Prof. RNDr. Radek ZBORIL, Ph.D.

Palacky University in Olomouc, RCATM, Czech Republic, EU

(*1973), After finishing the Ph.D. study (2000), he underwent several short-term stays, e.g., at University of Delaware and University of Tokyo. From 2010, he is a professor at the Palacky University Olomouc and the general director of the Regional Centre of Advanced Technologies and Materials, RCPTM (, in Olomouc, Czech Republic (EU). He is an active member of the board of the Technology Agency of the Czech Republic. In 2011, he was awarded by the Czech Republic’s Minister of Education for extraordinary results achieved in the field of research, experimental development and innovations. Professor Zboril is the author and principal investigator of more than 30 national and international grant projects with the total support over 45 mil EUR for the Palacky University. He is also a general chairman of the international conference NANOCON ( and a member of the scientific board for chemistry in the Neuron endowment fund (

Professor Zboril is an author and co-author of more than 250 papers with the total impact factor over 950. He is the corresponding author of many ACS journals, e.g., Chemical Reviews (IF= 45.6), ACS Nano (12.0), Journal of the American Chemical Society (11.4), Chemistry of Materials (8.5), Analytical Chemistry (5.8), Environmental Science & Technology (5.5), Journal of Physical Chemistry C (4.8), Inorganic Chemistry (4.8), Crystal Growth & Design (4.6). He is also the first and/or corresponding author of other top journals in the field of materials science and nanotechnologies including Nano Today (IF=18.4), Advanced Functional Materials (10.4), Advances in Colloid and Interface Science (8.6), Biomaterials (8.3), Small (7.5), Green Chemistry (6.9), Chemical Communications (6.7), Carbon (6.1), Chemistry – a European Journal (5.7). Prof. Zboril is also a co-author of more than 20 proceedings and book chapters published by, e.g., American Chemical Society, Wiley or American Institute of Physics.

His publications have received over 5400 citations (in 2013: more than 1300 citations/year – TOP 5 most cited Czech scientists in 2013). H-index=33. 12 publications with more than 100 citations.

Specialization:  Nanomaterials research – iron, iron oxide, noble metal and carbon-based (graphene derivatives, carbon dots) nanostructures, magnetic nanoparticles, hybrid systems. Their advanced nano-architecture and applications in water treatment, antimicrobial technologies, catalysis, biosensing, medicine (MRI, drug delivery) and biotechnologies.

Last plenary talk– Corfu, IC4N conference, 2013.

Collaboration:Prof. Zboril collaborates with more than 20 top world laboratories, e.g., Cornell University, U.S.A. (prof. E. Giannelis), Pohang University, South Korea (prof. K.S. Kim), City University of Hong Kong (prof. A. Rogach), EPFL Lausanne, Switzerland (prof. Gratzel, prof. Sivula), Aarhus University, Denmark (prof. F. Besenbacher, prof. M. Dong), University of Tokyo, Japan (prof. S. Ohkoshi), Bar-Illan University, Israel (prof. A. Gedanken), US EPA (prof. R. Varma), Texas A&M University (prof. V.K. Sharma).

Professor Zboril is a co-author of 6 national/international patents and two licensed/introduced technologies. Among others, he has a principal contribution to the development of large-scale technology for the production of zero-valent iron nanoparticles (European patent No. 2164656), which are currently commonly applied in environmentally friendly technologies of ground water treatment (

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Top 10 publications:

1.            V. Georgakilas, M. Otyepka, A. B. Bourlinos, V. Chandra, N. Kim, C. K. Kemp, P. Hobza, R. Zboril*, and K. S. Kim, "Functionalization of Graphene: Covalent and Non-Covalent Approaches, Derivatives and Applications,"CHEMICAL REVIEWS, vol. 112, iss. 11, pp. 6156-6214, 2012.

 IF = 45.6. Citations: 350. Corresponding author. The first complex systematization of the routes towards graphene functionalization.

2.            K. Sivula, R. Zboril, F. Le Formal, R. Robert, A. Weidenkaff, J. Tucek, J. Frydrych, and M. Graetzel, "Photoelectrochemical Water Splitting with Mesoporous Hematite Prepared by a Solution-Based Colloidal Approach," JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY, vol. 132, iss. 21, pp. 7436-7444, 2010.

IF = 11.4. Citations: 236. Head of the Czech team. The discovery of the principal effect of Sn substitution on the efficiency of iron oxide films in direct solar splitting of water.

3.            R. Zboril, F. Karlicky, A. B. Bourlinos, T. A. Steriotis, A. K. Stubos, V. Georgakilas, K. Safarova, D. Jancik, C. Trapalis, and M. Otyepka, "Graphene Fluoride: A Stable Stoichiometric Graphene Derivative and its Chemical Conversion to Graphene," SMALL, vol. 6, iss. 24, pp. 2885-2891, 2010.

 IF = 7.5. Citations: 102. The first author. The discovery of the first stoichiometric graphene derivative and the world thinnest insulator.

4.            M. Hermanek, R. Zboril*, N. Medrik, J. Pechousek, and C. Gregor, "Catalytic efficiency of iron(III) oxides in decomposition of hydrogen peroxide: Competition between the surface area and crystallinity of nanoparticles,"JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY, vol. 129, iss. 35, pp. 10929-10936, 2007.

IF = 11.4. Citations: 125. Corresponding author. The most efficient iron-oxide-based nanocatalysts for hydrogen peroxide decomposition.

5.            P. Dallas, V. K. Sharma, and R. Zboril*, "Silver polymeric nanocomposites as advanced antimicrobial agents: Classification, synthetic paths, applications, and perspectives," ADVANCES IN COLLOID AND INTERFACE SCIENCE, vol. 166, iss. 1-2, pp. 119-135, 2011.

IF = 8.6. Citations: 121. Corresponding author. The first systematization of antimicrobial agents based on silver-polymer nanocomposites.

6.            R. Prucek, J. Tucek, M. Kilianova, A. Panacek, L. Kvitek, J. Filip, M. Kolar, K. Tomankova, and R. Zboril*, "The targeted antibacterial and antifungal properties of magnetic nanocomposite of iron oxide and silver nanoparticles," BIOMATERIALS, vol. 32, iss. 21, pp. 4704-4713, 2011.

IF = 8.3. Citations 63. Corresponding author. One of the first nanocomposites for targeted Ag-based antimicrobial treatment.

7.            R. Zboril*, M. Mashlan, D. Petridis, "Iron(III) oxides from thermal processes-synthesis, structural and magnetic properties, Mossbauer spectroscopy characterization, and applications," CHEMISTRY OF MATERIALS, vol. 14, iss. 3, pp. 969-982, 2002.

IF= 8.5. Citations: 249. Corresponding author. The first systematization of all existing iron(III) oxide polymorphs.

8.            K. Kluchova, R. Zboril, J. Tucek, M. Pecova, L. Zajoncova, I. Safarik, M. Mashlan, I. Markova, D. Jancik, M. Sebela, H. Bartonkova, V. Bellesi, P. Novak, and D. Petridis, "Superparamagnetic maghemite nanoparticles from solid-state synthesis - Their functionalization towards peroral MRI contrast agent and magnetic carrier for trypsin immobilization," BIOMATERIALS, vol. 30, iss. 15, pp. 2855-2863, 2009.

IF = 8.3. Citations 66. Corresponding author. The development of the new per-oral contrast agent based on iron oxide nanoparticles for diagnostics of gastrointestinal tract including the results of clinical trials.

9.            A.B. Bourlinos, R. Zboril, J. Petr, A. Bakandritsos, M. Krysmann, and E. P. Giannelis, "Luminescent Surface Quaternized Carbon Dots," CHEMISTRY OF MATERIALS, vol. 24, iss. 1, pp. 6-8, 2012.              

IF = 8.5. Citations 43. Corresponding author. The new class of carbon quantum dots with specific surface chemistry.

10.          A. Panacek, L. Kvitek, R. Prucek, M. Kolar, R. Vecerova, N. Pizurova, V. K. Sharma, T. Nevecna, and R. Zboril, "Silver colloid nanoparticles: Synthesis, characterization, and their antibacterial activity," JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY B, vol. 110, iss. 33, pp. 16248-16253, 2006.

IF = 3.4. Citations 703. Head of the Czech team. The first description of the effect of silver particle size on their antibacterial activity.


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