Seminars

of the department of physical and macromolecular chemistry

Departmental Seminars

The Seminars of the Department of Physical and Macromolecular Chemistry are back, and in the upcoming semester they will be organized in the following way: There are going to be guest speakers and PhD students presenting during the semester.

If there will be no covid restrictions, the lectures will take place on Wednesdays in building of Chemical departments (Hlavova 8, Praha 2) at 14:00 in lecture room CH3

All the seminars will be held in a hybrid manner as zoom meetings. To connect use the link

There are no upcoming seminars scheduled yet

Departmental seminar on 25th May 2022

This time we have a guest, RNDr. Zdeněk Lánský, Ph.D. from Institute of Biotechnology, Biocev, Czech Academy of Sciences. The topic of his lecture is Reconstituting cytoskeleton - one molecule at a time.

Cytoskeletal proteins drive cellular motion for example during cell division or morphogenesis. Ensembles of cytoskeletal proteins self-assemble to drive these processes. We are interested in the roles of the individual cooperating proteins and the principles that underpin their collective action.

We use single molecule imaging and manipulation techniques to quantitatively describe these biological systems. I will discuss two recent projects from the lab, covering the role of cross-linking proteins in actin contractility and the role of the neurodegeneration-related protein tau in regulating access to microtubules.

 

The seminar will take place in the lecture hall CH3 in person.

The online option remains available only on special request (e.g., for colleagues who are ill/injured or have any other important reason for which they cannot come). 

Departmental retreat in Liblice

Program Liblice

 

10.5. (Tuesday)

13.00 Arrival and Accommodation

14.00-14.10 Opening - Tomáš Obšil

14.10-15.10 Carlos Viera - Research Ethics

15.10-15.40 Introductory lectures of PhD students (1st year - Paiuk, Lusiani, Montes, Bys, Li, Hosseini, Poorsharbaf) – 3 min – 3 slides/each

15.45 Departure to brewery Lobeč – Guided tour and tasting

19.00 Arrival from brewery

19.00 Dinner at the fire (it depends on the weather)


 

11.5. (Wednesday)

9.-10.40 Lectures of PhD students (5 x 20 min, 4th year - Haskova, Chernyshev, Havelkova, Folprechtova, Mandal)

10.40-11.00 Coffee break

11.00-12.40 Lectures (5 x 20 min, Kokoskovapostdocs - Bener, Bashta, Rud, Blanco)

12.40-14.00 Lunch

14.00-16.00 Lectures (5 x 20 min – postdocs - Redondo, He, Mundil, Golabek, Szaniawska)

16.00-16.30 Coffee break

16.30-17. 30 Prof. František Štěpánek (VŠCHT) - Sensation on demand: Can remotely controlled chemistry enable immersive virtual reality?

19.00 Dinner


 

12.5. (Thursday)

8.00 Breakfast and Departure

Departmental seminar on 4nd May 2022

This time we have a public habilitation lecture of RNDr. Peter Košovan, Ph.D.. The topic of his lecture is Acid-base equilibria at the nanoscale .

Acid-base equilibria are ubiquitous in Chemistry, both in everyday routine work and in research. They are taught in secondary-school courses of Chemistry and then again later, in undergraduate courses of General Chemistry, Analytical Chemistry and Physical Chemistry. The basic concepts of acid, base, pH and the degree of ionisation are well established and familiar to every chemist. Nevertheless, a lot of confusion appears when these concepts are applied to complex systems at the nanoscale, such as solutions of polyelectrolytes, polyampholytes, charged biomacromolecules, self-organized polymer nanostructures, polymers at interfaces or two-phase systems containing macromolecules or supramolecular aggregates.

In this lecture, we will present a selection of results of our research, bridging the gap between simulations and experimental investigations of acid-base equilibria in macromolecular systems. The lessons learned from these results provide important clues on how the acid-base properties of complex fluids differ from the established picture described in textbooks.

 

The seminar will take place in the lecture hall CH3 in person.

The online option remains available only on special request (e.g., for colleagues who are ill/injured or have any other important reason for which they cannot come). 

Departmental seminar on 27th April 2022

We have a guest, Mgr. Jakub Mareček, PhD, from the Department of Computer Science, Czech Technical University.

The topic of his talk is: Quantum Computing: The State of the Art and Recent Developments in Quantum Variational Algorithms.

 

The seminar will take place in the lecture hall CH3 in person.

The online option remains available only on special request (e.g., for colleagues who are ill/injured or have any other important reason for which they cannot come). 

 

Departmental seminar on 20th April 2022

This time we have a public professorship lecture of Doc. RNDr. Pavel Matějíček, Ph.D.. The topic of his lecture is Co-assembly approach in macromolecular chemistry .

Association of block copolymers is extensively utilized in preparation of nanostructures of diverse size, shape and morphology. Besides classical self-assembly, the co-assembly approach can be used in this sense, which leads to unique hybrid nanomaterials. The use of boron cluster compounds as building blocks in co-assembly with polymers will be stressed.

The seminar will take place in the lecture hall CH3 in person.

The online option remains available only on special request (e.g., for colleagues who are ill/injured or have any other important reason for which they cannot come). 

 

Departmental seminar on 13th April 2022

This time we have a habilitation lecture of RNDr. Radek Šachl, Ph.D. form the  J. Heyrovský Institute of Physical Chemistry, Czech Academy of Sciences. The topic of his lecture is Nanoscale organization of lipid membranes.

Biochemical experiments performed more than 20 years ago suggested that plasma membranes of living cells are compartmentalized into small submicroscopic structures (nanodomains) having potentially relevant biological functions. Although this hypothesis has stimulated intensive research in many scientific disciplines, structural features of these nanodomains as well as their importance for the function of biological membranes remain elusive. What exactly are these nanodomains? And do they still exist in 2022?

In his habilitation lecture, Dr. Šachl will look for answers to these and other fundamental questions of membrane biophysics by introducing a powerful fluorescence microscopy technique MC-FRET developed in his laboratory. The speaker will show that this technique enabled characterization of various types of membrane nanodomains with unprecedent detail and significantly contributed to the current understanding of lipid nanodomains that are formed in simplified models of cellular membranes.

 

The seminar will take place in the lecture hall CH3 in person.

The online option remains available only on special request (e.g., for colleagues who are ill/injured or have any other important reason for which they cannot come). 

 

 

Departmental seminar on 6th April 2022

We have four speakers, 1st year Master students:

Filip Steiner, Adam Škorňa, Martin Orságh from the Soft Matter research group and

Andrej Šmelko from the Polymer Synthesis and Biomaterials research group.

 

The seminar will take place in the lecture hall CH3 in person.

The online option remains available only on special request (e.g., for colleagues who are ill/injured or have any other important reason for which they cannot come). 

 

Departmental seminar on 30th March 2022

We have a guest, RNDr. Miroslav Šlouf, PhD, from the Institute of Macromolecular Chemistry, Czech Academy of Sciences who will speak about transmission electron mimcroscopy.

Electron diffraction is performed routinely in transmission electron microscopes (TEM), while in scanning electron microscopes (SEM) it has not been available until recently. We introduced a novel method that yields powder electron diffractograms in modern SEM microscopes equipped with pixelated detectors of transmitted electrons (pixelated STEM detectors). The method was developed in collaboration of our Institute of Macromolecular Chemistry CAS with the Institute of Scientific Instruments CAS. It was called 4D-STEM/PNBD, as it converts large 4D-STEM datasets (2D-arrays of 2D-nanobeam diffraction patterns) to a single PNBD pattern (powder nanobeam diffraction pattern, analogous to powder diffractograms from TEM). Unlike the complex 4D-STEM datasets, the 4D-STEM/PNBD patterns are easy to process even without deep crystallographic knowledge.

The seminar will take place in the lecture hall CH3 in person.

The online option remains available only on special request (e.g., for colleagues who are ill/injured or have any other important reason for which they cannot come). 

 

Departmental seminar on 23rd March 2022

We have four speakers, 1st year Master students:

Gabriela Chytrá and Matouš Tulpa from the Biophysical Chemistry of protein complexes research group,

Svetlana Kurucová from the Heterogenous Catalysis and Advanced Materials research group and

Pavla Trembulaková from the Institute of Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry, Czech Academy of Sciences.

The seminars will be held fully on-line via Zoom until further notice.

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Departmental seminar on 16th March 2022

We have two speakers, 1st year Master students:

Jakub Nierostek from the Soft matter theory research group

and Mikuláš Klenor from the Institute of Organic chemistry and Biochemistry, Czech Academy of Sciences.

 

The seminars will be held fully on-line via Zoom until further notice.

Join Zoom Meeting via link