Alexandru T. Balaban

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Ph.D. Bucharest Polytechnic University
H.S. Bucharest, Romania and Petroşani, Romania

Complete Bibliography of Alexandru T. Balaban

Authored/Co-Authored Books

A.T. Balaban, A. Chiriac, I. Motoc and Z. Simon, “Steric Fit in Quantitative Structure Activity Relations”, Lecture Notes in Chemistry No. 15, Springer Verlag, Berlin, 1980, 178 pages.

V. Dragutan, A.T. Balaban and M. Dimonie, “Olefin Metathesis and Ring-Opening Polymerization of Cyclo-Olefins”, Editura Academiei Romane, Bucharest, 1981, 254 pages (in Roumanian); Expanded English version: Wiley, Chichester, 1985, 545 pages.

A.T. Balaban, I. Galateanu, G. Georgescu and L. Simionescu, “Labelled Compounds and Radio-pharmaceuticals Applied in Nuclear Medicine”, Editura Academiei Romane, Bucharest, 1979, 495 pages (in Roumanian); Expanded English version: Wiley, Chichester, 1988, 742 pages.

A.T. Balaban, A. Dinculescu, G.N. Dorofeenko, G.W. Fischer, A.V. Koblik, V.V. Mezheritskii and W. Schroth, “Pyrylium Salts. Syntheses, Reactions and Physical Properties”, Advances in Heterocyclic Chemistry, Suppl. Vol. 2 (A. R. Katritzky, Ed.), Academic Press, New York, 1982.

A.T. Balaban, M. Banciu and V. Ciorba, “ Annulenes, Benzo-, Hetero-, Homo-Derivatives and Their Valence Isomers”, CRC Press, Boca Raton, Florida, 1986, 3 volumes.

N. Voiculetz, A.T. Balaban, I. Niculescu-Duvaz and Z. Simon, Modeling of Cancer Genesis and Prevention”, CRC Press, Boca Raton, Florida, 1990.

M. Banciu and A.T. Balaban, “C.D. Nenitzescu: His Life and His Work” (in Roumanian), Editura Academiei Romane, Bucharest, 1995.

Edited/Co-Edited Books

A.T. Balaban (editor): “Chemical Applications of Graph Theory” Academic Press, London, 1976,. Chinese translation, 1983.

A.T. Balaban (editor), “From Chemical Topology to Three-Dimensional Geometry”, Plenum Publishing Corporation, New York,1997

A.T. Balaban, E. N. Carabateas, and F. A. Tanasescu (editors),, “Science and Technology Management”, NATO Science Series (Series 4: Science and Technology Policy, Vol. 22), Proc. of NATO Advanced Research Workshop (Sinaia, Romania, May 20-24, 1997) IOS Press, Series 4, vol. 22, Amsterdam, 1998

J. Devillers and A.T. Balaban (editors), “Topological Indices and Related Descriptors in QSAR and QSPR” Gordon and Breach, The Netherlands, 1999. 811 pages.

Anniversary Issues of Scientific Periodicals

Revue Roumaine de Chimie 1991, 26, 289-301; 2001, 46, 265-275;  2006, 51, 240-244; 2011, 56, 279-288; 2016, 61, 243-246 (list of sciemtific publications in the preceding 10 or 5 years).

Archives for Organic Chemistry (ARKIVOC) 2006 (x) 1-352.

MATCH, Communications in Mathematical and Computer Chemistry, 2011. 66, 1-32: Autobiographical notes: 80 years of age, 68 years of chemistry; Romanian translation, Buletinul Soc. Chim. Romania 2011, 18 (2) 21-46.

Book Chapters and Articles in Scientific Periodicals

A. T. Balaban, Rev. Roum. Chim. 2012, 57, 535-557: Brief review of contributions to organic chemistry.

A. T. Balaban and C.D. Nenitzescu: “Dehydrogenating Condensations of Aromatics (Scholl and Related Reactions)”, in “Friedel-Crafts and Related Reactions”, editor G.A. Olah, Wiley-Interscience, New-York, 1964, vol. 2. pp. 979-1047.

C. D. Nenitzescu and A.T. Balaban: “Aliphatic Acylation”, in “Friedel-Crafts and Related Reactions”, editor G.A. Olah, Wiley-Interscience, New-York, 1964,, vol. 3, pp.1033-1152.

A.T. Balaban and C.D. Nenitzescu, Liebigs Ann. Chem., 1959, 625, 74-88: Reactions catalyzed by aluminium chloride. XXVII. A synthesis of pyrylium salts from acid chlorides and olefins (in German).

A.T. Balaban and C.D. Nenitzescu, J. Chem. Soc., 1961, 3553-3560: Pyrylium salts obtained by diacylation of olefins. II. The two pyrylium salts formed in the diacylation of 2-methyl-2-butene; P. F. G. Praill and A. L. Whitear, J. Chem. Soc. 1961, 3573: Pyrylium salts and related compounds. Part I. The reaction between olefins and acylium perchlorates.

A. Hassner and C. Stumer, Organic Syntheses Based on Name Reactions, 2nd Ed., Elsevier, Amsterdam, 2002, p. 17.

A. T. Balaban, Balaban-Nenitzescu-Praill Reaction, In: Name Reactions in Heterocyclic Chemistry II (J. J. Li, ed.) with a foreword by E. J. Corey. Wiley, Hoboken, NJ, 2011, pp. 402-419.9

A.T. Balaban, “Pyrylium salts as useful synthons”, in “Organic Synthesis : Modern Trends” (ed. O. Chizov), Blackwell, Oxford, 1987, pp. 263-274.

A.T. Balaban, W. Schroth and G. Fischer, “Pyrylium Salts. I. Synthesis”, in Advances in Heterocyclic Chemistry, (eds. A. R. Katritzky and A. J. Boulton), Academic Press, New York, 1969, vol. 10, pp. 241-326.

W. Schroth and A.T. Balaban, “Pyrylium-Salts” in Methoden der Organischen Chemie (Houben-Weyl)”, vol. E7b, Hetarene II (Teil 2), (R.P. Kreher, Ed.), G. Thieme Verlag, Stuttgart, 1992: Introduction (pp. 755-766); Synthesis (pp. 767-963) (in German).

T.S. Balaban and A.T. Balaban, “Pyrylium Salts”. In “Science of Synthesis; Houben-Weyl Methods of Molecular Transformations”, Georg Thieme Verlag, Stuttgart, 2003, vol. 14, pp. 11-200; A. T. Balaban and T. S. Balaban, in : Science of Synthesis, Knowledge Updates 2013/3: Pyrylium Salts (Update 2013)m Thieme Verlag, 2013, Stutttgart, pp. 145-216.

Ö. Güzel, A. Maresca, A. Scozzafava, A. Salman, A. T. Balaban, and C. T. Supuran, J. Med.  Chem. 2009, 52, 4063-4067: Discovery of nanomolar and subnanomolar inhibitors of the mycobacterial β carbonic anhydrases Rv1284 and Rv3273.

M. A. Ilies, W. A. Seitz, M. T. Caproiu, M. Wentz, R. E. Garfield, and A. T. Balaban, Eur. J. Org. Chem. 2003, 2645-2655: Pyridinium-based cationic lipids as gene transfer agents.

A.T. Balaban, L. Birladeanu, I. Bally, P.T. Frangopol, M. Mocanu, and Z. Simon, Tetrahedron, 1963, 19, 2199-2207: Preparation and spectra of para-substituted 2,5-diphenyloxazoles (Aminoketone synthesis. VI).

A. T. Balaban, “Steric versus electronic effects of deuterium”, in “Synthesis and Applications Isotopically Labelled Compounds” (eds. W.P. Duncan and A.B. Susan), Pr. F. Liebman andA. Greer)., Chapter X, Wiley, 2018, pp. 1–9.

A.T. Balaban, E.U. Würthwein and P. von R. Schleyer, Tetrahedron, 1987, 43, 405-408: Model MNDO calculations for rotamers of α-acylnitroxides and of N-nitrosonitroxides.

A.T. Balaban, I. Bally, R.J. Bishop, C.N. Rentea and L.E. Sutton, J. Chem. Soc. 1964, 2382-2387: Novel spiroborates and a dipole moment study of 1,3,2-dioxabora-azulene-2-spiro-2’-(1’,3’,2’-benzodioxaborole).(Heterocyclic organoboron compounds. II.).

A. T. Balaban, Confessions and reflections of a graph-theoretical chemist; MATCH, Commun. Math. Comput. Chem. 1993, 29, 3-17.

A. T. Balaban, Internet Electronic J. Mol. Design 2012, 11, 1-22.C A personal view of chemistry (with emphasis to mathematical chemistry) as science and art.

A. T. Balaban, J. Chem. Inf. Comput. Sci. 1995, 35, 339-350: Chemical graphs: looking back and a glimpse ahead,

A.T. Balaban and Z. Simon, Tetrahedron, 1962, 18, 315-321: Aromaticity constants.

P. von R. Schleyer, A.J. Kos, J.A. Pople and A.T. Balaban, J. Amer. Chem. Soc., 1982, 104, 3771-3773: Carbenium-carbonium structure H2C+-CH4+, for the ethane dication.

A.T. Balaban, C.C. Rentea and E. Ciupitu, Rev. Roum. Chim., 1968, 13, 231-247: Chemical graphs. VI. Estimation of the relative stability of several planar and tridimensional lattices for elementary carbon (Erratum, ibid., p. 1233)

A.T. Balaban and P. von R. Schleyer, Tetrahedron, 1978, 34, 3599-3609: Systematic classification and nomenclature of diamond hydrocarbons. 1. Graph-teoretical enumeration of polymantanes.

A.T. Balaban, D.J. Klein and C.A. Folden, Chem. Phys. Lett. 1994, 217, 266-270: Diamond-graphite hybrids.

A. T. Balaban and D. J. Klein, J. Phys. Chem. C, 2009, 113, 19123-19133: Claromatic carbon nano-structures.

K.M. Merz Jr., R. Hoffmann and A.T. Balaban, J. Amer.  Chem. Soc., 1987, 109, 6742-6751: 3,4-Connected carbon nets : through-space and through-bond interactions in the solid state.

A.T. Balaban and F. Harary, Tetrahedron,  1968, 24, 2505-2516: Chemical graphs. V. Enumeration and proposed nomenclature of benzenoid cata-condensed polycyclic aromatic

C. Deleanu and A.T. Balaban, Rev. Roum. Chim., 1990, 35, 349-391: Chemical graphs. Part. 53. Benzo- and polybenzo-derivatives of valence isomers of [12]annulene.

A.T. Balaban, L.B. Kier and N. Joshi, J. Chem. Inf. Comput. Sci., 1992, 32, 237-244: Correlation between chemical structure and normal boiling points of acyclic ethers, peroxides, acetals,and their sulfur analogues.

A.T. Balaban, Chem. Phys. Lett., 1982, 80, 399-404: Highly discriminating distance-based topological index.

A.T. Balaban, N. Ionescu-Pallas and T.S. Balaban, MATCH, Commun. Math.Compit.  Chem. 1985, 17, 121-146: Asymptotic values of topological indices and J’ (average distance sum connectivities) for infinite acyclic and cyclic graphs.

A.T. Balaban, D. Farcasiu and R. Banica, Rev. Roum. Chim., 1966, 11, 1205-1227: Chemical graphs. II. Graphs of multiple 1,2-shifts in carbonium ions and related systems.

A.T. Balaban, “Reaction graphs”, in “Graph Theoretical Approaches to Chemical Reactivity”, (eds. D. Bonchev and O. Mekenyan), Kluwer Academic Publishers, Dordrecht,8Netherlands, 1994, pp.137-180.

A.T. Balaban, J. Combinatorial Theory, Ser. B, 1972, 12, 1-5: A trivalent graph of girth ten.

A.T. Balaban, Rev. Roum. Math. Pures Appl., 1973, 18, 1033-1043: Trivalent graphs of girth nine and eleven, and relationships among cages.

A.T. Balaban, Scientometrics, 1996, 37, 495-498: How should citations to articles in high- and low-impact journals be evaluated, or what is a citation worth ?

A. T. Balaban, Hyle 2013, 19, 106-134: Chemical graph theory and the Sherlock Holmes principle,

A. T. Balaban, Foundations Chem. 2005, 7, 289-306: Reflections about mathematical chemistry.

Awards & Recognition

2016: National Order Star of Romania with grade Cavalier, President of Roumania

2007: Distinguished Achievement Award for Research, The Association of Former Students of Texas A&M

2007: Roumanian Academy’s Medal “Costin D. Nenitzescu” for distinguished chemical research results

2000: National Order Star of Romania with grade Faithful Service, President of Roumania

1997: Doctor Honoris Causa, University of Timişoara Roumania

1994: Herman Skolnik Award, Division of Chemical Information of the American Chemical Society

1966: Roumanian Order of Scientific Merit

1963: Roumanian Order of Labor

1962: Roumanian Academy’s Chemistry Prize

Professional Appointments

1991-2012: Tenured Professor of Chemistry, Texas A&M University Galveston

1995-1998: Vice President, Roumanian Academy.

1967-1970: Senior Research Officer, Chemistry Division, International Atomic Energy Agency, Vienna, Austria, in charge with radiopharmaceuticals.

1967-1974: Head of the Laboratory (along with didactic activity), Isotopically Labelled Compounds of the Bucharest Institute of Atomic Physics.

1956-1999: Chair of Organic Chemistry, Bucharest Polytechnic University

1970-1999: Professor, Bucharest Polytechnic University

1961-1966: Associate professor, Bucharest Polytechnic University

1956-1960: Assistant professor, Bucharest Polytechnic University

1956-1999: Chair of Organic Chemistry, Bucharest Polytechnic University

Membership in Scientific Academies

2005 - 2008: President, International Academy of Mathematical Chemistry, Dubrovnik, Croatia

2005: Titular member, International Academy of Mathematical Chemistry, Dubrovnik, Croatia

2001: Honorary member, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest.

1995: Titular member, American-Roumanian Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters.

1993: Titular member, Roumanian Academy of Technical Sciences, Bucharest.

1983: Member, World Academy of Theoretical Organic Chemists, Paris.

1963: Corresponding member, Romanian Academy, Chemistry Section

Invited Positions

1996: Invited research scientist, École Normale Supérieure, Paris, France (2 months).

1996: Invited research scientist, Harvard Medical School, Cambridge, MS, US  (2 months).

1991: Invited research scientist, Virginia Commonwealth University, Medical College of Virginia, Department of Medicinal Chemistry, Richmond, Virginia (3 months).

1989 - 1990: Invited Lectureship, Wilhelm Ostwald Theoretical Organic Chemistry Chair, University Leipzig (6 months).

1973: Invited research scientist, Technische Universität Braunschweig, Germany (3 months).