Vladimír Zeleňák graduated in 1992 at Pavol Jozef Šafárik University in Košice and obtained his PhD in Inorganic Chemistry in 1996 at Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic. Since 2019 he is a Full Professor of Inorganic Chemistry at Pavol Jozef Šafárik University in Košice, Slovakia. In the years 2000-2002 he worked as Research Fellow at Nuclear Research Institute in Řež, Czech Republic and in years 2002 -2004 as the Research Fellow at Aix-Marseille University, Laboratory Madirel, France.
Vladimír Zeleňák is the expert in the field of inorganic chemistry and porous materials, where he focuses on new nanoporous sorbents based on periodic nanoporous silica (PNS) and hybrid inorganic/organic complex compounds known as metalorganic frameworks (MOF) and introduced this dynamic and globally recognized issue at UPJŠ in Košice and in Slovakia. Another area that prof. Zeleňák focuses on is the use of nanoporous materials for the sorption and storage of technologically important gases, such as carbon dioxide, hydrogen and methane, or the preparation of composite magnetic materials with unique properties.
He published the results of his work in 140 original scientific papers registered in WOS and Scopus. He has more than 3300 SCI citations. He is the leader of the TRIANGEL top scientific team (according to the identification of the Accreditation Commission). A significant scientific contribution of prof. Zeleňák is the use of ordered mesoporous silica as an intelligent carrier of hydrophobic anti-inflammatory or anti-cancer drugs. In 2019 he was awarded the Scientist of the year 2018 for his research. His research team has the know-how for the preparation of biocompatible drug carriers that release the drug in a controlled manner over a longer period of time. With the introduction and development of research of MOF and mesoporous silica Vladimír Zeleňák has created a solid basis for further development of this topic. He has been supervisor of 32 master students, 10 PhD students, 3 post-docs.
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