Dejan-Krešimir Bučar

2008 and 2009 Scholarship Program Recipient

Dejan-Krešimir Bučar
Current Address: Department of Chemistry, University College London, London, U.K.

Research Proposals:
Metallosupramolecular Capsules with Nanometer-Sized Cavities Derived from a Template-Directed [2+2] Photodimerization in the Solid State

Research carried out at the University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA, U.S.A.


Impact of the Scholarships & Professional Pursuits

The two Ludo Frevel Crystallography Scholarships I received had a tremendous impact on my career. Initially, I was delighted by the availability of funds to cover my tuition fees, to buy (otherwise unaffordable) textbooks and to attend conferences very central to our field. As I see it now, the ability to attend conferences was particularly significant because I could meet scientists whose research I admire. Some of the encounters were eye opening – I began to see things from a different perspective, which probably encouraged me to let go of unworthy goals or research objectives. The Ludo Frevel awards definitely triggered a series of events that brought me onto the path I’m now happily prowling along.

After my graduate studies at the University of Iowa, I was awarded a Royal Society Newton International Fellowship that allowed me to independently pursue research in the area of crystal engineering in the Department of Chemistry at University of Cambridge (UK). The research program was greatly supported and kindly hosted by Prof. William Jones. The Fellowship was also an important milestone on my career path because I got exposed to the delights and responsibilities of teaching undergraduate students. This was greatly supported by Sidney Sussex College (University of Cambridge, UK) where I held a Bye-Fellowship and acted as Director of Studies in Chemistry for one year before I moved on to join the Department of Chemistry at University College London (UK) as an UCL Excellence Fellow in 2013. I now hope to explore aspects of solid-state chemistry that are both important and (sadly) overlooked, and I’m particularly keen on making translational research my priority.

I would like to take the opportunity to express my deep gratitude to the ICDD for supporting me during my graduate studies. And I’ll also take the opportunity to stress how important funding opportunities, such as the Ludo Frevel Crystallography Scholarship, are to aspiring (chemical) crystallographers. They are truly encouraging, enabling and inspiring!



More than 50 publications (More than 1,000 citations).


Selected Awards and Honors:

1. Chair of the Gordon Research Seminar on Crystal Engineering, 2014.
2. UCL Excellence Fellowship (University College London, 2014).
3. Bye-Fellowship at Sidney Sussex College (University of Cambridge, 2011).
4. Newton International Fellowship (Royal Society, 2010).
5. USP Fellowship (U.S. Pharmacopeia, 2008-2009).
6. Graduate Incentive Fellowship (University of Iowa, 2009) .
7. Ludo Frevel Crystallography Scholarship (International Centre for Diffraction Data, 2008 and 2009).
8. Lynn Anderson Graduate Research Award (University of Iowa, Department of Chemistry, 2008).
9. Graduate College Summer Fellowship (University of Iowa, Department of Chemistry, 2008).
10. Fellowship of the Department of Chemistry (Graduate College Strategic Initiative IF program, University of Iowa, 2008).
11. The Cambridge Crystallographic Data Center (CCDC) Poster Prize at the European Crystallographic Meeting, Marrakech, Morocco, 2007.
12. "Special Recognition in the Supramolecular Chemistry Session" Poster Prize at the Annual Meeting of the American Crystallographic Association, Salt Lake City, 2007.
13. Dean's award for excellence in research (University of Zagreb, 2003).



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