Ondřej Votava

Ondřej Votava

Principal Investigator


Curriculum vitae


Mgr. Ondřej Votava, PhD.


J. Heyrovský Institute of Physical Chemistry, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic


Personal data: Born: 8 April 1967 (Praha, Czechoslovakia)

Married, 3 children

Current position and address: senior research fellow

J. Heyrovský Institute of Physical Chemistry v.v.i. ASCR, Dolejškova 3, CZ-182 23 Prague 8, Czech Republic
Tel.:+420-2-6605-3636 (office) Fax: +420-2-8658-2307, e-mail: votava@jh-inst.cas.cz

Higher education and qualification:

1985-90 Undergraduate studies at Charles University, Department of Mathematics and Physics, Prague

1990 Masters degree (Mgr.) in biophysics and chemical physics.

1991-98 Graduate study, University of Colorado, Boulder, USA

1998 Ph.D. degree, thesis title: “Vibrationally mediated photodissociation of water and water containing complexes”

Positions held:

1990-91 research assistent, J.Heyrovský Institute of Physical Chemistry

1999-2000 Postdoctoral Fellow: Department of Chemistry, Sydney University, Australia

2001- present: senior research fellow, J.Heyrovský Institute of Physical Chemistry, Prague

Invited positions:

2009 visiting professor, University Lille, France, working with Prof. Christa Fittschen (1 month)

2010 visiting professor, University Lille, France, working with Prof. Christa Fittschen (2 weeks)

Major Past Research Projects:

1992 -1994: Development of a high resolution injection seeded optical parametric oscillator and application for high resolution photoacoustic spectroscopy of overtone vibrational states in H2O, HOD and acetylene.

1993 – 1998: State selected photodissociation studies of water and it’s clusters: UV direct photodissociation of jet cooled H2O, HOD, D2O, and vibrationaly mediated photodissociation of H2O and Ar-H2O, Ar-HOD and Ar-H2S complexes.

1999 - 2000:

  • Rotational control of unimolecular chemical reactions: state selected studies of H2CO and D2CO photodissociation.

  • Excited state dynamics of triatomic carbenes: CFCl laser spectroscopy and photodissociation.


Current research interrests:

  • Photodissociation dynamics and spectroscopy of molecular clusters. Development of ion-imaging system for cluster beam experiment.

  • Development of high sensitivity spectroscopic detection techniques based on tunable diode lasers: CRDS, CEAS. Trace gas analysis via high resolution spectroscopy.

  • Intramolecular dynamics of highly vibrationally excited polyatomic molecules via high resolution overtone spectroscopy at low temperature in the supersonic jets.