43rd IUPAC Council Meeting
Nominee for Bureau
Professor Duan 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
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 (19891990)
and head (19801991) of the Department of Thermodynamics and Hydrodynamics
of Polymer Systems. Prior to that he was head of the Department of Physical
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.
Since 1993, Berek has been chairman of the Slovak National Committee
of Chemistry for IUPAC. From 19982003, 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 (19982001)
and a member of the Macromolecular Division Committee (20012003).
Related Professional Activities
Since 2005, Berek has been the vice president of the Slovak Chemical
Society; he was president from 19971999 and from 20032004.
In addition, he has been a member of the Board of the Federation of
European Chemical Societies (19931996) and the Presidium of the
Slovak Academy of Sciences (19921995). From 19911992 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
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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