Jirí Vacík, CSc., PhD.


 2.11.1953, Jindřichův Hradec, Czech Republic

Education and specialization: 

1973 – 1978 Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, Charles University, Prague

Specialization – experimental nuclear physics


 CSc. (Ph.D.) – 1985

Summary of the former positions:

1980 – 1998 Nuclear Physics Institute (NPI), Academy of Sciences, Rež near Prague

1984 (2 months) Joint Institute of Nuclear Research, Dubna, USSR

1993 (3 months) Hahn-Meitner-Institute (DAAD)

1997 (2 months) National Institute for Materials and Chemical Research, Tsukuba (STA)

1998 – 2001 (3 years) Japan Atomic Energy Research Institute, Takasaki (JAERI fellowship)

2002 (4 months) Japan Atomic Energy Research Institute, Takasaki (JSPS fellowship)

2006 (2 months) Japan Atomic Energy Agency Tokai & University of Medical Science in

Shiga (JSPS fellowship)

2008/2009 (1 month) Institute Laue-Langevin Grenoble (experiments on the neutron beam)

2009 – National Institute of Standards and Technology NIST

Present employer: 

Senior scientist in Nuclear Physics Institute, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, Rež near Prague.

Main research activities:

  1. Development and applications of nuclear analytical methods based on ion and neutron beams (Rutherford Backscattering/Channeling, Neutron Depth Profiling, etc.) in interdisciplinary research: material science, polymer science, life science.
  2. Study of hybrid systems (metal-fullerene composites) – their synthesis, characterization.
  3. Study of advanced structural and functional materials phenomena.

Teaching activities:

Lecturer at the Faculty of Nuclear Sciences and Physical Engineering, Czech Technical University in Prague (Neutron Physics); at present supervisor-specialist of 1 PhD thesis on development of gas/bio-sensors.

Other activity:

Member of a board of the Grant Agency of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic;

Co-editor of the international journal Radiation Effects and Defects in Solids.

Publication activity:

160 papers in international peer-reviewed impacted journals

Recent papers:

  1.  J. Vacik, V. Lavrentev, P. Horak, R. Fajgar, Structural Variation of Transition Metal - Fullerene Thin Films Modified by Thermal Annealing and Ion or Laser Beam Bombardment, Advanced Materials Research, Volumes 463-464 (2012) 1387-1391.
  2. V. Petráková, A. Taylor, I. Kratochvílová, F. Fendrych, J. Vacík, J. Kučka, J. Štursa, P. Cígler, M. Ledvina, A. Fišerová, P. Kneppo and M. Nesládek, Luminescence of Nanodiamond Driven by Atomic Functionalization: Towards Novel Detection Principles, Advanced Functional Materials, Material 22 (2012) 812-819.
  3. J. Vacik, V. Lavrentiev, P. Horak, K. Narumi, Fabrication Of Buried Self-Organized Stripes In The Ni/C60 Composite, AIP Conference Proceedings 1336 (2011) 299-302.
  4. Jiri Vacik, Vasyl Lavrentiev, Pavel Horak, Alena Michalcova, Hiroshi Abe, Spontaneous growth of the polyhedral fullerene crystals in the supersaturated Ni-C60 composite, Journal of Alloys and Compounds 509S (2011),S380-S383.
  1. S. D. Janssens, P. Pobedinskas, J.Vacik, V. Petráková, B. Ruttens, J. D’Haen, M. Nesladek, K. Haenen, P. Wagner, Separation of intra- and intergranular magnetotransport properties in nanocrystalline diamond films on the metallic side of the metal–insulator transition, New Journal of Physics 13 (2011) 083008.
  2. G. Zhang, S. D. Janssens, J. Vanacken, M. Timmermans, J. Vacik, G. W. Ataklti, W. Decelle, W. Gillijns, B. Goderis, K. Haenen, P. Wagner, V. V. Moshchalkov, Role of grain size in superconducting boron-doped nanocrystalline diamond thin films grown by CVD, Physical Review B 84 (2011) 214517-1 – 214517-10.
  3. L. Bacakova, L. Grausova, J. Vacik, V. Lavrentiev, S. Blazewicz, A. Fraczek, A. Kromka, K. Haenen, Adhesion and Growth of Human Osteoblast-Like Cell in Cultures on Nanocomposite Carbon-Based Materials, Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Letters 3 (2011) 99-109. DOI: 10.1166/nnl.2011.1127
  4. D. Vavrik, I. Jeon, E. Lehmann, A. Kaestner, J. Vacik, Inspection of the metal composite materials using a combination of X-ray radiography and Neutron Imaging, Journal of Instrumentation 6, C03001 (2011) doi:10.1088/1748-0221/6/03/C03001.
  5. V. Petrakova, M. Nesladek, A. Taylor, F. Fendrych, P. Cigler, M. Ledvina, J. Vacik, J. Štursa, J. Kučka, Luminescence properties of engineered nitrogen vacancy center in a close surface proximity, Physica Status Solidi A, Applications and Materials Science 208 (2011) 2051-2056.
  6. J. Vacik, V. Lavrentiev, V. Vorlicek, L. Bacakova, K. Narumi, Effect of ion irradiation on structure and thermal evolution of the Ni-C60 hybrid systems, Nucl. Instr. and Meth. B268 (2010) 1976–1979.
  7. J. Vacik, V. Lavrentiev, V. Vorlicek, L. Bacakova, Fullerene (C60) - Transitional Metal (Ni, Co, Ti) Composites - Synthesis and Structural Properties of the Thin Films, Diamond Relat. Mater., 19 (2010) 242–246.
  8. D. Fink, J. Vacik, V. Hnatowicz, G.H. Munos, L. Alfonta, I. Klinkovich, Funnel-type etched ion tracks in polymers, Radiation Effects & Defects in Solids: Incorporating Plasma Science & Plasma Technology Vol. 165, No. 5 (2010) 343-361.
  9. V. Hnatowicz, J. Vacik, D. Fink, Deconvolution of charged particle spectra from neutron depth profiling using Simplex method, Review of Scientific Instruments 81 (2010) 0739061-0739067.
  10. V. Lavrentiev, J. Vacik, H. Naramoto, S. Sakai, Thermal Effect on Structure Organizations in Cobalt-Fullerene Nanocomposition, Journal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology 10(4) (2010) 2624-2629.
  11. D. Fink, A. Kiv, D. Fuks, A. Saad, J. Vacik, V. Hnatowicz, A. Chandra, Conducting swift heavy ion track networks, Radiation Effects & Defects in Solids: Incorporating Plasma Science & Plasma Technology 165 (3) (2010) 227-244.
  12. L. Bacakova, J. Vacik, A. Kromka, H. Biederman, A. Choukourov, V. Stary, Nanocomposite and nanostructured carbon-based films as growth substrates for bone cells, Chapter Number 8806, book Nanocomposite Materials, Theory and Applications, 978-953-7619-X-X, InTech, Zieglergasse 14, 1070 Vienna, Austria.
  13. J. Vacik, V. Lavrentiev, V. Hnatowicz, S. Yamamoto, V. Vorlicek, Spontaneous partitioning of the Ni+C60 thin film grown at RT, J. Alloys Comp. 483 (2009) 374-377.
  14. J. Vacik, V. Lavrentiev, V. Hnatowicz, V. Vorlicek, and H. Naramoto, Hybridization and Modification of the Ni/C60 Composites, AIP Conference Proceedings 1099 (2009) 553-556.
  15. J. Vacik, V. Lavrentiev, V. Hnatowicz, S. Yamamoto, V. Vorlicek, H. Stadler, Spontaneous partitioning of the Ni+C60 thin film grown at RT, Journal of Alloys and Compounds 483 (2009) 374-377. 
  16. J. Vacik, V. Hnatowicz, J. Cervena, S. Posta, U. Koster, and G. Pasold, On Boron Diffusion in MgF2, AIP Conference Proceedings 1099 (2009) 836-839.