Department of Structure Analysis

The revelation of the secret of imperfect crystals as a challenge for Lukáš Platinus


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.

The 9th Max Perutz prize awarded to Václav Petříček


Václav Petříček has been awarded for his contribution to the practical application of the theory of aperiodic structures in his computing system JANA. The Max Perutz Prize is one of two highest appreciation in the field of crystallography. Currently, almost every modulated structure is solved with JANA, and the program gets about 300 citations per year.

Dr. Václav Petříček has received the Barrett Award


Václav Petříček has received the Charles Barrett Award for development of the theory of incommensurately modulated and composite structures, for utilizing this theory in the computing system Jana2006 and for development of an archiving system of aperiodic structures in the database Powder Diffraction FileTM.