University of Pardubice achieves high-impact results in chemistry, and history

23. 1. 2018

The Czech government council for Research, Development and Innovation recognized the University of Pardubice for its academic research excellence in the fields of chemistry and history.

The best scientific results proposed by Czech institutions, including the University of Pardubice, are assessed annually by international panels of evaluators. The Government Council for Research, Development and Innovation subsequently announces the list of excellent science results of research organizations for the previous year, which constitute the so-called 2nd Pillar of the evaluation of research organizations. Significant scientific results then become part of the criteria for financing the institution's research and development activities for the following year.

In the framework of the international evaluation, two expert outputs by scientists from the University of Pardubice succeeded last year:

The excellent result of science in chemistry was achieved by a team of scientists Ing. Marek Bouška, Ph.D., doc. Ing. Libor Dostál, Ph.D., Ing. Zdeňka Růžičková (Padělková), Ph.D., doc. Ing. Roman Jambor, Ph.D., of the Faculty of Chemical Technology, the University of Pardubice, who summed up their findings in the article Intramolecularly Coordinated Organotin Tellurides: Stable or Unstable?, published in the prestigious scientific journal Angewandte Chemie International Edition. This is an important basic research that shows that tin telluride is an interesting building block for further controlled oxidative diversification to analogues of heavy carboxylic acid atoms and related compounds. It is obvious that these findings will appear in the textbooks of advanced inorganic and organometallic chemistry.

The scientific achievement and success of the authors was acknowledged by the Dean of the Faculty of Chemical Technology, the University of Pardubice, prof. Petr Kalenda at the autumn session of the Scientific Council of the Faculty, among others with the commemorative medal of the Faculty of Chemical Technology.

The second excellent result, this time in history, was achieved by PhDr. Vítězslav Prchal, Ph.D., of the Faculty of Arts and Philosophy, the University of Pardubice, the author of the book Společenstvo hrdinů: Válka a reprezentační strategie českomoravské aristokracie 1550–1750 (The Fellowship of Heroes: War and Representative Strategies of the Bohemian-Moravian Aristocracy in 1550-1750). The book is actually the first Czech attempt to combine the so far rarely reflected foreign methodology (new military history, cultural history of military affairs) with a domestic tradition of research into the history of the aristocracy. It shows that war as a social and cultural phenomenon can be studied in the Czech Republic as well as anywhere else. The author deals with the nobility from the Czech lands at the beginning of the modern era. He focuses on the representation potential of the war, especially the ways in which the aristocrats have transformed it into a powerful promotional tool, proving their uniqueness, ancientness and usefulness.

The book Společenstvo hrdinů also became the winner of a traditional questionnaire between professional historians, The Historical Book of the Year 2015, organized by the journal Dějiny a současnost (History and Present), and has also been positively evaluated in expert reviews. In addition, Vítězslav Prchal was awarded the Rector's prize for a prestigious monograph in 2017 for the book, which he received at the ceremonial academic ceremony of the University held on the Day of Fight for Freedom and Democracy as part of a traditional programme and a celebration of November 17 at the University of Pardubice.

Ing. Valerie Wágnerová