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Radu Custelcean
Research Staff Scientist

M.S. Chemistry, Babes-Bolyai University, Romania, 1996
Ph.D. Organic Chemistry, Michigan State University, 2000
Postdoctoral, University of Minnesota, 2000-2002
Research Staff Scientist, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, 2003 to present



Research Interests:

Crystalline materials for environmental and energy applications
Solid-state organic chemistry
Molecular and ion recognition
Supramolecular chemistry
Chemical separations



 Margaret Etter Early Career Award,
    American Crystallographic Association, 2008

Harold Hart Endowed Fellowship, Michigan State University, 2000

 Third Prize, National Chemistry Olympiad  (Romania, 1990)


Professional Societies:

American Chemical Society, Member

American Crystallographic Association, Member



Selected Publications:

  1. Custelcean, R.; Bosano, J.; Bonnesen, P. V.; Kertesz, V.; Hay, B. P., "Self-Assembled Cages Made to Order: Deliberate Design of a Sulfate Encapsulating Receptor", Angew. Chem. Intl. Ed., in press.
  2. Custelcean, R.; Remy, P., "Selective Crystallization of Urea-Functionalized Capsules with Tunable Anion-Binding Cavities", Cryst. Growth Des., in press.
  3. Custelcean, R.; Remy, P.; Bonnesen, P. V.; Jiang, D.-E.; Moyer, B. A. "Sulfate Recognition by Persistent Crystalline Capsules with Rigidified Hydrogen Bonding Cavities", Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2008, 47, 1866.
  4. Custelcean, R. "Crystal Engineering with Urea and Thiourea Hydrogen-Bonding Groups", invited Feature Article, Chem. Commun. 2008, 295 (top 10 most accessed papers, 01/2008).
  5. Custelcean, R.; Jiang, D.; Hay, B. P.; Luo, W.; Gu, B. "Hydrogen-Bonded Helices for Anion Binding and Separation", Cryst. Growth Des. 2008, 8, 1909, (featured on the cover).
  6. Custelcean, R.; Moyer, B. A. "Anion Separation with Metal-Organic Frameworks", invited review, Eur. J. Inorg. Chem. 2007, 10, 1321 (featured on the cover, most accessed paper in 03/07).
  7. Custelcean, R.; Sellin, V.; Moyer, B. A. "Sulfate Separation by Selective Crystallization of a Urea-Functionalized Metal-Organic Framework", Chem. Commun. 2007,1541.
  8. Custelcean, R.; Moyer, B. A.; Bryantsev, V. S; Hay, B. P. "Anion Coordination in Metal-Organic Frameworks Functionalized with Urea Hydrogen-Bonding Groups", Cryst. Growth Des. 2006, 6, 555 (top 10 most cited papers in 2006).
  9. Custelcean, R.; Gorbunova, M. G. "A Metal-Organic Framework Functionalized with Free Carboxylic Acid Sites and its Selective Binding of a Cl(H2O)4- Cluster", J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2005, 127, 16362.
  10. Custelcean, R.; Moyer, B. A.; Hay, B. P. "A Coordinatively Saturated Sulfate Encapsulated in a Metal-Organic Framework Functionalized with Urea Hydrogen-Bonding Groups", Chem. Commun. 2005, 5971 (featured on the cover).
  11. Custelcean, R.; Delmau, L. H.; Moyer, B. A.; Sessler, J. L.; Cho, W.-S.; Gross, D.; Bates, G. W.; Brooks, S. J.; Light, M. E.; Gale, P. A. "Calix[4]pyrrole: An Old yet New Ion-Pair Receptor", Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2005, 44, 2537 (featured on the cover)

Chemical Separations Group Staff

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Rev: March 2009