Novák, Petr, Prof. Dr.

Prof. Dr.  Petr Novák


Paul Scherrer Institut (PSI)

Prof. Dr. Petr Novák

OLGA/117, PSI Ost

5232 Villigen PSI


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Research area

Petr Novák’s research interests include the electrochemistry of lithium-ion batteries. His long-term goal is to develop large lithium-ion batteries for vehicle applications.

Curriculum Vitae

Petr Novák has been a lecturer at the Department of Chemistry and Applied Biosciences since 2002 and an Adjunct Professor at the Laboratory of Inorganic Chemistry since 2009. Professor Novák has also been running the Electrochemical Energy Storage Section ( at the PSI (Paul Scherrer Institut) in Villigen since 2009.

He was born in Brno in the Czech Republic (then Czechoslovakia) in 1956.

Petr Novák completed his degree in chemistry at the Technical University of Prague (Czech Republic, then Czechoslovakia) in 1980, where he went on to obtain a doctorate in electrochemical engineering three years later. From 1983, he worked as a research scientist at the J. Heyrovsky Institute of Physical Chemistry and Electrochemistry in Prague for five years. 1988-1989 he worked at the Institute of Physical Chemistry of the University of Bonn, Germany. 

In 1994, Petr Novák received his habilitation in chemical technology of inorganic materials from the Technical University of Prague. In 1990, he spent a year working as a group leader at the J. Heyrovsky Institute of Physical Chemistry and Electrochemistry in Prague. From 1991 to 1995, he was a project leader at the PSI before working as a group leader there until 2008.


Year Distinction
2016 Fellow of the International Society of Electrochemistry
2008 Elected Vice-President of the International Society of Electrochemistry
2005 Technology Prize of the Battery Divsion of the Electrochemical Society, Inc.
1988 Tajima Prize of the International Society of Electrochemistry, Lausanne, Switzerland

Additional information

Petr Novák was appointed full professor for material reserach of novel energy storage systems at KIT, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany. He rejected the appointment.

Course Catalogue

Autumn Semester 2017

Number Unit
529-0659-00L Electrochemistry 
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