Short CV/Education and training

    Full Professor of Chemistry and Head of the Laboratory of Bioinorganic Chemistry at KU Leuven, Belgium

  • 2000 – 2008
    Flemish Science Foundation (FWO) senior researcher, KU Leuven, Laboratory for Molecular Design and Synthesis, Belgium

  • 1998 – 2000
    Alexander-von-Humboldt fellow, Max Planck Institute of Biophysical Chemistry, J. W. Goethe

  • 1997 – 1998
    Post-doctoral researcher, University of California, Berkeley, USA

  • 1997
    Ph.D. Degree in Chemistry, Suma Cum Laude

  • 1993 – 1997
    Ph. D. Research assistant, Iowa State University, Ames, USA

  • 1991 – 1992
    Research associate, University of Belgrade

  • 1987 – 1991
    Diploma in Chemistry, Suma Cum Laude, University of Belgrade, Yugoslavia

Selected publications

  • F. de Azambuja, J. Moons and T. N. Parac-Vogt*: “The Dawn of Metal-Oxo Clusters as Artificial Proteases: From Discovery to the Present and Beyond.” Acc. Chem. Res., 2021, 54, 1673–1684 (Cover Page)

  • F. de Azambuja, J. Lenie and T. N. Parac-Vogt*: “Homogeneous Metal Catalysts with Inorganic Ligands: Probing Ligand Effects in Lewis Acid Catalyzed Direct Amide Bond Formation.” ACS Catal., 2021, 11, 271-277. (Cover Page)

  • A. Loosen, F. de Azambuja, S. Smolders, J. Moons, C. Simms, D. De Vos and T. N. Parac-Vogt*: “Interplay between structural parameters and reactivity of Zr6-based MOFs as artificial proteases.” Chem. Sci., 2020, 11, 6662-6669. (Cover Page)

  • J. Moons, F. De Azambuja, J. Mihailovic, K. Kozma, K. Smiljanic, M. Amiri, T. Cirkovic-Velickovic, M. Nyman and T. N. Parac-Vogt*: “Discrete Hf18 metal‐oxo cluster as a heterogeneous nanozyme for site specific proteolysis.” Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2020, 132, 9179-9186.

  • A. Anyushin, A. Kondinski, T. N. Parac-Vogt*

    “Hybrid polyoxometalates as post-functionalization platforms: from fundamentals to emerging applications.”

    Chem. Soc. Rev., 2020, 49, 382-432. (Cover Page)

  • . De Azambuja, T.N. Parac-Vogt*: “Water Tolerant and Atom Economical Amide Bond Formation by Metal-Substituted Polyoxometalate Catalysts” ACS Catal., 2019, 9, 10245-10252.

  • H. G. T. Ly, G. Absillis, R. Janssens, P. Proost, T. N. Parac-Vogt. "Highly Amino Acid Selective Hydrolysis of Myoglobin at Aspartate Residues as Promoted by Zirconium(IV)-Substituted Polyoxometalates". Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2015, 2015, 54, 7391-7394.

  • M. Harris, S. Carron, L. Vander Elst, S. Laurent, R.N. Muller, T. N. Parac-Vogt. Magnetofluorescent micellar complexes of terbium(III) as potential bimodal contrast agents for magnetic resonance and optical imaging. Chem. Commun. 2015, 51, 2984-2986.

  • E. Debroye, T. N. Parac-Vogt. "Towards polymetallic lanthanide complexes as dual contrast agents for magnetic resonance and optical imaging". Chem. Soc. Rev. 2014, 43, 8178-92.

  • K. Van Hecke, T. Cardinaels, P. Nockemann, J. Jacobs, L. Vanpraet, T. N. Parac-Vogt, R. Van Deun, K. Binnemans, L. Van Meervelt. "Enantioselective Assembly of a Ruthenium(II) Polypyridyl Complex into a Double Helix". Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2014, 53, 8959-8962.

Complete list of publications

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Member of the advisory board of H2020 funded project “CHANGE” (, since 2018

  • Board Member of BeWiSe (Belgium Women in Science) Association, since 2016

  • Member of the Evaluation Commission, Research Foundation Flanders (FWO), since 2012

  • Management committee member of "Committee of the Bulletin University Foundation", an intermediary of two Belgian chemical societies, since 2008

  • Chair of the Chemistry Panel, Research Foundation Flanders (FWO), 2016 – 2018

  • Vice-chair of H2020 and FP-7 panels (MSCA-IF, FET-OPEN, IRSES)

  • Founder of AcademiaNet Club Flanders, 2016

  • Evaluator for different funding agencies (The UK Wellcome Trust; l’Agence Nationale de la Recherche France; Swiss National Science Foundation; Research Grant Council (RGC) of Hong Kong, FNRS (Belgium), Research Promotion Foundation (RPF) of Cyprus; Research Council of Norway, M. J. Murdock Charitable Trust, USA)

  • Belgian representative in various European networks: “Gender in Science, Technology and Environment” (2012 – 2016); “Polyoxometalate Chemistry for Molecular Nanoscience” (2012 – 2016) “European f-Element Network” (2011 – 2015)

Institutional responsibilities

  • Chair of the Diversity Council, KU Leuven, since 2016

  • Coordinator of the mentoring program, Faculty of Science, KU Leuven since 2016

  • Member of the Evaluation Commission, Faculty of Science KU Leuven 2013 – 2018

  • Member of the Board, Faculty of Science, KU Leuven, 2012 – 2016

  • Chair of the Diversity Cell, Faculty of Science, KU Leuven 2012 – 2016

Media coverage

  • Marie Claire Magazine, March 2015

  • Veto Newspaper, 13 October 2014

  • Le Soir Victoire Magazine, 04 May 2013

  • KU Leuven Campuskrant, 27 March 2013

  • De Morgen DMUSE Magazine, 06 October 2012

Soft Skills/Other activities and achievements

Soft Skills

  • Leadership skills (leading a large group of researchers, 15-20 members)

  • Mentoring skills (active as a mentor within KU Leuven and BeWiSe, responsible for the implementation of mentoring programme within the faculty of Science at KU Leuven)

  • Lecturing skills – continuos and highly positive (anonymous) evaluations given by students for teaching and lecturing skills

  • Coordination skills (chair and vice chair of different scientific panels)

Other activities and achievements/family

  • Mother of two (Alexander b. 2001) and Katharina (b. 2004).

  • President of BeWiSe (2012 – 2016), Belgian Women in Science Association, a non-profit organisation that supports the role and position of women in science, and is currently a member of BeWiSe steering committee.

  • Active interest in promoting gender and cultural diversity in the working environment, and is also active as a coach and mentor to younger female scientists, both in the framework of BeWiSe and within KU Leuven.


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