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Fields & Applications Gas Chromatography, Liquid Chromatography, Polymers

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I started my academic career as an assistant professor at the University of Chemical Technology and then as a scientist at the Institute of Macromolecular Chemistry of the Czechoslovak Academy of Sciences, both in Prague. Established by renowned chemist Otto Wichterle – and largely supported by royalties from the licensing of his work on soft contact lenses – the institute integrated the best Czech minds in the field of polymer preparations and separation applications, including Jiři Čoupek, Mirek Kubín, Josef Janča, Jiří Štamberg and, guru of macroporous polymers Karel Dušek (1). I learned a great deal from working alongside these talented people.

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About the Author

Frantisek Svec

Frantisek Svec lives in California and is Professor at the Beijing Advanced Innovation Center for Soft Matter Science and Engineering, Beijing University of Chemical Technology, Beijing, China and at the Department of Analytical Chemistry, Faculty of Pharmacy, Charles University, Hradec Králové, Czech Republic. He received a BSc in chemistry and PhD in polymer chemistry from the Institute of Chemical Technology, Prague (Czech Republic). In 1976 he joined the Institute of Macromolecular Chemistry of the Czechoslovak Academy of Sciences, before joining the faculty at Cornell University in 1992. In 1997, he was appointed at the University of California, Berkeley and also affiliated with the Molecular Foundry of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Svec has authored 450 scientific publications, edited two books, and authored 75 patents. He is editor-in-chief of the Journal of Separation Science, member of editorial boards of a number of renowned journals and was President of CASSS in 2003–2015. He is best known for his research in the area of monoliths and their use in liquid chromatography, electrochromatography, supports for solid phase chemistry, enzyme immobilization, and microfluidics.

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