Department of Functional Materials

belongs to the Condensed Matter Division of the Institute of Physics of the Czech Academy of Sciences

The department consists of 3 research groups FMC, MNB and MCMscanning electron microscopy laboratory and mechanical workshop.

Research within the department focusses on  active or passive functionality imprinted to the solid state materials on the structural level, in particular:

Recent Key Results

Nucleation energy landscape of diamond during chemical vapor deposition:  Matthew A. Gebbie, Hitoshi Ishiwata, Patrick J. McQuade, Vaclav PetrakAndrew Taylor, Christopher Freiwald, Jeremy E. Dahl, Robert M. K. Carlson, Andrey A. Fokin, Peter R. Schreiner, Zhi-Xun Shen, Milos Nesladek, and Nicholas A. Melosh, Experimental measurement of the diamond nucleation landscape reveals classical and nonclassical features PNAS, August 1 2018, , FZU web info,   Press release 

Review on TRIP like deformation processes in NiTi shape memory alloys:  P. Šittner, P. Sedlák, H. Seiner, P. Sedmák, J. Pilch, R. Delville, L. Heller, L. Kadeřávek, On the coupling between martensitic transformation and plasticity in NiTi: Experiments and continuum based modelling, Progress in Materials Science, 2018, 98;249-298,   FZU web info,   FREE Link

Transformation - plasticity coupling in NiTi shape memory alloy: L. Heller, H. Seiner, P. Šittner, P. Sedlák, O. Tyc, L. Kadeřávek, On the plastic deformation accompanying cyclic martensitic transformation in thermomechanically loaded NiTi, International Journal of Plasticity, 2018, in press, FZU web info

Nanosegregation and embrittlement at interfaces: P. Lejček, M. Šob, V. Paidar: Interfacial segregation and grain boundary embrittlement: An overview and critical assessment of experimental data and calculated resultsProgress in Materials Science 87 (2017) 83–139.  FZU web info

Localized deformation of NiTi by 3D-XRD:    P. Sedmák, J. Pilch, L.Heller, J. Kopeček, J. Wright, P. Sedlák, M. Frost, P. Šittner, Grain-resolved analysis of localized deformation in nickel-titanium wire under tensile load, Science 353, 559-562 (2016)  FREE link, Press releaseSee also presentation in Special Topics


Department of Functional Materials

Institute of Physics of the CAS

Na Slovance 2, 182 21, Prague, Czech Republic



Tel: +420 266 052 613

Fax: +420 286 890 527


Head of Department

Name Surname Phone Email
Petr Šittner +420 266 052 657

Deputy Head of Department

Name Surname Phone Email
Luděk Heller +420 266 053 351
Pavel Lejček +420 266 052 167


Name Surname Phone Email
Marcela Boháčková +420 266 052 613



Maruska Krecmarova completed her PhD in July 2018, congratulations and best wishes.

On January 30, Eduardo Alarcon defended his Czech-French PhD thesis in Brest, France , congratulations.

NiTi20Hf shape memory alloy was used in the actuation system for the rotating wingtips in the test flight series of the Spanwise Adaptive Wing proj

On January 16 2018, Pavel Sedmak completed his PhD at FJFI CVUT.. Congratulations

Seminar of the Department of Functional Materials


Investigation of deformation processes in shape memory alloys by 3D x-ray diffraction and x-ray microscopy

The MSM research group headed by Oleg Heczko left the Department of Functional Materials on September 1th  2017. O.

Copyright © 2015 OFM AV ČR, v. v. i.