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Palacký University

Miroslav Mašláň

Prof. RNDr. Miroslav Mašláň, CSc., (born 1957) studied Nuclear Physics at the Faculty of Physics, Belarusian State University in Minsk. He received his PhDr. in natural sciences from Charles University in Prague. A postgraduate fellowship took him back to Minsk, where - at the Institute of Applied Physics, BSU - he obtained his Candidacy of Sciences degree. He recieved his Ph.D. in Applied Physics at Palacký University in Olomouc, and in 2002 he was appointed professor.

Before starting as an assistant professor at the Department of Experimental Physics, PU Faculty of Science, Miroslav worked at the Research Institute of Sigma Olomouc for one year. Since then (1987) his career has been linked to the Olomouc University.

Miroslav has written or co-written over 150 original scientific papers. Based on the Science Citation Index, he has 700 citations (without self-citation); his H-index is 13. He has delivered more than 20 oral and 30 poster presentations at international scientific conferences. He holds 19 patents. He has headed or co-headed 16 research projects, both domestically and abroad. He is the author or co-author of eight monographs and textbooks, and has edited two anthologies. From 2001 to 2009, he represented the Czech Republic in the International Board on Applications of Mössbauer Spectroscopy. He has been the head of the Centre for Nanomaterial Research since 2005 and a member of the Council of the Institute of Geonics of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic since 2008. He was (2009) the main coordinator of the foundation of the Regional Centre of Advanced Technologies and Materials (RCPTM) that supports the development of new sophisticated technology companies and professionals in applied physical, optical, and chemical research (specializing in nanotechnologies).

His research concentrates on the physics of nanomaterials and nanotechnologies, namely Mössbauer spectroscopy and its applications in mineralogy and chemistry, the methodology of Mössbauer measurements, automation of physical measurements, and transducers of physical quantities into electrical ones. Mössbauer spectrometers that were designed and constructed in the laboratory he heads, are used at 11 centres around the world (Tokyo, Lund, Uppsala, Johannesburg, etc.).

His hobbies include hiking, biking, and cross country skiing. For many years, his greatest achievements in hiking included a regular hike from Svatý Kopeček to the Praděd Mt. and a bike trip from Olomouc, CZ to Split, Croatia.

He utilised his experience with organizing scientific and educational activities from 1997 to 2000, while serving as Vice-Dean of the Faculty of Science and from 2000 to 2005, as Vice-Rector for Science and Research. He is a former Rector of Palacký University in Olomouc and current member of scientific councils of four universities.

He sees his role of Vice-Rector in enhancing the excellence of higher education, which is based on three pillars: excellent research (a university aspiring for excellence must have world-class research), internationalization (conditioned by an appropriate level of scientific and research results), and innovations (in the broadest sense of the word – promotion of the latest knowledge and skills in the industrial, educational, public, and social spheres; building a knowledge-based society).

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Last update: 19. 03. 2014, Daniel Agnew