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David Matthew Smith

Senior Scientist
Division of Physical Chemistry
Rudjer Boskovic Institute


Education 01.96. – 03.00. PhD at the Research School of Chemistry, Australian National University, Canberra, ACT, Australia. Supervisor: Professor Leo Radom Thesis : Theoretical Studies of Coenzyme-B12-Dependent Reactions. Deans Prize for the best thesis in Chemistry at the Australian National University in 2000. 03.95. – 11.95. Awarded first class honours in chemistry from the Department of Chemistry, Australian National University. Supervisor: Dr. Gad Fischer Thesis: An Ab Initio Study of the Electronic Spectrum of the Triazine Molecules 03.91. – 11.94. BSc (Bachelor of Science), Australian National University, Canberra, Australia. 03.91. – 11.94. BEc (Bachelor of Economics), Australian National University, AU.

Research Interest

Physical Chemistry


  • Smith, D. M.; Buckel, W.; Zipse*, H. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 42 (2003), 1867-1870. Enhanced Acidity of Enoxy Radicals: Theoretical Validation of a 50 Year Old Mechanistic Proposal.

  • Smith, D. M.; Golding, B. T.; Radom*, L. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 123 (2001), 1664-1675. Understanding the Mechanism of B12-Dependent Diol Dehydratase: A Synergistic Retro-Push-Pull Proposal.

  • Smith, D. M.; Golding, B. T.; Radom*, L. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 121 (1999), 9388-9399. Understanding the Mechanism of B12-Dependent Methlymalonyl-CoA Mutase: Partial-Proton-Transfer in Action.

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