Graduated from the Faculty of Organic Technology of ICT Prague, Department of Organic Technology in 1966. He defended his dissertation "Transfer of Mass during Hydrogenation of Liquid Film" in the same field in 1972. In 1984 and 1990, he habilitated at the Institute of Chemical Technology in Prague, in 1987 he was awarded the DSc. title based on his doctoral thesis "Design and Management of Trickle-bed Reactor Catalysts", in 1996 he was named Professor of Organic Technology.
From 1985 to 1989, he worked at ICT Prague as Dean for Science, Research and International Relations, Faculty of Chemical Technology, then from 1990 to1991 he was Faculty Dean. He lectured the following subjects at the faculty: "Technology Algorithms", "Special Separation Processes" and until 2014 "Multiphase Reactors" and "Pharmaceutical Engineering". In 1993-2007 he also lectured the subject of "Industrial Catalysis of Organic Synthesis" at the University of Pardubice. Since 2004, he has worked at the Institute of Chemical Process Fundamentals of the Czech Republic in the Laboratory of Eduard Hála Separation Processes, from 2004 to 2012 he was Director of the Institute and named an Emeritus Researcher at the Academy of Sciences in 2015. Currently a member of the Scientific Council of the Czech Republic, the Commission for Cooperation of the Republic of Universities, the Commission for Expensive Instruments ASCR and Chairman of the Commission for the Highest Level of Qualification of Sciences. He is also a member of the supervisory boards of the Institute of Inorganic Chemistry of ASCR and the Institute of Macromolecular Chemistry ASCR. He has also been Chairman and Vice Chairman of the Czech Society of Industrial Chemistry for over 25 years, a member of the Czech Society of Chemical Engineering and the Czech Chemical Society.
Prof. Ing. Jiří Hanika, DrSc. has published more than 150 original scientific papers mainly on chemical reactor engineering, heterogeneous catalysis, organic and petrochemical technologies in renowned international journals. He is co-author of 28 patents and his work has been cited more than 300 times (HI = 16, according to SCI). Currently a member of the scientific councils at FCHT and FCHI at ICT Prague and FCHT at Pardubice University.
He is a member of the editorial boards of journals Chemical Papers, Hemijska Industrija, Chemical Industry, Chemical Engineering and Technology Quarterly. For his professional work, he has received the Medal of Ferdinand Schulze FTOP ICT, Commemorative Medal of the Slovak Chemical Society and the Commemorative Medal of the FCHT Rector and Dean, University of Pardubice.
In the long-term, Prof. Hanika has collaborated with industries in the Czech Republic (especially in the petrochemical area - Unipetrol, as, Litvínov , VÚAnCh , as, Usti nad Labem, technology of pharmaceutical forms - Zentiva , as Prague) . He has also cooperated with many foreign institutions and companies on the research of modelling and control of the trickle-bed reactor catalyst (DSM Research Geleen, CNRS Nancy, CPERI Thessaloniki, University Halle-Wittenberg, TU Dresden, GHM Dortmund, Politecnico di Torino, Suzer ChemTech Winterthur, Akzo Nobel, Solvay Brussels, University of Waterloo,Bio/Chemtek CSIR Modderfontein, Institut Kataliza RAV Novosibirsk).