Dr Zuzana Vobecka

Experimental Officer, Eco-Innovation
Experimental Officer, Eco-Innovation

Zuzana’s background is analytical and organic chemistry. After graduating from the University of Chemistry and Technology in Prague, she obtained a PhD degree from the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow in 2013. She then conducted postdoctoral research at the Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces in Potsdam, Germany before moving back to the UK to lead commercial R&D and product development project at the University of Lancaster. She supports the Eco-Innovation research programme here at the University of Chester since June 2017.


BSc, MSc, PhD in Pure and Applied Chemistry, Member of CMI, PRINCE2


Zuzana’s research background includes functional materials for organic electronics, sensors and photo catalysis. In recent years her focus shifted towards innovation projects through industrial-academic partnership. Her enthusiasm for improving our environment brought her into the Eco-innovation project which aims to develop low carbon technologies in collaboration with SMEs from Cheshire and Warrington. She supports the programme by providing expertise in analytical chemistry and helping with general project management.

Published work

Z. Vobecka, Ch. Wei, K. Tauer, M. Antonietti, D. Esposito, Poly(a-methylene-g-valerolactone) 1. Sustainable monomer synthesis and radical polymerization studies, Polymer, 2015, 74, 262-271

P. Ahlers, H. Frisch, D. Spitzer, Z. Vobecka, F. Vilela, P. Besenius, The Synthesis of Dendritic EDOT–Peptide Conjugates and their Multistimuli-Responsive Self-Assembly into Supramolecular Nanorods and Fibers in Water Chemistry – An Asian Journal, 2014, 9(8),2052 - 2057.

K. Zhang, Z. Vobecka, K. Tauer, M. Antonietti , F. Vilela , π-Conjugated polyHIPEs as highly efficient and reusable heterogeneous photosensitizers. Chem. Comm., 2013, 49, 11158-11160.

R. Blue, Z. Vobecka, P.J. Skabara, D. Uttamchandani, The development of sensors for volatile nitro-containing compounds as models for explosives detection, Sensors and Actuators B: Chemical, 2013 176, 534-542.

Z. Vobecka, R. Blue, F. Vilela, P.J. Skabara, D. Uttamchandani, Microelectrode sensor utilising nitro-sensitive polymers for application in explosives detection, Micro and Nano Letters, 2012, 7, 962-964.

D. Cortizo-Lacalle, C.T. Howells, S. Gambino, F. Vilela, Z. Vobecka, N. J. Findlay, A.R. Inigo, S.A. Thomson, P. J.Skabara, I.D.W. Samuel, BODIPY-based conjugated polymers for broadband light sensing and harvesting applications , J. Mater. Chem. 2012, 22, 14119-14126.

J.C. Forgie, P.J. Skabara, I. Stibor, F. Vilela, Z. Vobecka, New Redox Stable Low Band Gap Conjugated Polymer Based on an EDOT-BODIPY-EDOT Repeat Unit, Chem. Mater. 2009, 21, 1784–1786.

Book Chapter

F. Vilela, Z. Vobecka and P.J. Skabara, ‘Organic conductors containing selenium and tellurium’, in The Chemistry of Organic Selenium and Tellurium Compounds, Volume 4, 2013, edited by Z. Rappoport. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd: Chichester, UK, pp. 735-763.