Jan Hrušák completed in 1983 his chemistry studies, specializing in physical chemistry and spectroscopy, at the Technical University Leuna-Merseburg (Germany). Here he defended (“cum lauda”) his PhD (Dr.rer.nat) in 1987, and joined the Institute of Macromolecular Chemistry of the Czechoslovak Academy of Sciences (at present, the Czech Academy of Sciences).
In 1990 he moved to the Institute of Organic Chemistry at the Technical University of Berlin, where he devoted his attention to the problem of elementary reaction mechanisms of small cations including silicon and transition metal catalysis, using theoretical descriptions and quantum chemical calculations. In 1995 he accepted a position at the J. Heyrovský Institute of Physical Chemistry of the Czech Academy of Sciences, where he is working since.
The 1996 he spent as a visiting professor at the Institute of Molecular Science at Okazaki (Japan). 2001-2009 he served two terms in the executive body of the Czech Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic (Council and Presidium member), and from 2010 he spend two years in the position of the Director general for research at the Ministry of Education, youth and sport of the Czech Republic (MEYS).
Jan Hrušák has a notable experience with European science policy affairs; he is longstanding ESFRI member and ERAC delegate and provides in top of his scientific career advice to the Council of the Academy and to MEYS. Jan Hrušák is author of c. one hundred scientific publications, and IS member of several international scientific organizations. Currently, his main scientific interest is studies of reaction mechanisms in small organic and organometallic ions in the gas phase targeting related to the chemistry of the atmosphere and interstellar space.