Young RBI Scientist Receives Annual Award for Her Contribution to the Natural Sciences
Nena Peran, Ph.D., a research assistant in the Division of Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry of the Ruđer Bošković Institute, recently received the Annual Award of the Society of University Teachers, Scholars and Other Scientists of Zagreb for her contribution in the area of the natural sciences.
Dr. Peran has published four scientific papers in journals indexed in Current Contents. She competed with the paper Polycyclic croissant-like organic compounds are powerful superbases in the gas phase and acetonitrile—a DFT study, in which new exceptionally powerful organic superbases with high affinity for protons in the gas phase were designed using methods of modern computational chemistry. The paper was published in the journal Chemical Communication, with an impact factor of 5.787, which ranks it among the leading journals in the field of chemistry. This paper represents a milestone for synthetic chemists in the development of new materials with improved properties. When some of the anticipated superbases become available, they will improve existing ones as well as facilitate new and hitherto unknown chemical transformations.
After the paper was published, it elicited an international response in a very short time and two independent citations. A presentation of its results at the 13th European Symposium on Organic Reactivity (13th ESOR) in Estonia received the award for the best poster presentation among strong competition from more than 40 young scientists from around the world.