junior group leader

likes blue elephants


Briefly, I simulate molecules on a computer. I prefer to use molecular dynamics, and if it is absolutely necessary to fall back to quantum chemistry, I choose our favorite DFTB. What I like especially is to combine various methods, mostly in QM/MM schemes. Then, it is easier to answers questions that involve multiple processes taking place on different spatial and temporal scales.

I also have fun at working with computers generally. This is quite handy whenever we have new methodical ideas to implement, which happens often. Also, I happen to take care of several linux computer clusters.

Apart from research, I enjoy teaching or, more generally, working with young people (meaning, younger than myself). So, I am happy

  • to have a couple of Ph.D. students to work with
  • to teach a large part of our molecular dynamics lecture
  • to spend two weeks of my year's vacation with 100+ kids interested in science – check Běstvina


education & employment

2011 –
Assistant Professor with Professor Marcus Elstner at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

2007 – 2011
Post-­doc with Professor Elstner at the Technische Universität Braunschweig (Germany).

2003 – 2007
Ph.D. in physical chemistry with Professor Pavel Hobza at the Institute of Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry, Czech Academy of Sciences, Prague. Defended Ph.D. thesis: “Thermodynamic  Properties of Biomolecular Systems.”

1998 – 2003
M.Sc. in physical chemistry at the Charles Univeristy, Faculty of Science (Prague, Czech Rep.). Defended diploma thesis: “Parameterization of the Force Field for Nucleic Acid Modeling” and graduated summa cum laude.




tomas.kubar :at: kit.edu 

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Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
Center for Functional Nanostructures
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