Nenad Raos (born June 23, 1951 in Zagreb) is scientific advisor, since 1988, at the Institute for Medical Research and Occupational Health (IMI), Zagreb. In his native town he finished his middle school education (grammar school) and graduated chemistry, study group Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry, at the Faculty of Science, Zagreb. He was employed at IMI in 1978, and finished his MSc (1981) and PhD study (1983) on the conformational analysis of copper(II) chelates with amino acids by using molecular-mechanics method. He spent a year as a postdoctoral student at the National Institutes of Health, Frederick, Maryland, investigating the binding of heavy metals to calmodulin. Now, he is the principal investigator of the project «Development of models for the estimation of the values of stability constants».
Dr. Raos is the author of more than 60 papers in the field of bioinorganic and theoretical chemistry (conformational and topological analysis) and also about 20 professional papers. He was a mentor of three MSc and two PhD theses. He is a co-author (with M. Mintas and S. Raić-Malić) of two university textbooks, in Croatian, aimed at postgraduate students (Principles of Drug Design, 2000, Drugs in the space: ligands and receptors, 2005), and also the author of the professional book, in Croatian, Conformational Analysis (1988). Since 2006 he is the editor-in-chief of the leading Croatian science magazine, Priroda. He was awarded by the Croatian Academy for Science and Arts in 1997 for his exceptional contribution in the field of natural sciences, and in 2002 by Croatian Government for the propagation and popularization of science. Since 2011 he is the member of the International Academy of Mathematical Chemistry (IAMC).
Dr. Raos is also very much engaged in the popularization of science. He wrote about 2000 articles and 12 books in popular science. He was also the author of seven exhibitions aimed at general public, held at Technical Museum, Zagreb.