Dr Dejan-Krešimir (Krešo) Bučar

  Krešo Bučar joined the Department of Chemistry in 2013 as a Lecturer and UCL Excellence Fellow. He obtained a BSc in chemistry with Dr Ernest Meštrović at the University of Zagreb, and a PhD in chemistry from the University of Iowa with Prof Leonard R. MacGillivray. He then started his independent research career as a Royal Society Newton International Fellow at the University of Cambridge with Prof William Jones. While in Cambridge, he was also a Bye-Fellow and Director of Studies at Sidney Sussex College. Krešo’s research interests mainly concern organic crystalline materials and their applications.
Summary of research group

Our group studies structures and properties of organic crystalline materials. We investigate how principles of crystal engineering and supramolecular chemistry can be utilized to improve solid-state properties of pharmaceutically relevant compounds, dyes, pigments and electronic materials. We also have a keen interest in polymorphism of molecular crystals, organic nano(co)crystals, as well as in the possible role of crystal chemistry in the origins of life.

Our research is highly multi-disciplinary and benefits from close collaborations with physicists, materials chemists, pharmaceutical scientists and computational chemists.

Research highlights
Research Facilities
  X-ray crystallography facility, (SS) NMR, ATR-IR, TGA/DSC 
  • 2014 - UCL Excellence Fellowship (University College London, 2013) (PI)
  • 2013 - research grant by the Isaac Newton Trust, Trinity College, University of Cambridge (co-PI)
  • 2011 - Bye-Fellowship at Sidney Sussex College, University of Cambridge
  • 2010 - Royal Society Newton International Fellowship, 2010. (PI)
  • 2009 - Graduate Incentive Fellowship (sponsored by the Graduate College, University of Iowa)
  • 2009 - Ludo Frevel Crystallography Scholarship, International Centre for Diffraction Data   
  • 2008 - Ludo Frevel Crystallography Scholarship, International Centre for Diffraction Data   
  • 2008 - USP Fellowship, U.S. Pharmacopeia, 2008-2009 
  • 2008 - Lynn Anderson Graduate Research Award, University of Iowa, Department of Chemistry (graduate student of the year)
  • 2008 - Fellowship of the Department of Chemistry, University of Iowa (sponsored by the Graduate College Strategic Initiative IF program, University of Iowa)
  • 2007 - Cambridge Crystallographic Data Centre (CCDC) Poster Prize at the European Crystallographic Meeting, Marrakech, Morocco
  • 2007 - "Special Recognition in the Supramolecular Chemistry Session" Poster Prize at the Annual Meeting of the American Crystallographic Association, Salt Lake City
  • 2003 - Dean's award for excellence in research, University of Zagreb, Croatia
  • 2006-10 - numerous travel grants 
  • RSC
  • British Crystallographic Association 
  • Croatian Association of Crystallographers
Research interests
    • crystal engineering and organic solid-state chemistry
    • supramolecular chemistry
    • cocrystals
    • polymorphism
    • solid-state synthesis
    • drug formulation
    • solid-state chemistry of dyes and pigments
    • origins of life
    • CHEM2201 - Organic Chemistry
    • CHEM3401 - New Directions in Materials Chemistry
    • CHEM1004/1601 - Introduction to Chemical Principles
    • CHEM3004 - Literature Project
    • CHEMM901 - Advanced Chemical Project