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2016 CASSS Scientific Award Winner Frantisek "Frank" Svec


Frantisek “Frank” Svec has been named the 2016 recipient of the CASSS Award for Outstanding Achievements in Separation Science.

CASSS gives this prestigious honor annually in recognition of outstanding contributions to separation science and technology, with particular consideration given to developments of new methods and techniques.

Svec is the former facility director of the organic and macromolecular synthesis facility at E.O. Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory. He is one of the world’s most highly cited separation scientists, with more than 22,000 citations and an H-index of 84, according to Frantisek Foret, the deputy head for scientific affairs of the Institute of Analytical Chemistry of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic.

“Without any doubt, he has influenced a whole generation of separation scientists,” Foret said. “His pioneering works continue to have a major impact on the development of new separation columns, sample enrichment columns, and immobilized enzymatic reactors.”

Mirek Macka, a professor at the School of Physical Sciences and Australian Centre for Research on Separation Science at the University of Tasmania said Svec will have a lasting impact in his field.

“Monolithic stationary phases is clearly his major contribution and will continue to be seen as his legacy,” Macka said.

Svec, in addition to be a leading figure in separation science, served for 13 years as president of the CASSS board of directors.

Under his leadership, CASSS transformed from a local society that organized a few scientific meetings in the United States, to a premier global scientific society organizing a number of highly successful conferences all over the world.

“Frank provided the gentle, friendly leadership to help the regulated and regulators work together to meet society’s need for better health outcomes,” said Robert L. Stevenson, editor emeritus of American Laboratory.

Foret said Svec’s success is based on more than his scientific accomplishments.

“In a rare balance, Frank combines scientific excellence, nobility and modesty, which together with an ever-present optimism, makes him a sought-after collaborator, companion and friend.”

Svec started his career in Prague, Czechoslovakia, and was working at the Institute of Macromolecular Chemistry when communism collapsed in Eastern Europe in 1989. In 1992, he joined the faculty at Cornell University, moving to the University of California, Berkeley, in 1997.




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