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Department of Synthesis and Catalysis

 Department of Theoretical Chemistry    Department of Spectroscopy    Department of Biophysical Chemistry     Department of Structure and Dynamics in Catalysis     Department of Synthesis and Catalysis     Department of Electrochemical Materials    Department of Molecular Electrochemistry    Department of Chemistry of Ions in Gaseous Phase    Department of Dynamics of Molecules and Clusters    Department of Low-dimensional Systems  

About the Department


Head of the Department
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Deputy Head

BALCAR Hynek, RNDr., CSc.
ČEJKA Jiří, prof. Ing., DrSc.
ELIÁŠOVÁ Pavla, Mgr., Ph. D.
GYEPES Robert, doc. RNDr., Ph. D.
KADAM Shashikant Arun
KUBŮ Martin, Ing., Ph.D.
LAMAČ Martin, RNDr., Ph. D.
MACH Karel, RNDr., CSc.
MUSILOVÁ Zuzana, Ing., Ph.D.
PINKAS Jiří, Mgr., Ph. D.
SHAMZHY Mariya, Ph.D.
ŠTEKROVÁ Martina, Ing., Ph.D.
VARGA Vojtěch, RNDr., CSc.
ŽILKOVÁ Naděžda, Ing.
ZUKAL Arnošt, Ing., CSc.

PGS student(s):


Other students:
Dunlop David (2016 - , bachelor study, Faculty of Science, Charles University, Prague lector Dr. M. Lamač);
Hodík Tomáš (2010 - 2015 ; bachelor and diploma study, Faculty of Chemical Technology, Institute of Chemical Technology, Prague);
Večeřa Miloš (2012 - 2015 ; bachelor and diploma study, Faculty of Science, Charles University, Prague);

Secondary school student stays:
i) in project of JHI Three Tools -
Podhájecký Roman (2013 - 2014 , SPŠ ST Panská 1, Prague 1, lector Mgr. J. Pastva)
Dunlop David (2013 - 2016, MSŠCH Prague 1, lector Dr. M. Lamač)

Research interests

Synthesis and characterization of zeolites and mesoporous molecular sieves and their application in adsorption and catalysis centered on petrochemical applications and synthesis of fine chemicals. The main task is to understand the general relationship among the structure of molecular sieve catalysts, structure and properties of catalytically active sites and conversion and selectivity in transformations of aromatic hydrocarbons, acylation reactions, oxidations with hydrogen peroxide, metathesis of olefins and unsaturated esters or ethers, and reactions leading to formations of new C-C bonds.
Synthesis and structural identification of organometallic compounds, metallocene and non-metallocene complexes of early transition metals, acting as selective "single site" catalysts and determination of their function in stereoselective polymerization and oligomerization of olefins and acetylenes. The influence of electronic and steric effects functional groups on structure and properties of organometallic complexes.

Molecular sieve chemistry and catalysis (presentation video, in Czech - download)

The research directions are:

  • Synthesis of zeolites, zeotypes, mesoporous molecular sieves and hierarchic materials combining micro and meso porosity.

  • - synthesis of different structural types of zeolites and mesoporous materials
    - new approaches to the synthesis of organized mesoporous aluminas
    - applications of novel structure-directing agents for the zeolite synthesis
    - isomorphous substitution
    - application of microwave irradiation to the synthesis of molecular sieves
    - novel approaches to the synthesis of hierarchic materials

    ***New zeolite synthesized in the Department (2012)***

  • Adsorption of carbon dioxide, hydrogen and organic vapours on advanced molecular sieves.

  • - tailored synthesis of zeolites for adsorption of carbon dioxide
    - synthesis of mesoporous molecular sieves for adsorption of carbon dioxide and organic vapours
    - grafting of organic adsorption sites on the surface of mesoporous materials and delaminated zeolites

  • Catalytic application of zeolites, mesoporous molecular sieves and hierarchic materials
  • - alkylations, isomerization, disproportionations and transalkylations of alkyl and dialkyl aromatic hydrocarbons
    - acylatrions of aromatics and their derivatives for fine chemical products and intermediates
    - metathesis of 1-olefins and unsaturated esters and ethers
    - oxidation reactions with hydrogen peroxide (Baeyer-Villiger reaction, Meerwien-Ponndorf-Verley reduction)
    - C-C coupling reactions (Heck reaction, Suzuki reaction, Sonogashira reaction)

Organometallic Catalysis (presentation video, in Czech - download)

The research directions are:

  • Organometallic chemistry of early transition metals (Ti, Zr, Hf).

  • - Preparation and characterization of metallocene complexes with cyclopentadienyl ligands.
    - Preparation and characterization of non-metallocene complexes.
    - Chemistry of low-valent metallocene complexes.
    - Chemistry of multinuclear metallocene complexes.
    - Modification of cyclopentadienyl ligands by substitution of cyclopentadienyl ring.
    - Study of steric and electronic effects of metallocene complexes.
    - Chemistry of cyclooctatetraene derivatives.
    - Chemistry of CGC (constrain geometry complexes) complexes.

  • Catalysis of transformations of unsaturated hydrocarbons by transition metal complexes. Investigation of catalytic centers and reaction mechanisms.

  • - Linear dimerization of terminal alkynes.
    - Polymerization of olefins.
    - Oligomerization of alkynes.

  • Investigation of relations between the structure of early transition metal complexes and their catalytic and physicochemical properties.

  • A combination of vacuum and inert gas techniques for syntheses of new compounds.

  • ESR spectroscopy of transition metal complexes

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