Dr. Andreja Bakac

Scientist, Ames Laboratory and Adjunct Professor, Iowa State University
29 Spedding Hall
The Ames Laboratory
Ames, IA 50011-3020
Phone 515-294-3544
Fax 515-294-5233
Email bakac@ameslab.gov

Research Interests

  • Chemical kinetics
  • Mechanisms of inorganic and organometallic reactions
  • Activation of oxygen with transition metal complexes
  • Catalytic oxidations
  • Chemistry of reactive intermediates, free radicals and excited states

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(Chronologically most recent on top)Education

  • 1976-1979, Postdoctoral Research Associate, Ames Laboratory
  • Ph.D. 1976, University of Zagreb

(Chronologically most recent on top)Professional Appointments

  • 2005-present, Adjunct Professor, Department of Chemistry, Iowa State University
  • 2000-present, Senior Scientist, Ames Laboratory
  • 1990, Temporary Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry, Iowa State University
  • 1984-2000, Scientist, Ames Laboratory
  • 1981-1984, Associate Scientist, Ames Laboratory
  • 1979-1981, Assistant Scientist II, Ames Laboratory
  • Visiting Scientist, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1993:
  • Visiting scientist, Tohoku University, Sendai, 1988 and 1990.

(Chronologically most recent on top)Honors & Awards

  • Special Creativity Award, National Science Foundation, 2008.
  • Professional and Scientific Excellence Award, Iowa State University, 1992.

(Chronologically most recent on top)Publications with the Ames Laboratory

Carraher J M; Ellern A; Bakac A . 2014. Preparation and reactivity of macrocyclic rhodium(III) alkyl complexes. Inorganica Chimica Acta. 409:254-258. abstract
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Carraher J M; Bakac A . 2013. Alkyl group versus hydrogen atom transfer from metal alkyls to macrocyclic rhodium complexes. Chemical Communications. 49:6099-6101. abstract
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Bakac A; Pestovsky O; Durfey B L; Kristian K E . 2013. Kinetics and thermodynamics of nitric oxide binding to transition metal complexes. Relationship to dioxygen binding. Chemical Science. 4:2185-2192. abstract
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Jana B; Hovey M; Ellern A; Pestovsky O; Sadow A D; Bakac A . 2012. Unusual structural motif in a zwitterionic Fe(II) complex of a tetradentate phosphine. Dalton Transactions. 41:12781-12785. abstract
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Carraher J M; Pestovsky O; Bakac A . 2012. Transition metal ion-assisted photochemical generation of alkyl halides and hydrocarbons from carboxylic acids. Dalton Transactions. 41:5974-5980. abstract
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Bataineh H; Pestovsky O; Bakac A . 2012. pH-induced mechanistic changeover from hydroxyl radicals to iron(IV) in the Fenton reaction. Chemical Science. 3:1594-1599. abstract
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Alvarado S R; Guo Y J; Ruberu T P A; Bakac A; Vela J . 2012. Photochemical versus Thermal Synthesis of Cobalt Oxyhydroxide Nanocrystals. Journal of Physical Chemistry C. 116:10382-10389. abstract
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Szajna-Fuller E; Bakac A . 2011. Kinetics and mechanism of the reduction of a macrocyclic Rh(III) complex by chromium(II) ions: pH-controlled selectivity to rhodium(II) vs. rhodium(III) hydride. Dalton Transactions. 40:10598-10602. abstract
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Jana B; Ellern A; Pestovsky O; Sadow A; Bakac A . 2011. Synthesis of Monomeric Fe(II) and Ru(II) Complexes of Tetradentate Phosphines. Inorganic Chemistry. 50:3010-3016. abstract
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Pestovsky O; Veysey S W; Bakac A . 2011. Kinetics and Mechanism of Hydrogen-Atom Abstraction from Rhodium Hydrides by Alkyl Radicals in Aqueous Solutions. Chemistry-A European Journal. 17:4518-4522. abstract
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