Our group has visisted prof. Štefan Vajda on Heyrovský Institute of Physical Chemistry. We have discussed a possible cooperation, we have had a lab tour and we have spent whole day among our collegues.

Another publication has been accepted, this time is the main author MehranApp. Mat. Today (elsevier) will publish his article on Direct dehydrogenation of propane over Pd nanoparticles encapsulated within IPC zeolites with tunable pore sizes (IF = 8.663; Q1).

M. Sajad, Y. Zhang, M. Kubů, M. Mazur, R. Bulanek, J. Čejka, Direct dehydrogenation of propane over Pd nanoparticles encapsulated within IPC zeolites with tunable pore sizes Appl. Mater. Today (2022) accepted

Congratulations for the publication "A diamantane-4,9-dicarboxylate based UiO-66 analogue: challenging larger hydrocarbon cage platforms" accepted this month in CrystEngComm (Royal society of chemistry  (IF = 3.756; Q1).

V. Gvilava, M. Vieten, R. Oestreich, D. Woschko, M. Steinert, I. Boldog, R. Bulánek, N.A. Fokina, P.R. Schreiner, C. Janiak, A diamantane-4,9-dicarboxylate based UiO-66 analogue: challenging larger hydrocarbon cage platforms, CrystEngComm (2022) Accepted (https://doi.org/10.1039/D2CE01170K)

The third week in September usually belongs to Workshop on low dimensional materials held in Liblice. This year 5 members of our group visited this program. Jakub and Mehran presented their posters and flash presentations, Kateřina has regular oral presentations. PDF of their poster are presented here.

During the first september week our group went to Potštejn to follow traditional meeting with quantum chemists from IOCB CAS Prague. We were focused on science (morning), trips and sports (afternoon) and brainstorming (evenings). These meetings are so fruitful!

From September we have a new member of our team. Ing. Miroslav Rubeš Ph.D. is a quantum chemists and he will help us with imagination of active sites in our materials. Welcome Míra.

Kateřina Knotková with Ing. Jana Košťálová were guests on Upce on air https://www.upce.cz/upce-on-air-mentoring-na-upce . They were speaking about their experience with mentoring program.

Eva Koudelková has left us at the end of august. But this leaving was full of happiness and love, because it was a maternity leave. We wish her all good and health to her and her baby. All uncles and aunts will help to rise a new generation of scientist.

At the end of August Mehran has visited the CHISA konference with his poster on Boron nitride as a promising catalyst for oxidative dehydrogenation of propane. You can watch his poster here.

Hurray! Congratulations to Kateřina for the cooperation and for the publication "The comparison of biological effects of bacterial and synthetic melanins in neuroblastoma cells​" published this month in Food and Chemical Toxicology (IF = 4.6; Q1).

J. Handl, P. Nyvltova, J. Capek, P. Cesla, A. Hovsepyan, S. Avetisyan, P. Micankova, L. Bruckova, P. Stankova, K. Knotkova, T. Petrosyan and T. Rousar, Food and Chemical Toxicology 168 (2022) 113355 (https://doi.org/10.1016/j.fct.2022.113355)

New doctor! On 27 June 2022, Jan Vaculík successfully defended his dissertation on "Acid-base properties of zeolites". Congratulation to Ing. Jan Vaculík, Ph.D. and we wish him many more successes in life. 

A great thing has been done! Going to an away session is always great. One gets away from the lab and can discuss the results and progress of our work in peace and with a clear head. This year we visited Neratov near Bartošovice in the Orlické Hory. We really enjoyed it!

And we also welcomed a new PhD student Waqas, we wish you good luck in your studies. 

Congratulations for the publication "The analysis of the BAS OH band in zeolites" published this month in Microporous and Mesoporous Materials (IF = 5.455; Q1).

M. Rubeš, M. Trachta, J. Vaculík, R. Bulánek, O. Bludský, The analysis of the BAS OH band in zeolites, Microporous and Mesoporous Materials, 341 (2022) 112052 (https://doi.org/10.1016/j.micromeso.2022.112052)

Wow! The conference made by our group! It was our pleasure to organize the 5th Catalytic Seminar in Pardubice. We would like to thank all the students and participants for coming to Pardubice and enjoying many interesting presentations with us.

Conference season continues. We returned to Liblice with another conference. The School of Catalysis conference was here on 24-26 May 2022. Its program was varied (Program-School of catalysis), among those invited were: 

  • Determination of textural properties from adsorption experiments, Katharina Peikert (Micromeritics)

  • Catalysis in Fine Chemical Synthesis, Rafael Luque (Universidad de Cordoba, Spain)

  • How to write a good paper, Carlos Melo (Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic)

  • The art of catalyst shaping, Dmitry Murzin (Abo Akademi University, Turku, Finland)

  • Theoretical approaches to catalysis, Gianfranco Pacchioni (University of Milano Bicocca)

  • Performance metrics for sustainable catalysis in industry, Jean-Paul Lange (Shell)

Hurray! Conference season has begun. The first conference we were able to attend was the 5th International Conference on Applied Surface Science on 25 -28 April 2022 in Palma, Mallorca, Spain (ICASS 2022). Our student Jakub Halamek gave a presentation on "Effect of differing Si/Al on adsorption and separation of CH4/CO2 over Na-CHA zeolites".

In recent days, the faculty management closed the evaluation of research teams and appointed excellent teams for the period 2023-2025. Again, we were rated as an excellent team.

Congratulations for the publication "Brønsted acidity in zeolites measured by deprotonation energy" published this month in Scientific Reports (IF = 4.380).

M. Trachta, R. Bulánek, O. Bludský, M. Rubeš : Brønsted acidity in zeolites measured by deprotonation energy, Sci. Rep. 12 (2022) 11354

New member! :-) It is our pleasure to welcome a new member of our group, it is Nahid from Iran. We wish her a successful and pleasant atmosphere in lab and good luck in her study.

Roman is a guest editor of a special issue in Catalysts named Boron-Based Catalytic Materials.

Roman published Editorial for a Special Issue of Catalysts journal (IF = 4.146) entitled “Catalysis in Zeolites and Zeotypes — Cornerstone of the Chemical Industry and Permanent Subject of Research

R. Bulánek, Catalysts 12 (2022) 53  https://doi.org/10.3390/catal12010053

Congratulations to Pavel et al. for the publication "Influence of Substrate Concentration on Kinetic Parameters of Ethanol Dehydration in MFI and CHA Zeolites and Relation of these Kinetic Parameters to Acid-Base Properties" published this month in Catalysts (IF = 4.146).

P. Čičmanec, J. Kotera, J. Vaculík, R. Bulánek, Catalysts 12 (2022) 51  https://doi.org/10.3390/catal12010051

We are sorry to say, that our colleague Jirka has left us. We wish him all the best and good luck in the commercial company!

Hurrah, in great competition, our team received financial support (10.2 M CZK) from the Czech Science Foundation for project No. 22-23120S entitled "Boron-containing catalysts for the oxidative dehydrogenation of alkanes". Together with colleagues from IOCHB CAS, we will study the activation of propane and its conversion to propene on inorganic materials containing boron for three years.

It is almost Christmas, so it is time for gingerbreads! Like every year we made some pieces of gingerbreads and had a lot of fun. Look at the results.  

Here is the recipe: 400g fine flour, 140g sugar (powdered), 50 g butter, 2 eggs, 2 spoons of honey (liquid one), 1 small spoon of baking soda, 1 small spoon of gingerbread spice, 1 yolk (for applying after baking). Mix all dry ingredients together, put there the rest of them and make by the hand (or machine) soft dough. The final dough is soft and flexible like plasticine. Wrap it in plastic foil and keep it in the fridge overnight. The next day, set the oven to 160°C, put the baking paper on a metal plate. The dough roll our to 0.5 cm thickness, cut the shape, and put it on the metal plate. Bake it for 2-10 minutes and then apply the yolk solution (1 yolk + 1 spoon of water) for shine.

Unfortunately the last conference! It was our pleasure to be again in Liblice Castel on October 24-26, 2021 (Workshop on Zeoliteshttps://workshop2020.katalyza.cz/).

We met in the conference a lot of nice people with an interest in science. The level of presentation was very high, also nice was the poster section with a short presentation to invite to the poster and the final discussion on problems and improves of synthesis, characterization, and industry application. 

Conferences autumn started! On October 4-6, 2021 we are again in wonderful chateau Liblice (School of Catalysis,https://school.katalyza.cz/

Scientific program:

  • Temperature programmed methods in catalysis - Roman Bulánek (UPCE, Czechia)
  • FTIR (spectroscopy in catalysis) - Marco Daturi (Université de Caen Normandie, France)
  • On-surface UHV chemistry and scanning probe microscopy - Pavel Jelínek (FZU, Czechia)
  • NMR (Operando and pressure for catalysis) - Werner Oberhauser (National Research Council of Italy, Sesto Fiorentino, Italy)
  • How to promote your science - Carlos Henrique Vieira Melo (Charles University, Prague, Czechia)
  • Opportunities and challenges for catalysis in the energy transition - Nikolai Nesterenko (Total, France)
  • Circular economy: From Waste to Advanced Fuel - Carlo Perego (Eni, Italy)
  • Publishing and getting published – an editor's perspective - Philip Loessl (Nature, Berlin)

Conference autumn just started! An international workshop "Water in zeolites" was on September 19 - 22, 2021 in Liblice castle. 

The preliminary sessions were as follows (tentative):
1. Water during zeolite synthesis and post-synthesis treatments
2. Solvent effects in liquid-phase reactions in zeolites
3. Water-assisted reactions
4. Theoretical aspects of the role of water in the reaction

Meeting in Potštejn! As every year we had a group meeting for brainstorming and consultation about our results and news. The main part was presentations of each member of our group about results, problems, and new ideas in a wonderful coffee shop. We had time also for beach volleyball and brainstorming in the brewery in Potštejn :-)  Please see follow pictures. 

Congratulations! New publication accepted for publication in Ceramics International (IF = 4.527, D1 based on WoS) from Roman (with colleagues from the group of Dr. Macak) on photocatalytic activity of WO3 fibers.

Hromádko L., Motola M., Čičmancová V., Bulánek R., Macák J.M., Facile synthesis of WO3 fibers via centrifugal spinning as an efficient UV- and VIS-light-driven photocatalyst, Ceramics Int., https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ceramint.2021.09.079

Congratulations! New publication accepted for publication in Chemical Engineering Journal (IF = 13.273) from Jakub Halámek and Roman Bulánek (with colleagues from Charles University and university of St. Andrews) on adsorption behavior of heterogeneously substituted CHA zeolites.

Since August 2021, Roman Bulánek became an editorial board member of the Scientific Reports journal published by Nature Research.

At the end of June, our dear colleague Dr. Yosra Gherib left our group after two years. We wish her all the best and good luck in her future life and work.

First conference offline! From June 1 to 3, 2021, we finally had the opportunity to participate in the School of Catalysis conference in the wonderful place, chateau Liblice. For more info and next School of Catalysis at October 4-6, 2021 please visit: https://school.katalyza.cz/

On 27th of April, 2021 our doctoral student Ing. Mehran Sajad passed state doctoral examination 5 votes out of 5. 

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