The 2014 Franzosini Award was given to Magdalena Bendová and Slobodan Gadzuric in recognition of their contribution to the IUPAC Solubility Data Project. They were honored at the 13th Annual Meeting of the IUPAC Subcommittee on Solubility and Equilibrium Data held in Karlsruhe, Germany 20 July 2014 during the 16th International Symposium on Solubility Phenomena and Related Equilibrium Processes (see Chem Int Mar-Apr 2015, p. 30 and Pure Appl Chem, May 2015 issue).
Slobodan Gadzuric is Associate Professor at the Faculty of Science in Novi Sad, Serbia, where he teaches Analytical Chemistry. He graduated in Chemistry at the Faculty of Sciences, University of Novi Sad and received his PhD on thermodynamics and transport properties of the molten rare earths from the University of Provence, Aix-Marseille I in Marseille, France, under the supervison of Professor Marcelle Gaune-Escard. He integrates the team of the IUPAC project Mutual Solubility of Rare Earth Metal (Sc, Y, lanthanides) Bromides in Molten Alkali Bromides (IUPAC project 2013-034-1-500).
Magdalena Bendová is the leader of the research group Thermodynamics of Task-Specific Materials, now part of the E. Hála Laboratory of Separation Processes of the Institute of Chemical Process Fundamentals of the Czech Academy of Sciences. Her research is centered in solution chemistry, especially in the mixture of ionic liquids with molecular solvents. She is chair of the project Database on liquid-liquid equilibria of binary mixtures of ionic liquids and molecular compounds (IUPAC project 2011-065-3-500). The aim of this project is to create a live web-based database of solubility data of ionic liquids in common solvents and to place these data at the fingertips of every physical chemist and chemical engineer.
For a brief history of the Franzosini Award and the list of former recipients, visit the Subcommittee on Solubility and Equilibrium Data web page at www.iupac.org/body/502
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