Interview with Michal Juríček

This Young Career Focus presents Michal Juríček (University of Zurich, Switzerland).

Michal Juríček was born and raised in Slovakia. He received his Master’s degree in Organic Chemistry in 2005 from the Comenius University in Bratislava (Slovakia) under the supervision of Professor Martin Putala. He then moved to The Netherlands to pursue his PhD at the Radboud University Nijmegen mentored by Professor Alan Rowan. His dissertation work revolved around the chemistry of triazoles, which he employed in the design and synthesis of functional materials.

In 2011, he received Dutch fellowship Rubicon and went on to spend two years as a postdoc at Northwestern University in Evanston (USA) working in the group of Professor Sir Fraser Stoddart. In 2013, he returned to Europe and started his independent research career in Switzerland: first at the University of Basel as an Ambizione fellow of the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) hosted in the group of Professor Marcel Mayor and, as of April 2017, as an Assistant Professor at the University of Zurich, where his research is supported by the European Research Council and SNSF. His group designs, synthesizes, and investigates functional organic molecules with delocalized spin densities. Michal is a 2017 recipient of the Thieme Chemistry Journals Award.

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