Assoc. Prof. Dr. Zdeněk SOFER

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Zdeněk SOFER

University of Chemistry and Technology, Prague, Czech Republic, EU

Position:  Associated professor at the University of Chemistry and Technology Prague, Dept. of Inorganic Chemistry, Czech Republic

Specialization:  2D nanomaterials and nanostructures, carbon based nanomaterials, chemical modifications, energy storage and conversion

Education and professional experience:
Zdenek Sofer (born 1981 in Plzen, Czech Republic) received his MSc (Ing.) in Technology of Advanced Inorganic Materials, UCT Prague in 2004;

Ph.D. in Inorganic Chemistry, UCT Prague in 2008;

Assoc. Prof. of Inorganic Chemistry, UCT Prague in 2013.

Visiting scientist in Forschungszentrum Jülich (PGI-9; 2004-2005; 10 months) and Universität Duisburg-Essen (Dept. of Semiconductor Technology; 2008-2009; 3 months).

Currently he led a research group concerning on 2D nanomaterials. His laboratory is equipped for synthesis and characterization of graphene and other 2D nanomaterials like transition metal dichalcogenides, pnictogens, silicene, germanene and many others.

Z. Sofer is also co-ordinator of the project Advanced Functional Nanorobots focused on development of a new category of nanotechnologies: dynamic nanosystems. Autonomous nano-devices gathering energy from their surroundings, being navigated, able to swarm round and selectively search for specific cells or chemical species. These mobile, self-moving and self-organizing nanorobots will carry chemical functional groups to be employed in nanomedicinal applications such as targeted cancer treatment, drug delivery within the organisms as well as active de-contamination during environmental accidents ( Z. Sofer is also PI of Czech Science Foundation EXPRO project focused on 2D materials beyond graphene.

Research activities:
Synthesis, characterization and chemical modification of 2D nanomaterials - graphene and its derivatives, transition metal dichalcogenides, pnictogens, silicene, germanene, MXene and other 2D nanomaterials. Electrochemistry of 2D nanomaterials and their applications for electrocatalysis, sensors, energy storage and conversion.

Publication activity:
More than 320 publications and more than 8100 citations, h-index = 47.

More information:

Neuron Impuls Award for the year 2016;

Rector Award for young researcher in 2013 and 2016.