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Dušek Karel

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

  • Structure and properties of macromolecules
  • Member of Learned Society since 1994 (Founding Member)
  • 1996-2000, Chairman; 2000-2002, Vice-Chairman
  • 2002, Secretary, Board of Directors, Foundation for LS Promotion of Science

Educational and professional preparation:

  • 1949, graduate, Russian High School, Prague;
  • 1949-1953, Institute of Chemical Technology, Prague;
  • 1953, Chem. Eng.; 1958, CSc. (PhD), Institute of Physical Chemistry of Czechoslovak Academy of Sciences;
  • 1970, DrSc. CSAS;
  • 1995, Associate Professor, Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, Charles University, (FMP CU) in solid-state physics;
  • 1996, Full Professor of macromolecular chemistry, University of Pardubice

Employment and academic positions:

  • 1953-1965, post-graduate student and scientific associate, Research Institute for Synthetic Resins and Lacquers, Pardubice;
  • 1965-present, senior and chief research fellow, Institute of Macromolecular Chemistry, CSAS and AS CR, Prague

Membership in selected domestic scientific bodies (since 1990):

  • 1991-1992, Vice-Chairman, Scientific Council, Grant Agency of AS CR
  • Currently, Member, Commissions for Postgraduate Study in Macromole-cular Chemistry and Technology of Macromolecular Materials, University Pardubice and Institute of Chemical Technology, Prague
  • Currently, Member, Commission f-4 for Biophysics, Chemical and Macromolecular Physics, FMP CU
  • Member, Commission for Granting Scientific Title Doctor of Sciences (DSc.) in Physical Chemistry Chairman, Steering Committee of Consortium for Research of Nanostructured and Crosslinked Polymeric Materials (Czech Republic)

Membership and positions in selected international organizations and societies:

  • 1986, Polymer Networks Group, Vice-Chairman (1986-1990), Chairman (1990-1994), Treasurer (1994-2003)
  • 1988-2003, National Representative, European Polymer Federation
  • 1986, Associate Member, divisions and, since 1998, full member, American Chemical Society
  • 2001, Member, American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • 2002, Member, World Innovation Foundation

Notable awards:

  • 1971, Prize of CSAS
  • 1981, Prize of CSAS
  • 1988, State Prize
  • 1990, Silver Medal of City of Paris
  • 1994, appointed professor first class by Institut National des Sciences Appliquées (INSA), France
  • 1996-present, Adjunct Professor, Bioengineering Department, University of Utah (USA)
  • 1995, Prize of AS CR
  • 1997, Doctor h.c., Technical University of Wroclaw (Poland)
  • 2000, Heyrovský Plaque (for contributions to the chemical sciences)
  • 2003-present, coordinator, “Nanostructure-Properties Relationships” Area of Excellence, Network of Excellence of EU “Nanostructured and Multifunctional Polymer-based Materials and Nanocomposites”
  • 2004, Paul J. Flory Polymer Research Award

Selected publications:

  • K. Dušek, M. Dušková-Smrčková, M. Ilavský, R. Stewart, J. Kopeček: Swelling pressure induced phase-volume transition in hybrid biopolymer gels caused by unfolding of folded domains: A model. Biomacromolecules 4, 1818-1826 (2003)
  • K. Dušek, M. Dušková-Smrčková: Polymer networks from precursors of defined architecture. Activation of pre-existing branch points. Macromolecules 36, 2915-2925 (2003)
  • K. Dušek, M. Dušková-Smrčková: Formation, structure and properties of the crosslinked state in relation to precursor architecture, in Dendritic polymers (D. A. Tomalia and J. M. J.Fréchet, Eds.), Wiley-VCH, New York (2001)
  • K. Dušek: (Ed.): Responsive gels - Volume phase transition. Vol. I, II. Springer, Berlin (1993)
  • K. Dušek: Networks from telechelic polymers: Theory and application to polyurethanes. In: Telechelic polymers: Synthesis and applications (E. J. Goethals, Ed.). CRC Press, Boca Raton, pp. 289-360 (1989)
  • K. Dušek: Network formation in curing of epoxy resins. Adv. Polym. Sci. 78, 1 (1986).
  • K. Dušek: The size of network chains. Macromolecules 17, 716 (1984)
  • K. Dušek: Network formation by chain crosslinking (co)polymerization. Development in Polymerisation. Vol. I. Appl. Science. Publishers., Barking, 1981.
  • K. Dušek, W. Prins: Structure and elasticity of non-crystalline polymer networks. Adv. Polym. Sci. 6, 1 (1969)
  • K. Dušek, D. Patterson: A transition in swollen polymer networks induced by intramolecular condensation. J. Polym. Sci., Pt. A-2, 6, 1209 (1968)

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