Charles University Centre of Advanced Materials

design, synthesis, and applications

Charles University Centre of Advanced Materials

Design, synthesis, and applications

CUCAM – is a Centre of Excellence focused on research in advanced materials. It has been established under the Chemistry Section at the Faculty of Science based on a support from Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports (OP VVV “Excellent Research Teams”, project No. CZ.02.1.01/0.0/0.0/15_003/0000417).


a world-leading Centre of Excellence in Advanced Materials located at Charles University (CU) in Prague, specialising in the Design, Synthesis and Application.


is on the use of modular (i.e. low dimensional) building units for the preparation of new advanced materials, with a particular emphasis on the preparation of hybrid solids.


is to overturn the conventional thinking and practice in materials science by developing methodologies that can target ‘unfeasible’ materials – that is, materials which cannot be prepared by traditional methods.


open up routes to materials that have different properties (both chemical and topological) to those we currently have, which in turn opens up new avenues for exploitation.

People of the project

Russell Edward Morris


Key Foreign Researcher

Jiří Čejka

prof. Ing., DrSc.

Excellent Researcher

Petr Nachtigall

prof. RNDr., Ph.D.

Excellent Researcher

Ivan Němec

prof. RNDr., Ph.D.

Excellent Researcher

Jiří Mosinger

doc. RNDr., Ph.D.

Key Researcher

Miroslav Štěpánek

doc. RNDr., Ph.D.

Key Researcher

Filip Uhlík

doc. RNDr., Ph.D.


Róbert Gyepes

doc. RNDr., Dr.


Lukaš Grajciar

RNDr., Ph.D.


Michal Mazur



Maksym Opanasenko



Mariya Shamzhy



Jan Přech



Petr Henke


Postdoctoral Fellow

Milan Eliáš




The goal is to develop the science and the human capital at Charles University, positioning the Centre at the forefront of this field and building an international network of collaborators and partners that cements the position of the research as a globally recognized brand. An important aspect of this is to develop the capacity of the researchers to develop industrial and commercial links to exploit novel and inventive research findings.

We work on creative and innovative chemistry that impacts across a wide range of different areas of science and technology.

Our particular focus is in advanced materials, but we are looking outwards to cross borders between scientific fields.

We are building and leading strong networks of scientists that transcend the traditional boundaries.

The key scientific advances
●            The development of new chemistry concepts that will allow step changes in exploitation of the outstanding properties of advanced materials in a way that has not been possible previously.
●            The development of generalised synthetic strategies to target novel properties, and subsequent demonstration of these properties.
●            The use of world-leading characterisation and computational techniques to connect novel chemistry to new properties through transformative synthetic chemistry, structural characterisation and computational prediction and simulation.


  1. Modular routes to new advanced catalysts: Developing the ADOR mechanism
  2. Hybrid electronic and optical materials based on low dimensional modular units (e.g. graphene)
  3. Advanced functional materials for medical and other applications


DXR Raman microscope

8 Apr 2019

Thermo Scientific DXR Raman microscope interfaced to an Olympus microscope equipped with the set of excitation lasers 445, 532, 633 and 780 nm used for solid state micro-samples characterization. This ...

iN10 FTIR microscope

8 Apr 2019

Thermo Scientific iN10 FTIR microscope equipped with dual detector system (DTGS, MCT) is used for solid state micro-samples characterization and mapping in transmission, reflection and ATR modes (Ge crystal).

FTIR spectrometer Thermo Nicolet 6700

8 Apr 2019

Combined spectroscopic system based on FTIR spectrometer Thermo Nicolet 6700 (50-12000 cm-1) and FT-Raman module Thermo Nicolet Nexus (100-3700 cm-1), Nd: YVO4 laser 1064 nm). The system ...

MonoVista CRS+

8 Apr 2019

The research grade micro/macro Raman system MonoVista CRS+ (Spectroscopy & Imaging GmbH, Germany) interfaced to an Olympus microscope equipped with 532 and 785 nm excitation lasers. This system enables ...

Electrospinning equipment

8 Apr 2019

Laboratory electrospinning equipment for preparation of photoactive nanofiber membranes. The laboratory setup consists of a syringe needle connected to a high-voltage (5 to 50 kV) direct current power supply, a ...

Set-up for irradiation experiments

8 Apr 2019

Laboratory set-up for irradiation experiments including light sources (lasers, solar simulator), light detectors and detectors for O2 and NO. We are using this for all light-activated experiments, using monochromatic ...

Varian 4000 UV-VIS spectrometer

8 Apr 2019

Varian 4000 UV-VIS spectrometer (Agilent, USA) equipped with an integration sphere can be used in transmission or reflection mode. Integrating spheres are ideal for measuring the transmission of turbid, translucent ...

Quantaurus-QY Plus spectrofluorimeter

8 Apr 2019

Quantaurus-QY Plus spectrofluorimeter (Hamamatsu, Japan) is designed to measure the instantaneous absolute value of emission quantum yield using the photoluminescence method. We are using the machine for measuring quantum yields ...

FLS 980 spectrofluorimeter

8 Apr 2019

FLS 980 spectrofluorimeter (Edinburgh Instruments, UK). Two detectors (single photon counting PMTs are available to cover the wavelength range from 200 nm – 1700 nm) with independent exit slits and three ...

Bruker D8 ADVANCE powder diffractometer

8 Apr 2019

Bruker D8 ADVANCE powder diffractometer allows to be operated in three modes:

  • reflection measurements using the Bragg-Brentano parafocussing arrangement,

  • reflection measurements using the parallel-beam arrangement,

  • transmission measurements.

The instrument is ...

Nicolet™ iS50 FTIR Spectrometer

8 Apr 2019

Nicolet™ iS50 FTIR Spectrometer equipped with two MCT/B and two DTGS detectors is a core of sophisticated system exploited to investigate surface chemistry of nanomaterials. In-situ set-up (shown in ...

Micromeritics 3Flex volumetric Surface Area Analyzer

8 Apr 2019

The laboratory is equipped with Micromeritics 3Flex volumetric Surface Area Analyzer for determining textural properties of solid materials. The instrument allows measurements of total surface area, pore volume and calculation ...

Microscope JEOL JEM-NeoARM 200F

8 Apr 2019

JEOL JEM-NeoARM 200F Microscope is equipped with: • Schottky-type Field Emission Gun (30-200 kV voltage) • Condenser Lens with Cs aberration correction • CMOS camera (4096 x 4096 pixels, up to 200 fps ...


Presentations from CUCAM WORKSHOP (February 8, 2017)

Opening of the High-Resolution Electron Microscopy Laboratory
Jan 14th 2019

3D VS 2D ZEOLITES (Petr Nachtigall)


CUCAM Charles University Centre for Advanced Materials (Russell Morris)

Synthesis and Application of Novel Porous Materials (Maksym Opanasenko)

Self-assembled systems based on polyelectrolytes: Properties and applications (Miroslav Štěpánek)

Research Activities

CUCAM project


Conferences, workshops and other meetings

CZ-UK Workshop on Nanomaterials

Czech-British workshop focusing on research, development and application possibilities of nanomaterials took place in Karolinum, Prague on 22 and 23 October 2019

The British Embassy in Prague and the Department of Physical and Macromolecular Chemistry of the Faculty of Science at the Charles University organised a CZ-UK workshop on nanomaterials, which was held in Karolinum on October 22-23, 2019. Her Majesty’s Ambassador to the Czech Republic, Mr. Nick Archer MVO, opened the workshop. From both countries, six excellent speakers were invited including e.g. A. Goodwin – Oxford, J.P. Attfield – Edinburgh, R. Catlow – Cardiff, P. Nachtigall - UK Praha, ... more

Opening of Electron Microscopy Laboratory

Newly established Electron Microscopy Laboratory is now part of our Faculty. Laboratory is equipped with new JEOL JEM-NEOARM 200F transmission electron microscope.


CUCAM Carolinum opening ceremony

On February 7, 2017 was held at Carolinum opening ceremony of the presentation of the newly established Centre of Excellence at Charles University in the field of material science.

Opening ceremony attended for instance the Rector of Charles University prof. Tomáš Zima, HM Ambassador to the Czech Republic Jan Thompson, Deputy Vice Prime Minister for science, research and innovation Ing. Lucie Orgonikova and deputy director for management section of the operational programs of ... more


S. M. Vornholt, and R. E. Morris,
Separating out the middle
Nature Materials, 18(9), 2019


Z. Slanina, F. Uhlík, W. Shen, T. Akasaka, X. Lu, and L. Adamowicz,
Calculations of the relative populations of Lu@C82 isomers
Fullerenes, Nanotubes and Carbon Nanostructures, 27(9), 2019


Z. Slanina, F. Uhlík, L. Feng, T. Akasaka, X. Lu, and L. Adamowicz,
Calculations of the Lu3N@C80 two-isomer equilibrium
Fullerenes, Nanotubes and Carbon Nanostructures, 27(5), 2019


Z. Slanina, F. Uhlík, L. Feng, and L. Adamowicz,
Sc2O@C78: Calculations of the yield ratio for two observed isomers
Fullerenes, Nanotubes and Carbon Nanostructures, 25(2), 2017