Mgr. Otakar Frank Ph.D.

Mgr. Otakar Frank Ph.D.
Head of the Department of Electrochemical Materials
Tel: 420266053446
Room: 536


Manipulation of the (opto)electronic structure of 2D materials by external perturbations (deformation, charge doping etc.) Materials for energy storage and conversion


Raman spectroscopy, AFM, electrochemistry

Running Projects

  • 2021 - 2023 Elastic nanosilicon for advanced Li-ion batteries
  • 2018 - 2022 Carbon allotropes with rationalized nanointerfaces and nanolinks for environmental and biomedical applications, WP3


  • 2010 - present JHINST - Department of Electrochemical Materials; head of the department since 2022
  • 2008 - 2010 Institute of Chemical Engineering and High-Temperature Processes, Patras, Greece; post-doc
  • 2005 - 2008 JHINST - Department of Electrochemical Materials; post-doc
  • 2005 - 2008 Faculty of Science, Charles University in Prague; post-doc
  • 2001 - 2005 Faculty of Science, Charles University in Prague; PhD. student
  • 1995 - 2001 Faculty of Science, Charles University in Prague; undergraduate student


  • 2016 Neuron Impulse
  • 2012 Czech Learned Society Award for Young Researchers
  • 2011 Otto Wichterle Award by the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic

Selected publications

Frank O., Tsoukleri G., Parthenios J., Papagelis K., Riaz I., Jalil R., Novoselov K.S. and Galiotis C. Compression Behavior of Single-layer Graphenes. ACS Nano 4(6), 3131-3138 (2010).

Frank O., Mohr M., Maultzsch J., Thomsen C., Riaz I., Jalil R., Novoselov K.S., Tsoukleri G., Parthenios J., Papagelis K., Kavan L. and Galiotis C. Raman 2D-Band Splitting in Graphene: Theory and Experiment. ACS Nano 5(3), 2231–2239 (2011).

Frank O., Tsoukleri G., Riaz I., Papagelis K., Parthenios J., Ferrari A.C., Geim A.K., Novoselov K.S. and Galiotis C. From Graphene to Carbon Fibres: Mechanical Deformation and Development of a Universal Stress Sensor. Nature Communications 2, 255 (2011).

Frank O., Bouša M., Riaz I., Jalil R., Novoselov K.S., Tsoukleri G., Parthenios J., Kavan L.,  Papagelis K. and Galiotis C. Phonon and structural changes in deformed Bernal stacked bilayer graphene. Nano Letters 12(2), 687-693 (2012).

Frank O., Vejpravova J., Holy V., Kavan L., Kalbac M. Interaction between graphene and copper substrate: The role of lattice orientation. Carbon 68, 440-451 (2014).

Frank O., Kavan L., Kalbac M. Carbon Isotopic Labelling in Graphene Research. Nanoscale 6(12), 6363-6370 (2014).

Frank O., Dresselhaus M.S., Kalbac M. Raman spectroscopy and In-situ Raman spectroelectrochemistry of isotopically engineered graphene systems. Accounts of Chemical Research 48(1), 111-118 (2015).

Galiotis C., Frank O., Koukaras E.N., Sfyris D. Graphene Mechanics: Current Status and Perspectives. Annual Reviews of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering 6, 121-140 (2015).

Alvarez M. P., del Corro E., Morales García Á., Kavan L., Kalbac M., Frank O. Single Layer Molybdenum Disulfide under Direct Out-of-Plane Compression: Low-Stress Band-Gap Engineering. Nano Letters 15(5), 3139-3146 (2015).

Velický M., Rodriguez A., Bouša M., Krayev A.V., Vondráček M., Honolka J., Ahmadi M., Donnelly G.E., Huang F., Abruña H.D., Novoselov K.S., Frank O. Strain and Charge Doping Fingerprints of the Strong Interaction between Monolayer MoS2 and Gold. The Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters 11(15), 6112-8 (2020).

Varillas J., Frank O. Wrinkle development in graphene sheets with patterned nano-protrusions: A molecular dynamics study. Carbon 173, 301-10 (2021).

Rodriguez A., Kalbac M., Frank O. Strong localization effects in the photoluminescence of transition metal dichalcogenide heterobilayers. 2D Materials 8(2), 025028 (2021).