Prof. Ivo Safarik, PhD., DSc.

Education and Career:

  • Ph.D. (Chemistry, 2010): Dept. of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Cornell University, New York, USA
  • Master in Chemistry (M.Sc., 2004): Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, U.P., India
  • Bachelor of Science (B.Sc., Chemistry Hons. 2002): Presidency College (under Calcutta University), Kolkata, W. B., India


1978 Ing. degree in food technology (Institute of Chemical Technology, Prague)
1984 CSc. (= PhD.) degree in biochemistry (Institute of Chemical Technology, Prague)
1993 Assoc. Prof. degree in biochemistry (Institute of Chemical Technology, Prague)
2001 DSc. degree in biochemistry (Academy of Sciences, Prague)
2008 Full Professor degree in biochemistry (Palacky University, Olomouc)

Research Activities:

  • Development and characterization of new magnetically responsive (bio)composite materials
  • Application of magnetic (bio)composite materials for xenobiotics removal and for immobilization of enzymes, affinity ligands and cells
  • Preparation of magnetically responsive microbial cells and their applications
  • Application of Magnetic solid phase extraction for the preconcentration of target xenobiotics, especially tensides and related compounds
  • Development of magnetic procedures for the preconcentration and isolation of important biologically active compounds (e.g., enzymes and lectins)
  • Preparation of review papers and review book chapters summarizing large parts of biomagnetic research and technology

Publication activities

  • Author or co-author of 184 journal papers and book chapters
  • 2950 citations (autocitations excluded)
  • H-index: 25
  • G-index: 52
  • Patents: 3 national patents
  • National utility models: 1



  • Grant Agency of the Czech Republic, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Industry and Trade, bilateral projects (e.g., with Japan, Korea, China).


  • Supervising PhD and diploma theses.

Society Membership:

  • Czech Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Selected publications:

  1. Spanò,D., Pospiskova,K., Safarik,I., Pintus,F.,  Pisano,M.B.,  Floris,G., Medda,R.: Chitinase III in Euphorbia characias latex: Purification and
    Protein Expression and Purification, in press
  2. Safarik,I., Pospiskova,K., Baldikova,E., Maderova,Z., Safarikova,M.: Magnetic modification of cells. In: Applications of NanoBioMaterials,  Volume II: Engineering of NanoBioMaterials (Grumezescu,A., ed.), Elsevier, in press
  3. Safarik,I., Prochazkova,G., Pospiskova,K., Branyik,T.: Magnetically modified microalgae and their applications. Crit. Rev. Biotechnol., in press
  4. Baldikova,E., Politi,D., Maderova,Z., Pospiskova,K., Sidiras,D., Safarikova,M., Pospiskova,K., Safarik,I.: Utilization of magnetically responsive cereal by-product for organic dyes removal. J. Sci. Food Agric., in press
  5. Pospiskova,K., Safarik,I.: Magnetically responsive enzyme powders. J. Magn. Magn. Mater. 380 (2015) 197-200
  6. Pospiskova,K., Safarik,I.: Low-temperature magnetic modification of sensitive biological materials. Mater. Lett. 142 (2015) 184-188
  7. Safarik,I., Maderova,Z., Pospiskova,K., Baldikova,E., Horska,K., Safarikova,M.: Magnetically responsive yeast cells: Methods of preparation and applications. Yeast 32 (2015) 227-237
  8. Safarik,I., Filip,J., Horska,K., Nowakova,M., Tucek,J., Safarikova,M., Hashimoto,H., Takada,J., Zboril,R.: Magnetically-modified natural biogenic iron oxides for organic xenobiotics removal. Int. J. Environ. Sci. Technol. 12 (2015) 673-682
  9. Safarik,I., Maderova,Z., Pospiskova,K., Horska,K., Safarikova,M.: Magnetic decoration and labeling of prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells. In: Cell Surface Engineering: Fabrication of Functional Nanoshells (Fakhrullin,R.F., Choi,I., Lvov,Y.M.,  Eds.), (RSC Smart Materials No. 9), RSC, 2014, pp. 185-215
  10. Schröfel,A., Kratošová,G., Šafařík,I., Šafaříková,M., Raška,I., Shor, L.M.: Applications of biosynthesized metallic nanoparticles – a review. Acta Biomaterialia 10 (2014) 4023-4042
  11. Safarik,I., Horska,K., Pospiskova,K., Filip,J., Safarikova,M.: Mechanochemical synthesis of magnetically responsive materials from non-magnetic precursors. Materials Letters 126 (2014) 202-206
  12. Melnikova,L., Pospiskova,K., Mitroova,Z., Kopcansky,P., Safarik,I.: Peroxidase-like activity of magnetoferritin. Microchim. Acta 181 (2014) 295-301
  13. Prochazkova,G., Podolova,N., Safarik,I., Zachleder,V., Branyik,T.: Physicochemical approach to freshwater microalgae harvesting with magnetic particles. Colloids and Surfaces B: Biointerfaces 112 (2013) 213-218
  14. Pospiskova,K., Prochazkova,G., Safarik,I.: One-step magnetic modification of yeasts cells by microwave synthesized iron oxides microparticles. Lett. Appl. Microbiol. 56 (2013) 456-461
  15. Pospiskova,K., Safarik,I.: Low-cost, easy-to-prepare magnetic chitosan microparticles for enzymes immobilization. Carbohydr. Polym. 96 (2013) 545-548
  16. Prochazkova,G., Safarik,I., Branyik,T.: Harvesting microalgae with microwave synthesized magnetic microparticles. Biores. Technol. 130 (2013) 472-477
  17. Pospiskova,K., Safarik,I., Sebela,M., Kuncova,G.: Magnetic particles-based biosensor for biogenic amines using an optical oxygen sensor as a transducer. Acta 180 (2013) 311-318