Prof. RNDr. Zdeněk Trávníček, Ph.D.


Address: Regional Center of Advanced Technologies and Materials & Department of Inorganic Chemistry, Faculty of Science, Palacky University in Olomouc, 17. listopadu 12, 771 46 Olomouc, Czech Republic
Phone: (+420) 585 634 352
Fax: (+420) 585 634 954

Education and Career

1989 MSc degree (in Inorganic Chemistry)
1996 PhD. degree (in Inorganic Chemistry)
2004 Full Professor of Inorganic Chemistry
since 2006 Head of the Department of Inorganic Chemistry, Faculty of Science, Palacky University in Olomouc, Czech Republic
since 2010 Leader of Research Programme ” Biologically-active Complexes and Molecular Magnets” of the Regional Centre of Advanced Technologies and Materials

Research Activities

  • Preparation and characterization of a new type of selected transition metal biologically active complexes and study of molecular magnets and molecular switches based on paramagnetic transition metal complexes.
  • Synthesis of hybrid molecular-crystalline nanostructures with a functionalized nanocrystalline oxidic carrier and a bound coordination compound for the use in the area of magnetic applications and targeted drug transport.
  • In vitro and in vivo testing of a wide spectrum of biological activities.

Publication activities



GAČR (e.g. Functionalized iron oxide nanoparticle-based magnetic carriers with bound biologically active and/or magnetically appealing compounds, P207/11/0841, 2011–2014), FRVŠ and other MŠMT projects (e.g. Research Intention „Transition metal complexes and oxides usable in bio-applications and nanotechnologies“, MSM6198959218, 2005–2011, 136 mil. Kč), IGA-PřF UP.


Supervised more than 10 PhD and 20 diploma theses since 1996.

Society Membership:

  • Czech Chemical Society
  • Czech and Slovak Crystallographic Association
  • American Chemical Society

Selected Publications and Patents

Z. Trávníček, P. Štarha, Z. Dvořák, Dichlorido complexes of platinum with 7-azaindole halogeno-derivatives for use in the treatment of tumour diseases, Univerzita Palackého v Olomouci, evropský patent EP2636410 B1 (04/2015).

P. Štarha, Z. Dvořák, Z. Trávníček, Highly and Broad-Spectrum In Vitro Antitumor Active cis-Dichloridoplatinum(II) Complexes with 7-Azaindoles, PLoS ONE 10 (2015) e0136338.

R. Herchel, I. Nemec, M. Machata, Z. Trávníček, Experimental and Theoretical Investigations of Magnetic Exchange Pathways in Structurally Diverse Iron(III) Schiff-Base Complexes, Inorg. Chem. 54 (2015) 8625-8638.

I. Nemec, R. Marx, R. Herchel, P. Neugebauer, J. van Slagerenb, Z. Trávníček, Field-induced slow relaxation of magnetization in a pentacoordinate Co(II) compound [Co(phen)(DMSO)Cl2], Dalton Trans. 44 (2015) 15014-15021.

I. Nemec, R. Herchel, Z. Trávníček, Suppressing of slow magnetic relaxation in tetracoordinate Co(II) field-induced single-molecule magnet in hybrid material with ferromagnetic barium ferrite, Sci. Rep. 5 (2015) 10761.

I. Nemec, R. Herchel, I. Svoboda, R. Boča, Z. Trávníček, Large and negative magnetic anisotropy in pentacoordinate mononuclear Ni(II) Schiff base complexes, Dalton Trans. 44 (2015) 9551-9560.

P. Štarha, Z. Trávníček, Z. Dvořák, T. Radošová-Muchová, J. Prachařová, J. Vančo, J. Kašpárková, Potentiating Effect of UVA Irradiation on Anticancer Activity of Carboplatin Derivatives Involving 7-Azaindoles, PLoS ONE 10 (2015) e0123595.

B. Drahoš, R. Herchel, Z. Trávníček, Structural, Magnetic, and Redox Diversity of First-Row Transition Metal Complexes of a Pyridine-Based Macrocycle: Well-Marked Trends Supported by Theoretical DFT Calculations, Inorg. Chem. 54 (2015) 3352-3369.

I. Nemec, R. Herchel, Z. Trávníček, The relationship between the strength of hydrogen bonding and spin crossover behaviour in a series of iron(III) Schiff base complexes, Dalton Trans. 44 (2015) 4474-4484.

J. Vančo, Z. Šindelář, Z. Dvořák, Z. Trávníček, Iron-salophen complexes involving azole-derived ligands: A new group of compounds with high-level and broad-spectrum in vitro antitumor activity, J. Inorg. Biochem. 142 (2015) 92-100.

J. Vančo, J. Gáliková, J. Hošek, Z. Dvořák, L. Paráková, Z. Trávníček, Gold(I) Complexes of 9-Deazahypoxanthine as Selective Antitumor and Anti-Inflammatory Agents, PLoS ONE 9 (2014) e109901.

I. Nemec, R. Herchel, T. Šilha, Z. Trávníček, Towards a better understanding of magnetic exchange mediated by hydrogen bonds in Mn(III)/Fe(III) salen-type supramolecular dimers, Dalton Trans. 43 (2014) 15602-15616.

R. Křikavová, J. Hošek, J. Vančo, J. Hutyra, Z. Dvořák, Z. Trávníček, Gold(I)-Triphenylphosphine Complexes with Hypoxanthine-Derived Ligands: In Vitro Evaluations of Anticancer and Anti-Inflammatory Activities, PLoS ONE 9 (2014) e107373.

R. Herchel, L. Váhovská, I. Potočňák, Z. Trávníček, Slow Magnetic Relaxation in Octahedral Cobalt(II) Field-Induced Single-Ion Magnet with Positive Axial and Large Rhombic Anisotropy, Inorg. Chem. 53 (2014) 5896-5898.

P. Štarha, J. Hošek, J. Vančo, Z. Dvořák, P. Suchý Jr., I. Popa, G. Pražanová, Z. Trávníček, Pharmacological and Molecular Effects of Platinum(II) Complexes Involving 7-Azaindole Derivatives, PLoS ONE 9 (2014) e90341.

R. Křikavová, J. Hošek, P. Suchý, J. Vančo, Z. Trávníček, Diverse in vitro and in vivo anti-inflammatory effects of trichlorido-gold(III) complexes with N6-benzyladenine derivatives, J. Inorg. Biochem. 134 (2014) 92-99.

J. Hošek, J. Vančo, P. Štarha, L. Paráková, Z. Trávníček, Effect of 2-Chloro-Substitution of Adenine Moiety in Mixed-Ligand Gold(I) Triphenylphosphine Complexes on Anti-Inflammatory Activity: The Discrepancy between the In Vivo and In Vitro Models, PLoS ONE 8 (2013) e82441.

R. Herchel, Z. Trávníček, 5-Aminotetrazole induces spin crossover in iron(III) pentadentate Schiff base complexes: experimental and theoretical investigations, Dalton Trans. 42 (2013) 16233–16438.

T. Šilha, I. Nemec, R. Herchel, Z. Trávníček, Structural and magnetic characterizations of the first manganese(iii) Schiff base complexes involving hexathiocyanidoplatinate(iv) bridges, CrystEngComm 15 (2013) 5351-5358.

I. Nemec, M. Machata, R. Herchel, R. Boča, Z. Trávníček, A new family of Fe2Ln complexes built from mononuclear anionic Schiff base subunits, Dalton Trans. 41 (2012) 14603-14610.

Z. Trávníček, P. Štarha, J. Vančo, T. Šilha, J. Hošek, P. Suchý Jr., G. Pražanová, Anti-inflammatory active gold(I) complexes involving 6 substituted-purine derivatives, J. Med. Chem. 55 (2012) 4568-4579.

I. Nemec, R. Herchel, I. Salitros, Z. Travnicek, J. Moncol, H. Fuess, M. Ruben, W. Linert, Anion driven modulation of magnetic intermolecular interactions and spin crossover properties in an isomorphous series of mononuclear iron(III) complexes with a hexadentate Schiff base ligand, CrystEngComm 14 (2012) 7015–7024.

R. Herchel, Z. Trávníček, R. Zbořil, Tuning of the Critical Temperature in Iron(II) Spin-Crossover Materials Based on Bridging Polycyanidometallates: Pentacyanidonitrosylferrate(II) and Hexacyanidoplatinate(IV), Inorg. Chem. 50 (2011) 12390-12392.

R. Herchel, J. Tuček, Z. Trávníček, D. Petridis, R. Zbořil, Crystal Water Molecules as Magnetic Tuners in Molecular Metamagnets Exhibiting Antiferro-Ferro-Paramagnetic Transitions, Inorg. Chem. 50 (2011) 9153-9163.

Z. Trávníček, M. Matiková-Malarová, R. Novotná, J. Vančo, K. Štepankova, P. Suchý, In vitro and in vivo biological activity screening of Ru(III) complexes involving 6-benzylaminopurine derivatives with higher pro-apoptotic activity than NAMI-A, J. Inorg. Biochem. 105 (2011) 937-948.

I. Nemec, R. Herchel, R. Boča, Z. Trávníček, I. Svoboda, H. Fuess, W. Linert, Tuning of spin crossover behaviour in iron(iii) complexes involving pentadentate Schiff bases and pseudohalides, Dalton Trans. 40 (2011) 10090-10099.

R. Buchtík, Z. Trávníček, J. Vančo, R. Herchel, Z. Dvořák, Synthesis, characterization, DNA interaction and cleavage, and in vitro cytotoxicity of copper(II) mixed-ligand complexes with
2-phenyl-3-hydroxy-4(1H)-quinolinone, Dalton Trans. 40 (2011) 9404-9412.