The main direction of the research performed at our department lies in studies of the structure and electronic properties of materials. Structure and microscopic electronic properties of thin films, magnetic multilayers and intermetallic compounds with f- and d-electrons are investigated by methods using scattering of X-rays, synchrotron radiation and neutron beams. Bulk material properties, especially the magnetic behaviour, transport, thermodynamic and cohesive properties, phase transitions and diffusion processes are investigated over a broad range of temperatures, external pressures and magnetic fields. Modern materials like nanocrystalline powders, two-dimensional surface structures, liquid crystals and carbon composites are studied in co-operation with other laboratories. Theoretical studies of quantum coherence in semiconductor alloys excited by femtosecond pulses, mesoscopic theory of wear and physics of granular systems complete our fields of interest, together with computing materials science focused on the electron structure of intermetallic compounds, modern oxides and borocarbides of rare-earth and transition metals."
Department staff also has two decades significantly involved in the activities of Crystallographic company brings together experts in the field of crystallography and structural analysis in the Czech Republic and the Slovak Republic ( and co-organized several major international conferences.

Samples of bibliography:

  1. N. Hrauda, J. J. Zhang, H. Groiss, J. C. Gerharz, T. Etzelstorfer, J. Stangl, V. Holy, C. Deiter, O. H. Seeck and G. Bauer, Closely spaced SiGe barns as stressor structures for strain-enhancement in silicon, "Applied Physics Letters" 2013, 102, (3), 032109.
  2. O. Caha, A. Dubroka, J. Humlicek, V. Holy, H. Steiner, M. Ul-Hassan, J. Sanchez-Barriga, O. Rader, T. N. Stanislavchuk, A. A. Sirenko, G. Bauer and G. Springholz, Growth, Structure, and Electronic Properties of Epitaxial Bismuth Telluride Topological Insulator Films on BaF2 (111) Substrates, "Crystal Growth & Design" 2013, 13, (8), 3365-3373.
  3. J. Endres, S. Danis and G. Bauer, The misfit dislocation density profile in graded SiGe/Si( 001) layers prepared at different temperatures (vol 25, 175802, 2013), "Journal of Physics-Condensed Matter" 2013, 25, (49), 499501.
  4. R. Kuzel, J. Cizek and M. Novotny, On X-Ray Diffraction Study of Microstructure of ZnO Thin Nanocrystalline Films with Strong Preferred Grain Orientation, "Metallurgical and Materials Transactions a-Physical Metallurgy and Materials Science" 2013, 44A, (1), 45-57.
  5. N. Hrauda, J. J. Zhang, H. Groiss, T. Etzelstorfer, V. Holy, G. Bauer, C. Deiter, O. H. Seeck and J. Stangl, Strain relief and shape oscillations in site-controlled coherent SiGe islands, "Nanotechnology" 2013, 24, (33), 335707.
  6. D. Kriegner, S. Assali, A. Belabbes, T. Etzelstorfer, V. Holy, T. Schulli, F. Bechstedt, E. Bakkers, G. Bauer and J. Stangl, Unit cell structure of the wurtzite phase of GaP nanowires: X-ray diffraction studies and density functional theory calculations, "Physical Review B" 2013, 88, (11), 115315.
  7. Z. Matej, L. Matejova and R. Kuzel, XRD analysis of nanocrystalline anatase powders prepared by various chemical routes: correlations between micro-structure and crystal structure parameters, "Powder Diffraction" 2013, 28, S161-S183.
  8. R. Kuzel, Z. Matej and M. Janecek,In-Situ X-Ray Diffraction Study of Thermal Stability of Cu and Cu-Zr Samples Processed by ECAP, in Recrystallization and Grain Growth V, edited by M. Barnett (Trans Tech Publications Ltd, Stafa-Zurich, 2013), Vol. 753, pp. 279-284.
  9. D. E. Parkes, L. R. Shelford, P. Wadley, V. Holy, M. Wang, A. T. Hindmarch, G. van der Laan, R. P. Campion, K. W. Edmonds, S. A. Cavill and A. W. Rushforth, Magnetostrictive thin films for microwave spintronics, "Scientific Reports" 2013, 3, 2220.


In teching the emphasis is on detailed interpretation of crystallography and diffraction methods.
These are areas in which the department has a long tradition and is well respected in the workplace education specialists focused on the structural analysis of substances.
Significantly also involved in publishing a nationally used books and online educational texts, eg .:

  • V. Valvoda, M. Polcarová, P. Lukáč: učebnice Základy strukturní analýzy, Karolinum, Praha 1992.
  • Internetový výukový program Kurs krystalografie a strukturní analýzy na
  • Internetový kurs pro talentovanédětirámci projektu Talnet, demo na


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Group - Staff and Students:

Head of Group: RNDr. Milan Dopita, Ph.D.

Teachers: Doc. RNDrStanislav DanišPh.D.
  RNDr. Milan Dopita, Ph.D.
  Prof. RNDrVáclav HolýCSc
  Prof. RNDrRadomír KuželCSc.
Researcher: RNDr. Petr Cejpek, Ph.D.
  MgrLukáš Horák, Ph.D.
  Mayerling Martinez Celis, Ph.D.
Ph.D. students: Mgr. Tereza  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it (dříve Kretková) 
  Gupta Suhaas 
  Ahmed Ubaid