Jitka Čejková

Assistant Professor
42022044 ext:4460
VŠCHT Praha – building B room BS62

Work Experience

  • Since February 2014
    Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering, Faculty of Chemical Engineering, University of Chemistry and Technology, Prague
  • February 2015 – January 2016
    Postdoctoral Research fellow, Laboratory for Artificial Biology, University of Trento, Italy
  • May 2012 – January 2014
    Research associate in the Chemical Robotics Laboratory, University of Chemistry and Technology, Prague


International Experience


  • Crytur Award 2017, 1st place, for supervision of the best diploma thesis (student Petra Janská)
  • 2017 Canon Foundation Research Fellowship
  • Best Poster Award, ALIFE 2016 (4.-8.7.2016, Cancún, México)
  • Crytur Award 2016, 2nd place, for supervision of the best diploma thesis (student Ondřej Rychecký)
  • Rector’s Award, 2016, University of Chemistry and Technology, Prague
  • Rector’s Award, 2014, University of Chemistry and Technology, Prague
  • Best Poster Award, 1st place, The 7th Young Researchers’ Retreat (29.-31.7.2013, Kyoto, Japan), selected out of over 70 participants
  • participation in the Czech final of FameLab 2011
  • Rhodia Award for Chemistry, 4th place (2010)
  • Best Poster Award, 1st place, World Student Conference on Particle Technology (22.-25.4.2010, Delft, Netherland), selected out of over 50 PhD students world-wide
  • Chemical Engineering section of SVK University Science Competition, 2nd place (2005)

Research Interests

  • Droplets
  • Artificial chemotaxis (oriented movement in concentration gradients)
  • Stimuli-responsive behaviour (synthesis and characterization of temperature-responsive particles)
  • Cell growth triggered release (hybrid living/artificial microcapsules)
  • Pattern formation in Dictyostelium discoideum
  • Unconventional computing
  • Artificial life




  • 2017-2019: Junior Research Grant of the Czech Science FoundationTowards the understanding of evaporation induced pattern formation of decanol droplets” (PI)
  • 2015-present: EC project “EVOBLISS – Technological Evolution of Synergy Between Physicochemical and Living Systems” (team member, webmaster)
  • 2012-2015: EC project “MICREAGENTS – Microscale Chemically Reactive Electronic Agents” (team member, principal investigator at UCT Prague – prof. Štěpánek)
  • 2008-2013: ERC grant “CHOBOTIX – Chemical Processing by Swarm Robotics” (team member, principal investigator prof. Štěpánek)
  • 2010: student grant of UCT Prague “Experimental study of chemical robots’ behavior in model surrounding“
  • 2009: student grant of UCT Prague “Comparative studies of chemical and physical characterization of chemical robots’ bodies“
  • 2008: student grant of UCT Prague “New metal substrates suitable for analysis by Raman spectroscopy and surface plasmon resonance”
  • 2007: student grant of UCT Prague “Preparation of large-area SERS-active substrates for measurement of Raman spectral maps and testing of their surface nanostructure”


Google Scholar

Research ID: A-4371-2013

  1. Čejková J., Hanczyc M.M., Štěpánek F. (2018), Multi-armed droplets as shape changing protocells, Artificial Life 24 (1), 71-79.
  2. Čejková J., Banno T., Hanczyc M., Štěpánek F. (2017), Droplets as liquid robots, Artificial Life 23(4), 528-549.
  3. Čejková J., Rychecký O. (2017), Tekuté kuličky, Chemické listy 111, 109-114.
  4. Rychecký O., Majerská M., Král V., Štěpánek F., Čejková J. (2016), Spheroid cultivation of HT-29 carcinoma cell line in liquid marbles, Chemical Papers, doi:10.1007/s11696-016-0026-2
  5. Čejková J., Štěpánek F., Hanczyc M. (2016), Evaporation-induced pattern formation of decanol droplets, Langmuir 32, 4800-4805.
  6. Čejková J., Novák M., Štěpánek F., Hanczyc M. (2014), Dynamics of chemotactic droplets in salt concentration gradients, Langmuir 30(40), 11937–11944.
  7. Čejková J., Haufová P., Gorný D., Hanuš J., Štěpánek F. (2013), Biologically triggered liberation of sub-micron particles from alginate microcapsulesJ. Mater. Chem. B 1, 5456-5461.
  8. Čejková J. (2013), Dictyostelium discoideum – model system not only for biologists, Chemické listy 107, 563-600.
  9. Čejková J., Štěpánek F. (2013), Compartmentalized and internally structured particles for drug delivery, Current Pharmaceutical Design 19(35), 6298-6314.
  10. Prokopec V., Kokaislová A., Čejková J., Dendisová M., Člupek M., Matějka P. (2011), Spectroscopic study of SERS- and SEIRA- activity of copper large-scaled surface substrates prepared by electrochemical deposition: what is the role of oxidation-reduction cycle treatment?, Journal of Molecular Structure 993, 410-419.
  11. Čejková J., Hanuš J., Štěpánek F. (2010), Investigation of internal microstructure and thermo-responsive properties of composite PNIPAM/silica microcapsules. J. Coll. Interf. Sci. 346, 352-360.
  12. Čejková J., Ševčíková H., Krausová L., Přibyl M., Štěpánek F., Marek M. (2010) A new traveling wave pattern of Dictyostelium in the presence of cAMP in the agar. Physica D 239, 879-888.
  13. Čejková J., Prokopec V., Brázdová S., Kokaislová A., Matějka P., Štěpánek F. (2009), Characterization of copper SERS-active substrates prepared by electrochemical deposition. Applied Surface Science 255, 7864-7870.
  14. Kokaislová A., Brázdová S., Prokopec V., Člupek M., Čejková J., Matějka P. (2009), Příprava SERS-aktivních měděných substrátů katodickou redukcí a vyhodnocení jejich struktury pomocí mikroskopie atomárních sil. Chemické listy 103, 246-250.
  15. Hilgardt C., Čejková J., Hauser M. J. B., Ševčíková H. (2008), Streamless aggregation of Dictyostelium in the presence of isopropylidenadenosin. Biophysical Chemistry 132, 9-17.
  16. Prokopec V., Čejková J., Matějka P., Hasal P. (2008), Preparation of SERS-active substrates with large surface area for Raman spectral mapping and testing of their surface nanostructure. Surface and Interface Analysis 40, 601-607.


(selected from over 40 proceedings papers)

  • Čejková J., Ikegami T., Experimental study of mutual interactions of multiple liquid droplets, Proceedings of the 2nd International Symposium on Swarm Behavior and Bio-Inspired Robotics, Kyoto (Japan), 31. 10. -1. 11. 2017, pp. 274-278 (2017).
  • Čejková J., Ikegami T., Štěpánek F., Life-like swarm behavior of multiple chemotactic droplets, Proceedings of the European Conference on Artificial Life 2017, Lyon (France), 4. – 9. 9. 2017, MIT Press, pp. 91-95 (2017).
  • Čejková J., Haufová P., Gorný D., Štěpánek F.: “Artificial spores” – hybrid alginate microcapsules with encapsulated yeast cells, Proceedings of the Twelfth European Conference on the Synthesis and Simulation of Living Systems, Taormina (Italy), 2. -6. 9. 2013, MIT Press, pp. 818-823 (2013).
  • Čejková J., Štěpánek F.: Chobotix 2012: book of proceedings, Institute of Chemical Technology Prague, 2012, ISBN 978-80-7080-813-9 (editor).

Book Chapters

  • Čejková J., Nguyenová T.Q., Štěpánek F. “Chemotactic droplets serving as chemo-taxi”. In “Self-Organized Motion: Physiochemical Design based on Nonlinear Dynamics”, (Nakata S., Pimienta V., Lagzi I., Kitahata H., Suematsu N.J., eds.), Royal Society of Chemistry (2018).
  • Čejková J., Tóth R., Braun A., Ueyama D., Lagzi I. “Shortest path finding in mazes by active and passive particles”. In “Shortest path. Parallel and distributed solvers, (Adamatzky A., ed.), Springer (2018).
  • Čejková J., Holler S., Nguyenová T.Q., Kerrigan C., Štěpánek F., Hanczyc, M. M. “Chemotaxis and chemokinesis of living and non-living objects”. In Advances in Unconventional Computing, Volume 2: Prototypes, Models and Algorithms”, (Adamatzky A., ed.), Springer, pp. 245-260 (2016).

Selected Oral and Poster Presentations

(invited talks)

  • Droplets as Liquid Robots, keynote speaker at 2nd Week of Complexity Sciences at Center for Complexity Sciences of National Autonomous University of Mexico, Mexico City (31. 1. -2. 2018).
  • Droplets as Liquid Robots, Institute of Physical Chemistry, Polish Academy of Science, Warsaw (24. 11. 2017).
  • Experimental study of decanol droplets life-like behaviour, Department of Physical and Macromolecular chemistry, Charles University, Prague (11. 10. 2017).
  • Kapky jako tekutí roboti, Night of Scientists, University of Chemistry and Technology Prague (6. 10. 2017).
  • Pattern formation of decanol droplets, Keio University, Japan (31. 7. 2017)
  • Experimental study of decanol droplets life-like behaviour, Hiroshima University, Japan (11. 7. 2017).
  • Kapky jako tekutí roboti, AFO – 52. Mezinárodní festival populárně-vědeckých filmů, Olomouc (25. – 30. 4. 2017).
  • Artificial chemotaxis and pattern formation of decanol droplets in the presence of decanoate and salt, Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization, Göttingen, Germany (25. 2. 2016)
  • Unconventional maze solving problems by using biological and artificial chemotaxis, keynote speaker at CHISA 2015, Seč u Chrudimi (9. – 12. 11. 2015).
  • “Chemo-taxi” – oil droplets for targeted cargo delivery, invited speaker at EMN Meeting on Droplets, Phuket, Thailand (8. – 11. 5. 2015).


Science popularization

  • FameLab (Czech finalist 2011, member of Czech committee 2014, FameLab Hall in Natural Museum in London 2014, FameLab Echos in Prague 2014)
  • Open Science project (Czech Academy of Science) –“Jitka Čejková – Kurátorka mikrorobotů”
  • project STEP (UCT Prague)
  • teaching in the Summer school for high school students and teachers (at UCT Prague)


  • teaching experience at University of Chemistry and Technology Prague: Chemical engineering, Chemical industry and the environment, Dispersion systems, Microchemical engineering, Laboratory training in chemical engineering, Laboratory of manufacturing of nano- and micromaterials, Laboratory of characterization of nano- and microsystems, Chemical engineering projects
  • teaching experience at University of Trento: Biochemistry lab courses
  • supervision of bachelor and master students
  • supervision of international exchange students (Erasmus, IAESTE)

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