J. Heyrovsky Institute of Physical Chemistry (JHIPC)
Prof. Dr. Antonín Vlček
PhD from the Czechoslovak Academy of Sciences (1984). Senior scientist at the J. Heyrovsky Institute of Physical chemistry, Prague, and professor of inorganic chemistry at Queen Mary University of London, UK. Visiting scientist at California Institute of Technology. Principal research interests lie in photophysics and photochemistry, aiming to understand and utilize elementary processes of light conversion by chemical means: excited-state characterization and dynamics, mechanisms of photoinduced electron transfer, photoactivation of metalloproteins, transition metal complexes and metal-containing supramolecular assemblies. Applications of photochemistry and photophysics in light-energy conversion, molecular electronics/photonics and molecular photonic materials. Ultrafast laser spectroscopy (namely time-resolved IR and its 2-dimensional variants). Author of 145 research papers in leading scientific journals, H-index = 40 (WoS). Experienced in bilateral (California Inst. of Technology, EPFL) and multilateral scientific collaborations and their management: chair of two European COST actions: D35 “From Molecules to Molecular Devices” (2005-2011) and D14 “Functional Molecular Materials” (2003-5), member of the management committee of the COST Action CM1202 “Supramo-lecular photocatalytic water splitting” (2012-2016) and of the chemistry COST Domain Committee 2006-2014. Member of editorial boards of In-org. Chim. Acta and Coord. Chem. Revs. Organizer of several conferences and guest editor of five special issues of Coordination Chemistry Reviews. Member of the EERA-AMPEA steering committee.
Dr. Mariana Amaro
PhD in Physics from the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, UK (2012). Scientist and Head of Department of Biophysical Chemistry at J. Heyrovský Institute of Physical Chemistry. Principal research interests lie in applications of advanced fluorescence spectroscopy and microscopy methods to the study of topics linked to biology and chemical physics (characterization of interactions of amyloid proteins with membranes, relationship between activity of membrane receptors and membrane organization and dynamics, solvation dynamics in proteins and membranes, photophysical characterization of novel fluorescent dyes, and developing their applications). Author of 21 research papers in leading scientific journals, h-index = 9 (WoS). Awarded the 2017 Otto Wichterle Award for exceptionally outstanding young scientists.
Prof. Dr. Ladislav Kavan
PhD in Chemistry from the Charles University, Prague (1978). Senior scientist and Head of Department of Electrochemical Materials at the J. Heyrovsky Institute of Physical Chemistry (JHIPC). Member of the Academy Council of the Czech Academy of Sciences. Visiting professor at EPFL (Switzerland) since 1988. Research interests comprise electrochemically active nanomaterials (especially carbon-based) and their applications in solar cells and Li-batteries. Author of ca. 300 publications in scientific journals, 3 books, 28 book chapters and 7 patents. H-index = 53. Awarded the 2017 Frantisek Behounek Prize for promoting Czech Republic and science in European research area. Experienced in bilateral (EPFL, Institute of Solid State and Materials Research, Dresden, Germany) as well as multilateral international collaborations (member of management Committees of European COST actions D4, D14, D35 and CM1104 (1994-2016). Participated in the Graphene flagship (2016-2018). Member of editorial boards of Carbon and Current Nanoscience.
Dr. Stanislav Záliš
PhD in Chemistry from the Czechoslovak Academy of Sciences (1977). Senior scientist at the J. Heyrovský Institute of Physical Chemistry. Principal research interests lie in theoretical studies of complex compounds using quantum chemical and molecular dynamics methods: predicting and interpreting spectroscopic properties of molecular systems, effects of optical excitation, as well as photochemical, spectro-electrochemical and electron-transfer phenomena within large systems. Author of 220 publications, h-index 40. Experienced in bilateral (U. Louis Pasteur, Strasbourg, France; Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa, Italy; U. of Stuttgart, Germany; California Institute of Technology, USA) and multilateral scientific collaborations (management committee member of European COST actions: CM1405 “Molecules in motion” (present) and CM1202 “Supramolecular Photocatalytic Water Splitting” (2013 – 2016). Member of the EERA-AMPEA steering committee.