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prof. dr. sc. Biserka Prugovečki

Title: Full Professor
Location: -027
Public phone number:+385 1 4606 347
Internal phone number:6347
E-mail: E-mail
Department: Division of General and Inorganic Chemistry




integrated undergraduate and graduate



Education at Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science, University of Zagreb: Diploma thesis (Chemistry, 1994); Master degree thesis (Chemistry, 1998); Doctoral thesis (Chemistry, 2005).
Affiliation and current position: Division of General and Inorganic Chemistry, Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science, University of Zagreb: Full professor (2018–).
Previous positions: Associate professor (2012–2018); Assistant Professor (2007–2012); Senior Assistant (2005–2007); Assistant (1997–2005), Division of General and Inorganic Chemistry, Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science, University of Zagreb.
Teaching: Undergraduate studies (General and inorganic chemistry), Graduate studies (Instrumental methods for the characterization of solids, Protein crystallography)
Visits to foreign research and education institutions: Institute of Molecular Agrobiology, National University of Singapore, Singapore, 1998

Research interest: Small molecule synthesis and structural charaterization; macromolecuar crystallization and  crystallography (insulin), solid state chemistry
Scientific papers: co-author of 45 scientific papers in journals indexed in WoS
Memberships: Member of the Croatian Chemical Society, Croatian Crystallographic Association, Croatian Association of Crystallographers

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List of select publications

1) B. Prugovečki, I. Pulić, M. Toth, D.  Matković-Čalogović, High Resolution Structure of the Manganese Derivative of Insulin.Croatica chemica acta. 85 (2012) 4, 435–439.
2) V. Mohaček Grošev, B. Prugovečki, S. Prugovečki, N. Strukan. Glycolaldehyde dimer in the stable crystal phase has axial OH groups: Raman, infrared and X-ray data analysis. Journal of molecular structure. 1047 (2013) 209–215.
3) V. Vrdoljak, B. Prugovečki, D. Matković-Čalogović, T. Hrenar, R. Dreos, P. Siega. Three polymorphic forms of a monomeric Mo(VI) complex: building blocks for two metal−organic supramolecular isomers. Intermolecular interactions and ligand substituent effects. Crystal growth & design.13 (2013) 3773–3784.
4) M. Tašner, B. Prugovečki, Ž. Soldin, S. Prugovečki, L. Rukavina, D. MatkovićČalogović. Synthesis and characterization of oxomolybdenum(V) dinuclear complexes with β-alanine, L-serine and DL-isoleucine.Polyhedron. 52 (2013)268–275.
5) D. Vušak, B. Prugovečki, D. Milić, M. Marković, I.  Petković, M. Kralj, D. Matković-Čalogović. Synthesis and crystal structure of solvated complexes of copper(II) with serine and phenanthroline and their solid-state-to-solid-state transformation into one stable solvate. Crystal Growth & Design 17 (2017) 6049–6061.
6)M. Mandarić, B. Prugovečki, D. Cvijanović, J. Parlov Vuković, J. Lovrić, M. Skočibušić, R. Odžak, M. Cindrić, V.  Vrdoljak. Vapour- and solvent-mediated crystalline transformations in Mo(VI) hydrazone complexes controlled by noncovalent interactions. Crystengcomm, 21 (2019), 41; 6281–6292.
7) D. Vušak, N. Smrečki, B. Prugovečki, I. Đilović, I. Kirasić, D. Žilić, S. Muratović, D. Matković-Čalogović, Dubravka
Cobalt, nickel and copper complexes with glycinamide: structural insights and magnetic properties. RSC Advances, 9 (2019), 38; 21637–21645.

8) D. Vušak, N. Smrečki, S. Muratović, D. Žilić, B. Prugovečki, D. Matković-Čalogović, Structural diversity in the coordination compounds of cobalt, nickel and copper with N- alkylglycinates: crystallographic and ESR study in the solid state, RSC Advances, 11 (2021) 23779-23790.

9)D. Vušak, K. Ležaić, J. Jurec, D. Žilić, B. Prugovečki, Solvent effects on the crystallization and structure of ternary copper(II) coordination compounds with L-threonine and 1,10-phenanthroline, Heliyon, 8(6) (2022) E09556.

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Research projects

Researcher on projects:

2017 – 2021, Metallosupramolecular architectures and inorganic-organic polyoxometalate based hybrides, funded by the Croatan Science Foundation

2016 – 2020, Essential metal ions in Helicobacter pylori proteins and model complexes - structure and function/property; financed by the Croatian Science Foundation 

2007 – 2014, Structural investigation of biological macromolecules by X-ray diffraction funded by the Croatian Ministry of Science, Education and Sports (MZOS).

2002 – 2007, Structural investigation of biological macromolecules; bioinformatics (MZOS).

1998  Xray Crystallography; Institute of Molecular Agrobiology, The National University of Singapore

1996 – 2002, Designing molecules on structural basis (MZOS).

1995 1996, Compounds of special interest. Synthesis and structure (MZOS).