The revelation of the secret of imperfect crystals as a challenge for Lukáš Palatinus
Crystals are as a construction set. They are made up from tiny building blocks which often are molecules. Lukáš Palatinus is able to determine what molecules look like and how they are put together in a crystal. He can thus create new models of crystal structures. An imperfect crystal, which is characterised by errors and inaccuracies in the cube structure, is another scientific challenge for Lukáš Palatinus.
Diffracting electrons on nanocrystals enables faster and cheaper development of drugs
Authors extended the application of the method further to the fields where the knowledge of the so-called absolute configuration of molecules is indispensable, such as pharmaceutical research or molecular biology. The new method will be used in laboratories and the development of drugs will become faster, simpler and more effective.
Lukáš Palatinus received the Neuron Award for Promising Young Scientists in Physics in 2017
Among other successes, he developed a program Superflip, which has been widely adopted by the crystallographic community and is one of the most commonly used programs in the field today.
Focus on the lightest atoms in the smallest crystals
The method of analysis is so accurate that it can be used to detect the positions of even the lightest of all atoms – the hydrogens.