Institution name and department

Ruđer Bošković Insitute, Department of Physical Chemistry

Position held


Seniour research associate



Bijenička 54, 10000 Zagreb, Croatia



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Key words





In situ monitoring

X-ray diffraction





Areas of Research/Expertise


My research is focused on the in situ study and methodology development for monitoring of solid-state reactions by ball milling. I apply this methodology to the study of mechanochemical reactions of mostly organic compounds and supramolecular recognition. I am interested in learning the mechanistic details of milling reactions.     



5 Most representative publications related to mechanochemistry 


Lukin, S.; Stolar, T.; Tireli, M.; Barišić, D.; Blanco, M. V.; di Michiel, M.; Užarević, K.; Halasz, I. Isotope Labeling Reveals Fast Atomic and Molecular Exchange in Mechanochemical Milling Reactions. J. Am. Chem Soc. 2019, 141, 1212−1216. DOI: 10.1021/jacs.8b12149


Lukin, S.; Tireli, M.; Lončarić, I.; Barišić, D.; Šket, P.; Vrsaljko, D.; di Michiel, M.; Plavec, J.; Užarević, K.; Halasz, I.; Mechanochemical carbon–carbon bond formation that proceeds via a cocrystal intermediate. Chem Commun. 2018, 54, 13216-13219. DOI: 10.1039/C8CC07853J


Lukin, S.; Lončarić, I.; Tireli, M.; Stolar, T.; Blanco, M. V.; Lazić, P.; Užarević, K.; Halasz, I. ExperimentalandTheoreticalStudy of Selectivity in Mechanochemical Cocrystallization of Nicotinamide with Anthranilic and Salicylic Acid. Cryst. Growth Des. 2018, 18, 1539−1547. DOI: 10.1021/acs.cgd.7b01512


Užarević, K.; Ferdelji, N.; Mrla, T.; Julen, P. A.; Halasz, B.; Friščić, T.; Halasz, I. Enthalpy vs. friction: heat flow modelling of unexpected temperature profiles in mechanochemistry of metal–organic frameworks. Chem. Sci. 2018, 9, 2525. DOI: 10.1039/C7SC05312F


Lukin, S.; Stolar, T.; Tireli, M.; Blanco, M. V.; Babić, D.; Friščić,T.; Užarević,K.; Halasz, I. Tandem In Situ Monitoring for Quantitative Assessment of Mechanochemical Reactions Involving Structurally Unknown Phases. Chem. - Eur. J. 2017, 23, 13941−13949. DOI: 10.1002/chem.201702489



5 Most representative publications non-related to Mechanochemistry 

Stolar, T.; Lukin, S.; Požar, J.; Rubčić, M.; Day, G. M.; Biljan, I.; Šišak Jung, D.; Horvat, G.; Užarević, K.; Meštrović, E.; Halasz, I. Solid-State Chemistry and Polymorphism of the Nucleobase Adenine. Cryst. Growth Des. 2016, 16, 3262. DOI: 1021/acs.cgd.6b00243

Katsenis, A. D.; Puškarić, A.; Štrukil, V.; Mottillo, C.; Julien, P. A.; Užarević, K.; Pham, M.-H.; Do, T.-O.; Kimber, S. A. J.; Lazić, P.; Magdysyuk, O.; Dinnebier, R. E.; Halasz, I.; Friščić, T. In situ X-ray diffraction monitoring of a mechanochemical reaction reveals a unique topology metal-organic framework. Nat. Commun. 2015, 6, 6662. DOI: 10.1038/ncomms7662

Gracin, D.; Štrukil, V.; Friščić, T.; Halasz, I.; Užarević, K. Laboratory Real‐Time and In Situ Monitoring of Mechanochemical Milling Reactions by Raman Spectroscopy. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2014, 53, 6193. DOI: 10.1002/anie.201402334

Bučar, D.-K.; Day, G. M.; Halasz I.; Zhang, G. G. Z.; Sander,J. R. G.; Reid, D. G.; Macgillivray, L. R.; Duer, M. J.; Jones, W. The curious case of (caffeine)·(benzoic acid): how heteronuclear seeding allowed the formation of an elusive cocrystal. Chem. Sci. 2013, 4, 4417. DOI: 10.1039/C3SC51419F

Halasz, I. Single-Crystal-to-Single-Crystal reactivity: Grey Rather than Black or White. Cryst. Growth Des. 2010, 10, 2817. DOI: 10.1039/C3SC51419F



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