Physical chemistry


The curriculum of the study programme is closely interconnected with the scientific profile of the department a doctoral study programme and provides students with fundaments in physical chemistry. The attention is paid to core and modern chapters of physical chemistry and offers a survey of thermodynamics, kinetics, catalysis, photochemistry, colloidal chemistry, physical chemistry, physical chemistry of nanoparticles, electrochemistry, spectroscopic methods, biophysical chemistry, non-covalent interactions, quantum chemistry, molecule modelling and computational chemistry. Students will get acquainted with the application of these disciplines e.g in nanotechnologies, in new drug design, in biomedicine applications, in water treatment. This master´s two-year study programme of physical chemistry prepares specialists in physical chemistry, who can find employment either in fundamental or applied research. Graduates from this two-year master´s study programme of Physical chemistry are fully competent in all fundamental chemical disciplines – i.e. biochemistry, inorganic, organic or analytical chemistry. They are fully competent to solve theoretical or applied tasks from physical chemistry. Selected subjects are also lectured/lead in English, which gives a great advantage to students and increase their possibility for better employment.

Graduate Profile and Aims of Study

Graduates from this field of study are fully qualified in physical chemistry and applied physical chemistry. The fundaments in this master´s study programme are as follows: fundaments of physico-chemical disciplines, which are enriched by practical skills in modern physico-chemical instrumentation. The graduates are fully competent in understanding, critical evaluation and optimization of physico-chemical problem, which can be encountered either in research or in industrial practice. The employment can then found in all the fields where the employer requests knowledge of physico-chemical methods of research and production. Especially, it is in pharmaceutical or food industry, in testing or industrial laboratories, in medicine or in agriculture. Even more, our graduates can quickly and easily adapt to any other relative field.

Characteristics and Aim of Dimploma Thesis

The aim of the diploma thesis is a research of an independent task from the field of physical chemistry under the supervision of a specialist in the field, who actively participates in material research. Students are supposed to work independently and to apply the obtained knowledge and skills. Elaboration of a literary research is considered the first step. It is followed by the necessity to master the research methodology for the analysis of experimental data and by the final presentation of the whole research. The ability to interpret and deliver the results of own research is understood as one of the crucial skills.

Topics of Diploma Thesis

The list of the offered topics for diploma theses is available here. If you are interested in any of the offered topics for diploma thesis at the Department of physical chemistry, do not hesitate and contact the guarantee of the particular thesis.

Guarantee: prof. RNDr. Michal Otyepka, Ph.D.

The guarantee devotes his attention to the study of behaviour and properties of biomacromolecules (proteins, DNA, and RNA), biological membranes, and physico-chemical properties of new C-based materials (graphene and its derivatives, carbon quantum dots etc.) with a long-term aim to design functional materials e.g. for sensors, sorption or catalysis. Professor Otyepka also pays attention to surface properties of powdered materials, he uses the methods of computer simulations, which he has been developing (e.g. methodology analysis of intern spaces of molecular systems, parametrization of force fields, development in the field of quantum method Monte Carlo). Aside from these activities, the guarantee actively collaborates with industrial partners in the field of characterization of surface properties of powdered materials and models of skin penetration. In the last 5 years he has published over 100 papers in journals with impact factor. These papers were more than 1600time cited.