Charles Sturt University
Charles Sturt University

Dr Igor Novak

Dr Igor Novak

DSc (Zagreb) MSc (Zagreb) BSc (Zagreb)

Dr Novak is a researcher in physical and computational chemistry.  After obtaining his BSc and DSc from University of Zagreb, Croatia he spent 6 years in the UK at King's College London and University of Birmingham doing research in photoionozation dynamics with synchrotron radiation source.  Subsequently he was Associate Professor at National University of Singapore for 16 years before joining CSU.

His research interests are in the area of molecular electronic structure and spectroscopy of natural products, pharmaceutics, pesticides, organometallics and free radicals.  He also works in the field of molecular modelling and computational chemistry.  He has published 215 papers in international refereed journals including 20 papers in refereed journals on chemical education.  He received an award from the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts for his work on the electronic structure of pesticides.

He is currently involved in delivering chemistry lectures to students of pharmacy, dentistry and clinical science.  He is also interested in philosophy and history of sciences about which he wrote a book:  "Science a Many-splendored Thing"

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Teaching Interests

Dr Novak currently lecturers in:

  • CHM102 Chemistry for Dental and Veterinary Sciences
  • CHM104 Chemistry 1A
  • CHM107 Chemistry 1B
  • CHM219 Organic and Physical Chemistry

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Research Interests

  • Electronic structure of pesticides, pharmaceutics, organometallics, free radicals, carbenes and natural products
  • Thermodynamic properties of strained or unstable molecules

Current Research Projects

  • 2011-2016 "ABAChlor, Analysis Anaerobic bacteria, Chlordecone".  Funded by National de la Recherche Agronomique, France 103000 EU$.  Collaborating scientists:  C Mouvet, M Dictor, L Almaric, F Battaglia-Brunet, H Macarie, Y Labrousse, B Olivier, M Fardeau, M Archelas, E Dossmann, J Dolfing (University of Newcastle UK).
  • 2016-2017 Characterisation of the electronic structure of galvinoxyl and 1H-Imidazol-1-yloxy, 4,5-dihydro-4,4,5,5-tetramethyl-2-(4-nitrophenyl)-, 3-oxide (p-NPNN) free radicals by variable energy photoelectron spectroscopy. Funded by CNR-IOM, Laboratorio Nazionale TASC, 34149 Trieste, Italy 1000 EU$.
    Collaborating scientists: S. Kazazic (R. Boskovic Institute, Zagreb, Croatia), I Ljubic (R. Boskovic Institute, Zagreb, Croatia), M. Coreno (CNR-IMIP, Montelibretti, 00016 Rome, Italy), A. Kivimakki (CNR-IOM, Laboratorio Nazionale TASC, 34149 Trieste, Italy)

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Professional Memberships

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Recent Publications

View Dr Novak's publications on CRO.

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