THE EUROPEAN UPCONVERSION NETWORK
From the Design of Photon-Upconverting Nanomaterials to Biomedical Applications : COST CM1403
PLACE OF WORK:
Institute of Macromolecular Chemistry, Academy of Sciences
Phone : +420-296809260
Email : horak a(t) imc.cas.cz
COST ROLE : Member
Description of the Organisations and PI
Institute of Macromolecular Chemistry, AS CR, established in 1962, pursues basic, target-oriented, and applied research in chemistry and physics in polymers. The Institute has a total staff 250 people and the research is conducted at 10 scientific departments. The Department of Polymer Particles is involved in synthesis, characterisation, functionalisation and biomedical application of magnetic and upconversion polymer nano- and microspheres based on synthetic and natural polymers. Recently, monodisperse particles were developed with controlled size, porosity, swelling behaviour and magnetic and upconversion properties.
Daniel Horák received his PhD in macromolecular chemistry, is the head of the Department of Polymer Particles. His research activity is focused on the design, characterisation and application of magnetic and upconversion polymer nano- and microspheres, heterogeneous polymerisation systems (emulsion, suspension and dispersion polymerisation), properties of the particles, their chemical modifications and applications in medicine, biochemistry and biotechnology, immobilisation of enzymes and antibodies. He has published more than 200 original scientific papers, several book chapters (Polymeric Materials Encyclopedia, Strategies in Size Exclusion Chromatography, Citus Books, etc.), and 7 patents. He is a member of International Polymer Colloid Group and organizes symposia on Polymer Colloids.
Most significant recently published papers:
Chair: dr Hans Gorris (University of Regensburg, Germany)
Vice-Chair: prof.Tero Soukka (University of Turku, Finland)
COST Science Officer: Dr. Lucia Forzi (Bruseels, Belgium)
STSMs Manager: dr hab. Artur Bednarkiewicz (PAS & WCB EIT+, Poland)
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