The academician Ionel Haiduc was the guest of honor of the 2005 edition of the Symposium "Contemporary Chemistry Conferences" on "Trends in the evolution of modern chemical industry. Romanian research in the context of EU integration. "
Member of the Romanian Academy and its president since 2006, Mr. Ionel Haiduc is also an honorary member of the Academy of Sciences of Moldova.
He graduated from the Faculty of Chemistry of the Babes-Bolyai University in Cluj in 1959, where he teaches chemistry today. Professor Haiduc distinguished himself from the early school years by his interest for knowledge, the ability to collect, organize and use a huge amount of scientific information.
In 1964 he obtained his Ph.D. in chemistry at the "M. V. Lomonosov" Institute from Moscow under the scientific leadership of academician K.A. Andrianov. All the scientific life of academician Ionel Outlaw was held at the Faculty of Chemistry of the University of Cluj, from 1959 to the present.
Being a professor at the age of 36, he completed his training as a scientist in the U.S. between 1966-1972, the three post-doctoral internships, along with professors Henry Gilman and Bruce King. Between 1990-1993 he was Rector of Babes-Bolyai University in Cluj-Napoca and vice president of the National Council of Rectors. His passion for science in general and chemistry in particular, and the joy of sharing knowledge was appreciated by generations of students who regretted when the lectures of Professor Ionel Haiduc took over.
The scientific interest of Professor Ionel Haiduc covers several important areas: coordination and organometallic chemistry, supramolecular chemistry, inorganic cycles chemistry, the biological activity of metal compounds (including anti-tumor activity), nomenclature and systematizing in inorganic chemistry, all of these are areas in which the professor made essential contributions in Romania.
Pioneering contributions in the field of organometallic chemistry for over 35 years led to the development of a strong school in this thematic area at the Faculty of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Cluj-Napoca.
Member of various academic and social bodies, professor Haiduc got involved in science policy, management, environmental protection, being the author of a large number of papers on these topics.
Academician Ionel Haiduc has made major contributions to various chapters of inorganic, organometallic and coordinative chemistry and his work is covered within 9 scientific books (published in Romanian, Polish, English and Greek), 25 chapters in collective volumes and over 340 scientific articles and reviews. Inorganic cycles chemistry remains one of the favorite areas.
The book "Metal-organic Compounds Chemistry" has served as the sole source of information for many years for the Romanian students and was the beginning of organometallic chemistry in Romania. The English extension published by J.J. Zuckerman ("Basic Organometallic Chemistry") remains a reference book for many students around the world. Organometallic compounds applications in various fields, including medicine, completed his study on the synthesis and structural characterization.
Recently published book, "Supramolecular Organometallic Chemistry" (co-author F. Edelmann), with a preface written by Professor Jean-Marie Lehn, Nobel laureate, describes not only a major area of the chemistry, but also the interface between chemistry , biology, physics and materials science.
His brilliant career received a well-deserved recognition. Thus, professor Haiduc received the "George Spacu" award offered by the Romanian Academy in 1974 and was elected a corresponding member in 1990 and a full member in 1991. He was president of the Romanian Academy Cluj Branch (1995-2006) and vice president of the Romanian Academy (1998-2000) and since 2006 he is the president of the Romanian Academy.
Many other national and international awards mark the exceptional career of Professor Ionel Haiduc: Gauss Professorship, Göttingen Academy (1998-1999), Diploma of Honor, the Presidium of Sciences Academy of Moldova (1999), Doctor honoris causa - Technical University "Gheorghe Asachi", Iasi (2002), Doctor honoris causa - Polytechnic University Timisoara (2004), the award of the Romanian Chemistry Society (2004), Nenitescu-Criegee award - German Society of Chemistry and the Romanian Academy (2005). Professor Haiduc was, as well, decorated by the President of Romania with the order "Steaua Romaniei" (in 2000 with the rank of Grand Officer, in 2006 with the rank of Grand Cross) and in 2006 with the "Order of Honor" by the President of the Republic of Moldova.
His exceptional value was internationally recognized by his election as member of the scientific committee of nine national and international journals, member of IUPAC, member of the International Council of Main Group Chemists and Alliance of the Universities for Democracy; also, he was invited professor in the U.S., Brazil, Spain, Germany, Mexico and Singapore.
In 2011, the Patriarch of the Romanian Orthodox Church awarded Academician Ionel Haiduc with the Patriarchal Cross for laymen.
In 2012, on the occasion of the anniversary of its prestigious life and professional career, he said in an interview: "Each researcher contributes in its own way, to the Romanian science. The Romanian science perspectives depend on all who serve it. I said several times that in Romania there are islands of excellence surrounded by a sea of mediocrity. Those who have done excellent job have to continue, attracting as many talents to make Romanian research visible worldwide."
The message of academician Ionel Haiduc addressed to the future generations of researchers is optimistic: "The chemistry has received in the last 50 years several development stages and two or three revolutions in the way the chemists think. I would suggest to the students and the young researchers to keep their eyes open to everything new, to new trends in contemporary chemistry. Always keep in step with the times. To capitalize on their knowledge and experience in relation to what is new. In inorganic chemistry, as well as in organic and supramolecular chemistry there is still much to explore."