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Radu Custelcean

Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, USA

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Born: 1972

Interests: solid-state organic chemistry, materials chemistry, supramolecular chemistry, crystal engineering

2000 Ph.D. Chemistry, Michigan State University, USA
1996 M.S. Organic Chemistry, Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania
1995 B.S. Chemistry, Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania

Research Experience:
2003-present Research Staff, Oak Ridge National Laboratory: structural chemistry; organic crystallography; molecular and crystal host design for chemical separations
2002-2003 Researcher, Institute for Shock Physics, Washington State University: energetic materials; hydrogen-bonded materials under extreme pressures
2000-2002 Postdoctorate Associate, Dept. of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, University of Minnesota (Prof. Michael D. Ward): design, synthesis, and structural analysis of organic molecular crystals; design, synthesis, and study of hydrogen-bonded networks; organic crystallography
1996-2000 Research Assistant, Dept. of Chemistry, Michigan State University (Prof. Ned Jackson): self-assembly and supramolecular synthesis of molecular materials using hydrogen bonds; investigation of solid state reactivity and decomposition mechanisms in organic molecular crystals; organic crystallography, ab initio theoretical calculations
1993-1996 Undergraduate and Graduate Research at Babes-Bolyai University, Romania (Prof. Mircea Vlassa): synthesis and characterization of heterocyclic compounds

Selected publications:
• Radu Custelcean, Bruce A. Moyer and Benjamin P. Hay. A Coordinatively Saturated Sulfate Encapsulated in a Metal-Organic Framework Functionalized with Urea Hydrogen-Bonding Groups. Chemical Communications, p. 5971, 2005.
• Radu Custelcean and Maryna G. Gorbunova. A Metal-Organic Framework Functionalized with Free Carboxylic Acid Sites and its Selective Binding of a Cl(H2O)4 Cluster. Journal of the American Chemical Society, 127, p. 16362, 2005.
• Custelcean, R.; Delmau, L. H.; Moyer, B. A.; Sessler, J. L.; Cho, W. -S.; Gross, D.; Bates, G. . Calix[4]pyrrole: An Old yet New Ion-Pair Receptor. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. , 44, p. 2537, 2005.
• Radu Custelcean and Zbigniew A. Dreger. Dihydrogen Bonding under High Pressure: A Raman Study of BH3NH3 Molecular Crystal. J. Phys. Chem. B, 107, p. 9231, 2003.
• Radu Custelcean, Michael D. Ward. Hydrogen-Bonded Helices In Crystals with Prescribed Organization. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. , 41, p. 1724, 2002.
• Radu Custelcean, Mircea Vlassa, James E. Jackson. Supramolecular Synthesis through Dihydrogen Bonds: Self-Assembly of Controlled Architectures from NaBH4-Poly(2-hydroxyethyl)cyclen Building Blocks. Chem. Eur. J. , 8, p. 302, 2002.
• Radu Custelcean, James E. Jackson. Dihydrogen Bonding: Structures, Energetics, and Dynamics. Chem. Rev. , 101, p. 1963, 2001.
• Radu Custelcean, Cerasela Afloroaei, Mircea Vlassa, Mihai Polverejan. Formation of Extended Tapes of Cyclic Water Hexamers in an Organic Molecular Crystal Host. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. , 39, p. 3094, 2000.
• Radu Custelcean, Mircea Vlassa, James E. Jackson. Toward Crystalline Covalent Solids: Crystal-to-Crystal Dihydrogen to Covalent Bonding Transformation in NaBH4-THEC. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. , 39, p. 3299, 2000.
• Radu Custelcean, James, E. Jackson. Topochemical Dihydrogen to Covalent Bonding Transformation in LiBH4-TEA: A Mechanistic Study. J Am Chem Soc, 122, p. 5251, 2000.
• Radu Custelcean, James E. Jackson. Tuning Dihydrogen Bonds: Enhanced Solid-State Reactivity in a Dihydrogen-Bonded System with Exceptionally Short H---H Distances. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. , 38, p. 1661, 1999.
• Radu Custelcean, James E. Jackson. Topochemical Control of Covalent Bond Formation by Dihydrogen Bonding. J Am Chem Soc, 120, p. 12935, 1998.


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