Drasko Vidovic


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Dr Drasko Vidovic obtained BSc at Simon Fraser University, Canada in 2002. He then moved to University of Texas at Austin, USA, for his PhD studies under the supervision of Prof Alan Cowley. In 2007, after finishing his PhD studies, Dr Vidovic joined the research group of Prof Simon Aldridge at Oxford University, UK. He stated his independent career in Singapore in the late 2010 and joined Monash University as a Senior Lecturer in December 2017.

Research interests

Our main research interests broadly fall within the field of green and sustainable catalysis. We are predominantly developing catalysts based on earth abundant aluminium for various organic transformations, such as Diels Alders cycloadditions, Michael additions, borylations, etc., including polymerization of cyclic dienophiles to create functionalized polyolefins. Our collaborative efforts with a pharmaceutical company Retrotope (https://www.retrotope.com/) are focused on catalytic, site-specific deuteration (H/D exchange) of polyunsaturated fatty acids as means to fight all forms of dementia (Alzheimer's, Parkinson's etc.), atherosclerosis, retinal diseases etc.  



  • Catalysis
  • Aluminium
  • Green and Sustainable Chemistry
  • ruthenium
  • deuteration (H/D exchange)
  • polyunsaturated fatty acids
  • renewable materials
  • anti-corrosive materials
  • lubricants

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Research Output 2002 2019

Threshold protective effect of deuterated polyunsaturated fatty acids on peroxidation of lipid bilayers

Firsov, A. M., Fomich, M. A., Bekish, A. V., Sharko, O. L., Kotova, E. A., Saal, H. J., Vidovic, D., Shmanai, V. V., Pratt, D. A., Antonenko, Y. N. & Shchepinov, M. S., 2019, In : FEBS Journal. 286, 11, p. 2099-2117 19 p.

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Coordination, reactivity, and structural properties of electron-rich ethoxy- and dimethylamino-substituted 1,3-diketiminate ligands and their complexes

Land, M. A., Huo, B., Robertson, K. N., Ylijoki, K. E. O., Lee, P. T. K., Areephong, J., Vidović, D. & Clyburne, J. A. C., 1 Jan 2018, In : Dalton Transactions. 47, 30, p. 10195-10205 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Michael Additions Catalyzed by a β-Diketiminate-Supported Aluminum Complex

Liu, Z. & Vidović, D., 4 May 2018, In : Journal of Organic Chemistry. 83, 9, p. 5295-5300 6 p.

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Ruthenium Olefin Metathesis Catalysts Systematically Modified in Chelating Benzylidene Ether Fragment: Experiment and Computations

Zieliński, A., Szczepaniak, G., Gajda, R., Woźniak, K., Trzaskowski, B., Vidović, D., Kajetanowicz, A. & Grela, K., 31 Aug 2018, In : European Journal of Inorganic Chemistry. 2018, 32, p. 3675-3685 11 p.

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Alkene-assisted: Cis -to- trans isomerization of non-conjugated polyunsaturated alkenes

Smarun, A. V., Duzhin, F., Petković, M. & Vidović, D., 1 Jan 2017, In : Dalton Transactions. 46, 41, p. 14244-14250 7 p.

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