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Dr. Balazs Hargittai

Balazs Hargati

Title: Professor, Organic ChemistryDepartment Chair of Chemistry
School: Sciences
Academic Department: Chemistry
Phone: 814-472-2814
E-mail: bhargittai@francis.edu
Office Location: Science Center 211


  • Diploma in Chemistry, Eotvos University (Hungary)
  • M.Sc. in Organic Chemistry, Northwestern University
  • Ph. D. in Organic Chemistry, University of Minnesota
  • Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Arizona
  • Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Minnesota Medical School



Research & Teaching

Research Interests

  • Peptide Chemistry
  • Folding of disulfide bridge-rich peptides
  • Folding effects of proline
  • Organic synthesis
  • Synthesis of novel amino acids
  • Synthesis of crown ethers
  • History of Science

Courses Taught

  • CHEM 103 - Human Chemistry I
  • CHEM 104 - Human Chemistry II
  • CHEM 201 - Organic Chemistry I
  • CHEM 202 - Organic Chemistry II
  • CHEM 404 - Bioorganic Chemistry
  • Other courses: Women in Science

Selected Recent Publications

  • 47. Hargittai, B.; Hargittai, I.; Hargittai, M. "Great Minds: Reflections of 111 Top Scientists", Oxford University Press, New York, NY, 2014.
  • 46. Hargittai, B.; Hargittai, I. "Martians as Chemists and Characters" in Characters in Chemistry: A Celebration of the Humanity of Chemistry, Patterson, G.D.; Rasmussen, S.C. (editors) American Chemical Society: Washington, DC, 2013, 167-204.
  • 44. Hargittai, B.; Hargittai, I. "Quasicrystal discovery- from NBS/NIST to Stockholm" Struct. Chem., 2012, 23, 301-306.
  • 41. Rust, H. L.; Kline, K.M.; Harteis, H.J.; Hargittai, M.R.S.; Hargittai, B. "Evaluation of the impact of proline on the folding of conotoxins". J. Undergrad. Chem. Res. 2012, 11(1), 34-36.
  • 31. Hargittai, B.; Hargittai, M. "The Use of Artistic Analogies in Chemical Research and Education.  Part 2." Leonardo, 2007, 40(3), 357-361.
  • 28. Orsini, M.J.; Nesmelova, I.; Young, H.C.; Hargittai, B.; Beavers, M.P.; Liu, J.; Connolly, P.J.; Middleton, S.A.; Mayo, K.H.  The nociceptin pharmacophore site for opioid receptor binding derived from the NMR structure and bioactivity relationships.  J. Biol. Chem. 2005, 280, 8134-8142.
  • 26. Croskey, A.K.; Hargittai, B.  Evaluation of the impact of proline on the folding of α-conotoxins. Kemija u industriji 2004, 53, 333-338.
  • 25. Hargittai, B. Conotoxins: disulfide-rich small peptides. Kemija u industriji 2004, 53, 343-348.
  • 22. Barany, G.; Han, Y.; Hargittai, B.; Liu, R.Q.; Varkey, J.T. Side-chain anchoring strategy for solid-phase synthesis of peptide acids with C-terminal cysteine.  Peptide Science 2003, 71, 652-666.
  • 21. Mayo, K.H.; Dings, R.P.M.; Flader, C.; Nesmelova, I.; Hargittai, B.; van der Schaft, D.W.J.; van Eijk, L.I.; Walek, D.; Haseman, J.; Hoye, T.R.; Griffioen, A.W.  Design of a Partial Peptide Mimetic of Anginex with Antiangiogenic and Antitumor Activity.  J. Biol. Chem. 2003, 278, 45746-45752.
  • 20. Dings, R.P.M.; v. d. Schaft, D.W.J.; Hargittai, B.; Haseman, J.; Griffioen, A.W.; Mayo, K.H. Anti-tumor Activity of the Novel Angiogenesis Inhibitor Anginex.  Cancer Letters 2003, 194, 55-66.
Professional Memberships


  • American Chemical Society
  • American Peptide Society
  • Protein Society
  • Biophysical Society


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