The Soft Matter Group, headed by Professor Miroslav Štěpánek, is a part of the Department of Physical and Macromolecular Chemistry of the Charles University in Prague. Our interdisciplinary research very much sits at the interface between physics and chemistry of macromolecules and biomacromolecules. It includes study of solutions of both synthetic and biological macromolecules; their thermodynamic and kinetic properties, such as self assembly, aggregation, diffusion, etc.

For studies of these systems, we use methods, such as light, X-ray and neutron scattering, calorimetry, TEM, AFM and computer modelling.

If you are interested in joining our group, as a graduate or undergraduate student, or as a postdoctoral fellow, please see the page open positions

Theory and simulations

  • Mean field analytiacal and numerical modelling
  • Langevin dynamics
  • Hybrid Monte-Carlo
  • Hartree–Fock 
  • Density functional methods

Experiment

  • Light scattering
  • TEM (Transmission Electron Microscopy)
  • AFM (Atomic Force Microscopy)
  • Calorimetry
  • Fluorometry

Academic staff

Miroslav Štěpánek

doc. RNDr., Ph.D.

Associate professor

Filip Uhlík

doc. RNDr., Ph.D.

Researcher

Pavel Matějíček

doc. RNDr., Ph.D.

Associate professor

Peter Košovan

RNDr., Ph.D.

Assistant professor

Mariusz Uchman

Ing., Ph.D.

Assistant professor

Lucie Nová

Ing., Ph.D.

Assistant professor

Oleg Rud

Ph.D.

Researcher

Pascal Hebbeker

Ph.D.

Researcher

Somdeb Jana

PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow

Krzysztof Konrad Fink

Ph.D.

Researcher

Eva Hlavatovičová

master student

Soňa Mesíková

bachelor student

Martin Orságh

bachelor student

Filip Steiner

bachelor student

Adam Hašpl

bachelor student

Research topics

Block copolymer nanoparticles

28 May 2019

  • Self-assembled block copolymer colloids (micelles, vesicles)
  • Polyelectrolyte surfactant complexes
  • Interpolyelectrolyte complexes
  • Encapsulation of low-molar-mass compounds in polymeric nanoparticles
 

Simulations of polyelectrolytes

28 May 2019

  • polyelectrolyte solutions and gels
  • linear and branched polyelectrolytes
  • star-like, comb-like architectures
  • polyelectrolyte gels (infinite networks)
  • dissociation of weak polyelectrolytes and polyampholytes
 

Boron cluster compounds

28 May 2019

  • Solution behavior of anionic boron cluster compounds
  • Physicochemical properties of boron cluster conjugates
  • synthesis of polymers based on boron clusters
 

Mean field modelling of polymers

28 May 2019

  • Scheutjenes-Fleer Self-Consistent Field Theory (SF-SCF)
  • Hybrid SCF - Monte Carlo modelling
 

Macromolecular synthesis

28 May 2019

  • Synthesis of functional block copolymers
  • Postpolymerization reactions
  • Boron Cluster- and Phenyl Boronic Acid-containing polymers
 

Quantum chemistry

28 May 2019

  • Endohedral fullerenes
  • Quantum Monte Carlo simulations
 

Selected Publications

of Soft Matter group

Z. Slanina, F. Uhlík, L. Feng, T. Akasaka, X. Lu, and L. Adamowicz,
Calculations of the Lu3N@C80 two-isomer equilibrium
Fullerenes, Nanotubes and Carbon Nanostructures, 27(5), 2019

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