodoxybenzoic acid, often denoted as IBX) have a potential to fulfil this task. However, their practical application is, mainly due to safety issues, limited to laboratory scale. Electrochemical generation of these compounds on spot represents a potential solution to this problem opening the way to their industrial utilisation. However, despite the wide potential of these compounds in e.g. drug synthesis, their electrochemical behaviour remains practically unexplored. Within the project, the most promising compounds will be selected (with respect to applicability in synthesis as well as to the suitability for electrochemical generation) and studied to accomplish the above mentioned task.

Planned activities: investigation of relevant iodine compounds (iodobenzene, 2-iodoxybenzoic acid, 2, 3 and 4-iodobenzoic acids and related their iodoso/iodyl analogues, etc.) electrochemical behaviour and anodic oxidation mechanism on industrially relevant electrode materials, preparative electrolysis and its optimisation with respect to the current yield and oxidant molecules interaction with model substrates (electrolyte composition, electrolysis operation), etc.

Mentor: Prof. Karel Bouzek, karel.bouzek@vscht.cz, www

Chanda D., Hnát J., Bystron T., Paidar M., Bouzek K. Optimization of synthesis of the nickel-cobalt oxide based anode electrocatalyst and of the related membrane-electrode assembly for alkaline water electrolysis. Journal of Power Sources. 2017. 347: 247-258.

Prokop M., Bystron T., Paidar M., Bouzek K. H3PO3 electrochemical behaviour on a bulk Pt electrode: adsorption and oxidation kinetics. Electrochimica Acta. 2016. 212: 465-472.

Tufa R.A., Rugiero E., Chanda D., Hnát J., van Baak W., Veerman J., Fontananova E., Di Profio G., Drioli E., Bouzek K., Curcio E. Salinity gradient power-reverse electrodialysis and alkaline polymer electrolyte water electrolysis for hydrogen production. Journal of Membrane Science. 2016. 514: 155-164.

Diaz L.A., Hnát J., Heredia N., Bruno M.M., Viva F.A., Paidar M., Corti H.R., Bouzek K., Abuin G.C. Alkali doped poly (2,5-benzimidazole) membrane for alkaline water electrolysis: Characterization and performance. Journal of Power Sources. 2016. 312: 128-136.

Chanda D., Hnát J., Dobrota A.S., Pašti I.A., Paidar M., Bouzek K. The effect of surface modification by reduced graphene oxide on the electrocatalytic activity of nickel towards the hydrogen evolution reaction. Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics. 2015. 17(40): 26864-26874.

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Chemoinformatics – Computational Drug Design

The discovery of human steroid receptor ligands

Project description: Steroid receptors (SR) represent an important molecular target for drug discovery. The identification of new SR ligands helps in understanding of their role in the development and progression of serious human diseases, such as prostate and breast cancers or diabetes. The main aim of junior researcher project will be the computational discovery and validation of new SR ligands. For this purpose, various techniques of chemical space exploration and virtual screening will be used. Specifically, chemical space containing potential SR ligands will be generated by our algorithm Molpher. Molpher generated virtual library will subsequently be analyzed and mined for potential SR ligands. Finally, the activity of predicted SR ligands will be experimentally verified by project collaborators from the Laboratory of Cell Differentiation.

The mobility will take place in the Laboratory of Informatics and Chemistry UCT Prague. We closely collaborate with the Laboratory of Cell Differentiation of the Institute of Molecular Genetics CAS. We are the member of the Czech national infrastructure for chemical biology CZ-OPENSCREEN, the Czech node of a European infrastructure EU-OPENSCREEN.

Candidate requirements: It is desirable that the junior researcher is experienced in chemoinformatics or computational drug design. Welcome is also the knowledge of programming (preferred, but not required, are Python and R programming languages), as well as of the application of statistical and data mining techniques for the analysis of biological data.

Planned activities: The generation of Molpher virtual library of ligands potentially active at the glucocorticoid receptor (GR), the development of a computational workflow for the mining and analysis of Molpher generated GR ligands, the prioritization of potential GR ligands, the development of a computational protocol for the validation of GR ligands, the application of the workflow on the design of ligands active against other selected steroid receptors.

Mentor: Assoc. Prof. Daniel Svozil, daniel.svozil@vscht.cz, www, Researcher ID (WoS): D-4407-2009

Selected publications of the mentor:

Šícho M., de Bruyn Kops C., Stork C., Svozil D., Kirchmair J. FAME 2: Simple and Effective Machine Learning Model of Cytochrome P450 Regioselectivity. Journal of Chemical Information and Modelling. 2017. 57(8): 1832–1846.

Škuta C., Popr M., Muller T., Jindřich J., Kahle M., Sedlák D., Svozil D., Bartůněk P. Probes & Drugs portal: an interactive, open data resource for chemical biology. Nature Methods. 2017. 14(8): 758-759.

Voršilák M., Svozil D. Nonpher: computational method for design of hard-to-synthesize structures. Journal of Cheminformatics. 2017. 9: 20.

Hoksza D., Škoda P., Voršilák M., Svozil D. Molpher: a software framework for systematic chemical space exploration. Journal of Cheminformatics. 2014. 6: 7.

Škuta C., Bartůněk P., Svozil D. InCHlib - interactive cluster heatmap for web applications. Journal of Cheminformatics. 2014. 6: 44.

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Electrochemistry – 3D-Printing Technologies

Advanced Energy Storage Devices by 3D-printing technologies and 2D electrochemical functional elements

3D-printing technologies will be employed in this project for the fabrication of functional electrochemical energy storage (EES) systems using commercially available materials and also testing novel materials prepared as ink formulations as part of this project. 3D-printing manufacturing of energy storage devices is only at its very early stage globally but it has a great potential to revolutionize the way battery and capacitors are designed, integrated and assembled into new electronic systems replacing conventional manufacturing processes. In this project three different 3D-printing technologies will be tested to fabricate the electrodes in relation to the desired characteristics of the materials employed:

  1. Selective laser melting (SLM) metal 3D-printing → metal electrodes
  2. Extrusion deposition → thermoplastic carbon-based conductive electrodes
  3. Ink robocasting → Graphene or other 2D materials based inks as novel electrodes

In addition, and particularly as support for the techniques 1 and 2, electrodeposition methods (electroplating) will be employed to deposit thin films of active material onto the electrode surface in order to infer enhanced capacitive, conductive or catalytic properties to the electrodes.

The innovative use of 3D-printing manufacturing technologies enables the creation of energy storage systems with complex geometries and therefore with improved performance if compared to standard flat- type systems. Several materials can be controllably deposited in layer-by-layer fashion until the complex 3D geometry is created. Among the numerous materials available, those with electrical and electrochemical properties have lately attracted much interest since they can be used directly to create functional devices such as capacitors, batteries and electrochemical sensors.

In this project 3D electrodes will be created with innovative design aiming particularly at obtaining increased surface area which represents a key parameter for higher energy density and longer cycle life of EES systems. 3D-printing enables a digitally controlled fabrication of complex structures and therefore ideally suited for the fabrication of electrodes with unique design. These electrodes will be fabricated using different materials and comparatively tested for the selection of the best performing device.

Planned activities: 3D printing/manufacturing of electrochemical systems, electrochemical characterization of the system with target of energy applications, such as water splitting and CO2 reduction, construction of 3D printed electrochemical device for energy applications, 3D printing of the lithium and sodium batteries, materials characterization of the 3D printed batteries, 3D printing of the electrochemical supercapacitors, enhancing properties of supercapacitors by incorporation of functionalized graphenes, electrochemical testing of 3D printed supercapacitor, etc.

It is expected that the candidate has experience in electrochemistry or 3D printing or 2D materials and he/she is willing to learn in the complementary areas of this highly interdisciplinary project.

Mentor: Dr. Martin Pumera, martin.pumera@vscht.cz, Research ID (WoS): F-2724-2010

Gusmao R., Sofer Z., Pumera M. Black Phosphorus Rediscovered: From Bulk to Monolayer. Angewandte Chemie International Edition. 2017. 56(28): 8052-8072.

Ambrosi A. & Pumera M. Self-Contained Polymer/Metal 3D Printed Electrochemical Platform for Tailored Water Splitting. Advanced Functional Materials. 2017. 1700655.

Nasir M.Z.M., Mayorga-Martinez C.C., Sofer Z., Pumera M. Two-Dimensional 1T-Phase Transition Metal Dichalcogenides as Nanocarriers To Enhance and Stabilize Enzyme Activity for Electrochemical Pesticide Detection. ACS Nano. 2017. 11(6): 5774-5784.

Wang H., Potroz M.G., Jackman J.A., Khezri B., Marić T., Cho N.-J., Pumera M. Bioinspired Spiky Micromotors Based on Sporopollenin Exine Capsules. Advanced Functional Materials. 2017. 27: 1702338.

Ambrosi A. & Pumera M. 3D-printing technologies for electrochemical applications. Chemical Society Reviews. 2016. 45(10): 2740-2755.

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Environmental Chemistry

Optimization of sludge treatment in wastewater treatment with the aim of energy and raw material recovery.
Sludge is an important byproduct of advanced wastewater treatment. The approach to sludge processing shifted in last decades from disposal to reuse and recovery approach. Sludge contains organic matter which is used for energy production and contains a lot of elements and specific compounds which start to be deficient. Therfore the optimization of energy and raw material recovery from sludge has become to be crucial aim for wastewater management research.


Planned activities:
> Analysis of the most beneficial energy recovery from sludge.
> Analysis of the most beneficial raw material recovery from sludge.
> Analysis of the most beneficial combined raw material and energy recovery from sludge.
> Experimental verification of the most promising scenarios.
> Writing of a project proposal in the field of conducted research.

Key Words: Anaerobic digestion, thermal treatment, phosphorus, metals, enzymes, polyalkanoates …

Mentor: Prof. Pavel Jeníček, pavel.jenicek@vscht.cz 

Jeníček P., Horejš J., Pokorná-Krayzelová L., Bindzar J., Bartáček J. Simple biogas desulfurization by microaeration – Full scale experience. Anaerobe. 2017. In Press.

Krayzelova L., Bartacek J., Díaz I., Jeison D., Volcke E.I.P., Jenicek P. Microaeration for hydrogen sulfide removal during anaerobic treatment: a review. Reviews in Environmental Science and BioTechnology. 2015. 14(4): 703-725.

Jenicek P., Celis C.A., Krayzelova L., Anferova N., Pokorna D. Improving products of anaerobic sludge digestion by microaeration. Water Science & Technology. 2014. 69(4): 803-809.

Krayzelova L., Bartacek J., Kolesarova N., Jenicek P. Microaeration for hydrogen sulfide removal in UASB reactor. Bioresource Technology. 2014. 172: 297-302.

Jenicek P., Kutil J., Benes O., Todt V., Zabranska J., Dohanyos M. Energy self-sufficient sewage wastewater treatment plants: is optimized anaerobic sludge digestion the key?  Water Science & Technology. 2013. 68(8): 1739-1744.

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Food Chemistry & Analysis

Food authenticity and safety is an issue of a global concern. The availability of advanced strategies to control the mentioned food attributes is one of the key conditions enabling protection consumers´ health and fighting against fraud. The junior researcher will be responsible for a performing of a specific case study concerned with selected food category which is of priority concern at that time e.g. spices, wine, food supplements, etc.). The major objective will be to deliver fast and effective method parameters of which will overcome existing time and labour demanding conventional laboratory procedures. Obtaining the knowledge in development of multi-analyte/multi-matrix approaches in chemical food safety control, as well as non-target metabolomic fingerprinting/profiling practices for the purpose of authentication and 'unknown' discovery, will be supported.

The research projects currently running at the Department of Analysis and Nutrition involve a wide range of challenging themes related to food and natural products quality (nutritional, sensorial), authenticity and safety; emerging issues at the global scene are mainly addressed. In the recent years, an intensive interdisciplinary ‘omics’-based research aimed at the assessment of both in vitro and in vivo effects, both health promoting and toxic, induced by biologically active food compounds has been initiated.

Planned activities: development and implementation of novel analytical strategies based both on target analysis and non-target screening (fingerprinting/profiling), applicable for food authenticity and chemical safety testing, i.e. control of  attributes closely related; various experimental techniques, mainly chromatography coupled with mass spectrometry, hybrid high resolution mass spectrometry, etc.

Mentor: Prof. Jana Hajslova, jana.hajslova@vscht.cz, www

Rubert J., Lacina O., Zachariasova M., Hajslova J. Saffron authentication based on liquid chromatography high resolution tandem mass spectrometry and multivariate data analysis. Food Chemistry. 2016. 204: 201-209.

Dzuman Z., Zachariasova M., Veprikova Z., Godula M., Hajslova J. Multi-analyte high performance liquid chromatography coupled to high resolution tandem mass spectrometry method for control of pesticide residues, mycotoxins, and pyrrolizidine alkaloids. Analytica Chimica Acta. 2015. 863: 29-40.

Rubert J., Lacina O., Fauhl-Hassek C., Hajslova J. Metabolic fingerprinting based on high resolution tandem mass spectrometry: a reliable tool for wine authentication? Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry. 2014. 406(27): 6791-6803.

Cajka T., Danhelova H., Zachariasova M., Riddellova K., Hajslova J. Application of direct analysis in real time ionization–mass spectrometry (DART–MS) in chicken meat metabolomics aiming at the retrospective control of feed fraud. Metabolomics. 2013. 9(3): 545-557.

Václavíková M., Malachová A., Vepříková Z., Džuman Z., Zachariášová M., Hajšlová J. ‘Emerging’ mycotoxins in cereals processing chains: Changes of enniatins during beer and bread making. Food Chemistry. 2013. 136(2): 750-757.

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Materials Chemistry – Plasmonic Catalysis

Advanced trend in materials science and engineering: plasmonic catalysis. Junior researcher will participate on the synthesis of modified catalytic system, their immobilization on the plasmon-active surface, application of light triggering and measurements of catalytic activity.

Planned activities: polymer pattering by excimer laser lithography, deposition of metal – creation of SPP supported structure, measurement of plasmonic properties of created noble meta nanostructures, synthesis of catalyst with functional substituent, investigation of catalyst activity in vitro, optimization of catalyst structure, activation of catalyst for their further immobilization, immobilization of catalyst on the plasmon-active surface, optimization of grafting procedures, synthesis of LSP supported metal nanoparticles with various shape and size, functionalisation of metal nanoparticles surface, grafting of catalyst to nanoparticles surface, optimization of colloid lithography for creation of plasmonic structures, investigation of the effect of immobilization on the catalytic properties, application of light triggering with the aim to trigger the catalyst response, measurements of kinetic curves with and without of plasmon-triggering, creation of polymer-based platform for micro-flow chemistry, implementation of plasmonic structures in the micro-flow platform, immobilization of selected compound in the micro-flow cell, theoretical justification of plasmon triggering in the catalytic proceses, combination plasmon-catalysis and micro-flow cell, implementation of flow chemistry in the plasmon-triggered catalytic system, etc.

Mentor: Prof. Václav Švorčík, Vaclav.svorcik@vscht.cz

Slepička P., Slepičková Kasálková N., Siegel J., Kolská Z., Bačáková L., Švorčík V. Nano-structured and Functionalized Surfaces for Cytocompatibility Improvement and Bactericidal Action. Biotechnology Advances. 2015. 33(6): 1120-1129.

Siegel J., Polívková M., Staszek M., Kolářová K., Rimpelová S., Švorčík V. Nanostructured Silver Coatings on Polyimide and Their Antibacterial Response. Materials Letters. 2015. 145: 87-90.

Kolářová K., Vosmanská J., Rimpelová S., Švorčík V. Effect of Plasma Treatment on Cellulose Fiber. Cellulose. 2013. 20(2): 953-961.

Slepička P., Slepičková Kasálková N., Stránská E., Švorčík V. Surface Characterization of Plasma Treated Polymers for Applications as Biocompatible Carriers. Express Polymer Letters. 2013. 7(6): 535-545.

Slepička P., Trostová S., Slepičková N., Kolská Z., Sajdl P., Švorčík V. Surface Modification of Biopolymers by Argon Plasma and Thermal Treatment. Plasma Processes and Polymers. 2012. 9(2): 197-205.

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Materials Chemistry – Metallurgy

Synthesis of technically important intermetallic compounds (aluminide-based materials and quasicrystalline alloys) by powder metallurgy processes (reactive sintering, mechanical alloying, spark plasma sintering) and their characterization (microstructure, mechanical properties, corrosion behaviour).

Planned activities: preparation of aluminide-based alloys (reactive sintering, preparation of quasicrystals (reactive sintering), mechanical alloying and spark plasma sintering), characterization of microstructure by optical and electron microscopy, phase analysis, measurement of mechanical properties, study of corrosion behaviour in electrolytes and at high temperatures, study of thermal stability of quasicrystals, etc.

Mentor: Assoc. Prof. Pavel Novák, panovak@vscht.cz, www, Researcher ID (WoS): F-1049-2017

Salvetr P., Pecenová Z., Školáková A., Novák P. Innovative Technology for Preparation of Seamless Nitinol Tubes Using SHS Without Forming. Metallurgical and Materials Transactions A – Physical Metallurgy and Materials Science. 2017. 48A(4): 1524-1527.

Novák P., Školáková A., Pignol D., Průša F., Salvetr P., Kubatík F.T., Perriere L., Karlík M. Finding the energy source for self-propagating high-temperature synthesis production of NiTi shape memory alloy. Materials Chemistry and Physics. 2016. 181: 295-300.

Novák P., Pokorný P., Vojtěch V., Knaislová A., Školáková A., Čapek J., Karlík M., Kopeček J. Formation of Ni-Ti intermetallics during reactive sintering at 500-650°C. Materials Chemistry and Physics. 2015. 155: 113-121.

Novák P., Kubatík T., Vystrčil J., Hendrych R., Kříž J., Mlynár J., Vojtěch D. Powder metallurgy preparation of Al-Cu-Fe quasicrystals using mechanical alloying and Spark Plasma Sintering. Intermetallics. 2014. 52: 131-137.

Novák P., Michalcová A., Marek I., Mudrová M., Saksl K., Bednarčík J., Zikmund P., Vojtěch D. On the formation of intermetallics in Fe-Al system - An in situ XRD study. Intermetallics. 2013. 32: 127-136.

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Organic Chemistry – Supramolecular Chemistry

Due to their pre-organized skeletons with tuneable size and even 3D shapes of their cavities, calixarenes play an important role in contemporary supramolecular chemistry. They are very popular as molecular scaffolds in the design of novel receptors and self-assembly systems. The well-established chemistry of classical calixarenes can be surprisingly complicated by the introduction of heteroatoms instead of the usual CH2 bridging units. The introduction of four sulfur atoms leads to the formation of thiacalixarenes, which are very promising members of the so called heteracalixarene family. Similarly, one can find azacalixarenes, oxacalixarenes or even selenacalixarenes, all of them possessing very much different properties when compared to the parent classical calixarenes.

The presence of sulfur atoms invokes a dramatic change not only in the complexation behaviour and conformational preferences, but also in the basic chemistry of such compounds. Consequently, derivatization of alkylated thiacalix[4]arenes using SEAr reactions (nitration, formylation, halogenation) yields the meta-substituted products (with respect to the phenolic oxygen), whereas the same reactions with classical calix[4]arenes afford the para-substituted products. As a result, it would be very interesting to know the chemistry and conformational behaviour of calixarene systems possessing both sulfur and CH2 bridges within one molecule. Such mixed (S/CH2) systems could retain the properties of both parent macrocycles which could find many applications in supramolecular chemistry, including the design of novel types of receptors.

The role of the junior researcher will be to develop robust and scalable methods for the preparation of such a mixed calixarene analogues (CH2/S, CH2/N, CH2/O, etc.) and to study their properties with the aim of deeper understanding their chemistry, conformational preferences, dynamic behaviour, complexation abilities etc. All these knowledge will be further used for the applications of these novel compounds in supramolecular chemistry (receptors, sensors, self-assembly systems...).

Mentor: Prof. Pavel Lhoták, pavel.lhotak@vscht.cz, www

Tlustý M., Slavík P., Kohout M., Eigner V., Lhoták P. Inherently Chiral Upper-Rim-Bridged Calix[4]arenes Possessing a Seven Membered Ring. Organic Letters. 2017. 19(11): 2933-2936.

Hučko M., Dvořáková H., Eigner V., Lhoták P. 2,14-Dithiacalix[4]arene and its homooxa analogues: synthesis and dynamic NMR study of conformational behaviour. Chemical Communications. 2015. 51(32): 7051-7053.

Slavík P., Eigner V., Lhoták P. Intramolecularly Bridged Calix[4]arenes with Pronounced Complexation Ability toward Neutral Compounds. Organic Letters. 2015. 17(11): 2788-2791.

Flídrová K., Böhm S., Dvořáková H., Eigner V., Lhoták P. Dimercuration of Calix[4]arenes: Novel Substitution Pattern in Calixarene Chemistry. Organic Letters. 2014. 16(1): 138-141.

Flidrova K., Slavik P., Eigner V., Dvorakova H., Lhotak P. meta-Bridged calix[4]arenes: a straightforward synthesis via organomercurial chemistry. Chemical Communications. 2013. 49(60): 6749-6751.

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Particle Technology – Chemical Engineering

The main objective is to work on advanced drug-delivery platforms based on in-situ synthesis and release of active pharmaceutical ingredients using miniature chemical factories. These will have the form of biodegradable composite microparticles (size comparable with single cells) capable of storing drug precursors, distributing them to site of action through remotely controllable autonomous transport, and locally converting them to active drug products. The work can focus on aspects such as design and manufacture of such microparticles, their surface modification, mechanisms and algorithms for their external control, motility, interaction with living systems (e.g. cell cultures), possible integration with microelectronic components as well as systems-level integration in the context of the pharmaceutical industry.

Planned activities: Composite particle synthesis and characterisation; surface functionalisation of composite microparticles; interaction of functional microparticles with living cells in vitro and in vivo; exploration of hybrid systems containing microelectronic components; autonomous movement of functional microparticles, their remote control and communication.

Mentor: Prof. František Štěpánek, frantisek.stepanek@vscht.cz, www, Researcher ID (WoS): C-1218-2009

Pittermannová A., Ruberová Z., Zadražil A., Bremond N., Bibette J., Štěpánek F. Microfluidic fabrication of composite hydrogel microparticles in the size range of blood cells. RSC Advances. 2016. 6: 103532-103540.

Tokárová V., Pittermannová A., Král V., Řezáčová P., Štěpánek F. Feasibility and constraints of particle targeting using antigen-antibody interaction. Nanoscale. 2013. 5(23): 11490-11498.

Kovačík P., Singh M., Štěpánek F. Remote control of diffusion from magnetic hollow silica microspheres. Chemical Engineering Journal. 2013. 232: 591-598.

Čejková J., Haufová P., Gorný D., Hanuš J., Štěpánek F. Biologically triggered liberation of sub-micron particles from alginate microcapsules. Journal of Materials Chemistry B. 2013. 1(40): 5456-5461.

Hanuš J., Ullrich M., Dohnal J., Singh M., Štěpánek F. Remotely controlled diffusion from magnetic liposome microgels. Langmuir. 2013. 29(13): 4381-4387.

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Physical Chemistry

The junior researcher will primarily focus on improving the field of computational photodynamics and theoretical spectroscopy with modern approaches of machine learning and information theory. He/she will be involved in research activities of the Theoretical Photodynamics Group. The candidate will introduce modern approaches of statistical analysis, combining them with techniques for theoretical spectroscopy and light-induced processes developed in the Laboratory.

It is also expected that new techniques will be developed to optimize molecular properties in “chemical space”, i.e. developing systems of automatized molecular design, with an emphasis on tuning light/matter interactions. The candidate will work on novel topics connected to virtual screening and modelling of thermochemical and spectroscopic properties of solid state materials. In later stages of the stay, the researcher will be encouraged to define applications and further development of methodology for independent projects.

Planned activities: implementation of machine learning (ML) algorithms, interconnection of the algorithms with existing computer codes for molecular simulations and theoretical spectroscopy, testing  and applications of new algorithms in the fields of molecular modelling and theoretical spectroscopy, envision of new applications to effective modelling and fast screening of molecular spectra, implementing of new approaches for automatic simulation methods (force field calculations, “chemical space” simulations), automation of molecular design, automation of molecular design.

Mentor: Prof. Petr Slavíček, petr.slavicek@vscht.cz, www, Researcher ID (WoS): B-7511-2008

Unger I., Seidel R., Thürmer S., Pohl M.N., Aziz E.F., Cederbaum L.S., Muchová E., Slavíček P., Winter B., Kryzhevoi N.V. Observation of electron-transfer-mediated decay in aqueous solution. Nature Chemistry. 2017. 9(7): 708-714.

Slavíček P., Kryzhevoi N.V., Aziz E.F., Winter B. Relaxation Processes in Aqueous Systems upon X-ray Ionization: Entanglement of Electronic and Nuclear Dynamics. Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters. 2016. 7(2): 234-243.

Pluhařová E., Slavíček P., Jungwirth. P. Modeling Photoionization of Aqueous DNA and Its Components. Accounts of Chemical Research. 2015. 48(5): 1209-1217.

Slavíček P., Winter B., Cederbaum L.S., Kryzhevoi N.V. Proton-Transfer Mediated Enhancement of Nonlocal Electronic Relaxation Processes in X-ray Irradiated Liquid Water. Journal of the American Chemical Society. 2014. 136(52): 18170-18176.

Thürmer S., Ončák M., Ottosson N., Seidel R., Hergenhanhn U., Bradforth S.E., Slavíček P., Winter B. On the nature and origin of dicationic charge-separated species formed in liquid water on X-ray irradiation. Nature Chemistry. 2013. 5(7): 590-596.

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Soft Matter Chemistry

Experimental investigation of smart soft matter (e.g., soft material in aqueous solutions) with atomistic detail is only possible with the help of highly-resolved spectroscopic techniques, such as NMR, X-ray, electrons or neutrons. These are readily available at open-access large-scale facilities around Europe (Grenoble, German beam-line networks, etc.) also including those located in the Czech Republic (CEITEC in Brno, ELI in Prague).

The junior researcher is expected to investigate soft matter systems employing highly-resolved spectroscopic and other advanced physico-chemical techniques of her/his expertise, and to (co-)formulate her/his own research project in the above described field. This may include a collaboration with established soft matter groups at UCT Prague ranging from material development and characterization, to theoretical modelling and computer simulations of soft matter.

The junior researcher should benefit from a tight collaboration with the group of the mentor, which has expertise in the investigation of soft matter by means of atomistic computer simulations, statistical thermodynamics based models, and thermodynamic experiments.

Main objectives

  • From a research group with the focus on advanced experimental characterization of soft matter.
  • Be willing to experimentally support and complement the work of established soft matter groups at the UCT Prague.
  • Keep and strengthen the external collaboration with foreign groups of her/his scientific field.
  • Be active in (co)-applying for the external funding at the national or international level.

Mentor: Dr. Jan Heyda, jan.heyda@vscht.cz, www, Researcher ID (WoS): G-5285-2014

Heyda J., Okur H.I., Hladílková J., Rembert K.B., Hunn W., Yang T., Dzubiella J., Jungwirth P., Cremer P.S. Guanidinium can both Cause and Prevent the Hydrophobic Collapse of Biomacromolecules. Journal of the American Chemical Society. 2017. 139(2): 863-870.

Zhao Q., Heyda J., Dzubiella J., Täuber K., Dunlop J.W.C., Yuan J. Sensing Solvents with Ultrasensitive Porous Poly(ionic liquid) Actuators. Advanced Materials. 2015. 27(18): 2913-2917.

Zhao Q., Dunlop JWC., Qiu X., Huang F., Zhang Z., Heyda J., Dzubiella J., Antonietti M., Yuan J. An instant multi-responsive porous polymer actuator driven by solvent molecule sorption. Nature Communications. 2014. 5: 4293.

Heyda J., Dzubiella J. Thermodynamic Description of Hofmeister Effects on the LCST of Thermosensitive Polymers. The Journal of Physical Chemistry B. 2014. 118(37): 10979-10988.

Rembert K.B., Paterova J., Heyda J., Hilty C., Jungwirth P., Cremer P.S. Molecular Mechanisms of Ion-Specific Effects on Proteins. Journal of the American Chemical Society. 2012. 134(24): 10039-10046.

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