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Palatinus Lukáš

Dr. rer. nat.
Born June 12, 1977

  • Solid state chemistry, crystallography
  • Member of Learned Society since 2021

Educational and professional preparation

  • M.Sc.: geology, specialization mineralogy and geochemistry, Faculty of Natural Sciences, Charles University, Prague. Research topic: Structure refinement of seladonite 2M1 from the locality Mt.Ruker, Antarktica. Supervisor: prof. prom. geol. Milan Rieder, CSc. Thesis defended: 21. 5. 2000
  • Ph.D.: solid state physics, Laboratory for Crystallography, University of Bayreuth. Research topic: The Maximum Entropy Method in Superspace. Supervisor: prof. Sander van Smaalen. PhD. thesis The Maximum Entropy Method in superspace crystallography. Thesis defended: 17. 12. 2003

Employment and academic positions

  • 1997-2005: Department of Structure Analysis, Institute of Physics of the CAS, Prague
  • 2005-2009: Laboratory for Crystallography, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Lausanne, Switzerland
  • 2009-present: Department of Structure Analysis, Institute of Physics of the CAS, Prague

Membership in selected domestic scientific bodies

  • Member of the Czech and Slovak Crystallographic Association since 1998

Membership and positions in selected international organizations and societies

  • Member of the Commission on Crystallographic Computing of IUCr
  • Member of the Commission on Electron Crystallography of IUCr since 2010
  • Member of the Commission of the Special Interest Group for Aperiodic Crystals (SIG3) of European Crystallographic Association
  • Secretary of the Commission of the Special Interest Group for Electron Crystallography (SIG4) of European Crystallographic Association

Notable awards

  • 2009: Erwin Felix Lewy-Bertaut Prize of the European Crystallographic and Neutron Scattering Associations
  • 2017: Award of the Fund Neuron for the Support of Science for young scientists
  • 2017: Award of the Czech Academy of Sciences for outstanding research results – leader of the team

Selected publications

  • Palatinus L., Chapuis G. (2007): SUPERFLIP - a computer program for the solution of crystal structures by charge flipping in arbitrary dimensions. J. Appl. Cryst. 40, 786-790
  • Palatinus, L. (2013): Charge flipping in crystallography. Acta Crystallogr. B 69, 1-16
  • Palatinus, L., Petricek, V., Correa, C. A. (2015): Structure refinement using precession electron diffraction tomography and dynamical diffraction: theory and implementation. Acta Crystallogr. A 71, 235-244
  • Palatinus, L., Brazda, P., Boullay, P., Perez, O., Klementova, M., Petit, S., Eigner, V., Zaarour, M., Mintova, S. (2017): Hydrogen positions in single nanocrystals revealed by electron diffraction. Science 355, 166-169  DOI: 10.1126/science.aak9652
  • Brazda, P., Palatinus, L., Babor, M. (2019): Electron diffraction determines molecular absolute configuration in a pharmaceutical nanocrystal. Science 364, 667-669  DOI: 10.1126/science.aaw2560  
  • Gemmi, M., Mugnaioli, E., Gorelik, T., Kolb, U., Palatinus, L., Boullay, P., Hovmoller, S., Abrahams, J. P. (2019): 3D Electron Diffraction: The Nanocrystallography Revolution. ACS Cent. Sci. 5, 1315-1329  DOI: 10.1021/acscentsci.9b00394
  • Sasaki, S., Caldes, M.T., Guillot-Deudon, C., Braems, I., Steciuk, G., Palatinus, L., Gautron, E., Frapper, G., Janod, E., Corraze, B., Jobic, S., Cario, L. (2021): Design of metastable oxychalcogenide phases by topochemical (de)intercalation of sulfur in La2O2S2. Nature Communications 12, art. no. 3605 DOI: 10.1038/s41467-021-23677-w

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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.