Professor Frantisek Stepanek
Prof Frantisek Stepanek obtained his PhD in chemical engineering in the year 2000 jointly from the University of Chemistry and Technology in Prague and Université Pierre et Marie Curie in Paris. He worked at Unilever R&D Port Sunlight in the physical sciences group, later moving to academia to Imperial College London where he established a research group on particle technology and currently holds a visiting professorship. Since 2008 he is a full professor of chemical engineering at the University of Chemistry and Technology in Prague.
Prof. Stepanek is a founder of the Chemical Robotics Laboratory, which was established with the help of the ERC Starting grant. His research interests include pharmaceutical engineering and chemical robotics, focusing on such challenges as fighting antibiotic resistance, developing technologies for personalized medicine and advanced drug delivery systems enabling dose reduction through reformulation. He has published over 150 scientific research articles, which have been cited more than 2500 times.
Prof. Stepanek has received several awards for his work, including the Moulton Medal, the Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Award, the Philip Leverhulme Prize, and the Werner von Siemens Award. He is a keen beekeeper and a multiple Ironman finisher.