Res. Chem. Intermed.
, Vol. 33, No. 8–9, pp. 675–676 (2007)
Also available online - www.brill.nl/rci
This issue of Research on Chemical Intermediates is devoted to Professor emeritus
Krystyna Dyrek, a pioneer in the ﬁeld and one of the most eminent scientists in
Poland, working in EPR spectroscopy of disordered systems, applied to interfacial
chemistry and catalysis. Not only is she the author of over 100 scientiﬁc papers,
several book chapters and review articles, but also an ardent lecturer and devoted
tutor, always providing a bright example of a sincere scientist alloyed with a
Her scientiﬁc carrier has been tightly connected with the Jagiellonian University,
where she received her Ph.D. in 1962 and habilitation in 1974. She became
Professor of Inorganic Chemistry at the same university in 1986. She was a
Vice-Rector of the Jagiellonian University (1990–1993), Vice-Dean of the Faculty
of Chemistry (1984–1990) and Head of the Department of Inorganic Chemistry
(1978–1981 and again 1993–1997). She was elected Vice-President of the Solid
State Section of the Polish Chemical Society (1979–1984), Vice-President of the
Catalysis Section (1986–1990) and Vice-President of the Inorganic Chemistry
Section of this Society.
For nearly 20 years (1983–2000) Professor Dyrek headed the Research Group of
Catalysis and Solid State Chemistry. Her research interest has been related with
surface chemistry of inorganic radicals, electronic structure and reactivity of para-
magnetic transition metal ions dispersed in multi-component oxides and polymeric
materials of catalytic concern. Quantitative EPR measurements, development and
evaluation of new standards and protocols for spin counting constituted another do-
main of her scientiﬁc activity. Her very last scientiﬁc fascination is undoubtedly
related with studying radical processes in chemically-modiﬁed starch products.
Professor Dyrek collaborated with many scientists from research institutions all
over the world. The long lasting and vivid contacts with Prof. Michel Che and Prof.
Gerald Djega-Mariadassou of the University of Paris, with Prof. Shulamith Schlick
of the University of Detroit-Mercy, and more recently with Prof. Andreas Blennow
(Denmark) should be emphasized here, among many others. She was invited as a