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Fyzikální Ústav AV ČR, v. v. i. (FZU; in English: Institute of Physics of the Czech Academy of Sciences) is a public research institute, oriented on the fundamental and applied research in physics. The founder of the institute is The Czech Academy of Sciences.

The present research programme of the Institute comprises five branches of physics: particle physics, the physics of condensed matter, solid state physics, optics and plasma physics. It also corresponds to the way how the institute is divided into major research divisions.

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Friday, 21.07.2017

A collaboration of Japanese and Czech researchers has realized a molecular circuit involving an antiaromatic molecule for the first time. Antiaromatic molecules have 4n electrons in the π system. They had been predicted decades ago to have remarkable electron transport properties but their instability and difficult synthesis had prevented their study until now. In their paper published in Nature Communications, the authors explain the origin of this high conductance compared to the aromatic counterpart.

Thursday, 20.07.2017

European research project coordinated by the Institute of Physics of the Czech Academy of Sciences was selected in a fierce competition within the Future and Emerging Technologies program that is part of the Excellence pillar of the Framework Programme Horizon 2020. The project ASPIN is based on a work published last year in Science which opened a new research and development direction towards ultrafast and energy efficient memories based on so called antiferromagnets.

Thursday, 15.06.2017

June 6th 2017 at Villa Lanna, the director of the Czech Academy of Sciences professor Eva Zažímalová awarded twenty-three young scientists with the Otto Wichterle Prize. Three of them – Ing. Vítězslav Jarý, Ph.D., RNDr. Lukáš Ondič, Ph.D., and Ing. Jakub Vícha, Ph.D. – are employed at the Institute of Physics (IoP) of the CAS.

The Prize, named in honour of Prof. Otto Wichterle, the world renowned Czech chemist who also became the first post 1989 director of the Czech Academy of Sciences, is given to young scientists under the age of 35 for outstanding scientific achievement.

Friday, 12.05.2017

Dr. Lukáš Palatinus of the Institute of Physics of the Czech Academy of Sciences has won the 2017 Neuron Award for Promising Young Scientists in Physics. The award is granted by the Neuron Fund for Support of Science to Czech scientists under the age of 40 in recognition of their excellent research and results, and as an impetus for further work. Dr. Palatinus was honoured for his research in the methodology of structure analysis of aperiodic crystals and for the application of electron diffraction to the structure analysis of nanocrystals.

Wednesday, 10.05.2017

Intergranular embrittlement is one of the most dangerous effects responsible for catastrophic failure of construction metallic materials. The reason is that it proceeds very quickly and its occurrence is hardly predictable. However, it is known that this problem is closely connected to chemical composition of intergranular regions – grain boundaries. Solutes and impurities tend to accumulate – segregate – at grain boundaries at enhanced temperatures in such an extent that they can occupy all available atomic positions there.