David Matthew Smith

David Matthew Smith

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Senior Scientist

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Division of Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry
Ruder Boskovic Institute
Bijenička cesta 54, P.P. 180,
HR-10002 Zagreb
Croatia

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Education

  • 01.96. – 03.00. PhD at the Research School of Chemistry, Australian National University, Canberra, ACT, Australia. Supervisor: Professor Leo Radom  Thesis : Theoretical Studies of Coenzyme-B12-Dependent Reactions. Deans Prize for the best thesis in Chemistry at the Australian National University in 2000.
  • 03.95. – 11.95. Awarded first class honours in chemistry from the Department of Chemistry, Australian National University. Supervisor: Dr. Gad Fischer Thesis: An Ab Initio Study of the Electronic Spectrum of the Triazine Molecules
  • 03.91. – 11.94. BSc (Bachelor of Science), Australian National University, Canberra, Australia.
  • 03.91. – 11.94. BEc (Bachelor of Economics), Australian National University, AU.

Research Areas

Physical Chemistry

Projects

  • 10.10. – 10.13. Co-investigator of a project within the Research Group Linkage Programme, entitled Computational Life Sciences on Open Shell Intermediates, funded by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (AvH) and valued at 50 000 EUR for a period of three years.
  • 04.07 – 04.10. Coordinator of a project within the Sixth Framework Programme, entitled Reinforcement of the Centre for Computational Solutions in the Life Sciences (EU-FP6-043749-ReCompSoLS), funded by the European Commission and valued at 380 000 EUR for a period of three years.
  • 01.07 –. Principle investigator of the scientific research project entitled Computational Studies of Protein Structure and Function (098-0982933-2937), funded by the Ministry of Science, Education and Sport of the Republic of Croatia and valued at 90 000 HRK per year.
  • 04.05 –.12.06. Principle investigator of the scientific research project entitled Computational Studies of Protein Structure and Function (0098151), funded by the Ministry of Science, Education and Sport of the Republic of Croatia and valued at 30 000 HRK per year.

Awards and Achievements

  • 11.08. Recipient of the 2008 Lavoslav (Leopold) Ruzicka Award of the Croatian Chemical Society for Young Scientists
  • 04.04. – 04.05. Return Fellowship for Research Fellows of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation in Central and Eastern Europe to be carried out at the Ruđer Bošković Institute, Zagreb, Croatia
  • 01.05. Recipient of an equipment donation from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation in the form of a computer cluster valued at 20 000 EUR.
  • 11.03. – 02.04. Postdoctoral Fellowship from the DFG (German Research Organization) to work at the Department of Chemistry, Ludwig-Maximilians-University, Munich, Germany
  • 03.02. – 10.03., Research Fellowship from the Alexander von Humboldt        Foundation (AvH) carried out at the Department of Chemistry, Ludwig-Maximilians-University, Munich, Germany
  • 04.01. Winner of the Dean’s Prize in Chemistry for the best PhD thesis in 2000 at the Research School of Chemistry, Australian National University, Canberra, Australia.
  • 01.96. – 09.99. Australian Postgraduate Award for PhD students
  • 05.97. – 07.97.Partnerships for Excellence: British Council Postgraduate Bursary to collaborate with Professor Bernard Golding at the Department of Chemistry, University of Newcastle upon Tyne, England
  • 03.95. – 11.95. Research School of Chemistry Honours Year Scholarship for talented students
  • 12.94. – 03.95. Research School of Chemistry Summer Research Scholarship

Classes

  • 03.95. – 10.98.  Teaching assistant for Chemistry A11 (introductory course for first-year undergraduate students), Department of Chemistry, Australian National University.
  • 03.95. – 10.97.  Personal tutor for numerous high school students in the areas of Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics, and Economics.

Featured Publications

Sandala, G. M.; Smith, D. M.; Radom, L. Modeling the Reactions Catalyzed by Coenzyme B12 Dependent Enzymes. Acc. Chem. Res. 43 (2010), 642-651. (IF= 18.203)

Sandala, G. M.; Kovačević, B.; Barić, D.; Smith, D. M.; Radom, L. On the Reaction of Glycerol Dehydratase with But-3-ene-1,2-diol. Chem. Eur. J. 15 (2009), 4865 – 4873. (IF= 5.382)

Condic-Jurkic, K.; Perchyonok, V. T.; Zipse, H.; Smith, D. M. On the Modeling of Arginine-Bound Carboxylates: A Case Study with Pyruvate Formate-Lyase. J. Comput. Chem. 29 (2008), 2425–2433. (IF=3.769)

Sandala, G. M.; Smith, D. M.; Marsh E. N. G.; Radom, L. Toward an Improved Understanding of the Glutamate Mutase System. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 129 (2007), 1623-1633. (IF=8.805)

Smith, D. M.; Buckel, W.; Zipse, H. Enhanced Acidity of Enoxy Radicals: Theoretical Validation of a 50 Year Old Mechanistic Proposal. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. Eng. 42, (2003), 1867-1870. (IF=11.829)

Smith, D. M.; Golding, B. T.; Radom, L. Understanding the Mechanism of B12-Dependent Diol Dehydratase: A Synergistic Retro-Push-Pull Proposal. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 123, (2001), 1664-1675. (IF=8.805)

Membership in professional associations / societies

  • 05. –                Member of the American Chemical Society.
  • 04. –                Member of the World Association of Theoretically Oriented Chemists.
  • 04. –                Member of the Croatian Chemical Society
  • 96. – 03.           Member of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute.

Miscellaneous

WORK EXPERIENCE AS INDEPENDENT RESEARCHER

10.09. – Assistant Director of the Ruđer Bošković Institute, responsible for International Collaboration and Projects

09.08. – Group Leader of the Group for Quantum Organic Chemistry at the Division of Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry at the Ruđer Bošković Institute in Zagreb, Croatia

02.08. –  Senior Research Associate in the Division of Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry at the Ruđer Bošković Institute in Zagreb, Croatia

03.04. – 02.08 Research Associate in the Division of Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry at the Ruđer Bošković Institute in Zagreb, Croatia

POSTDOCTORAL EXPERIENCE

10.01. – 01.03.  Alexander von Humboldt/Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Quantum

06.03. – 02.04.  Chemistry Group at the Department of Chemistry, Ludwig-Maximilians-University, Munich, Germany. Project Leader: Professor H. Zipse.

04.00 – 08.01. Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Quantum Chemistry Group at the Institute Ruđer Bošković, Zagreb, Croatia. Project Leader: Professor Z. B. Maksić

PROFESSIONAL EXCHANGE

10.09. – 03.10.  Visiting Professorship at the Excellence Cluster: Engineering of Advanced Materials, Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany

10.08. – 12.08.  Visiting Fellowship at the School of Chemistry, University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia

04.08. – 05.08.  Visiting Fellowship at the School of Chemistry, University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia

02.05. – 05.05.  Visiting Fellowship at the School of Chemistry, University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia

02.03. – 05.03.  Visiting Fellowship at the Research School of Chemistry, Australian National University, Canberra, Australia