Primarily suitable for eco-friendly production and energy utilization, these materials find applications in optoelectronics, spintronics, nanomechanics, microsystem technology, and photovoltaics. Our international team combines insights from theoretical and experimental methods, believing that they could contribute to the development of quantum computers and other revolutionary technologies in the future.



We focus on fundamental research and the exploration of novel functional materials with so-called emergent properties. These properties are unexpected characteristics that emerge at the macroscopic level due to interactions and organization of microscopic components such as atoms or molecules in the material. They include, for instance, superconductivity, ferromagnetism, topological order, and quantum entanglement. Our goal is to push the boundaries of these materials' capabilities and apply them in photocatalysis, electrolysis, fuel cells, photonics, microelectronics, and sensing. Together, we shape the future of sustainable and innovative technologies.

What is the subject of our interest in points?:

  • Research and development of thin-film materials with a wide range of applications, especially for photovoltaic cells, materials for photonics and microsystem technology (in sensory and actuator microstructures)
  • Electronic structure of solids and low-dimensional systems
  •  Development of methods for band structure calculations
  •  Electronic structure of materials with correlated electrons
  • Electron correlations and magnetism
  • Isolated and deposited magnetic clusters
  • Electron spectroscopy with the main emphasis on magnetic dichroism and photoemission
  • Quantum-based methods and materials design
  • Characterizations advanced materials
  • Quantum sensors and detectors
  • Density functional theory and Green functions method
  • 2D topological materials
  • Novel photoemission techniques
  • We are participating in the development of a software SPR-KKR band structure package that allows us to calculate the electronic structure of arbitrary 3-D periodic systems, including systems with chemical disorder.  


  • SARPES instrument - photoelectron emission spectrometer with spin and angular resolution, electron analyzer PHOIBOS 150, photoemission - XPS, SPIN - angularly resolved photoemission, VUV lamp for SARPES, vacuum tank
  • Deposition device - MBE System - for the preparation of monocrystalline thin films using the Molecular Beam Epitaxy (MBE) method
  • X-ray diffraction - panalytical X’Pert for automatic diffractometer, Bruker AXS D8 Discover automatic diffractometer
  • Thin film deposition - BOC Edwards TF600 deposition system, SAMCO PD220N PE-CVD system, Elektrorava PE-CVD multi-chamber deposition system
  • Electron Microscopy - Transmission Electron Microscopy - TEM Jeol JEM-2200FS, Scanning Electron Microscopy - EOL JSM-7600F, FEI Quanta 200
  • Optical spectroscopy - Atomic spectroscopy - UV / Vis spectrophotometer Specord 210 BU, Spectroscopic ellipsometer SENTECH SE850
  • Vibrational spectroscopy - FTIR Spectrometer NICOLET 380, DXR Raman spectrometer
  • Fujifilm Dimatix DMP-2850 material printer
  • Additional equipment - Surface morphology analysis - KLA-Tencor P-6 Profilometer, Optical microscopy - Metallographic microscope Epiphot 200, Solar cell characterization - Newport Oriel AAA class solar simulator, Measurement of volt-ampere characteristics of solar cells, measurement of quantum light absorption efficiency in semiconductor materials
  • Nanoindentation and tribology - Nanoindentor XP with CSM system, High-temperature tribometer HT CSEM
  • ezHEMS - Nanomagnetics Instruments - Hall-effect measuring devices - accessories for measuring at low and high temperatures
  • Mechanical equipment - LectroPol 5: equipment for electropolishing and etching
  • High-temperature vacuum furnace
  • Chemical composition analyzer
  • Computing cluster
  • Precision diamond band saw - EXAKT 300 CP with accessories
  • UF30plus dryer
  • Hei-Connect magnetic stirrer


The offer of the RAM team

  • Characterization of structural, electronic and optical properties of materials
  • Prediction of material properties calculations from first principles
  • Electron microscopy
  • Photoemission (XPS and ARPES)
  • Nanoindentation, tribology and surface morphology

  • Usage:

industry (new materials, nanostructures), macroscopy, nanomechanics, energy (energy storage and management)


Cooperation with foreign research institutes:
  • University of Cergy - Joint laboratory and exchange of Ph.D. students
  • Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München - Collaboration on the development of SPR-KKR software
  • Université de Rennes-1/CNRS - Joint preparation of ITN and RISE projects for H2020
  • Attolab
Contract research:
  • LF UK v Plzni, Plzeň, ČR - XPS measurements on titanium materials
  • UJP Praha a.s., Praha, ČR - Analysis on samples from zirconium alloys after oxidation
  • Diamorph HOB CetrTec s.r.o., Horní Bříza, ČR - Analysis on ceramic samples
  • COMTES FHT a.s., Dobřany
Cooperation with domestic research institutes:
  • CEITEC Nano Research Infrastructure, Brno, ČR - research of materials with topological properties for lossless electrical signal transmission
  • Fyzikální ústav AV ČR, Laboratoř LNSM (Laboratory of  nanostructures and nanomaterials), Praha, ČR - výzkum antiferomagnetických materiálů
  • Masarykova univerzita Brno, ČR - research of material heterostructures
  • CATRIN, Czech Advanced Technology Research Institute, Olomouc 
  • Charles University (Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, Department of Surface and Plasma Physics and Department of Condensed Matter Physics)
  • University of Toyama, Graduate School of Science and Engineering for Research, Japonsko (prof. Keisuke Hatada) -  PARTNERSHIP AGREEMENT
  • Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology (GIST), Gwangju, South Korea (prof. Bongjin Simon Mun) -  Smlouva PARTNERSHIP AGREEMENT
  • Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain - PARTNERSHIP AGREEMENT

Research team


prof. Dr. Ján Minár

Team leader

+420 377 634 77,


Ing. David Lávička, Ph.D.

Team leader deputy

+420 377 634 712


Kateřina Štětková

Team administrator

+420 377 634 731