František Švec, Charles University, Hradec Králové, Czech Republic, celebrates his 75th birthday on September 3, 2018. Švec’s research focuses on the development and application of advanced materials in separation science and heterogeneous catalysis. He has, e.g., developed monodispersed polymethacrylate- and polystyrene microparticles with controlled properties and pioneered novel monolithic porous polymers.
František Švec studied chemistry at the Institute of Chemical Technology, Prague, Czech Republic, where he received his Ph.D. in polymer chemistry in 1969 and served as Assistant Professor from 1969 to 1976. He then became Department Head and Technology Transfer Manager at the Institute of Macromolecular Chemistry, Czech Academy of Sciences, Prague, where he remained until 1992.
František Švec moved to Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, USA, and served as Professor there from 1992 to 1996. He then joined the University of California, Berkeley, USA, as a Faculty Member in 1997. Starting in 2005, he has served as Director of the Organic and Macromolecular Synthesis Facility at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, CA, USA, where he currently is an Affiliate. From 2013 to 2017, he was Professor at the International Research Center for Soft Materials, Beijing University of Chemical Technology, China, and Adjunct Professor at the Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology, Republic of Korea. Since 2017, Švec is Professor at the Faculty of Pharmacy, Charles University, Hradec Králové, Czech Republic.
Among many other honors, František Švec has received the Czechoslovak Academy of Sciences Award in 1986, the American Chemical Society (ACS) Award in Chromatography in 2008, and the CASSS Award for Outstanding Achievements in Separation Science in 2016. Among other commitments, he serves as Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Separation Science and Separation Science plus and is Member of the Editorial Advisory Boards of the Journal of Chromatography A and Electrophoresis.
- A comparison study of nanofiber, microfiber, and new composite nano/microfiber polymers used as sorbents for on-line solid phase extraction in chromatography system,
Martina Háková, Lucie Chocholoušová Havlíková, Jiří Chvojka, Jakub Erben, Petr Solich, František Švec, Dalibor Šatínský,
Anal. Chim. Acta 2018, 1023, 44–52.
- Simultaneous determination of quercetin and its metabolites in rat plasma by using ultra-high performance liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry,
Veronika Pilařová, Kateřina Plachká, Lucia Chrenková, Iveta Najmanová, Přemysl Mladěnka, František Švec, Ondřej Novák, Lucie Nováková,
Talanta 2018, 185, 71–79.
- Nanofiber polymers as novel sorbents for on-line solid phase extraction in chromatographic system: A comparison with monolithic reversed phase C18 sorbent,
Martina Háková, Lucie Chocholoušová Havlíková, Jiří Chvojka, František Švec, Petr Solich, Dalibor Šatínský,
Anal. Chim. Acta 2018, 1018, 26–34.
- Preparative Chromatography and Downstream Processing,
František Švec, Barbara Böck,
Chem. Eng. Technol. 2012, 35, 11–11.
- Polymers everywhere,
František Švec, Barbara Böck,
Chem. Eng. Technol. 2010, 33, 1731–1731.
- Continuous rods of macroporous polymer as high-performance liquid chromatography separation media,
František Švec, Jean M. J. Frechet,
Anal. Chem. 2002, 64, 820–822.
- Molded Rigid Polymer Monoliths as Separation Media for Capillary Electrochromatography,
Eric C. Peters, Miroslav Petro, František Švec, Jean M. J. Fréchet,
Anal. Chem. 1997, 69, 3646–3649.
- New Designs of Macroporous Polymers and Supports: From Separation to Biocatalysis,
F. Švec, J. M. J. Frechet,
Science 1996, 273, 205–211.
Also of Interest
- F. Švec: It’s A Lot Of Plastic That Has To Be Produced!,
Barbara Böck, Vera Köster,
ChemViews Mag. 2010.
František Švec talks about plastics, separation sciences, the latest CET topical issue, the Molecular Foundry, societies, and the web