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Dr. Leo Frkanec

znanstveni savjetnik u trajnom izboru
+385 1 468 0217
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Academic title
Distinguished Professor
Ruđer Bošković Institute
Bijenička cesta 54
HR-10000 Zagreb


1975. – 1979. High school, II. Gymnasium, Zagreb , Croatia

1979. – 1986. Study of Chemistry and Biology, Faculty of Science, University of Zagreb , Croatia.

22.01.1986. B. Sc. Degree: “Extraction of Molibdenum(VI) with 3-Hydroxy-2-Methyl-1-(4-Tolyl)-4-Piridone”, Chemistry Department, Faculty of Science and Mathematics, University of Zagreb, Supervisor: Prof. B. Tamhina

1986. – 1991. Postgraduate study of Organic Chemistry, Chemistry Department, Faculty of Science, University of Zagreb

21.06. 1991. M. Sc. degree :, “Artificial Molecular Receptors and Carriers for Amino Acids and Peptides. Peptide Derivatives of Aza Crown Ethers.”, Supervisors: Prof. M. Zinic and Prof. V. Skaric.

11. 02. 2000. Ph. D. degree: “Molecular Recognition of Amino Acids and Dipeptides by Peptidic Derivatives of Aza Crown Ethers, Cryptands and Calixarenes”, Faculty of Science, University of Zagreb. Supervisor: Prof. M. Zinic

01. Oct. 2003 - 30. Sep. 2004. Postdoctoral fellowship: - Centre for Synthesis and Chemical Biology, postdoctoral fellowship at University College Dublin (Ireland), with Prof. Dr. Raphael Darcy on project: ‘New Genocomplexes - application of recent advances in the supramolecular chemistry of cyclodextrins to the synthesis of novel constructs for ultimate use in gene delivery'

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Specific research interests


Development of Composite Hydrogel Based on Self-assembled Peptides and Poly(vinyl alcohol) for Replacement of Articular Cartilage, Croatian-Chinese Scientific And Technological Cooperation (2019-2022), Principal Investigator: Dr. Leo Frkanec, and ZHANG Wei Dalian University of Technology

CMST COST Action: "CA18132 - Functional Glyconanomaterials for the Development of Diagnostics and Targeted Therapeutic Probes", (from 2019) Management Committee Member: Prof. Leo Frkanec

Synthesis of Supramolecular Self-assembled Nanostructures for Construction of Advanced Functional Materials, Croatian Science Foundation (HrZZ, 2018-2022), Principal Investigator: Dr. Leo Frkanec

DAAD: "Gelation properties of chiral bis(amino acid) and bis(amino alcohol)-oxalamides studied by experimental and computational NMR spectroscopy", (2016-2018), Principal Investigator: dr. sc. Leo Frkanec. 

Supramolecular Synthesis of Self-Assembled Functional Nanomaterials and Complex Chemical SystemsCroatian Science Foundation (HrZZ, 2014-2018), Principal Investigator: Dr. Leo Frkanec

CMST COST Action CM1304: "Emergence and Evolution of Complex Chemical Systems", (2013-2017) Management Committee Member: Prof. Leo Frkanec

"Self-Assembly in gels and synthesis of functional hybrid materials", funded by the Ministry of Science, Education and Sport of the Republic of Croatia, from 2013. Principal Investigator: Dr. Leo Frkanec

“Organogelatori funkcionalizirani ksantenskim  fluorescentnim bojama: priprava pH i fotoaktivnih gelova kao novih  funkcionalnih materijala nastalih supramolekulskim  samoudruživanjem molekula gelatora”, Principal Investigator: Dr. Leo Frkanec, the Foundation of Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts (HAZU), 2007.


University of Rijeka, Department of Biotechnology, Master Studies, Pharmaceutical Research and Development; Medicinal Chemistry

  • IRL107 Drug Delivery: Principles and Applications, prof. dr. Leo Frkanec

University of Rijeka, Department of Biotechnology, Graduate (PhD) studies of Medicinal Chemistry

  • DSMK 201 Synthesis of natural compounds and design synthetic enzymes, Prof. Dr. Mladen Žinić and Prof. Dr. Leo Frkanec
  • DSMK 501 Supramolecular and Bioorganic Chemistry, Prof. Dr. Mladen Žinić and Prof. Dr. Leo Frkanec

University of Zagreb, Faculty of Science, Doctoral Study of Chemistry

  • 201 Organic Stereochemistry, Prof. Dr. Mladen Žinić and Dr. Leo Frkanec
  • 254 Supramolecular Chemistry,  Prof. Dr. Mladen Žinić and Dr. Leo Frkanec

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