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43rd IUPAC Council Meeting

Nominee for Bureau

Dušan Berek (Slovakia)

Dušan Berek

Professor Dušan Berek has been active in the field of high-performance liquid chromatography of synthetic polymers, developing new types of column packings, as well as unconventional methods for their evaluation. He has worked out several original “coupled” procedures for liquid chromatographic separation and characterization of complex polymer systems.

Education and Career
Berek graduated from the Faculty of Chemical Technology, Slovak Technical University in Bratislava in 1960. In 1966, he received his Ph.D. in physical chemistry from the Polymer Institute of the Slovak Academy of Sciences in Bratislava, Slovakia, and the Institute of Macromolecular Chemistry at the Academy of Sciences in Prague, Czech Republic. In 1991, he received his D.Sc. in Macromolecular Sciences from the Slovak Technical University and Slovak Academy of Sciences in Bratislava.

Since 1991, Berek has been head of the Laboratory of Liquid Chromatography Polymer Institute at the Slovak Academy of Sciences, where he has worked since 1960. Previously, Berek served as vice-director (1989–1990) and head (1980–1991) of the Department of Thermodynamics and Hydrodynamics of Polymer Systems. Prior to that he was head of the Department of Physical Chemistry (1966–1971).

He is author or co-author of two monographs, over 240 scientific papers in extenso, and chapters in books. He holds over 60 patents. Three of his patents were licensed to companies producing chromatographic materials and one to a company producing fillers for rubber. He has been an invited speaker at many universities and research institutions all over the world, and has delivered more than 300 lectures. In addition, he has presented over 70 invited lectures and numerous regular contributions at international scientific meetings.

IUPAC Involvement
Since 1993, Berek has been chairman of the Slovak National Committee of Chemistry for IUPAC. From 1998–2003, he was the chair of the IUPAC Working Party on Molecular Characterization of Commercial Polymers. He has also been a member of the Commission on Chromatography (1998–2001) and a member of the Macromolecular Division Committee (2001–2003).

Related Professional Activities
Since 2005, Berek has been the vice president of the Slovak Chemical Society; he was president from 1997–1999 and from 2003–2004. In addition, he has been a member of the Board of the Federation of European Chemical Societies (1993–1996) and the Presidium of the Slovak Academy of Sciences (1992–1995). From 1991–1992 he was chairman of the Czecho-Slovak National Committee of Chemistry.

Berek has served on the organization committees of over 30 international conferences (14 times as chair) and on 12 international scientific boards of various symposia. Among the symposia he organized, four were under IUPAC auspices. He is a member of the editorial boards of four international journals: International Journal of Polymer Analysis and Characterization, International Journal of Polymeric Materials, Chemical Papers, and Current Analytical Chemistry.

Berek received the Gold Medal (1995) and Honorary Membership (2001) from the Slovak Chemical Society, Hanus Medal of Czech Chemical Society (2000), Commemorative Medal of the Polish Chemical Society (2003), and Gold Plaque of the Slovak Academy of Sciences (1998).


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