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izv. prof. dr. sc. Draginja Mrvoš-Sermek

Title: Associate Professor
Location: 032
Public phone number:+385 1 4606 370
Internal phone number:6370
E-mail: E-mail
Department: Division of General and Inorganic Chemistry




integrated undergraduate and graduate


Education at Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science, University of Zagreb: Diploma thesis (Teacher of physics and chemistry, 1985); Master degree thesis (Chemistry, Inorganic Chemistry, 1987); Doctoral thesis (Chemistry, Inorganic Chemistry, 1994).

Affiliation and current position: Associate professor, Division of General and Inorganic Chemistry, Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science, University of Zagreb (2012-)

Previous positions: Assistant Professor (2001 – 2012); Senior Assistant (1996 -2001); Assistant (1985 – 1996), Division of General and Inorganic Chemistry, Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science, University of Zagreb.

Research interest: X-ray crystallography of small molecules with potential pharmacological activity (derivatives of azithromycine, lorazepame...), organometallic compounds; X-ray powder diffraction; chemistry education research and practice

Scientific papers: co-author of 41 scientific and professional articles

Awards and recognitions and memberships:

Rector's award of the University of Zagreb for the year 1985


(2004 - ) Committee for Teaching methods, Faculty of Science, University of Zagreb, member and head of the task group;

 (2005-2021) State Matura in chemistry, National Centre for the External Evaluation of Education (head of the task group 2013-2015);

 (2004-2019 ) Member of the National Committee for Student's Competitions and Reviews in Chemistry (head 2012-2019), Ministry of Science, Education and Sports of Republic of Croatia, Education and Teacher Training Agency of Croatia and Croatian Chemical Society;

Member of the Croatian Chemical Society, Croatian Association of Crystallographers


Participation in research projects:

Principal investigator:

Ministry of Science, Republic of Croatia project ''Evaluation, development and modernization of teaching and learning of chemistry in Croatia'' (2007–2010)

Project participant (Ministry of Science, Republic of Croatia projects; Croatian Science foundation):

2014 – 2019 ''Essential metal ions in Helicobacter pylori proteins and model compounds - structure and function/property''

2007 – 2013 ''Structural investigation of biological macromolecules by X-ray diffraction''

2002 – 2005 ''Development of new therapeutic and diagnostic substances for gene therapy of cancer''


Published papers recorded in the Croatian Scientific Bibliography Database (CROSBI)

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List of select publications

1. Djokić, S., Kobrehel, G., Lopotar, N., Kamenar, B., Nagl, A., Mrvoš, D.: Erythromycin Series. Part 13. Synthesis and structure elucidation of 10-dihydro-10- deoxo-11-methyl-11-azaerythromycin A,  J. Chem. Research (S) (1988) 152-153, (M) (1988) 1239−1261.

2. Djokić, S., Vajtner, Z., Lopotar, N., Mrvoš-Sermek, D., Kamenar, B., Nagl, A.: Complexes of azithromycin with some divalent metal ions, Croat. Chem. Acta 68 (1995) 375−381.

3. S. Raić-Malić, L. Tomašković, D. Mrvoš-Sermek, B. Prugovečki, M. Cetina, M. Grdiša, K.  Pavelić, A. Mannschreck, J. Balzarini,  E. De Clercq and M. Mintas, Spirobipyridopyrans, spirobinaphthopyrans, indolinospiropyridopyrans indolinospironaphthopyrans and indolinospironaphtho-1,4-oxazines: synthesis, study X-ray crystal structure, antitumoral and antiviral evaluation, Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry 12 (2004) 1037–1045.

4. S. Šimičić, D. Mrvoš-Sermek, Identifying and Analyzing the Misconceptions Associated with the Concept of Chemical Equation, Croatian Journal of Education (CJE), 20 (2018) 111−131.

5. M. Tašner, D. Mrvoš-Sermek, E. Hajdarpašić, D. Matković-Čalogović, Dinuclear copper(II) acetate complex with caffeine, a fast mechanochemical synthesis, Contributions Sec. Nat. Math. Biotech. Sci. 39 (2018) 91−101.