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Name:   Hrvoj Vančik

Title and position:  Ph.D. (Chemistry)

            1978             Teaching Assistant

            1989             Assistant Professor of Chemistry

            1996            Associate Professor of Chemistry

Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science and Mathematics, University of Zagreb

From 2001

Professor of Chemistry, Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science and Mathematics, University of Zagreb


Nationality: Croat; citizen of Croatia

Date and place of birth: May 17, 1952, Varaždin, Republic of Croatia   

    Marital status: divorced



Institution and locatio                        Degree                                                Year


University of Zagreb,

Falcuty of Science,                          B.S.                         Chem. Eng.           1976                        (Prof. T. Cvitaš)

Academy of Music (violin)                B.S.                                                     1977                        (Prof. T. Ninić)

University of Zagreb                        M.S.                                                    1978                        (Prof. L. Klasinc)

University of Zagreb                        Ph.D.                                                   1981                         (Prof. D. E. Sunko)

University of Utah,

Salt Lake City, U.S.A.            Postdoctoral                                                1983/84                        (Prof. J. Michl)


Major research interest: Organic and physical organic chemistry and spectroscopy, solid-state reactions, matrix isolation, photochemistry, philosophy of chemistry.


Project leader of 4 scientific research projects.


Activity in the university education process: Lecturer of organic chemistry, physical-organic chemistry, photochemistry, and history and philosophy of chemistry.


Mentorship: 5 M. S. Theses, and 7 Ph. D. Theses


University activity: Head of the Department of Chemistry (1995-2000), Vice-Dean of the Faculty of Science and Mathematics (2003-2005), Member of the University Board of the University of Zagreb (2010-2013), Head of the Laboratory of Organic Chemistry of the Faculty of Science and Mathematics (2013-)


Organizational competences: Organizer and Director of 5 international conferences, Central European Chemistry Meeting, Varaždin, 2000, 2003, 2006. International Symposium for Philosophy of Chemistry, Split 2006. Conference in honor to the 80. birthday of Professor Emeritus Dionis Sunko, Zagreb, 2002. Math/Chem/Comp Conference, Dubrovnik 2015.


Membership: Croatian Chemical Society, American Chemical Society, Philosophy of Science Association, International Society for Philosophy of Chemistry


Awards: 2002 Award for Science of the Republic of Croatia


Foreign languages: English, German, Italian, Russian, Ukrainian, Croatian (Mother tongue)


Invited lecturer:

 Recent Results of IR-Spectroscopy of Carbocations, Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, 1992.

The IR of Stable Silicon Containing Cations, Yale University, New Haven, 1993.

 Matrix Isolation and Vibrational Spectroscopy of Carbocations, 12th Conference on Physical Organic Chemistry (IUPAC), Universitá di Padova 1994.

Solid State Chemistry of C-Nitroso Compounds, Russian Academy of Science, Moscow, 2003.


Scientific publications: 51 publications (Current Contents) of which 29 are in the journals with the highest impact (JACS, Angew. Chem., J. Phys. Chem., J. Org. Chem. J. Chem. Soc. Perkin, J. Chem. Soc. Chem. Commun., Pure & Apply Chem, etc.)



1) Basic organic chemistry (University textbook, in Croatian)

2) Basic Organic Chemistry foj the Life Sciences, Springer Verlag, Dordrecht, Heidelberg, London, N.Y. 2014.

2) Aromatic C-Nitroso Compounds, (scientific book), Springer Verlag, Dordrecht, Heidelberg, London, N.Y. 2013.


Important citations


                                    G. A. Olah, Nobel Lecture, Angew. Chem. 1995,34,1393.          

                                    Metoden der Organischen Chemie (Houben-Weyl)

                                    Vol  19c , Thieme Verlag, Stuttgart - New York 1990.

                                    (3 citations: S. 35, 383, 385)

                                    Annual Reports (Organic Chemistry)  Vol. 82, 1985

                                    The Royal Society of Chemistry, London, 1986.

                                    (p. 236)

                                    Annual Reports (Organic Chemistry)  Vol. 87, 1990

                                    The Royal Society of Chemistry, London, 1991.

                                    (p. 42)

                                    J. March, Advanced Organic Chemistry,  VI Ed.,

                                    J. Wiley & Sons, N.Y. 1992 (4 citations)                                                            


List of publications



1. T.Cvitaš, H.Gusten*, L.Klasinc, I.Novak and H.Vančik,   Photoelectron Spectra of Bromo- and Iodotrifluoromethane.  Z.Naturforsch. 1977, 32a ,1528.


2. I.Novak* and H.Vančik*, Photoelectron  Spectrum of Tetraiodosilane. J.Electron.Spect. and Relat. Phenom. 1981,24,289.


3. D.E.Sunko*, H.Vančik, V.Deljac and M.Milun., The  7-Norbornyl Cation. Structure an  Interactions. J.Am.Chem.Soc.,  1983, 105, 5364.


4. H.Vančik, G.Raabe, M.J.Michalczyk, R.West* and J.Michl*, Dimethylsilylene: A Trisilane  and a Geminal Diazide as New Photochemical Precursors. Evidence for an Absorption  Maximum near 450 nm. J.Am.Chem.Soc., 1985, 107, 4097.


5.  D.E.Sunko*, Z.Lovrić and H.Vančik, The Role of Norcardiene Intermediates in the Thermal Rearrangement of Norbornadien-7-one Acetals. J.Chem.Soc.Chem.Commun. 1985, 1589.


6. D.E.Sunko*, Z.Lovrić, and H.Vančik, The Mechanism of Aromatization of 7-Norbornadien Acetals. Evidence for Norcardiene Formation. Croat.Chem.Acta, 1985, 58,523.


7. G.Raabe, H.Vančik, R.West and J.Michl*, IR Transition Moment Directions in Matrix-Isolated Dimethylsilylene and 1-Methylsilene. J.Am.Chem.Soc.,1986, 108, 671.


8. I.Matijašić*, F.Ugozzoli, G.Bocelli, H.Vančik and D.Sunko, Crystal Structure and Synthesis of a Quadricyclane Derivative. J.Chem.Soc.Chem.Commun., 1986, 1134.


    9. B.Juršić*, H.Vančik and K.Furić, A Raman Spectroscopic Study of the       Orientation of  Î- Phenylpolyoxa-alkanoles in Micellar Solutions of Sodium Dodecyl Sulphate. J.Chem.Res.(S),      1988,204.


10. H.Vančik* and D.E.Sunko*, Solid State Chemistry in Antimony Pentafluoride Matrices. Infrared Spectra of Reactive Intermediates. J.Am.Chem.Soc.,1989,111, 3742.


11.  W.Koch*, B.Liu, D.J.DeFrees, D.E.Sunko* and H.Vančik, Experimental and Theoretical Infrared Spectra of the 2-Norbornyl Cation. Angew.Chem.Int.Ed.Engl., 1990,29,183.


12. H.Vančik*, V.Gabelica, V.Rogan and D.E.Sunko, The Photolysis of Matrix Isolated Cyclic Iodides. J.Chem.Res.(S), 1990,92.


13.  H.Vančik*, K.Percač and D.E.Sunko*,  Chloromethyl Cations in Cryogenic SbF5 Matrices and the Generation of Carbocations from Hydrocarbons,  J.Am.Chem.Soc.1990,112,7418.


14. P.Buzek, P.v.R.Schleyer*, S.Sieber, W.Koch, J.W.de M.Carneiro, H.Vančik and D.E. Sunko, Confirmation of the H-Bridged Structure of the 2-Butyl Cation by Comparison of Experimental and Ab Initio IR Frequencies, J.Chem.Soc.Chem.Commun. 1991,671.


15. H.Vančik*, K.Percač and D.E.Sunko*, Isolation and the IR Spectra of Chloro- and Bromo-ethyl Cations in Cryogenic SbF5 Matrices, J.Chem.Soc.Chem.Commun. 1991, 807.


16. P.Buzek, P.v.R.Schleyer*, H.Vančik and D.E.Sunko, Characteristic Frequencies of Hydrogen-Bridged  Carbocations. IR-Spectra and Ab Initio Calculations of the Nonclassical Structures of the Cyclooctyl Cation, J.Chem.Soc.Chem.Commun. 1991,1538.


17. H.Vančik*, V.Gabelica, D.E.Sunko*, P.Buzek and P.v.R.Schleyer*, The Vibrational Spectra of C4H7+ Isomers in Low Temperature Antimony Pentafluoride Matrices, J.Phys.Org.Chem. 1993,6,427


18. S.Sieber, P.v.R.Schleyer*, H.Vančik, M.Mesić and D.E.Sunko, The Nature of the 7-Norbornyl Cation and its Rearrangement into the 2-Norbornyl Cation,

Angew.Chem.Int.Ed.Engl. 1993,32,1604..


19. P. Buzek, P. v. R. Schleyer*, H. Vančik, Z. Mihalić and Jürgen Gauss, Generation of the Parent  Allyl Cation in a Superacid Cryogenic Matrix, Angew.Chem.Int.Ed.Engl. 1994,33,448.


20. M. Mesić, D.E. Sunko* and H. Vančik*, Rearrangement of Bicyclo[3.2.0]heptyl Precursors to the 7-Norbornyl Cation in Cryogenic SbF5 Matrix  J. Chem. Soc. Perkin Trans. II  1994,  1135.


21. H. Vančik*, V. Gabelica, Z. Mihalić, D. E. Sunko*, Complexes of Ketones with SbF5 in the Condensed Phase. Structural Effects on the Carbonyl Stretching Frequencies. J. Chem. Soc.,       Perkin Trans. II 1994, 1611.


          22. D. E. Sunko*, H. Vančik, Z. Mihalić, V. J. Shiner, Jr., F. P.  Wiglis, Effects of

Bridgehead Substitution on Structure and Reactivity of the 7-Norbornyl Cation.  J.Org.Chem., 1994,59,7051.


          23. H. Vančik*, Matrix Isolation and Vibrational Spectroscopy of Carbocations,

            Pure Appl. Chem., 1995, 67,761.


           24. H. Vančik, D. Babić and N. Trinajstić, C60 - a Prebiotic Terpenoid. Fullerene

            Sci. Technol., 1995, 3,305.


25. R. Hoti, Z. Mihalić and H. Vančik*, About the Nature of Carbon-Nitrogen Triple Bond in Complexes of Nitriles with Strong Lewis Acids. Croat.Chem.Acta, 1995, 68,359.


26. H. Vančik*, Z. Mihalić and D. Kiđemet, Structure, Dynamics and Vibrational Spectra of a-Chloroallyl Cations in Solid SbF5-Matrices. Croat.Chem.Acta, 1996, 69,1511.


           27. H. Vančik*, I. Novak and D. Kiđemet, IR Matrix Spectroscopy of                Pentachlorocyclopentadienyl Cation C5Cl5+. Effect of Chlorine as

                 a Substituent. J. Phys.Chem. A  1997,101,1523.


28. H. Vančik, A. M. Genaev* and V. G. Shubin, FTIR Spectra of matrix isolated 2-methylbenzonorbornen-2-yl-type cations. J.Chem.Soc., Perkin Trans. 2              1997,667.


29. P. Strazzolini,* A. Gambi, A. G. Giumanini, H. Vančik, The reaction between             ethanedioyl (oxalyl) dihalides and Ag2C2O4: a route to Staudinger’s elusive ethanedioic (oxalic) acid anhydride. J. Chem. Soc. Perkin Trans. 1, 1998, 2553.


30. H. Vančik,* I. Novak, D. Kiđemet, Comment on “IR Matrix Spectroscopy of Pentachlorocyclopentadienyl Cation C5Cl5+. Effect of Chlorine as a Substituent.”  J. Phys. Chem. A 1998,102,8437.


           31. M. Mesić, I. Novak, D. E. Sunko, H. Vančik,* C-H Hyperconjugation in a-

           Chlorocarbocations. J. Chem. Soc. Perkin Trans. 2, 1998,2371.


32. H. Vančik, Opus Magnum: An Outline for the Philosophy of Chemistry. Foundations            of Chemistry, 1999,1,241.


33. D. Kiđemet, Z. Mihalić,* I. Novak, H. Vančik,* 2-Chloroallyl Cation. Structure, FT-IR             Spectra, and Matrix Isolation. J.Org.Chem. 1999,64,4931.


34. H. Vančik, Chlorocarbocations and Concept of the Electron Donating Ability. Croat. Chem. Acta, 2000,73,595.


35. S. Milovac, V. Šimunić-Mežnarić, H. Vančik*, A. Višnjevac, B. Kojić-Prodić, 5-Chloro-6-nitroso-2-norbornene dimer as a motif for supramolecular assembly, Acta Cryst. 2001,E57,218.


36. H. Vančik*, V. Šimunić-Mežnarić, I. Ćaleta, E. Meštrović, S. Milovac, K. Mlinarić-Majerski, J. Veljković, Solid State Photochromism and Thermochromism in Nitroso Monomer-Dimer Equilibrium, J. Phys. Chem. B 2002, 106, 1576.


37. V. Šimunić-Mežnarić, Z. Mihalić, H. Vančik*, Oxime rearrangements: ab initio calculations and reactions in the solid state. J. Chem. Soc. Perkin 2  2002, 2154.


38. H. Vančik, Philosophy of Chemistry and Limits of Complexity. Foundations of Chemistry, 2003, 5, 237 - 247.


39. H. Vančik, Philosophy of Chemistry and Generalization of the Concept of Complexity, in Chemistry in the Philosophycal Melting Pot, Peter Lang, 2004.


40. H. Vančik*, V. Šimunić-Mežnarić, E. Meštrović, I Halasz, Nitrosobenzene Dimerizations as a Model System for Studying Solid-State Reaction Mechanisms, J. Org. Chem. 2004, 69, 4829-4834.


41. I. Halasz, E. Meštrović, H. Čičak, Z. Mihalić, H. Vančik*, Solid -State Reaction Mechanisms in Monomer-Dimer Interconversions of p-Bromonitrosobenzene. Single-Crystal-to-Single-Crystal Photodissociation and Formation of New Non-van der Waals Close Contacts. J. Org. Chem. 2005, 70, 8461-8467.


42. V. Šimunić-Mežnarić, E. Meštrović, V. Tomišić, M. Žgela, D. Vikić-Topić, H. Čičak, P. Novak, H. Vančik*, Nitrosobenzene Library: A Model for Studying Selectivity in the Solid State Nitroso-Azodioxide Dimerization. Croat. Chem. Acta  2005, 78, 511-518.


            43. I. Halasz, K. Lukić, H. Vančik, Hydrogen phosphate salts of 4-             aminoazobenzene. Acta Cryst. 2007, C63, 061 - 064.


44. I. Halasz, I. Biljan, P. Novak, E. Meštrović, J. Plavec, G. Mali, V. Smrečki, H. Vančik*, Cross-dimerization of Nitrosobenzenes in Solution and in Solid State, J. Mol. Struct. 2009, 918, 19-25.


45. I. Biljan, G. Cvjetojević, V. Smrečki, P. Novak, G. Mali, J. Plavec, D. Babić, Z. Mihalić, H. Vančik*, Nitrosobenzene Cross-dimerization: Structural Selectivity in Solution and in Solid State, J. Mol. Struct. 2010, 979. 22-26.


            46. H. Čičak, H. Vančik, Z. Mihalić,  J. Org. Chem. 2010, 75, 6969-72.


             47. A. Knežević, T. Medančić, S. Milovac, I. Biljan, I. Halasz, and H. Vančik*,             Photothermal Reactions of Nitrosobenzene and Halonitrosobenzenes in Solid-            state, Croat. Chem. Acta, 2011, 84, 21-24.


             48. I. Halasz and H. Vančik, Surface nucleation in solid-state dimerisation of             nitrosobenzenes promoted by sublimation, CrystEngComm, , 2011, 13, 4307-            4310.


49. I. Biljan,*,† M. Kralj, T. Mišić Radić,§ V. Svetličić,§ and H. Vančik*,Dimerization of Nitrosobenzene Derivatives on an Au(111) Surface, J. Phys. Chem C 2011, 115, 20267-20273.


50. Igor Huskić,[a] Ivan Halasz,*[a] Tomislav Friščić[b] and Hrvoj Vančik[a]Mechanosynthesis of nitrosobenzenes: a proof-of-principle study in combining solvent-free synthesis with solvent-free sepatations, Green Chem. 2012, 14, 1597-1600.

51. I. Biljan, T. Medančić, M. Kralj, T. Mišić Radić, V. Svetličić, H. Vančik, Nitrosoarene Dimerization on Two- and Threedimensional Gold Surfaces, Croat. Chem. Acta, 2013, 86, 73-82.


52. Ivan Halasz, Nikola Cindro, Robert E. Dinnebier, Hrvoj Vančik, An Old Story in New Light: X-Ray Powder Diffraction Provides Novel Insights into a Long-Known Organic Solid-State Rearrangement Reaction Croat. Chem. Acta, 2013, 86, 187-192.


53. Ana Maganjić, Ivan Šolić, Srđan Milovac, Ivan Halasz, Ivana Biljan and Hrvoj Vančik, Mechanochemically induced cross-dimerizations of nitrosobenzenes. Kinetics and solid-state isotope effects, J. Phys. Org. Chem., 2014, 27, 177-182.




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