Tomáš Cajthaml

Tomáš Cajthaml

Born 9 January 1975 in Jablonec nad Nisou, Czech Republic

Environmental chemist

Researcher ID: I-1971-2014

Charles University in Prague

  • Faculty of Science, Institute for Environmental Studies
  • Benátská 2, 128 01 Prague 2
  • Czech Republic

Professor Cajthaml finished his Ph.D. study in 2002. During his career he passed several short-term stays e.g. at Umweltforschungcentrum, Leipzig, Germany (8 months); CERMAV, Grenoble France (4 months). From 2006 he is the head of Laboratory of Environmental Technology, Institute of microbiology, ASCR. From 2015, he is a professor at the Charles University and the director of the Institute for Environmental Studies, Faculty of Science, Charles University. He is an author or co-author of 140 papers (2804 citations – WoS) in journals with impact factor, 5 chapters in books, 4 patents, 4 verified technologies, 1 utility model and about 70 lectures or posters at conferences, Hirsch’s index 30 (WoS). He has been an principal or co-investigator of 20 national or international projects. He was a supervisor of 6 PhD, 14 master and 4 bachelor successfully finished students. He is a member of the several scientific organizations and a delegate of the Czech Republic at European Federation for Biotechnology. He is also an active member of the board of the Technology Agency of the Czech Republic and the Czech Science Foundation.

Education and Academic Positions

  • 2015 Prof in Environmental Sciences Faculty of Science, Charles University, Prague
  • 2011 Assoc Prof in Environmental Sciences Faculty of Science, Charles University, Prague
  • 2002 PhD in Applied and Landscape Ecology Faculty of Science, Charles University, Prague
  • 1998 MSc in Analytical Chemistry Faculty of Science, Charles University, Prague

Research Interests

  • persistent organic pollutants, endocrine disrupters, microbial bioremediation, analysis of organopollutants, bioavailability and degradation of relevant pollutants, identification of biodegradation products of pollutants, supercritical and subcritical extraction techniques and their applications

Teaching Interests

  • Decontamination Technologies and Biotechnology
  • Instrumental Organic analysis in the Environment
  • Environmental Problems – Examples and Solutions
  • Introduction to environmental science


  • Environmental organic analysis
  • Ecotoxicty of environmental samples
  • Decomposition and transformation of organic compounds in the environment
  • Consultancy in methodical questions related to environmental chemistry

Scientific Activities

Member of scientific council of Faculty of Science,Charles University, Prague

  • Member of editorial board – Folia Microbiologica
  • Member of editorial board – European Journal of Environmental Sciences
  • Member of editorial board-Frontiers in Microbiology
  • Member of Czechoslovak Society for Microbiology
  • Delegate of the Czech Republic at European Federation for Biotechnology
  • Member of the board of the Technology Agency of the Czech Republic and the Czech Science Foundation


  • 2002 Prize for the best PhD thesis, Institute of Microbiology, Czech Academy of Sciences
  • 2005 Prize of Carolinum Association for research on environment.
  • 2007 Otto Wichterle Award for young researches


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Časopis Vesmír: Kompost je mikrobiologické muzeum

V časopise Vesmír č. 3/2019 vyšel rozhovor s profesorem Tomášem Cajthamlem, ředitelem Ústavu pro životní prostředí Přírodovědecké...


Microbial communities in local and transplanted soils along a latitudinal gradient

A field transplantation experiment was used in this study to investigate the effects of substrate and climatic conditions on basal soil...


Relative importance of honeydew and resin for the microbial activity in wood ant nest and forest floor substrate – a laboratory study

Wood ants are fascinating insects largely affecting their surroundings. They are important ecosystem engineers of our forests in which they play a...