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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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Reaction to the case of Tomáš Hudlický: Members of the Learned Society of the Czech Republic support the freedom of expression

„We believe that free exchange of ideas is a key condition for the pursuit of truth and that the honest opinions should be scrutinized, challenged or rebutted but not censored or suppressed,“ say 45 members of the Learned Society in a statement regarding the retracted opinion paper by Prof. Tomáš Hudlický.


The letter by Jan Konvalinka to the President and Vice-Chancellor of the Brock University regarding the retracted article of Prof. Tomáš Hudlický

Opinions could and should be challenged, questioned or refuted but never silenced. In order to be able to think, we have to have the right to inquire, question and even offend or be mistaken,” writes Assoc. Prof. Jan Konvalinka, a biochemist at the IOCB Prague and the Vice-Rector of the Charles University, to Gervan Fearon.


Prof Miroslav Bárta receives the Česká hlava National Government Award

Learned Society member, Prof. Mgr. Miroslav Bárta, Dr. (Charles University Faculty of Arts) received the Česká hlava (Czech Head) National Government Award on 25 November 2019. A renowned Czech Egyptologist and archaeologist, Professor Bárta researches the history of ancient civilisations, the human relationship to the natural environment, and also for many years the evolution of complex societies. He leads the Czech Institute of Egyptology for archaeological and environmental research in Egypt and Sudan. His principal research interest is the period of the pyramid builders of the Old Kingdom.