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Ivan Chodak

Ivan Chodak

Professor
Polymer Institute of the Slovak Academy of Sciences
Slovakia

Biography

IVAN CHODAK Affiliation : Polymer Institute of the Slovak Academy of Sciences Job status : Senior scientist Department of Composite Materials Full Professor of Macromolecular Science, Slovak Technical University Education and Professional carreer : 1960 - 1965 Slovak Technical University, Faculty of Chemical Technology, Bratislava 1965 - 1970 Matador, rubber factory, Bratislava 1970 - Polymer Institute, Slovak Acad. Aci., BRATISLAVA 1970 - 1973 PhD Student 1975 PhD 1973 - 1981 Scientist 1982 - 2010 Head of Department of Composite Thermoplastics 1989 – 1990 Deputy Director 1997 DSc 2000 Associated Professor of Macromolecular Science 2005-2009 Member of Presidium of the Slovak Academy of Sciences 2006 Full professor of Macromolecular Science LEAVES OF ABSENCE 1981 - 1982 One-year sabbatical leave at Clarkson University, Potsdam, NY 1983 - 1997 Several short-term stays (up to two months), e.g. Techn. Univ. Eindhoven, Univ. Quebec Trois Rivieres, ENSAM Paris, CNR Arco Felice, etc. AWARDS 1989 - Slovak National Prize for excellent results in polypropylene modification (member of a team of 5 scientists) 1993 - Silver Medal of Dionýz Štúr for "A Significant Contribution to a Development of Natural Sciences" 2003 – Medal of Slovak Academy of Sciences for Achievements in Science 2012 – Award of the Minister of Education of Slovak Republic as the Scientific Personality of the Year 2014 – Gold Medal of the Slovak Academy of Sciences Scientific interests Multiphase systems with a modified polymeric matrix, synthesis and properties. Crosslinking of polymers, especially polyolefins and rubbers. Nanocomposites with polymeric matrices, special experience with matrices of biodegradable plastics and rubbers. Modification of biodegradable plastics, physical, chemical, blending Electroconductive polymeric composites Papers : More than 150 papers in peer reviewed international scientific journals (mainly CC), 8 chapters in monographies, about 100 lectures in scientific conferences (including about 30 invited key and plenary lectures), 12 slovak patents, 3 European patents Around 1300 citations, Hirsch index 17 International cooperation Extensive international cooperation with universities (Eindhoven, Dresden, Free State University South Africa, Univ Quebec Trois Rivieres, Canada) and with companies on contract basis (Matador-SK, DSM - NL, National Power - UK, GE Plastics - NL, Biomer – Germany, etc., including number of local SMEs) A member of Editorial Board of Plasty a kaucuk (Plastics and Rubber), Czech republic, member of Editorial board of Bentham Open Macromolecular Journal Teaching 15 years teaching the courses on Polymer Physics at Slovak Technical University, Faculty of Chemcial and Food technology, Bratislava as well as at Trencin University, Faculty of Industrial Technologies, Puchov

Research Interest

Multiphase systems with a modified polymeric matrix, synthesis and properties. Crosslinking of polymers, especially polyolefins and rubbers. Nanocomposites with polymeric matrices, special experience with matrices of biodegradable plastics and rubbers. Modification of biodegradable plastics, physical, chemical, blending Electroconductive polymeric composites