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Researchers from the Research of Advanced Materials Department

Saleem Khan


Dr Saleem Ayaz Khan is a senior research fellow at New Technologies - Research Center, University of West Bohemia, Pilsen, the Czech Republic working under the project “Project Computational and experimental design of advanced materials with new functionalities CEDAMNF” co-funded by the European Regional Development Fund. His research interest includes Ab initio calculations of electronic structure, optical, magnetic and thermoelectric properties of technologically interesting materials. He has vast experience of working on many research projects including the:

  • Effect of correlations on magnetocrystalline anisotropy of FePt
  • Magnetic properties of Fe0.5Pt0.5 substitutional alloys: local environment effect
  • Density functional theory calculation of various doped MXenes
  • Study of Fe embedded surface layer of Pt(111) in order to explain the experimental data, and so on.

Saleem is co-author of the article „Large magnetic gap at the Dirac point in Mn-induced Bi2Te3/MnBi2Te4 heterostructures „ which was published in Nature Research (Publishing) at the beginning of this year. The findings made by a group of researchers could lead to the construction of a quantum computer. Read about Saleem´s work.

Sunil Wilfred D´Souza


Dr. Sunil Wilfred D´Souza comes from India and currently works in the Research of Advanced Materials team lead by assoc. Prof. Dr. Ján Minár. He is a postdoctoral researcher who specializes in:

  • Density Functional Theory
  • Green's function-based ab initio methods
  • Relativistic Quantum Mechanics
  • Spin-dependent electron transport and antiferromagnetic spintronics
  • Magnetic ordering in Non-collinear Spin structures (spin spirals, skyrmions)
  • Electron Spectroscopy of low dimensional magnetic systems focused on Photoemission.

    Sunil studied at the University of Mysore at the Department of studies in Physics. He obtained his doctorate at the university UGC-DAE Consortium for Scientific Research, Devi Ahilya Vishwavidyala, Indore, India in 2015.
    Before coming to Pilsen he spent three years as Postdoctoral Fellow at the Max-Planck-Institut für Chemische Physik fester Stoffe. Read more information about Sunil´s work

Laurent Nikolai


LAURENT CHRISTOPHE NICOLAI is a post-doc working in the Research of Advanced Materials group within NTC. He is responsible for the new SARPES laboratory. Laurent is studying the electronic properties of various materials. In particular, he uses the Spin and Angle-Resolved PhotoEmission Spectroscopy (ARPES) technique, both on experimental and theoretical sides. He studied in France, at Université de Cergy-Pontoise. He did his Ph.D. thesis in a partnership between this university and the Ludwig-Maximilians-University (LMU), in Munich, Germany. The goal of the Ph.D. was to combine both experimental and theoretical sides of ARPES, studying Bi and InBi compounds. During his studies, he met Assoc. Pr. Ján Minár (working at the time at the LMU, in the field of theory) invited him to join the newly founded group at the NTC in order to bring his know-how as an experimentalist. "An important aspect of the position was to keep a strong collaboration with my previous French team: the group of Karol Hricovini. My aim is to establish the new experimental SARPES lab as a key tool in Pr. Ján Minár's group,” he said. Read more about his work.

* SARPES = The laboratory for spin photoemission and the angular resolution was opened at the end of 2019. In addition to basic research, this laboratory can also be used by industry for chemical analysis of materials. For these reasons, NTC is one of the most modern European research centers.

Phuc Vo Trung


Phuc Trung came to the research institute NTC at the beginning of March this year. It was quite an adventurous beginning, of his scientific career in Pilsen. Thanks to the spreading pandemic of COVID 19 he went just out of caution into self-quarantine.

Currently, as an NTC researcher, he works in first-principles studies of electronic properties and optical response of complex thin-film materials. He studied the bachelor's program and master's program at CanThoUniversity, Vietnam. Furthermore, where he used to work and participate in some projects.

„I opted NTC because of the following reasons. Firstly, NTC will not only help to fulfill my passion for applying physics theories to solving complex problems but also give me the opportunity to leverage my analytical skills and personal experience. Secondly, my supervisor is a high-profile scientist Ján Minár in my research interests, “, he adds to the motivation to work for NTC. Read more about his work.


Kalim Deshmukh


Dr. Kalim Deshmukh comes from India. Kalim´s specialization is 2D materials reinforced polymer nanocomposites for energy storage, gas sensing and EMI shielding applications. Presently, he is working as a postdoctoral researcher on the topic “Sol-gel derived porous bioactive glasses for bone tissue regeneration applications”. Before joining NTC, Kalim was doing his Ph.D. at B. S. Abdur Rahman University of Science and Technology, Chennai, India.
He decided to join NTC because of the interesting topic of the project he was offered. “I really like the working environment we have within our team, it is very pleasant,” he says. As an experienced professional, Kalim would like to get involved in research and development that can be useful in people´s daily life and for society in general. Read more about his work.

Mina Ghafouri Azar


Meet Mina Ghafouri Azar works in NTC in Chemical Processes and Materials department. She is doing her Ph.D. degree in the biochemical process now.

Before she came to the research center NTC in Pilsen, she studied chemical engineering with a focus on nanotechnology and polymers process in Seoul, South Korea.

„My professional dream is to produce something new about conductive hydrogel which will be useful for biomedical purposes,“ she says.

Jagan Mohan Dodda

Jagan Mohan Dodda - Senior Researcher at NTC, who specializes in the area of polymer science (mainly membranes, hydrogels, high-performance polymers, etc.)
He completed his doctorate in chemistry from Central Salt & Marine Chemicals Research Institute, India. Later, he did his postdoctoral research at Korea Forest Research Institute and Universiti Sains Malaysia.
Jagan joined NTC in 2011 to work on CENTEM project which involved the development of membranes for PEM fuel cells. „It was an interesting topic and exciting work as fuel cell membranes is crucial due to the difficulty in the availability of commercial membranes and the high cost involved in this technology. "I worked on the project for almost 5 years, and the later project shifted and still I continue to work in NTC. I have spent more than 6 years in this country, and I love the place, culture, people, food, and overall the complete NTC family. I would surely continue to work and give my contribution to the progress of NTC,“ he said.
His professional dream is to do good research work in the field of science and technology and produce some biocompatible products for the benefit of humans and try to save nature in all possible ways. Read more about his work.