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Foret František

M.Sc., PhD.
Born, August 29, 1957 in Brno

  • Bioanalytical instrumentation with focus on capillary separations, mass spectrometry coupling, microfluidics and nanotechnology
  • Member of Learned Society since 2011

Educational and professional preparation

  • M.Sc. (Ing.) in Inorganic and Physical Chemistry, Slovak Technical University, Bratislava, Czechoslovakia, 1981.
  • Visiting researcher at Istituto di Cromatografia, CNRS, Rome, Italy, 1989
  • PhD. (candidate of sciences) in Capillary Zone Electrophoresis, Institute of Analytical Chemistry, Brno, Czechoslovakia, 1991. Thesis advisor: Prof. P. Boček
  • Postdoctoral Fellow at the Barnett Institute, Northeastern University, Boston, MA, 1991–1992

Employment and academic positions

  • Staff Scientist, Czechoslovak Academy of Sciences, Brno, Czechoslovakia, 1982–1991.
  • Research group leader, Barnett Institute, Northeastern University, Boston, MA, 1993–2001.
  • Head of the Department of Bioanalytical Instrumentation - Institute of Analytical Chemistry, Brno, 2001 – present.
  • Deputy Director for Science – Institute of Analytical Chemistry, Brno, 2005 – present.

Membership and positions in international organizations and societies

Notable awards

  • Barnett Fund for Innovative Research, USA, 1994
  • John N. Hatsopoulos Scholar, USA, 1998
  • DCU International Visitors Programme Award, Dublin IE, 2007–2008
  • Visiting professor, Nanchang Hangkog University, China, 2007–2010

Selected publications

  • Liskova, M., Voracova, I., Kleparnik, K., Hezinova, V., Prikryl, J., Foret, F.
    Conjugation reactions in the preparationof quantum dot-based immunoluminescent probes for analysis of proteins by capillary electrophoresis. Anal. Bioanal. Chem. 2011, 400, 369-379.
  • Juskova P., Ostatna V., Palecek E., Foret, F. Fabrication and Characterization of Solid Mercury Amalgam Electrodes for Protein Analysis. Anal. Chem. 2010,82, 2690-2695.
  • Le Nel, A., Krenkova, J., Kleparnik, K., Smadja, C., Taverna, M., Viovy, J.-L., Foret, F. On-chip tryptic digest with direct coupling to ESI-MS using magnetic particles. Electrophoresis 2008, 29, 4944–4947.
  • Krenkova, J., Kleparnik, K., Foret, F. Capillary electrophoresis mass spectrometry coupling withimmobilized enzyme electrospray capillaries. J. Chromatogr. A, 2007, 1159, 110-118.
  • Fanali, S., D’Orazio, G., Foret, F., Kleparnik, K., Aturki, Z. On-line capillary electrophoresis-mass spectrometry using pressurized liquid junction nanoflow electrospray interface and surface coated capillaries. Electrophoresis, 2006, 27, 4666-4673.
  • Grym, J., Otevřel, M., Foret, F. Aerodynamic mass spectrometry interfacing of microdevices without electrospray tips. Lab Chip, 2006, 6, 1306-1314.
  • Lazar, I.M., Grym, J., Foret, F. Microfabricated devices: a new sample introductionapproach to mass spectrometry. Mass Spectrometry Reviews, 2006, 25, 573– 594.
  • Křenková, J., Bílková, Z., Foret, F. Characterization of a monolithic immobilized trypsinmicroreactor with on-line coupling to ESI-MS. J. Sep. Sci. 2005, 28, 1675-1684.
  • Foret, F., Preisler, J. Liquid phase interfacing and miniaturization in matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization mass spectrometry. Proteomics, 2002, 2, 360-372.
  • Foret, F., Zhou, H., Gangl, E., Karger, B.L. Subatmospheric electrospray interface for coupling of microcolumn separations with mass spectrometry. Electrophoresis, 2000, 21, 1363-1371.
  • Zhang, B.; Liu, H.; Karger, B. L.; Foret, F. Microfabricated devices for capillary electrophoresis-electrospray mass spectrometry.Anal. Chem., 1999, 71, 3258-3264.

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XXV. General Assembly of the Learned Society of the Czech Republic

The ceremonial part of the XXV. General Assembly of the Learned Society, at which the Medals of the Learned Society of the Czech Republic Societas Scientarium Bohemica Ad Laudem et Honorem and the awards of the Learned Society of the Czech Republic in the “Young Scientist” and “Grammar School Student” categories were presented, took place on Monday 20 May 2019 in the Great Hall of the Carolinum.


Bolzano lecture by prof. Kip S. Thorne

American physicist Kip S. Thorne, recipient of the Nobel Prize for 2017 for detection of gravitational waves, visited Prague at the invitation of he Learned Society. He held a series of “Bolzano lectures” and a lecture titled “Creating Gravitational-Wave Astronomy” for the Learned Society on 15 May 2019 in the Blue Auditorium of the Carolinum. The lecture was held with the support of the Karel Janeček Foundation and was received very enthusiastically.


XXV. General Assembly

The Czech Learned Society is holding its XXV. General Assembly on 20 and 21 May 2019. The Learned Society’s awards in the “Young Scientist” and “Grammar School Student” categories, Teaching Awards for pedagogic workers who promote interest in science and research at grammar schools and the Learned Society’s medals for meritorious contributions to the advance of science will be presented during a ceremony on 20 May at the Karolinum. Lectures by renowned scientists will also be presented. The second day will be reserved for the working part of the meeting, in the building of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic.