Faculty of Natural
Comenius University Bratislava

RNDr. Lukáš Félix Pašteka, PhD.

Department of Physical and Theoretical Chemistry, Faculty of Natural Sciences, Comenius University in Bratislave, Ilkovičova 6, 842 15 Bratislava

tel. +421-2-9014-9204; email: lukas.f.pastekauniba.sk, room: CH1-323

Research Interests

relativistic & QED effects in chemistry

properties of heavy & superheavy elements

atomic & molecular spectroscopy, laser cooling of molecules

search for new physics (variation of fundamental constants, parity violation in chiral molecules, electron EDM...)

fluxional organic molecules

molecular photoswitches


Current Research Projects

Slovak Research and Development Agency project no. APVV-20-0098: Molecular switching under the spotlight – research fellow

Slovak Research and Development Agency project no. APVV-20-0127: Towards reliable finite temperature ab initio calculations of moleculesand materials – research fellow

European Commission H2020 – ERA Chairs project no. 810701Establishing Laboratory for Advanced Materials at the Comenius University – project manager / research fellow
lab websites: link, link

Slovak Scientific Grant Agency VEGA project no. 1/0777/19: Benchmark calculations of properties, interactions and reactivity of chemical systems – research fellow

Selected Publications

Stereomutation of Substituted Bullvalenes, Organic Letters 23, 1157 (2021); DOI: 10.1021/jacs.9b12930 (cover page)

Boronate Ester Bullvalenes, Journal of the American Chemical Society 142, 3680 (2020); DOI: 10.1021/jacs.9b12930

The electron affinity of astatine. Nature Communications 11, 3824 (2020); DOI: 10.1038/s41467-020-17599-2

Material Size Dependence on Fundamental Constants. Physical Review Letters 122, 160801 (2019); DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.122.160801

Synthesis and Analysis of Substituted Bullvalenes. Angewandte Chemie IE 57, 2570 (2018); DOI: 10.1002/anie.201712157 (cover page)

Relativistic Coupled Cluster Calculations with Variational Quantum Electrodynamics Resolve the Discrepancy between Experiment and Theory Concerning the Electron Affinity and Ionization Potential of Gold. Physical Review Letters 118, 23002 (2017); DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.118.023002

Relativistic and quantum electrodynamic effects in superheavy elements. Nuclear Physics A 944, 551 (2014); DOI: 10.1016/j.nuclphysa.2015.02.005


Physical Chemistry 1&2 – seminars

Selected Chapters in Theoretical and Computational Chemistry – selected lectures

What is Physical Chemistry – selected lectures

Science Otreach

popular-science talks – online issue of Nerd Nite Slovakia, podcast This Week in Science (TWIS), SSC plenary Are we done with the periodic table? 

popular-science articles and blogs – astatine and alpha-therapy – Phys.org, LiveScience, CERN news; varying fundamental constants – Physics Buzz, Inside Science, Physics World, Ars Technica, APS Physics; gold mystery – Phys.org, Physics World, APS Physics

chemistry correspondence seminar CHEMOUK for motivated high-school students

demonstrating theoretical chemistry for the FNS Open Day

preparing and evaluating students for the International Chemistry Olympiad