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Balazs Hargittai

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    Position: Professor, Organic Chemistry and Department Chair of Chemistry

    Department: Chemistry, Biochemistry

    Office: Science Center 211

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    About Dr. Balazs Hargittai


    • Diploma in Chemistry, Eotvos University (Hungary)
    • M.Sc. in Organic Chemistry, Northwestern University
    • Ph. D. in Organic Chemistry, University of Minnesota
    • Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Arizona
    • Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Minnesota Medical School
    • Research & Teaching
    • Publications
    • Professional Memberships
    Research & Teaching

    Research Interests

    • Peptide Chemistry
    • Folding of disulfide bridge-rich peptides
    • Folding effects of proline
    • Organic synthesis
    • Synthesis of novel amino acids
    • Synthesis of crown ethers
    • History of Science

    Courses Taught

    • Human Chemistry I
    • Human Chemistry II
    • Organic Chemistry I
    • Organic Chemistry II
    • Bioorganic Chemistry
    • Other courses: Women in Science

    Selected Recent Publications

    • 67. Hargittai, B., Ed. "Culture and Art of Scientific Discoveries: A Selection of István Hargittai’s Writings" Springer Nature, Switzerland, 2019.
    • 65. Hargittai, B.; Hargittai, I. "Year of the periodic table: Mendeleev and the others" Struct. Chem., 2019, 30(1), 1-7.
    • 63. Hargittai, I.; Hargittai, B. "George A. Olah (1927 – 2017)" Struct. Chem., 2017, 28(3), 563-564.
    • 53. Hargittai, B.; Hargittai, I. "Wisdom of the Martians of Science – In Their Own Words with Commentaries" World Scientific Publishing, Singapore, 2016.
    • 51. Hargittai, I.; Hargittai, B., Ed. "Science of Crystal Structures: Highlights of Crystallography in Structural Chemistry" Springer, Dordrecht, The Netherlands, 2015. 
    • 50. Hargittai, B.; Hargittai, I., Ed. "Culture of Chemistry: The Best Articles on the Human Side of 20th-Century Chemistry form the Archives of the Chemical Intelligencer" Springer, Dordrecht, The Netherlands, 2015.
    • 47. Hargittai, B.; Hargittai, I.; Hargittai, M. "Great Minds: Reflections of 111 Top Scientists", Oxford University Press, New York, NY, 2014.
    • 46. Hargittai, B.; Hargittai, I. "Martians as Chemists and Characters" in Characters in Chemistry: A Celebration of the Humanity of Chemistry, Patterson, G.D.; Rasmussen, S.C. (editors) American Chemical Society: Washington, DC, 2013, 167-204.
    • 44. Hargittai, B.; Hargittai, I. "Quasicrystal discovery- from NBS/NIST to Stockholm" Struct. Chem., 2012, 23, 301-306.
    • 41. Rust, H. L.; Kline, K.M.; Harteis, H.J.; Hargittai, M.R.S.; Hargittai, B. "Evaluation of the impact of proline on the folding of conotoxins". J. Undergrad. Chem. Res. 2012, 11(1), 34-36.
    • 31. Hargittai, B.; Hargittai, M. "The Use of Artistic Analogies in Chemical Research and Education.  Part 2." Leonardo, 2007, 40(3), 357-361.
    • 28. Orsini, M.J.; Nesmelova, I.; Young, H.C.; Hargittai, B.; Beavers, M.P.; Liu, J.; Connolly, P.J.; Middleton, S.A.; Mayo, K.H.  The nociceptin pharmacophore site for opioid receptor binding derived from the NMR structure and bioactivity relationships.  J. Biol. Chem. 2005, 280, 8134-8142.
    • 26. Croskey, A.K.; Hargittai, B.  Evaluation of the impact of proline on the folding of α-conotoxins. Kemija u industriji 2004, 53, 333-338.
    • 25. Hargittai, B. Conotoxins: disulfide-rich small peptides. Kemija u industriji 2004, 53, 343-348.
    • 22. Barany, G.; Han, Y.; Hargittai, B.; Liu, R.Q.; Varkey, J.T. Side-chain anchoring strategy for solid-phase synthesis of peptide acids with C-terminal cysteine.  Peptide Science 2003, 71, 652-666.
    • 21. Mayo, K.H.; Dings, R.P.M.; Flader, C.; Nesmelova, I.; Hargittai, B.; van der Schaft, D.W.J.; van Eijk, L.I.; Walek, D.; Haseman, J.; Hoye, T.R.; Griffioen, A.W.  Design of a Partial Peptide Mimetic of Anginex with Antiangiogenic and Antitumor Activity.  J. Biol. Chem. 2003, 278, 45746-45752.
    • 20. Dings, R.P.M.; v. d. Schaft, D.W.J.; Hargittai, B.; Haseman, J.; Griffioen, A.W.; Mayo, K.H. Anti-tumor Activity of the Novel Angiogenesis Inhibitor Anginex.  Cancer Letters 2003, 194, 55-66.
    Professional Memberships


    • American Chemical Society
    • American Peptide Society
    • Protein Society
    • Biophysical Society