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Ionel Haiduc, Member of the Romanian Academy

Ionel Haiduc
Vice-President of the Romanian Academy

Born: May 9, 1937, Cluj-Napoca


  • 1959 - M.Sc. in chemistry, Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca
  • 1964 - Ph.D. in chemistry, Institute of Fine Chemicals Technology, Moscow (USSR) with a thesis supervised by Acad. K.A. Andrianov (inorganic polymer and organo-silicon chemistry)
  • 1966 - Fulbright Fellowship
  • 1966-1968 - Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa, USA (organosilicon and organometallic chemistry, with Prof. Henry Gilman) - 16 months
  • 1971-1972 - University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia, USA (organometallic chemistry, with Prof. R.B. King) - 10 months

Teaching Activity

  • 1959-to date - permanent positions in the Chemistry Department of "Babes-Bolyai University" Cluj-Napoca, Romania
    • 1959 - laboratory assistant
    • 1962 - assistant
    • 1964 - lecturer
    • 1969 - associate professor
    • 1973 - to date - full professor
  • Visiting Professorships and other positions abroad
    • 1992 - NSF Visiting Scientist, Chemistry Department, University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia, USA (one month)
    • 1993 - European Commission Visiting Scientist, University of Santiago de Compostela, Santiago de Compostela, Spain (two months)
    • 1993-1994 - Visiting Professor, Instituto de Quimica, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, Mexico, D.F. (18 months)
    • 1993 -Visiting Professor, Instituto de Quimica, Universidad Federal de Sao Carlos, Brazil (two weeks)
    • 1997 - Humboldt Forschungsaufenthalt, Chemisches Institut, Otto von Guericke Universitat Magdeburg, Magdeburg, Germany (3 months)
    • 1997- Consultant, Department of Chemistry, University of Texas at El Paso, El Paso, Texas, USA.
    • 1998-1999 - Gauss Visiting Professorship granted by Gottinger Akademie der Wissenschsften, at Anorganisch Chemisches Institut, Gottingen Universitaet, Germany (3 months)

Administrative positions

  • 1976-1984 - Prorector (vice-president) "Babes-Bolyai" University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania
  • 1990-1993 - Rector (president) "Babes-Bolyai" University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania
  • 1995-to date - President, Transylvania Branch of the Romanian Academy
  • 1998 (Feb.) - to date, Vicepresident, Romanian Academy, Bucharest

Scientific Activity

Scientific interests

  • Coordination and organometallic chemistry of Main Group elements
  • Supramolecular organometallic chemistry
  • Inorganic rings
  • Biologically active metal compounds (including antitumor activity)
  • Inorganic chemistry nomenclature and systematizations
  • Science management and policy

Scientific Titles

  • 1964 - Ph.D. in chemistry
  • 1990 - Correspondent Member of the Romanian Academy
  • 1991 - Full Member of the Romanian Academy


  • 1993 - to date, International Council of Main Group Chemistry
  • 1991 - 1993, Alliance of Universities for Democracy (Board of Directors)
  • 1992 - to date, IUPAC Affiliate Member

Membership in Editorial Boards of Professional Journals

  • Synthesis and Reactivity in Inorganic and Metal-organic Chemistry (New York)
  • Main-Group Metal Chemistry (London-Tel Aviv)
  • Metal-Based Drugs (London)
  • Science and Engineering Ethics (Guildford, UK)
  • Revue Roumaine de Chimie (Bucharest)


Books (in English)
  • The Chemistry of Inorganic Ring Systems ( 2 vols ), Wiley-Interscience, London, New York 1970
  • Basic Organometallic Chemistry (with J.J. Zuckerman), Walter de Gruyter, Berlin, New York,1985
  • The Chemistry of Inorganic Homo- and Heterocycles ( 2 vols ) (Editor and contributor, with D.B. Sowerby), Academic Press, London, New York, 1987
  • Organometallics in Cancer Chemotherapy ( 2 vols ) (with C. Silvestru), CRC Press, Boca Raton, Florida, USA, 1990, 1991.


  • More than 250 scientific and review articles in professional journals, including Inorg. Chem.; J. Am. Chem. Soc.; J. Organomet. Chem.; Polyhedron; Chem. Revs.; Anticancer Research; Inorg. Chim. Acta; J. Chem. Soc. Dalton Trans.; J. Chem. Soc. Chem. Commun.; Coordination Chem. Revs.; Rev. Roumaine Chim., etc. as well as chapters in several books

Awards and titles

  • 1974 - "G. Spacu" Prize of the Romanian Academy
  • 1997 - Humboldt Forschungsafenthalt
  • 1998 - Gauss Professorship


RO 3400 Cluj-Napoca, Str. Predeal No.6
E-mail address: ihaiduc@acad.ro
Phone: +40-64-14866

Foreign languages

  • English (fluent), Russian (fluent), French (well), Spanish (well), German (moderate, technical), Hungarian (moderate).

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