Yearly Archives: 2013

Rector’s Award for František

The rector of the Institute of Chemical Technology, Prague, professor Karel Melzoch, awarded the 2013 Rector’s Award to František Štěpánek for outstanding achievements in national and European projects in the field of chemistry and for the public promotion of science. Congratulations, Ferry!ferry cena rektora ferry cena rektora 2

SVK student competition

A total of nine students from our group participated in the Chemical Engineering sections of today’s Student Science Competition. Congratulations to everyone for their contributions, and especially to Viktorie, Viktor, Damian, Matěj and Marek for their medal places.


CHOBOTIX at ICT’s Open Days

Come and check out CHOBOTIX presentation at ICT’s Open Days this Friday (22. 11. 2013, 9-15) and Saturday (23. 11. 2013, 9-13) on the ground floor of the building B, on the right side of main entrance. As a part of the Chemical Engineering Department, lyophilizer (freeze dryer), UV/Vis spectrophotometer and 3D printer will be presented. These techniques are commonly utilized for preparation, characterization and ex-vivo testing of chemical robots. In addition the rest of the CHOBOTIX project will be presented as a slide-show projection.

Lyophilization is a type of mild drying method which does not destroy the structure and nutrients (proteins, vitamins, etc.) of the dried sample so that it is suitable for drying of vegetables and fruits (will be presented with edible samples). In our laboratory, lyophilization is used for preparation of dried liposomes and various nanoparticles.

UV/Vis spectrophotometer can detect various substances which absorb light in the UV and visible range of the light spectrum. As a color carrier, particles of calcium alginate will be used. You will be able to try to produce these particles in situ by yourself.

3D printed structures for ex-vivo testing are an aim of our future to save animal lives during the testing of pharmaceutical carriers. At present, printing of bones, cartilages (ear, knee) and tissues (skin, liver) are researched. Structures for cells growing can be printed as well and our laboratory is going to take part of this challenging research. We currently have a basic 3D printer for testing purposes which can only print PLA and ABS plastics. 3D printer will be shown live and in action at our stand.

NEURON Award for František

František Štěpánek has been awarded the 2013 Neuron Grant in the field of medicine. Congratulations, Ferry!

The annual Neuron awards were established by Nadační fond Neuron (earlier Nadační fond Karla Janečka) in 2010. The aim of this endowment fund is to support research in the fields of mathematics, economics, physics and medicine. The funds targets young scientists working in the Czech Republic and successful Czech scientists who decide to return from abroad. Grants are awarded on the basis of the scientific quality of the project and the scientist’s ability to support his or her expertise through publications in internationally respected journals.

The specific project awarded to our group aims to use chemical robots for the targeted delivery of antibiotics with a short half-life (one example being a compound called allicin, derived from common garlic) in order to avoid conditions that lead to the development of antibiotic resistance.

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Neuron Awards 2013

Petra obtained a PhD

Many congratulations to Petra Haufová for successfully defending her PhD thesis titled “Synthesis and characterisation of organo-silica layers for the surface modification of chemical robots”. Thank you Petra for your work and all the best for your future from everybody in the Chobotix lab.

Best Poster Award for Jitka in Japan

Many congratulations to Jitka Čejková for winning the Best Poster Award among competition from more than 70 posters at the 7th Young Researchers’ Retreat held in Kyoto, Japan.