Division of Physical Chemistry

Division of Physical Chemistry

The mission of the Division of Physical Chemistry is the discovery, exploitation, and dissemination of fundamental knowledge in the fields of protein science, coordination chemistry, spectroscopy, and computational and theoretical chemistry, in order to emerge as an internationally recognized Center of Excellence in selected areas of molecular scientific research.

David Matthew Smith

Head

Dr. David Matthew Smith

+385 1 456 1182
Fax: +385 1 456 1182

Administration

Lea Kovačić

Email: Lea.Kovacic@irb.hr
Phone: +385 1 456 1034
Internal phone number: 1234
Fax: +385 1 468 0245

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The Division of Physical Chemistry is one of the oldest units of the Ruđer Bošković Institute and, indeed, several departments have evolved from it. Our research teams have expertise and exceptional research productivity in atmospheric chemistry, chemical kinetics, structural chemistry, spectroscopy, theoretical chemistry, modeling of substance properties as well as physical and chemical processes, risk assessment, and structural and chemical analyses. Several research teams have applied their expertise and extended research activities into various areas of the biosciences. In addition to  exceptional research productivity, Division members have contributed extensively to undergraduate and graduate education in Croatia. Division members provide over 30 undergraduate and graduate courses annually at universities in Zagreb, Split, Rijeka and Osijek. The Division of Physical Chemistry also has a rich tradition in organizing well-known international scientific conferences, workshops and summer schools. With 28 events organized since 1986, Division members clearly have the leading role within the Institute in this eminent area of scientific endeavor.

Group for Computational Life Sciences brings together a team of researchers with complementary expertise in computational and theoretical chemistry, biochemistry and biophysics.

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Our research is focused to understanding of molecular recognition at the atomic level, in particular the protein-ligand interactions, by means of X-ray diffraction methods, molecular modelling and spectroscopic methods.

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Aleksandar Višnjevac
Dr

senior research associate (eq. to associate professor)
+385 1 457 1203
1264 1335

Ana Sunčana Smith

+385 1 457 1366
1675 1382

Biserka Špoljar

1463

Boris Rakvin

+385 1 468 0194
1326 1624

Borislav Kovačević
dr.

senior research associate
Group leader
+385 1 457 1385
1502
+385915074394

Božana Gizdić

tehnician
1738

Branka Bilić
PhD

Professional associate
1358
++385 98 9795 419

Christian Rainer Wick
Dr.

+385 1 457 1373
1906 1905

Dalibor Merunka

+385 1 456 1136
1336 1624

Danijela Barić
PhD

Senior Research Associate
+385 1 457 1385
1502

Darija Domazet Jurašin
dr.sc.

Research Associate
+385 1 456 0941
1372

Darko Babić
dr.sc.

visi znanstveni suradnik
+385 1 456 1031
1631

David Matthew Smith
Dr.

Senior Scientist
Divisional Head
+385 1 456 1182
1382

Dejana Carić
Ph.D.

Senior professional associate
1805 1624

Dijana Žilić
Ph.D.

Research Associate
+385 1 468 0194
1805 1624

Hasan Muharemović

+385 1 456 1073
1258 1473

Igor Sabljić

+385 1 456 1025
1335

Ines Despotović
dr. sc.

Research Associate
+385 1 456 0951
1389

Ivan Halasz
PhD

research associate
+385 1 457 1217
1295

Ivan Ljubić
Dr. Sc.

Research associate
1639

Josip Vlajčević
dipl. ing.

+385 1 457 1373
1906 1905

Krešimir Molčanov
Ph.D.

research associate
+385 1 456 1025
1335
+385 91 5822181

Krunoslav Užarević
dr. sc.

Scientific associate
Head of Laboratory for Green Synthesis
+385 1 457 1217
1295 1432
+385959164238

Lea Kovačić

+385 1 456 1034
1234

Maja Dutour Sikirić
Ph D

Senior Research Associate
+385 1 456 0941
1372

Manda Ćurić
PhD

Senior Research Associate
+385 1 468 0097
1295 1432

Marija Luić
dr.

senior scientist
+385 1 456 1119
1319
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Marina Ilakovac Kveder
Ph. D.

senior scientist
+385 1 456 1136
1336 1624

Marina Juribašić Kulcsar
Dr

research associate
+385 1 457 1217
1295 1432

Marko Hanževački
mr. sc.

Research Assistant
+385 1 457 1371
1904 1905
+385 99 784 7357

Marko Rožman
dr. sc.

Senior Research Associate
+385 1 468 0096
1258 1358

Marko-Tomislav Cvitaš
dr. sc.

research associate
+385 1 468 0095
1635

Martina Tireli

1207 1820

Mislav Cvitković
mag. phys.

+385 1 457 1374
1907 1905

Momir Mališ
PhD

Assistant
1638

Nadica Maltar Strmečki
PhD

Senior Research Associate
+385 1 456 1127
1327 1624

Nađa Došlić
dr. sc.

viši znanstveni suradnik
+385 1 456 1038
1638

Nives Ivić
B.Sc.

assistant
+385 1 456 1119
1319

Saša Kazazić
PhD

senior research associate
+385 1 456 1073
1477

Snježana Kazazić
PhD

research associate
+385 1 456 1158
1358

Suzana Šegota
PhD

Senior Research Associate
+385 1 456 1185
1585

Tea Mihelj
Ph.D.

Senior Research Assistant
+385 1 457 1211
1311

Tomislav Mrla

Electronics technician
+385 1 468 0096
1478 1258

Vida Čadež
PhD

Research Assistant
+385 1 456 1185
1585

Vlatka Vraneša

1463 1207

Zoran Štefanić
dr.

scientific associate
+385 1 457 1203
1264 1335

Željka Medven Korman

+385 1 457 1371
1675 1904
LMR

1. DESiRe: Low-temperature molecular dynamics of systems exhibiting lattice disorder probed by ESR (HrZZ-1108)

Glavni istraživač / voditelj: Marina Ilakovac Kveder

This project aims to improve the understanding of dynamical properties of disordered systems by fully exploiting the advantage of embedded paramagnetic centres through focusing on their relaxation behaviour, which bears the information about the local frustration of the environment.

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Biocompatible nanoparticles with enhanced therapeutic efficacy of flavonoids in food

Biocompatible nanoparticles with enhanced therapeutic efficacy of flavonoids in food

Glavni istraživač / voditelj: Suzana Šegota

The goal of this project is preparation of a functional prototype of biodegradable nanoparticles (NP) having built-in flavonoids as an original solution up to date not present on the market. Such NP would have a capacity of flavonoid integration greater then presently achieved 2 % of NP mass and ability of controllable release in physiological conditions. They are also expected to be a solution to the problem of chemical instability of flavonoids and their low solubility in water.

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Computational Solutions in the Life Sciences: The Importance of Molecular Flexibility (CompSoLS-MolFlex)

Computational Solutions in the Life Sciences: The Importance of Molecular Flexibility (CompSoLS-MolFlex)

Glavni istraživač / voditelj: David Matthew Smith

CompSoLS-MolFlex utilizes state-of-the-art computational techniques to address the importance of molecular flexibility across a range of carefully selected examples from the life sciences.

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EPR spektrometar

Expired: Molecular structure and dynamics in systems containing paramagnetic particles

Glavni istraživač / voditelj: Boris Rakvin

Project of Ministry of Science, Education and Sports of the Republic of Croatia

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DPPH

Expired: Molecular structure, dynamics and reactivity

Glavni istraživač / voditelj: Boris Rakvin

Program of Ministry of Science, Education and Sports of the Republic of Croatia

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Mn12-acetat

Expired: Project HAZU: Crystals of Organic Stable Radicals as EPR probes on the surface of Single Molecule Magnet Mn12-acetate

Glavni istraživač / voditelj: Dijana Žilić

Support of the Foundation of the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts

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Expired: The study of soft condensed matter by EPR: dynamics in glassy and crystalline matrices

Expired: The study of soft condensed matter by EPR: dynamics in glassy and crystalline matrices

Glavni istraživač / voditelj: Marina Ilakovac Kveder

Alexander von Humboldt research group linkage project

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NMR study of Pd(II) and Pt(II) Cyclometallated Complexes of Azobenzenes

Glavni istraživač / voditelj: Manda Ćurić

East-NMR project, part of FP7 program

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Novi metal-organski sustavi s oksalatnim i kinoidnim ligandima s podešenim svojstvima pogodnim za primjenu

Novi metal-organski sustavi s oksalatnim i kinoidnim ligandima s podešenim svojstvima pogodnim za primjenu

Glavni istraživač / voditelj: Krešimir Molčanov

The project targets at efficient and progressive design of novel and advanced functional materials based on metal-organic complexes.

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Protective mechanisms and effects of nano-delivered flavonoids  in model cell membranes and neurons (NanoFlavNeuroProtect)

Protective mechanisms and effects of nano-delivered flavonoids in model cell membranes and neurons (NanoFlavNeuroProtect)

Glavni istraživač / voditelj: Suzana Šegota

NanoFlavoNeuroProtect will pave the way towards development of inovative and improved therapies for oxidative stress-associated neurological disorders. In addition, the knowledge obtained within NanoFlavNeuroProtect could be extended to designing effective delivery systems for the incorporation, protection and release of other unstable bioactive molecules with an aim to improve human health or to increase the shelf life of pharmaceutical or food products.

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RI-SM-WP-11-009v01

FT-IR Spectroscopic Analysis of Urinary/Gall Calculi

Laboratory for synthesis and selfassembly processes of organic molecules offers analysis of urinary/gall calculi composition by FT-IR.

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Light microscopy

Light microscopy

Instrument: Leica DMLS microscope

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RI-SM-WP-11-009v01

Organic Elemental Microanalysis: carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen, sulphur, and halogens (chlorine, bromine)

Laboratory for synthesis and selfassembly processes of organic molecules offers service Organic Elemental Microanalysis of carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen, sulphur, and halogens (chlorine, bromine).

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Surface Tension Measurement

Surface Tension Measurement

Instrument: Tensiometer K100 MK2

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