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Janata Jiří

Born on July 12, 1939

  • Honorary member of Learned Society since 2001

Educational and professional preparation:

  • 1956-1961, MSc. (Summa Cum Laude), chemistry,. Charles University (CU), Prague;
  • 1962-1965, Ph.D., (Summa Cum Laude), analytical chemistry, CU.

Employment and academic positions:

  • 1962-1966, Assistant Lecturer in Analytical Chemistry, CU;
  • 1966-1968, Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (USA);
  • 1968-1973, Senior Research Scientist, Imperial Chemical Industries (ICI) Ltd., Runcorn, England;
  • 1973-1975, Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry, University of Utah (USA);
  • 1975-1976, Senior Research Scientist, ICI Ltd., (as in l968-l973);
  • 1976-1983, Professor, Department of Bioengineering, University of Utah;
  • 1983-1985, Professor and Chairman, Department of Bioengineering;
  • 1986-1987, Visiting Scientist, United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority, Harwell, England (sabbatical);
  • 1987-1991, Professor, Department of Materials Science and Engineering;
  • 1992-1997, Associate Director, William R. Wiley Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory (EMSL), Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, Washington (USA).

Membership and positions in international organizations and societies:

  • Electrochemical Society
  • American Chemical Society
  • Society for Electroanalytical Chemistry
  • Alexander von Humboldt Association of America
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • National Research Council, Committee on Transportation Security

Notable awards:

  • 1986/1987, Visiting Fellow, Wolfson College, Oxford University
  • 1987, Alexander von Humboldt Senior Scientist Prize
  • 1990, Visiting Professor, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne
  • 1990, Outstanding Research Award, University of Utah (declined)
  • 1990, Heyrovský Medal, Czechoslovak Academy of Sciences
  • 1992, Finalist medal, “Science pour l’Art 1992”, Moët Hennessy & Louis Vuitton
  • 1994, Outstanding Achievement Award, Electrochemical Society
  • 1995, Chairman, Gordon Research Conference, Electrochemistry
  • 1995, Plenary Speaker, Electrochemical Society Meeting
  • 1995, Visiting Professor, Tokyo Institute of Technology
  • 1995-1996 Member, National Research Council, Panel on Aviation Security, Committee on Transportation Security (1998-present)
  • 1996, Chairman, Gordon Research Conference, Nuclear Waste and Energy
  • 1998, Chairman, Gordon Research Conference, “Chemical Sensors and Interfacial Design”
  • 1998, Eltech Lecturer, Case Western Reserve University 2001, Eli Lilly Lecturer, University of Indiana (USA)
  • 2002, Chairman, “New Challenges for Chemical and Biosensing“, National Science Foundation Workshop
  • 2004, Chairman, “New Opportunities in Chemical and Biosensing, ACS Conference, Santa Fe
  • 2003, Award, Search for Electroactive Materials

Selected publications:

  • J. Janata: Organic Semiconductors in Molecular Electronics. Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 5, 5155-5158 (2003)
  • J. Janata, M. Josowicz: Conducting polymers in electronic chemical sensors Nature Materials 2 (1), 19-24 (2003)
  • B. Polk, K. Potje-Kamloth, M. Josowicz, J. Janata: Role of Protonic and Charge Transfer Doping in Solid-State Polyaniline. J. Phys. Chem. 106, 11457-62 (2002)
  • K. Potje-Kamloth, B. J. Polk, M. Josowicz, J. Janata: Photochemical Tuning of Field-Effect Transistor with Polyaniline Gate Conductor. Advanced Materials 13, 1797-1800 (2001)
  • T. Kikas, D. Webster, H. Ishida, J. Janata: Chemical Plume Tracking, Part I: Chemical Information Encoding. Anal. Chem. 73, 3662–3668 (2001)
  • J. Janata, M. Josowicz: Chemical Modulation of Work Function as a Transduction Mechanism for Chemical Sensors. Accounts of Chemical Research 31, 241-248 (1998)
  • J. F. T. Conroy, K. Caldwell, C. Bruckner-Lea, J. Janata: Effects of Interfacial Tension in Tunneling Microscopy, Part I, Theory. J. Phys. Chem. 100, 18222-18228 (1996)
  • J. F. T. Conroy, V. Hlady, C. Bruckner-Lea, J. Janata: Effects of Interfacial Tension in Tunneling Microscopy, Part II, Experimental Observation of Surface Instability. J. Phys. Chem. 100, 18229-18233 (1996)
  • J. Janata: Chemical Modulation of Electron Work Function. Anal. Chem. 63, 2546 (1991)
  • J. Janata: Principles of Chemical Sensors. Plenum Publishers, New York 1989; 2nd printing, 1990, 3rd printing, 2000

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Reaction to the case of Tomáš Hudlický: Members of the Learned Society of the Czech Republic support the freedom of expression

„We believe that free exchange of ideas is a key condition for the pursuit of truth and that the honest opinions should be scrutinized, challenged or rebutted but not censored or suppressed,“ say 45 members of the Learned Society in a statement regarding the retracted opinion paper by Prof. Tomáš Hudlický.


The letter by Jan Konvalinka to the President and Vice-Chancellor of the Brock University regarding the retracted article of Prof. Tomáš Hudlický

Opinions could and should be challenged, questioned or refuted but never silenced. In order to be able to think, we have to have the right to inquire, question and even offend or be mistaken,” writes Assoc. Prof. Jan Konvalinka, a biochemist at the IOCB Prague and the Vice-Rector of the Charles University, to Gervan Fearon.


Prof Miroslav Bárta receives the Česká hlava National Government Award

Learned Society member, Prof. Mgr. Miroslav Bárta, Dr. (Charles University Faculty of Arts) received the Česká hlava (Czech Head) National Government Award on 25 November 2019. A renowned Czech Egyptologist and archaeologist, Professor Bárta researches the history of ancient civilisations, the human relationship to the natural environment, and also for many years the evolution of complex societies. He leads the Czech Institute of Egyptology for archaeological and environmental research in Egypt and Sudan. His principal research interest is the period of the pyramid builders of the Old Kingdom.