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Kratochvíl Pavel

Prof., Ing., DrSc., Dr.h.c.
Born February 6, 1930 in Prague

  • Physical chemistry of polymers
  • Member of Learned Society since 1994 (Founding Member)
  • Member, Foundation for Support of Science of LS
  • Vice-Chairman, 1996-2001
  • Chairman, 2001-2003
  • Vice-Chairman of Foundation, 2003

Educational and professional preparation

  • 1953, Ing., Institute of Chemical Technology in Prague (ICT)
  • 1960, CSc., Institute of Macromolecular Chemistry (IMC), CSAS
  • 1968, DrSc., IMC
  • 1991, Associate Professor of Macromolecular Chemistry, ICT
  • 1992, Full Professor of Macromolecular Chemistry, ICT

Employment and academic positions

  • 1953, technologist, Východočeské chemické závody (East Bohemia Chemical Works), Pardubice-Rybitví
  • 1953-1957, assistant lecturer and lecturer, ICT, Pardubice
  • 1957-1960, post-graduate student, Institute of Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry CSAS
  • 1960-present, Institute of Macromolecular Chemistry AS CR, scientist (1964, senior scientist; 1968, head scientist; 1990-1998, Director of the Institute)

Membership in selected national scientific bodies

  • 2001-2005, Scientific Council (SC), AS CR, 1990-2003, ICT
  • 1990-2010, SC University of Pardubice
  • 1992-present, SC Faculty of Technology, Tomáš Baťa University in Zlín
  • 1992-2003, SC Faculty of Chemistry, Brno University of Technology
  • 2002-present, Commission for Scientific Integrity, AS CR
  • 1990-present, Czech Commission for UNESCO
  • 1990-2005, Accreditation Commission, Working Group for Chemistry
  • 1995-2003, Commission for Awards, Minister of Education, Youth and Sports
  • 1999-2005, Council of the Research Centers Programme
  • 1983-2006, Czech National Committee for Chemistry (1990-2001, Chairman)

Membership in international organizations and societies

  • 1990-present, Fellow, Royal Society of Chemistry, London
  • 1978-present, International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (member of a number of committees and commissions; 1985-1991, Chairman of commission)
  • 1986-present, International Symposia on Polymer Analysis and Characterization, USA, Governing Board Member
  • 1990-present, American Chemical Society
  • 1999-present, Society of Chemical Industry, UK
  • member, editorial boards of six international journals

Notable awards

  • 1970, National Prize for Science
  • 1977, Prize of CSAS
  • 1983, Silver Medal, Faculty of Natural Science, Charles University
  • 1997, Gold Medal, Brno University of Technology
  • 2000, J. Heyrovský Honorary Medal (for merit in the chemical sciences, AS CR)
  • 2000, Doctor honoris causa, University of Pardubice
  • 2002, Gold Memorial Medal, Faculty of Chemistry, Brno University of Technology
  • 2005, IUPAC-Samsung Education Prize
  • 2006, Emil Votoček Medal for merit in development of science and technology, ICT Prague
  • 2007, Medal of Honour "De scientia et humanitate optime meritis", AS CR

Selected publications

  • M. Netopilík, P. Kratochvíl: Polystyrene-equivalent molecular weight versus true molecular weight in size-exclusion chromatography. Polymer 44, 3431 (2003)
  • P. Kratochvíl, J. Stejskal: Chemical heterogeneity of copolymers and its characterization. Polimery 46, 761 (2001)
  • Z. Tuzar, P. Kratochvíl: Micelles of block and graft copolymers in solutions. Surface and Colloid Science 15, 1 (1993)
  • P. Kratochvíl: Classical light scattering from polymer solutions. Polymer Science Library, Vol.5, Amsterdam, Elsevier 1987
  • Z. Tuzar, P. Kratochvíl: Block and graft copolymer micelles in solution. Adv. Colloid Interface Sci. 6, 201 (1976)
  • P. Kratochvíl: Particle scattering functions. In Light Scattering from Polymer Solutions. London, Academic Press 1972, pp 333-384
  • Z. Tuzar, P. Kratochvíl: Light scattering. XVIII. The behaviour of polymers in mixed solvents. Collect. Czech. Chem. Commun. 32, 3358 (1967)

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