Dr. Jaroslav Vacek
Jaroslav Vacek, Ph.D.
is a researcher, educator, and Ph.D. student advisor in
computational chemistry and biochemistry and nanotechnology in the US
(Boulder, Colorado) and in Europe (Prague, Czech
His areas of interest and expertise include computer simulations, molecular dynamics, ab initio calculations, molecular machines and devices, nanomechanics, and nanostructured materials with special expertise in molecular rotors and motors.
Jaroslav is an author/coauthor of over 25 scientific and popular science papers and two TV appearances. He is a coauthor of the GEO YEAR BOOK 2007: An Overview of Our Changing Environment (UNEP) and grantee of several research grants (US and Europe). He is a member of several research/training networks such as Molecular Rotors or From FLIM to FLIN.
Jaroslav coauthored Molecular dynamics of a grid-mounted molecular dipolar rotor in a rotating electric field, Potential energy and free energy surfaces of the formic acid dimer: Correlated ab initio calculations and molecular dynamics simulations, Methylated uracil dimers: potential energy and free energy surfaces, Exploring the Structure of a DNA Hairpin with the Help of NMR Spin-Spin Coupling Constants: An Experimental and Quantum Chemical Investigation, Anharmonic treatment of the lowest-energy conformers of glycine: A theoretical study, and Acetic Acid Dimer in the Gas Phase, Nonpolar Solvent, Microhydrated Environment, and Dilute and Concentrated Acetic Acid: Ab Initio Quantum Chemical and Molecular Dynamics Simulations.
He is the developer of computer code TINK designed specifically to simulate properties and behavior of nanostructured materials, and nanoscale (molecular) devices.
His awards include the prize TALENT ‘95 in the Czech Republic and invitations to several exclusive scientific meetings including the [email protected] conference.
Jaroslav earned his MS (1992) and Ph.D. (1996) degrees from the Charles University of Prague.
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