Dr. Lukáš Palatinus is the head of the Laboratory of electron diffraction at the Institute of Physics of the Czech Academy of Sciences. He graduated in Mineralogy and Geochemistry, but already in 1997, while in his third year of BA studies, he took part in the research of the crystallography group of Dr. Petříček and Dr. Dušek in the Department of Structure Analysis at the Institute of Physics. He earned his doctorate in 2003 at the University of Bayreuth under the supervision of Prof. Sander van Smaalen, and shortly after he started working as a postdoctoral researcher in the group of Prof. Gervais Chapuis at EPFL in Lausanne, Switzerland. Since his return to the Czech Republic in 2009, he has been working in the Department of Structure Analysis at the Institute of Physics of the Czech Academy of Sciences, where he currently leads the electron crystallography group.
At the beginning of his professional career, Dr. Palatinus worked on structure analysis of aperiodic crystals. During his doctoral studies, he completed and applied the method of maximum entropy for the determination of precise electron densities of aperiodic crystals. As a postdoctoral researcher in Lausanne, he explored the application of a novel crystal structure solution method – the charge flipping method – to periodic and aperiodic crystals. After his return to Prague, Dr. Palatinus has mostly focused on the structure analysis of nanocrystals. Since the standard X-ray structure analysis is not suitable for nanocrystals, he and his team started using electron diffraction. The group of Dr. Palatinus refined and developed this method in such a way that today it is possible to harvest precise structural information from nanocrystals with precision and reliability not achieved before. All the developments are implemented in well known and freely available software Superflip, PETS and Jana2006.