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

Antal, P.; Drahoš, B.; Herchel, R.; Trávníček, Z. Late First-Row Transition-Metal Complexes Containing a 2-Pyridylmethyl Pendant-Armed 15-Membered Macrocyclic Ligand. Field-Induced Slow Magnetic Relaxation in a Seven-Coordinate Cobalt(II) Compound. Inorganic Chemistry 2016, 55, 5957-5972.

Drahoš, B.; Herchel, R.; Trávníček, Z. Structural and magnetic properties of heptacoordinated MnII complexes containing a 15-membered pyridine-based macrocycle and halido/pseudohalido axial coligands. RSC Advances 2016, 6, 34674-34684.

Křikavová, R.; Vančo, J.; Trávníček, Z.; Buchtík, R.; Dvořák, Z. Copper(II) quinolinonato-7-carboxamido complexes as potent antitumor agents with broad spectra and selective effects. RSC Advances 2016, 6, 3899-3909.

Kašpárková J., Kostrhunová H., Nováková O., Křikavová R., Vančo J., Trávníček Z., Brabec V. A Photoactivatable Platinum(IV) Complex Targeting Genomic DNA and Histone DeacetylasesAngewandte Chem. Int. Ed. 2015, 54, 14478.

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

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

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

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

Štarha P., Hošek J., Vančo J., Dvořák Z., Suchý P., Popa I., Pražanová G., Trávníček Z. Pharmacological and molecular effects of platinum(II) complexes involving 7-azaindole derivatives, PLoS ONE 2014, 9, e90341.

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

Herchel R., Trávníček Z., Zbořil R. Crystal Water Molecules as Magnetic Tuners in Molecular Metamagnets Exhibiting Antiferro-Ferro-Paramagnetic Transitions, Chem. 2011, 50, 9153.

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

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