Press releases

Material genetics will be pursued by the AMULET project, which succeeded in the Excellent Research Call

November 29, 2023

Multiscale materials are assembled from different types of nanomaterials, which themselves have unusual properties. By combining and integrating them into higher-order hierarchies, smart matter with unique functionalities and surprising applications in many different fields can be obtained. A consortium of eight partners from academia and research, led by the J. Heyrovský Institute of Physical Chemistry of the Czech Academy of Sciences, has received financial support from the Programme Johannes Amos Comenius of the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports. Specifically, it was the Excellent Research Call aimed at supporting research with the potential for excellent results applicable in practice.

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Fast and sensitive detection of nucleic acids. It will help to diagnose bone marrow deseases.

October 1, 2021

Some diseases or their causes can be diagnosed using technologies that measure the levels of biomolecules (e.g. proteins or nucleic acids). Researchers from the Institute of Photonics and Electronics of the CAS have developed a new analytical method that can detect nucleic acids with extreme sensitivity. The method was successfully tested in the research on the myelodysplastic syndrome.

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Scientists can show a movable hologram with a new microscope

May 19, 2021

The processes that control the behavior and life of cells are very fast and fleeting. The technology developed by researchers from the Institute of Photonics and Electronics of the Czech Academy of Sciences allows to compose a three-dimensional image from a constantly moving sample using an optical microscope. In this way, biological structures of several tens of nanometers can be observed in detail. Today, the prestigious journal Nature Communications informed about the new patented method of Czech scientists.

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Flickering shadows of the fine skeleton of a cell

February 10, 2021

New light-microscopy method enabled high-speed imaging of the protein choreography and dynamics.

Scientists have, for the first time, directly imaged fluctuations in the shape of single macromolecular species using a rather simple optical microscope. “Ever since super-resolution microscopy revealed nanoscopic details about where in the cell specific single biomolecules do their job, we have dreamed about seeing the dynamics of the protein machinery, which keeps life ticking,” says Marek Piliarik from the Institute of Photonics and Electronics in Prague. 

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Short electrical pulses could be used for treating cancer

November 30, 2020

Research at the intersection of physics and biology has shown that with the help of high-intensity short electropulses it is possible to influence the structure of microtubules, which are the parts of the inner skeleton of a cell. This discovery could be used for controlling the growth of the cancer cells in tumour diseases, and thus to treat them. The researchers from the Institute of Molecular Genetics of the CAS found it in collaboration with their colleagues from the Institute of Photonics and Electronics of the CAS, the Institute of Physiology of the CAS and the University of Limoges, France.

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The self-assembly of the cell skeleton can be influenced by electrical pulses

October 9, 2019

Scientists from the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic discovered a completely new way of modulating the self-assembly of nanoscopic building blocks - proteins - into cytoskeleton structures, using very short and intense electrical pulses. Noteworthy about this discovery is that pulses can fundamentally affect the nanoscopic shape of the self-assembled structure, either reversibly or irreversibly, according to the pulse parameter settings. This discovery has an impact on the development of new bionanomaterials and can lead to new electromagnetic approaches in biomedical therapeutic methods, such as cancer treatment. The discovery was published in the prestigious journal Advanced Materials

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Optical fiber technology research started in the Czech Republic forty years ago

April 1, 2019

Erich Spitz, French physicist of Czech origin, made the first optical fiber transmission

Optical Fiber - initially neglected invention that later completely changed the world of telecommunications technology. In the former Czechoslovakia, its research began in the laboratories of the Academy of Sciences in 1979. Currently, the Institute of Photonics and Electronics of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic belongs to top laboratories where scientists can prepare special optical fibers for high-performance fiber lasers. That is why scientists meet at the international SPIE Optics + Optoelectronics symposium in Prague, where experts from the Institute of Photonics and Electronics of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic will perform.

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