Education

PhD in Chemistry

Oct 2018–present

Department of Chemistry, University of Cambridge
Trinity College, University of Cambridge

Topic: Quantum chemical dynamics in condensed phase
Supervisor: Prof Stuart Althorpe

  • EPSRC Doctoral Teaching Award (fully funded PhD studentship)
  • Cambridge Trust Cambridge European Scholarship (Honorary)

BA MSci Honours degree in Chemistry

Oct 2014–Jun 2018

Trinity College, University of Cambridge

  • Year 4: Class I

    Overall rank 3rd out of 60 in Chemistry,
    Norrish Prize for distinction in Physical Chemistry,
    Norrish Prize for the best Theoretical project
    Project: Matsubara trajectory study of centroid molecular dynamics
    Supervisor: Prof Stuart Althorpe

  • Year 3: Class I

    Overall rank 10th out of 104 in Chemistry

  • Year 2: Class I

    Overall rank 42nd out of 582,
    9th out of 133 in Chemistry A (physical, theoretical),
    11th out of 159 in Chemistry B (organic and inorganic)

  • Year 1: Class I

    Overall rank 38th out of 626,
    11th out of 484 in Chemistry


Research experience

Quantum dynamics in condensed phase

Oct 2017–present

Department of Chemistry, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, United Kingdom
Supervisor: Prof Stuart Althorpe

Application of stochastic coupled cluster to the uniform electron gas and lithium hydride using the HANDE package

Aug–Sep 2017

Department of Chemistry, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, United Kingdom
Supervisor: Dr Alex Thom

Cloning, expression, purification and application of antibody fragments

Aug–Sep 2016

BIOCEV — Biotechnology and Biomedicine Center of the Academy of Sciences and the Charles University, Vestec, Czechia
Supervisor: Dr Cyril Bařinka

  • Project work has contributed the publication:

    Z. Novakova, N. Belousova, C. A. Foss, B. Havlinova, M. Gresova, G. Das, A. Lisok, A. Prada, M. Barinkova, M. Hubalek, M. G. Pomper, C. Barinka, ‘Engineered Fragments of the PSMA-Specific 5D3 Antibody and Their Functional Characterization’, Int. J. Mol. Sci. 21(18), 6672 (2020), doi: 10.3390/ijms21186672

Synthesis and characterisation of thiadodecaborane derivatives for application on gold surfaces

Oct 2012–Jun 2014, Aug–Sep 2015

Institute of Inorganic Chemistry of the Academy of Sciences of the Czechia, Řež, Czechia
Supervisor: Dr Jan Macháček

  • Project work has contributed the publication:

    J. Fanfrlı́k, A. Přáda, Z. Padělková, A. Pecina, J. Macháček, M. Lepšı́k, J. Holub, A. Růžička, D. Hnyk, P. Hobza, ‘The dominant role of chalcogen bonding in the crystal packing of 2D/3D aromatics’, Angew. Chem., Int. Ed. 53, 10139 (2014), doi: 10.1002/ange.201405901

Synthesis of gold nanoparticles and their characterisation by UV/Vis spectroscopy and electron scanning microscopy

Oct–Dec 2012

Czech Technical University in Prague, Czechia
Supervisor: Ing Filip Novotný


Teaching experience

Undergraduate chemistry supervisor

Oct 2018–present
University of Cambridge, Cambridge, United Kingdom

Taught courses:

  • Year 1:
    • Chemistry (Theoretical, Physical, Organic, Inorganic)
  • Year 3:
    • A4: Theoretical chemistry
    • B6: Statistical mechanics
    • C7: Further quantum mechanics (Perturbation theory)

Undergraduate theoretical chemistry practicals demonstrator

Oct 2018–Feb 2020
University of Cambridge, Cambridge, United Kingdom

Winter School Supervisor

Jan 2018, Jan 2019 Wuhan University Cambridge Winter Program


Outreach activities

(for more info about my outreach activities, please see the activities section of my page)

Cambridge Chemistry Race Head organiser

Feb 2020–present
Department of Chemistry, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, United Kingdom

Czech Chemistry Olympiad problem author

2019 University of Chemistry and Technology, Prague, Czechia
Charles University, Prague, Czechia

Author of the physical chemistry questions for category A (highest category) of the Czech Chemistry Olympiad

Pardubice Chemistry Race (Chemiklání) organiser

Feb 2019–present
University of Pardubice, Pardubice, Czechia

Problem author and reviewer, and examiner during the competition

Trinity College Science Society President

Mar 2016–Mar 2017

Czech Chemistry Olympiad lecturer

Jul 2016, Jul 2017, Jul 2018 University of Chemistry and Technology, Prague, Czechia
Charles University, Prague, Czechia

Lecturer of physical and theoretical chemistry at the Czech Chemistry Olymipad summer school Běstvina.

KSICHT organiser

KSICHT = Chemistry Correspondence Seminar of the Charles University in Prague (Czech abbreviation)
Jun 2014–present

Problem author and examiner, and lab demonstrator


Pre-University extracurricular activities

  • Participant at the World Science Conference Israel 2015

    Selected as the winner of KSICHT 2014

  • International Chemistry Olympiad 2014 in Hanoi

    Gold medal (Rank 24 out of 291)

  • International Chemistry Olympiad 2013 in Moscow

    Silver medal (Rank 54 out of 291)

  • European Union Science Olympiad 2012 in Vilnius

    Gold medal (Rank 5 out of 44)


Language skills

  • English: fluent (level C1/C2)
  • Czech: native speaker
  • German: level B1

Computer skills

  • scientific programming in:
    • Python
    • C++
    • Fortran
  • basic programming in:
    • Wolfram Mathematica
    • MATLAB

Interests

  • Long distance running
    • Sportisimo Prague Half Marathon 2019

      6 April 2019
      1:43:08

    • Sportisimo Prague Half Marathon 2018

      7 April 2018
      1:43:04

    • Sportisimo Prague Half Marathon 2017

      1 April 2017
      1:54:20

    • Sportisimo Prague Half Marathon 2016

      2 April 2016
      1:44:08

    • Sportisimo Prague Half Marathon 2015

      28 March 2015
      1:55:55

  • Computers and technology
  • Astronomy and space exploration