On Wednesday, November 27, 2019, prizes for achievements in higher education, science and research for 2019 were awarded in the representative premises of the Senate of the Parliament of the Czech Republic from the hands of Minister Robert Plaga and Deputy Minister for science, research and higher education Pavel Doleček.
These prizes were awarded to outstanding students of Bachelor’s, Master’s and doctoral degree programmes, top scientists and this year also excellent university teachers. The František Běhounek Prize for promotion and communication of Czech science and the Milada Paulová Prize awarded to female scientists for their lifetime achievement in science were also presented at the ceremony.
One of the prize winners in the doctoral degree programme category was Ing. Tomáš Halenkovič, Ph.D. from the Faculty of Chemical Technology, University of Pardubice. Dr. Halenkovič, who is currently an assistant professor at the Department of Graphic Arts and Photophysics, Faculty of Chemical Technology, University of Pardubice, completed his doctoral degree under joint supervision (doctorat en cotutelle, supervisors Doc. Nazabal, Prof. Němec) in the doctoral degree programme of Surface Engineering, which was the results of long-term cooperation between Université de Rennes 1 and University of Pardubice. In the course of his study, Dr. Halenkovič spent a total of 20 months in the partner institution (Equipe Verres et Céramiques, Institut des Sciences Chimiques de Rennes, Université de Rennes 1).
The prize was awarded to Dr. Halenkovič for significant expansion of knowledge in the field of research on chalcogenide materials and their thin layers. Dr Halenkovič is still actively involved in this area of research. This award is another proof of the quality of science, research and education in the field of chemistry in Pardubice. Congratulations to the award-winning student!