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Balaj O. Petru

Christian-Albrechts-Universität, Kiel, Germany

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Born: 1976

Interests: clusters, gas-phase reactions, nanodroplets, oligopeptides, sodiated amino acids

Details:
Personal Information:

Surname: Balaj
First name: Ovidiu-Petru
Date of Birth: 20.12.1976
Place of Birth: Ilia, Hunedoara, Romania
Nationality: Romanian
Marital Status: married

Dr. Ovidiu-Petru Balaj
AK Prof. Beyer
Institut für Physikalische Chemie
Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel
D-24098 Kiel
Phone: +49-431-880-2847
Fax: +49-431-880-2830

Researcher ID:
http://www.researcherid.com/rid/A-5472-2009

E-mail: balaj[@]phc.uni-kiel.de
cezarip[@]yahoo.com

Academic Qualifications:

Bachelor of Science, July 1999
West University, Timisoara, Romania
Specialization: Chemistry and Physics
Title of Thesis: "Natural Tri-terpenic Hemolytic Glicosides. Ways of reducing their hemolytic activity"

Superior Studies in Informatics, February 2001
West University, Timisoara, Romania
Specialization: Informatics
Title of Thesis: "E-Commerce"

Master of Science, March 2001
West University, Timisoara, Romania
Specialization: Physics of Crystals
Title of Thesis: "New methods of obtaining micro and nano-particles"

Doktors der Naturwissenschaften (Ph. D.) February 2005
Technische Universität München, München, Germany
Title of Thesis: "The Chemistry of Solvated Ions studied by FT-ICR Mass Spectrometry" (garduated with "Magna cum Laudae").


Employment History:

The High School "Silviu Dragomir", Ilia, Hunedoara, Romania
September 1999-March 2001
Teacher of Informatics, half time 1999-2000, full time 2000-2001.
Nature of Work: Lectures and laboratory training.

Technische Universität München, Institut für Physikalische und Theoretische Chemie II, Deutschland (Germany)
March 2001-June 2005
Ph.D. Student
Nature of work: Research of Hydrated and Metal clusters, development of a cooled cell for an FTICR - Mass Spectrometer.

Ecole Polytechnique, Departement de Chimie, Laboratoire DCMR, Paris, France
October 2005-September 2007
Post-doc.
Nature of work: IRMPD Conformational studies of bio-molecules (amino acids and oligopeptides).

Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel
Institut für Physikalische Chemie
AK Beyer
Kiel, Germany
October 2007-Present
Post-doc.
Nature of work: Research of Hydrated and Metal clusters, development of a new temperature controlled ICR cell.

Languages: English
German (beginner)
French (intermediate ability)

Selected publications:
• R. F. Höckendorf, O. P. Balaj, C. van der Linde and M. K. Beyer. Thermochemistry from ion–molecule reactions of hydrated ions in the gas phase: a new variant of nanocalorimetry reveals product energy partitioning. Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. , 12, p. 3772 – 377, 2010.
• D. Semrouni, O. P. Balaj, F. Calvo, C. F. Correia, C. Clavaguéra, and G. Ohanessian. 26. Structure of Sodiated Octa-Glycine: IRMPD Spectroscopy and Molecular Modeling. J. Am. Soc. Mass Spectrom. , 21, p. 728–738, 2010.
• D. Scuderi, C. F. Correia, O. P. Balaj, G. Ohanessian, J. Lemaire, and P. Maitre. Structural characterization by IRMPD Spectroscopy and DFT calculations of Deprotonated Phosphorylated Amino Acids in Gas Phase. ChemPhysChem, 10 (9-10), pp. 1630-1641, 2009.
• O. Petru Balaj, Christian B. Berg, Stephan J. Reitmeier, Vladimir E. Bondybey and Martin K. Beyer. A novel design of a temperature-controlled FT-ICR cell for low-temperature black-body infrared radiative dissociation (BIRD) studies of hydrated ions . International Journal of Mass Spectrometry, 279 (1), pp. 5-9 , 2009.
• Catarina F. Correia, Petru O. Balaj, Debora Scuderi, Philippe Maitre, and Gilles Ohanessian. Vibrational signatures of protonated, phosphorylated amino acids in the gas phase. J. Am. Chem. Soc. , 130 (11), p. 3359–3370, 2008.
• O. P. Balaj, C. Kapota, J. Lemaire and G. Ohanessian. Vibrational Signatures of Sodiated Oligopeptides (GG-Na+, GGG-Na+, AA-Na+ and AAA-Na+) in the gas phase. Int. J. Mass Spectrom. , 269, pp. 196-209, 2008.
• C. -K. Siu, O. P. Balaj, V. E. Bondybey, and M. K. Beyer. Reactions of Large Water Cluster Anions with Hydrogen Chloride: Formation of Atomic Hydrogen and Phase Separation in the Gas Phase. J. Am. Chem. Soc. , 129, pp. 3238-3246, 2007.
• Z. Sun, C. -K. Siu, O. P. Balaj, M. Gruber, V. E. Bondybey, and M. K. Beyer. Proton Transfer in Ionic Water Clusters. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. , 45, pp. 4027-4030, 2006.
• I. Balteanu, O. P. Balaj, M. K. Beyer, and V. E. Bondybey. Size-Dependent Dehydrogenation of Ethane by Cationic Rhodium Clusters in the Gas Phase. Int. J. Mass Spectrom. , 255-256, pp. 71-75, 2006.
• G. Kummerlöwe, I. Balteanu, Z. Sun, O. P. Balaj, V. E. Bondybey, and M. K. Beyer. Activation of Methane and Methane-d4 by Ionic Platinum Clusters. Int. J. Mass Spectrom. , 254, pp. 183-188, 2006.
• S. J. Reitmeier, O. P. Balaj, V. E. Bondybey, and M. K. Beyer. Reactions of Hydrated Electrons (H2O)n- with Formic Acid. Int. J. Mass Spectrom. , 249-250, pp. 106-111, 2006.
• B. S. Fox-Beyer, I. Balteanu, O. P. Balaj, and M. K. Beyer. Hydrogen formation in the reaction of Zn+(H2O)n with HCl. Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. , 7, pp. 981-985, 2005.
• Beyer MK, Savchenko EV, Balaj OP, Balteanu I, Fox-Beyer BS, Bondybey VE. Generation of ArnH3+ cluster ions by laser vaporization and their black-body radiation induced dissociation. PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY CHEMICAL PHYSICS, 6 (6), pp. 1128-1132, 2004.
• O. P. Balaj, I. Balteanu, T. T. J. Roßteuscher, M. K. Beyer, and V. E. Bondybey. Catalytic Oxidation of CO with N2O on Gas Phase Platinum Clusters. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. , 43, pp. 6519-6522, 2004.
• O. P. Balaj, C. -K. Siu, I. Balteanu, M. K. Beyer, and V. E. Bondybey. Free Electrons, the Simplest Radicals of them All: Chemistry of Aqueous Electrons as studied by Mass Spectrometry. Int. J. Mass Spectrom. , 238, pp. 65-74, 2004.
• O. P. Balaj, C. -K. Siu, I. Balteanu, M. K. Beyer, and V. E. Bondybey. Reaction of Hydrated Electrons (H2O)n- with Carbon Dioxide and Molecular Oxygen: Hydration of the CO2- and O2- Anions. Chem. Eur. J. , 10, pp. 4822-4830, 2004.
• I. Balteanu, O. P. Balaj, M. K. Beyer and V. E. Bondybey. Reactions of Platinum Clusters 195Ptn±, n = 1 - 24, with N2O Studied with Isotopically Enriched Platinum. Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. , 6, pp. 2910-2913, 2004.
• H. -C. Liu, S. Yang, I. Balteanu, O. P. Balaj, B. S. Fox-Beyer, M. K. Beyer, and V. E. Bondybey. Generation of C6H4+ by Laser Vaporization of Magnesium with o-C6H4F2 in Argon Carrier Gas. Rapid Commun. Mass Spectrom. , 18, pp. 1479-1481, 2004.
• O. P. Balaj, C. -K. Siu, Iulia Balteanu, B. S. Fox-Beyer, M. K. Beyer and V. E. Bondybey. Base-Catalized Hydrogen/Deuterium Exchange between Water and Acetonitrile in AnionicWater Clusters. J. Phys. Chem. A, 108, pp. 7506-7512, 2004.
• I. Balteanu, O. P. Balaj, B. S. Fox-Beyer, P. Rodrigues, M. T. Barros, A. M. C. Moutinho, M. L. Costa, M. K. Beyer and V. E. Bondybey. Size- and Charge-state-dependent Reactivity of Azidoacetonitrile with Anionic and Cationic Rhodium Clusters Rhn±. Organometallics, 23, pp. 1978-1985, 2004.
• I. Balteanu, U. Achatz, O. P. Balaj, B. S. Fox, M. K. Beyer and V. E. Bondybey. The effect of charge upon CO-adsorbtion by ionic group 5 and group 9 transition metal clusters. Int. J. Mass Spectrom., Topical special issue “Nanotechnology”, 229, pp. 61-65, 2003.
• O. P. Balaj, I. Balteanu, B. S. Fox-Beyer, M. K. Beyer and V. E. Bondybey. Addition of a Hydrogen Atom to Acetonitrile by Hydrated Electrons in Nanodroplets. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. , 42, pp. 5516-5518, 2003.
• I. Balteanu, O. P. Balaj, B. S. Fox, M. K. Beyer, Z. Bastl, and V. E. Bondybey. Very Low Rate Constants of Bimolecular CO Adsorbtion on Anionic Gold Clusters: Implications for Catalytic Activity. Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. , 5, pp. 1213-1218, 2003.
• B. S. Fox, O. P. Balaj, I. Balteanu, M. K. Beyer, and V. E. Bondybey. Aqueous Chemistry of Transition Metals in Oxidation State (I) in Nanodroplets. Chem. Eur. J. , 8, pp. 5534-5540, 2002.
• O. P. Balaj, E. P. F. Lee, I. Balteanu, B. S. Fox, M. K. Beyer, J. M. Dyke, and V. E. Bondybey. Reactions of Hydrated Aluminum Ions with Methanol and Formic Acid. Int. J. Mass Spectrom. , 220, pp. 331-341, 2002.
• B. S. Fox, I. Balteanu, O. P. Balaj, H. C. Liu, M. K. Beyer, and V. E. Bondybey. Black Body Radiation Induced Hydrogen Formation in Hydrated Vanadium Cations V+(H2O)n. Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. , 4, pp. 2224-2228, 2002.
• B. S. Fox, O. P. Balaj, I. Balteanu, M. K. Beyer, and V. E. Bondybey. Single Molecule Precipitation of Transition Metal(I) Chlorides in Water Clusters. J. Am. Chem. Soc. , 124, pp. 172-173, 2002.

Theses and dissertations:
• Balaj Ovidiu-Petru. The Chemistry of Solvated Ions studied by FT-ICR Mass Spectrometry. 2005.


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