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Jungwirth Pavel

prof., Mgr., DSc.
Born May 20, 1966 in Prague

  • Computational chemistry with focus on molecular structure and dynamics of water, ions, and biomolecules.
  • Member of Learned Society since 2009

Educational and professional preparation:

  • M.Sc. in Physics, Charles University, Prague, Czech Rep. 1989.
  • PhD. (candidate of sciences) in Computational Chemistry at J. Heyrovsky Institute of Physical Chemistry, Acad. Sci. of the Czech Rep., and Charles University, Prague, Czech Rep., 1993. Thesis advisor: Professor R. Zahradnik.
  • Research associate at University of Geneva, Switzerland, 1991.
  • Research associate at University of Fribourg, Switzerland, 1992.
  • Golda Meir Postdoctoral Fellow at Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel, 1994-5.
  • Postdoctoral Fellow at University of California, Irvine, 1995.
  • Reasearch group head at J. Heyrovsky Institute of Physical Chemistry, Prague, 1995-2003.
  • Visiting researcher at University of California, Irvine, 1998.
  • Visiting professor at University of Southern California, Los Angeles, 2001.
  • Schonbrunn visiting professor at Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel, 2001.
  • Visiting researcher at University of California, Irvine, 2004.
  • Visiting professor at University of Southern California, Los Angeles, 2007.
  • Visiting professor at Ecole Normale Superieure, Paris, 2010.

Employment and academic positions:

  • Research group head at the Institute of Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic.
  • Associate professor (External Faculty) at the Charles University, Faculty of Mathematics and Physics.

Membership and positions in international organizations and societies:

  • Senior Editor of Journal of Physical Chemistry of the American Chemical Society.
  • Member of Editorial Board of Chemical Physics Letters.

Notable awards:

  • Hlavka Foundation Prize (1993).
  • Golda Meir Postdoctoral Fellowship (1994).
  • Learned Society of the Czech Republic Prize (1996).
  • NATO Senior Science Fellowship (2001).
  • Schonbrunn Visiting Professor (Lady Davis Fellowship) (2001).
  • Annual Medal of the International Academy of Quantum Molecular Science (2001).
  • Otto Wichterle Prize of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic (2002).
  • Spiers Memorial Prize of the Royal Society for Chemistry (2008).
  • Praemium Academie Prize from the Czech Academy of Sciences (2010).

Selected publications:

  • Marsalek, O.; Uhlig, F.; Frigato, T.; Schmidt, B.; Jungwirth, P.: Dynamics of Electron Localization in Warm versus Cold Water Clusters. Physical Review Letters, 114 (2010) 915.
  • Slavicek, P.; Winter, B.; Faubel, M.; Bradforth, S. E.; Jungwirth, P.: Ionization energies of aqueous nucleic acids: Photoelectron spectroscopy of pyrimidine nucleosides and ab initio calculations. Journal of the American Chemical Society, 131 (2009) 6460.
  • Vacha, R.; Berkowitz, M. L.; Jungwirth, P.: Molecular model of a cell plasma membrane with asymmetric multicomponent composion: Water permeation and ion effects. Biophysical Journal, 96 (2009) 44493.
  • Jungwirth, P.: Ions at Aqueous Interfaces. Faraday Discussions, 141 (2009) 9.
  • Lund, M.; Jungwirth, P.; Woodward, C. E.: Ion Specific Protein Assembly and Hydrophobic Surface Forces. Physical Reviews Letters, 100 (2008) 258105.
  • Frigato, T.; VandeVondele J.; Schmidt, B.; Schuette, C.; Jungwirth, P.: Ab initio molecular dynamics simulation of a medium-sized water cluster anion: from an interior to a surface located excess electron via a delocalized state. Journal of Physical Chemistry A, 112 (2008) 6125.
  • Lund, M.; Vacha, R.; Jungwirth, P.: Specific Ion-Binding to Macromolecules: Effects of Hydrophobicity and Ion Pairing. Langmuir, 24 (2008) 3387.
  • Buch, V.; Milet, A.; Vacha, R.; Jungwirth, P.; Devlin, J. P.: Water surface is acidic. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 104 (2007) 7342.
  • Vrbka, L.; Vondrasek, J.; Jagoda-Cwiklik, B.; Vacha, R.; Jungwirth, P.: Quantification and rationalization of the higher affinity of sodium over potassium to protein surface. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 103 (2006) 15440.
  • Winter, B.; Weber, R.; Hertel., I. V.; Faubel, M.; Jungwirth, P.; Brown, E. C.; Bradforth, S. E.: Electron Binding Energies of Aqueous Alkali and Halide Ions: EUV Photoelectron Spectroscopy of Liquid Solutions and Combined ab initio and Molecular Dynamics Calculations. Journal of the American Chemical Society, 127 (2005) 7203.
  • Knipping, E. M.; Lakin, M. J.; Foster, K. L.; Jungwirth, P.; Tobias, D. J.; Gerber, R. B.; Dabdub, D.; Finlayson-Pitts, B. J.: Experiments and simulations of ion-enhanced interfacial chemistry on aqueous NaCl aerosols. Science, 288 (2000) 301.

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20.05.19

XXV. General Assembly of the Learned Society of the Czech Republic

The ceremonial part of the XXV. General Assembly of the Learned Society, at which the Medals of the Learned Society of the Czech Republic Societas Scientarium Bohemica Ad Laudem et Honorem and the awards of the Learned Society of the Czech Republic in the “Young Scientist” and “Grammar School Student” categories were presented, took place on Monday 20 May 2019 in the Great Hall of the Carolinum.

19.05.19

Bolzano lecture by prof. Kip S. Thorne

American physicist Kip S. Thorne, recipient of the Nobel Prize for 2017 for detection of gravitational waves, visited Prague at the invitation of he Learned Society. He held a series of “Bolzano lectures” and a lecture titled “Creating Gravitational-Wave Astronomy” for the Learned Society on 15 May 2019 in the Blue Auditorium of the Carolinum. The lecture was held with the support of the Karel Janeček Foundation and was received very enthusiastically.

07.05.19

XXV. General Assembly

The Czech Learned Society is holding its XXV. General Assembly on 20 and 21 May 2019. The Learned Society’s awards in the “Young Scientist” and “Grammar School Student” categories, Teaching Awards for pedagogic workers who promote interest in science and research at grammar schools and the Learned Society’s medals for meritorious contributions to the advance of science will be presented during a ceremony on 20 May at the Karolinum. Lectures by renowned scientists will also be presented. The second day will be reserved for the working part of the meeting, in the building of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic.