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43rd IUPAC Council Meeting

Nominee for Bureau

Stanislaw Penczek (Poland)

Stanislaw Penczek

Professor Penczek’s research activities have focused on kinetics, thermodynamics, and mechanisms of the polymerization processes, as well as on the synthesis of new polymer structures. Among his many accomplishments was establishing identical reactivities of ions and ion-pairs in cationic ring-opening polymerization at a time when the paradigm of higher reactivity of ions (free) was generally accepted as a dominating viewpoint. He also applied for the first time in macromolecular chemistry, dynamic NMR for studies of the ultra fast reactions of exchange between various ionic forms of active species. In addition, he developed a new general method of synthesis of soluble, highly branched (star shaped) polymers by catalytic reaction of macromolecular alcohols with bicyclic compounds (e.g., diepoxides) and methods of synthesis of simple, high molar mass phosphodiester chains with identical repeating units as in nucleic acids and teichoic acids.

Education and Career
Since 1974, Penczek has been a professor and head of the Department of Polymer Chemistry at the Polish Academy of Science in Lodz. He received his Ph.D. in 1963 from the Industrial Polymer Institute (Warsaw and Leningrad) of the USSR Academy of Science. From 1964–1968, Penczek was head of the Industrial Polymer Institute at the Laboratory of Polymerization. From 1966–1967, he was a post-doctoral fellow under Prof. M. Szwarc at Syracuse University, New York, USA.

Penczek has been a visiting professor at nine universities in Europe and the United States. He has given invited lectures at 80 international meetings and made over 290 printed contributions, including 8 monographs and textbooks and 15 chapters in books and monographs.

IUPAC Involvement
Penczek was a titular member of the Macromolecular Division from 1998–2001 and has been an associate member of IUPAC since 2002. He was also chairman of the World Polymer Congress 2000—38th IUPAC International Symposium on Macromolecules. He has also been chairman of two, and co-chairman of four, international symposia sponsored by IUPAC.

Related Professional Activities
In 1998, Penczek was elected a member of the Polish Academy of Science. He is also a longstanding member of the Polish Chemical Society, of which he served as chairman of the Division of Kinetics (1978–1988) and chairman of the Polymer Division (1988–1998). From 1997–1999 he was president of the European Polymer Federation and in 1993 he was a titular professor of the French Academy of Science.

Penczek is a member of the editorial boards of 11 international polymer journals, and is co-editor of e-Polymers, the first fully electronic polymer journal.

Over the course of his career, Penczek has received numerous honors: awards from the Polish Academy of Science (1974, 1985, 1988, 1989); Medal of the University of Jena (1988); M. Sklodowska-Curie Prize (1990); Medal of the French Academy of Science (1993); Chevalier dans l’Ordre de Palmes Académiques, France (1998); Biannual International Award of the Belgian Polymer Group (2001); Eminent Professor of RIKEN, Japan (2001); International Award and Personal Medal of the Society of Polymer Science, Japan (2002); Otto Warburg Foundation Award, Germany (2003); and the Biannual M. and P. Curie Joint Prize of the French and Polish Chemical Societies (2004). Penczek is Doctor of Honoris Causa of the University Pierre and Marie Curie in Paris (2003) and of the Russian Academy of Sciences (2004).The same year he was given a title of honorary professor of the Jagiellonian University in Krakow (Poland).


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