Computational Prediction of Structure and Catalytic Activity of New Organic Superacids

A Unity through Knowledge Fund project for young researchers and professionals

co-financed by the APO Ltd. Zagreb


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During the “XVth Quantum Systems in Chemistry and Physics” (QSCPXV) conference, held from August 31 September 05, 2010 at the Magdalene College, University of Cambridge, England, Dr. Robert Vianello was awarded the “Promising Scientist” award from the Centre for Applied Quantum Mechanics in Paris, France.

Around 140 participants from 34 different countries worldwide attended this year’s edition of the mentioned conference, among which there were some world’s leading quantum physicists and chemists. Dr. Vianello received this prize in a stiff competition among ten nominees originating from Europe and the United States. The prize was awarded to Dr. Vianello for his significant contributions in the field of computational design and prediction of new highly potent superacids and superbases, as well as for offering insight into their properties. This award recognizes scientific achievements during the whole career of awardees, among which there are scientific results arising from working on this project.

During the conference Dr. Vianello presented invited lecture entitled "One Group to Rule Them All" - Polycyano Organic Compounds Are Record Holding Superacids, in which he also presented some of the results obtained on this UKF project.

This award becomes even more significant knowing that it was awarded in Cambridge one of the leading  universities in the world with prominent and well-recognized history. According to the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) published annually by the Center for World-Class Universities and the Institute of Higher Education of Shanghai Jiao Tong University, University of Cambridge is currently the fifth best university in the world, and the first one outside the United States of America. During its history as much as 87 Nobel Prize Winners worked at this university, which is the second best result in the world for single institutions, as well as some of the very important scientists, from Isaac Newton and Charles Darwin until Steven Hawking nowadays. It is worth pointing out that Francis Crick and James Watson solved the structure of DNA molecule at the University of Cambridge.