doc. Ing. Miroslav Soos, Ph.D. (group leader)

He studied at Slovak University of Technology, Slovakia where in 1997 he received master degree in Chemical Engineering and Process Control and in 2001 the PhD degree in Chemical Engineering. From 2001 till 2015 he was working at ETH Zurich, Switzerland initially as postdoctoral researcher and later as Senior Research Scientist. During this period he was involved in several research projects related to colloidal engineering, modeling of fluid dynamics using CFD and synthesis of advanced functional materials. He was responsible for development of patented method for production of porous nano and microparticles as well as for establishment and leadership of the cell culture laboratory dedicated to production of therapeutic proteins. In 2015 he joint UCT Prague where he is currently leading Biotechnology and Advanced Functional Material Laboratory. His interest covers synthesis of various nanoparticles and their assembly towards functional materials which can find application as conductive polymers, sensors, catalyst supports, stationary phases for separations, drug delivery systems and API formulation processes.

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Mgr. Fatima Hassouna, Ph.D. (senior scientist)

Fatima Hassouna is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Chemical Engineering at the Faculty of Chemical Engineering at the University of Chemistry and Technology, Prague (UCT Prague). She received her MS degree in Organic and Catalytic Chemistry in 2001 from the University of Lille I and the University of Blaise Pascale (France). Due to her outstanding results, she was awarded with a scholarship from the French Ministry of National Education and Research for the support of her Ph.D. work at Laboratoire de Photochimie Moléculaire et Macromoléculaire (LPMM). She obtained her Ph.D. degree in Physical Chemistry of Polymers in December 2006 from the University of Blaise Pascal (France) for her work on the study of the mechanisms of photo- and thermal oxidation of water soluble polymers in solid and in aqueous media. Read more...

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Postdoctoral researcher

Ing. Eliška Skořepová, Ph.D.

She studied the field of ‘Synthesis and Production of Drugs’ at the University of Chemistry and Technology in Prague. She specialized in the solid phase characterization of active pharmaceutical ingredients at the Department of Solid State Chemistry. In 2016, she defended her PhD thesis titled ‘Preparation and Structural Characterization of Novel Solid Forms of Pharmaceutical Ingredients Trospium Chloride and Agomelatine’, which was done in cooperation with a pharmaceutical company Zentiva, k.s. She has experience with the crystallization of new solid phases of pharmaceuticals utilizing various solid-state analytical techniques (e.g. X-ray diffraction), interpretation and analysis of powder and single-crystal data, calculation of the crystal lattice energy, molecular and quantum mechanics. Now, she is a junior researcher in doc. Soos’s group and focuses on the crystal engineering in the pharmaceutical development.

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Ph.D. students

Ing. Vítek Zvoníček

Vítek has obtained his Masters degree at UCT Prague in the study programme "Synthesis and Production of Pharmaceuticals" with the main focus on an organic synthesis. His previous background also included chemistry education, as he studied Masaryk High School of Chemistry in Prague. Currently, Vít study a PhD programme "Drugs and Biomaterials" at the Faculty of Chemical Engineering at UCT Prague. His main focus is the solid state of a pharmaceutical ingredients. During his studies, starting at master level, he cooperates with a pharmaceutical company Zentiva, where he participates on the research of the solid state of pharmaceuticals for generic drug products. In a recent, he started to cooperate also with Department of Physics of the Czech Academy of Sciences, where he participates on a project focused on a behavior of multicomponent solid forms of (mostly) pharmaceuticals. Overall, Vít has the main skills in organic synthesis, crystal engineering and solid state analysis, including X-ray (single crystal and powder) diffraction technique, spectroscopies (Raman, NMR, IR) and thermal techniques such as DSC, TGA and Hot-Stage microscopy.

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M.Sc. Edith Mawunya Kutorglo

Edith holds an Erasmus Mundus Joint M.Sc. in Membrane Engineering and a B.Sc. (Honours) in Biochemistry. With a background in Material Science and Nanotechnology and having worked as a research intern in two institutions – Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research, Accra-Ghana and MemBrain s.r.o. Czech Republic, Edith gathered a unique experience in biochemical engineering techniques, nanoparticle synthesis, design of nanostructured materials and their characterization. For her master thesis, Edith worked at the Nanostructured and Tuneable Materials Lab, University of Bath, in the UK, where she focused on developing electrically tuneable membranes from intrinsically conducting polymers (ICPs). Fascinated by the unique behavior of the ICPs, her current research focuses on the development of functional macroporous materials by controlled assembly of core-shell type nanoparticles prepared from ICPs. She is particularly interested in understanding the correlation between the molecular structure and properties of these materials and how they can be engineered for optimum performance in applications such as CO2 capture, catalysis and biosensors.

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MSc. Argyro Chatziadi

Argyro has obtained her B.Sc. and M.Sc. degree at the Department of Material Science, at University of Patras, in Greece, in the field of Material Science.

As a student she investigated the modification of glasses with silanes with different final groups and she studied the adhesion of bacteria on them under flow conditions. During her M.Sc. her project was a theoretical and computational study of packaging and ejection of macromolecular chains within spherical nano-containers. Also during her Master she decided to work as an Erasmus student at the University of Twente, in a three months project about synthesis of building blocks to form self-assembled amphiphiles, for future drug delivery applications. Furthermore, she worked as a Marie Skłodowska-Curie fellowship partner (ESR) at the department of Chemical and Pharmaceutical Sciences, at University of Trieste. Her project was about functionalization of carbon nanotubes and fullerenes. Her main research interests are: Crystal Engineering, Nanotechnology, Biomaterials.

Argyro’s research project now is focused on the development of a combined computational and experimental methodology for efficient screening of co-crystals and solvate forms of active pharmaceutical ingredients. Her project is in cooperation with the pharmaceutical company Zentiva, k.s.

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MSc. Hongjin Kim

She is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Chemical Engineering, UCT Prague, and currently she is working on the project of synthesis and application of nanoparticle-based porous materials. She holds Bc (Hanyang University, Korea) in chemical engineering and a MSc (Joint European master-EM3E) in membrane engineering. She has experiences with chemical synthesis and broad understanding of porous materials based on engineering basis.

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Ing. Jose Francisco Wilson Collao

He studied at Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, where received the title of Civil Engineer with a diploma in Geotechnical Engineering. In 2016, he obtained the degree of Master in Engineering Sciences. During his studies he had several abroad experiences in USA and Portugal. In Boston, he collaborated as visitor student at the rock mechanics laboratory at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Then, he studied one semester abroad at the Instituto superior Tecnico of Lisbon, where he focused on Civil Engineering design (Tunnels, Foundations, Concrete structures). After, he worked as a research Engineer at Stanford Research Institute (SRI International), where he collaborated to the development of tele-operated robotic equipment for mining blasting operations. Later, he worked as Engineer at a Mining Blasting company where acquired some experience related to detonators, high explosives and explosive emulsions. Some of his academic work has been focused in the modelling of granular media and the mechanical characterization of these materials under dynamic conditions (Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering). Nowadays, the research focus of Jose Francisco the numerical modelling of particles interaction, including its interaction with fluids.

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Ing. Martina Ježková

Martina graduated in bachelor program Nano- and Micro-Technology in Chemical Engineering from University of Chemistry and Technology in Prague (passed with honours in June 2015). Her bachelor thesis was focused on Density Functional Theory (Adsorption Behaviour of Model Polymers: A Microscopic Approach) under the supervision of doc. Alexandr Malijevský, Ph.D. at the Department of Physical Chemistry.Then, she continued with Chemical Engineering and Bioengineering master program, which she passed with honours in June 2017. In Bioengineering and Advanced Functional Materials Laboratory, she deals with the Synthesis of Gold Nano-Clusters. Martina defended this topic during final exams and she won second place twice, presenting this work, at the Student Scientific Conference (2015 and 2016). Martina is studying a Ph.D. program Chemical Engineering at the Department of Chemical Engineering since 2017. The goal of her work (Synthesis of Nano-Clusters for Controlled Release of Drugs) is preparation of various types of nanoparticles and subsequent combining them with porous materials loaded with drugs and with suitable surface modification. The product will be an active drug nano-carrier for both drug delivery and other therapeutic function (for example photothermal therapy).

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