The Department of Inorganic Chemistry guarantees the studies in the fields of Inorganic Chemistry, Bioinorganic Chemistry, and Chemistry for Teaching in bachelor's, master's and doctoral study programmes.

As a part of our research, we focus on the preparation and study of new coordination compounds of transition metals, in particular, on the development of new compounds with medicinal application potential (e.g. substances with antitumour, anti-inflammatory or antidiabetic activity or contrast agents for diagnostic imaging methods) or compounds with interesting magnetic, optical or catalytic properties with industrial application potential (e.g. high-density storage media, various types of sensors).

Our teaching activites, as a guarantor of Chemistry for Teaching studies at the Faculty of Science of Palacký University, are also focused on increasing pupils' and students' interest in science and motivation to study science, co-organizing chemical Olympics and also on extracurricular chemical activities for primary and secondary school students.


Publication in Dalton Transactions

Journal cover 06. December 2022

Publication entitled "Effective tuning of magnetic anisotropy in distorted pentagonal bipyramidal Ni(ii) complexes via substitution of axial coligands" (authors: B. Drahoš, R. Herchel) has been published in the chemistry journal Dalton Transactions.

In this paper, a series of Ni(II) complexes with pyridine-based macrocyclic ligand L  with general formula [Ni(L)(X)2]0/2+ (X = Br (1), I (2), CH3CN (3), NCS (4), imidazole (5)) was prepared and thoroughly investigated. X-ray molecular structures confirmed pentagonal bipyramidal geometry for all studied complexes with a strong Jahn–Teller distortion in the pentagonal equatorial plane. Direct current magnetic measurements revealed a strong easy-axis type of magnetic anisotropy which remains not affected in the halogenido series Cl → Br → I, but which increases in the series with N-axial ligands in order CH3CN → NCS → imidazole. This trend was explained with help of extensive theoretical calculations which confirmed a significant positive effect on magnetic anisotropy of changing axial ligand field as well as a negative effect of equatorial ligand field distortion and pointed to complexity of magnetic anisotropy tuning in pengatonal bipyramidal complexes with not strictly rigid macrocyclic ligand.

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