Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Ana Racoveanu

Research Staff
Materials Science Division

 +1 925-422-5183

Ph.D. Organic Chemistry
Polytechnica University, Bucharest, Romania
Postdoctoral Fellow
(Advisor: Prof. L. T. Scott)
University of Nevada, Reno, NV, and Boston College, MA 1992 - 1994
Executive Certificate Management and Leadership
MIT Sloan School of Management, MA

Research Interests

I am interested in the design, synthesis, and characterization of novel organic compounds, with the main goal to use my strong experience in synthetic chemistry in developing new materials.

Honors and Awards

  • "R&D 100 award for the micro TLC kit" 2014
  • "PLS Directorate Award" – for External Leadership and Recognition
    (MicroTLC, 2014 R&D 100 Award) – LLNL 2014
  • "Director's Office Recognition Silver Award" – LLNL 2011
  • "PLS/CSD Spot Award" – LLNL 2011
  • "Best-in Session Paper Award" in Solid Propellant Ingredients Session, 2009
    Propellant and Explosive Development and Characterization Subcommittee,
    JANNAF Propulsion Meeting, April 2009, Las Vegas, NV
  • "Physical Sciences, Inc. - Technical Achievement Award", 2008
    Andover, MA
  • "Nicolae Teclu" Award for Chemistry (Once in a lifetime award) 1991
    Romanian Academy of Sciences
  • "Visiting Scholar" University of Nevada, Reno, NV 1991
  • "George Soros Foundation" Fellowship, New York, NY 1991


  • American Chemical Society
  • National Defense Industrial Association

Selected (Recent) Publications

Philip Pagoria, Maoxi Zhang, Ana Racoveanu, Alan DeHope, Roman Tsyshevsky and Maja M. Kuklja, "3-(4-Amino-1,2,5-oxadiazol-3-yl)-4-(4-nitro-1,2,5-oxadiazol-3-yl)-1,2,5-oxadiazole", Molbank 2014, 2014(2), M824; doi: 10.3390/M824

J. H. Satcher, J. L. Maienschein, P. F. Pagoria, A. Racoveanu, M. Leslie Carman, R. E. Whipple, and J. G. Reynolds, "Portable Thin Layer Chromatography for Field Detection of Explosives and Propellants", Proceedings of SPIE, 2012, 8358, 83580Z.

M.D. Gheorghiu, Ana Racoveanu, "Electronic and molecular structure of aminimides (1-acyl-2,2,2- trimethyl-diazan-2-ium-1-ide). 2. Substituted aminimides (R-CON-N+Me3), Journal of Molecular Structure: THEOCHEM908, 2009, 84-91.

J. C. Bradley, D. J. Aberhart, T. J. Eckersley, R. Padykula, M. ElMasri, W. K. Banner, A. Racoveanu, S. S. Yuan, "Total Synthesis of (U-13C) dieldrin, endrin, oxychlordane, and related polychlorinated pesticides", Organohalogen Compounds, 2000, 45, 57-59.

A. Necula, A. Racoveanu-Schiketanz, M. D. Gheorghiu and L. T. Scott, "Acid- Catalyzed Degenerate Isomerization of Biphenyl", J. Org. Chem., 1995, 60, 3448-3451.

U. L. Bologa, C. Musat, M. D. Gheorghiu, A. Racoveanu-Schiketanz and A. T. Balaban, "Synthesis and NMR of 3-(3,5-Dimethylfurfuryl-2)-1,5-diaryl-Δ2-pyrazolines", Models in Chemistry, 1994, 131, 61-66.

A. Racoveanu-Schiketanz, A. Necula, M. D. Gheorghiu and L. T. Scott, "Automerization of 1,2,3,4-Tetrahydrophenanthrene", Tetrahedron Letters, 1992, 33, 4119-4122.

C. T. Supuran, G. Manole, A. Dinulescu, A. Schiketanz, M. D. Gheorghiu, I. Puscas and A. T. Balaban, "Carbonic Anhydrase Inhibitors. V. Pyrylium Salts in the Synthesis Isozyme Inhibitors", J. Pharm. Sci., 1992, 81, 716 - 719.

A. T. Balaban, M. D. Gheorghiu, A. Schiketanz and A. Necula, "Catalytic Automerization of Phenanthrene", J. Am. Chem. Soc., 1989, 111, 735-737.

A. Schiketanz, I. Pogany, M. D. Gheorghiu, A. Necula and A. T. Balaban, "Use of Solvent Vapour Pressure to Evacuate the Installation in Carbonations of Grignard Reagents", J. Labelled Comp. and Radiopharm., 1989, 27, 971-976.

I. Schiketanz, A. Schiketanz, M. D. Gheorghiu and A. T. Balaban, "Aminoketone and Oxazole Synthesis VIII. Acylamino-acylations using Azlactones of Fluorosubstituted Hippuric Acid and There from Derived 2,5-Diaryloxazoles", Rev. Roumaine Chim., 1985, 30, 969-975.


  • Alicia Thompson, Ana Racoveanu, and David Skyler, " Synthesis of an Azido Energetic Alcohol", WO 2011/162859 A1, December 2011.

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