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Group leader

Jiří Kaleta, Ph.D.

Education

2006–2010: Ph.D. (Ph.D.) in Organic Chemistry, Masaryk University, Faculty of Science, Brno, Czech Republic. Thesis: Bicyclo[1.1.1]pentane Derivatives

2004–2006: M.Sc. (Mgr.) in Organic Chemistry, Masaryk University, Faculty of Science, Brno, Czech Republic. Thesis: Laterally Substituted Bicyclo[1.1.1]pentanes

2001–2004: Bc. in Organic Chemistry, Masaryk University, Faculty of Science, Brno, Czech Republic

Experience

2017 (9 months): University of Colorado at Boulder, USA, Supervisor: Prof. Josef Michl

2016 (3 months): University of Colorado at Boulder, USA, Supervisor: Prof. Josef Michl

2007 (1 year): University of Colorado at Boulder, USA, Supervisor: Prof. Josef Michl

2004 (3 weeks): Institute of Macromolecular Chemistry of the CAS, Prague, Supervisor: Prof. František Rypáček

Appointments

since 2019: Head of the Junior Research Group, Institute of Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry of the CAS, Prague

2013–2018: Scientist, Institute of Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry of the CAS, Prague

2010–2013: Postdoctoral fellowship, Institute of Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry of the CAS, Prague, supervisor: Prof. Josef Michl

Awards

2016: The Alfred Bader Award for Organic Chemistry

2014: The Coris Award for the best oral presentation (XIV. Conference of young biologists, biochemists and chemists, Czech Republic)

2013: Best poster presentation (EuroBoron 6, Poland)

2010: Prix de Chimie (1st Prize, awarded by the French embassy and the Rhodia)

2008: The Otakar Červinka Award (the Czech Chemical Society award for the best lecture)

2008: Awarded by Department of Chemistry of Faculty of Science, Masaryk University, Brno

2006: Awarded by Dean of Faculty of Science, Masaryk University, Brno

Research experience

  • Multi-step syntheses of molecular-level devices (rotors, motors and switches), preparation of their 2D and 3D arrays, and study of their properties
  • Synthesis of highly strained hydrocarbons (bicyclo[1.1.1]pentanes, propellanes, cubanes, etc.)
  • Study of electronic properties and reactivity of various charged (CB11H12-) and uncharged carborane (o-, m-, and p-C2B10H12) derivatives
  • Molecular spectroscopy

Organized international conferences