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1.04.00  Natural sciences and mathematics  Chemistry   

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P003  Natural sciences and mathematics  Chemistry 

Code Science Field
1.04  Natural Sciences  Chemical sciences 
sustainability, green chemistry, TiO2-photocatalysis, visible light, pollutant mineralization, CO2 reduction, VO2 thermochromic thin films, Mo and W oxidase enzymes, oxidative transformations of organic compounds, natural oxidants, animal biochar, soil remediation, curcumin
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Researchers (29)
no. Code Name and surname Research area Role Period No. of publicationsNo. of publications
1.  03439  PhD Peter Bukovec  Chemistry  Retired researcher  2017 - 2021  544 
2.  16256  PhD Romana Cerc Korošec  Chemistry  Researcher  2017 - 2021  343 
3.  37542  Klara Čebular  Chemistry  Junior researcher  2017 - 2019  12 
4.  21628  PhD Nataša Čelan Korošin  Chemistry  Researcher  2017 - 2021  69 
5.  19050  Damjan Erčulj    Technical associate  2017 - 2021 
6.  12075  PhD Sabina Grabner  Chemistry  Researcher  2017 - 2021  49 
7.  54641  Jure Gregorc  Chemistry  Junior researcher  2020 - 2021  10 
8.  51076  Damir Hamulić  Chemistry  Junior researcher  2018 - 2020  24 
9.  51672  PhD Monika Horvat  Chemistry  Technical associate  2018 - 2021  40 
10.  14680  PhD Jernej Iskra  Chemistry  Researcher  2017 - 2021  398 
11.  53850  PhD Rohini Ashokrao Khobragade  Chemistry  Researcher  2021  19 
12.  54890  PhD Dževad Kozlica  Materials science and technology  Technical associate  2020 - 2021  19 
13.  53187  PhD Praveen Kumar  Chemistry  Researcher  2019 - 2021  51 
14.  11873  PhD Urška Lavrenčič Štangar  Chemistry  Head  2017 - 2021  559 
15.  33865  PhD Lev Matoh  Chemistry  Researcher  2017 - 2021  50 
16.  20501  Jasna Mikola    Technical associate  2017 - 2021 
17.  12276  PhD Barbara Modec  Chemistry  Researcher  2017 - 2021  303 
18.  51922  PhD Nina Podjed  Chemistry  Junior researcher  2018 - 2021  26 
19.  39151  PhD Griša Grigorij Prinčič  Chemistry  Researcher  2017 - 2021  30 
20.  54430  Miha Ravbar  Chemistry  Junior researcher  2020 - 2021  12 
21.  33427  PhD Peter Rodič  Chemistry  Researcher  2017 - 2021  154 
22.  06058  PhD Stojan Stavber  Chemistry  Retired researcher  2017 - 2021  310 
23.  38203  PhD Gavrilo Šekularac  Chemistry  Researcher  2020  43 
24.  34546  PhD Andraž Šuligoj  Chemistry  Researcher  2017 - 2021  104 
25.  52492  PhD Vikram Sagar Tatiparthi  Chemistry  Researcher  2021  40 
26.  37485  PhD Urša Tiringer  Chemistry  Researcher  2018 - 2020  30 
27.  50221  Dolores Zimerl    Technical associate  2018 - 2019  17 
28.  16026  PhD Marija Zupančič  Chemistry  Researcher  2017 - 2021  139 
29.  38180  PhD Boštjan Žener  Chemistry  Researcher  2017 - 2021  41 
Organisations (2)
no. Code Research organisation City Registration number No. of publicationsNo. of publications
1.  0103  University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Chemistry and Chemical Technology  Ljubljana  1626990  23,064 
2.  0106  Jožef Stefan Institute  Ljubljana  5051606000  90,600 
Materials and processes suitable for sustainable applications will be studied in this programme, taking benefits from joint expertise of inorganic and organic chemists in the group. Photocatalytic thin films and powders of TiO2 active in visible light will be prepared using the sol-gel method. Visible light sensitivity will be achived by doping TiO2 with metals and non-metals applying new approaches of inorganic synthesis. Several techniques will be used for deposition of TiO2 on different supports. To specify the efficiency of these photocatalysts, specially designed reactors will be used for water treatment application and for artificial photosynthesis (CO2 reduction to produce solar fuels). Regarding coatings for windows, their photoinduced anti-fogging characteristics will be examined by measuring water contact angles, self-cleaning characteristics through degradation of a solid deposit and self-sterilizing properties by using viability assays on model bacteria. Outcomes of the mentioned functional tests together with modern structural characterization will be used to fine tune dopant concentration and preparation conditions to optimize the performances of photocatalyst. Thermochromic VO2 will be prepared by sol-gel and hydrothermal synthesis starting from inorganic precursors. Its semiconductor-to-metal phase transition temperature of about 68oC is too high for application on »green windows« and should be lowered to ambient one. Lowering the transition temperature will be accomplished by doping with selected metals. Dopant concentration together with preparation conditions will be adjusted to optimize the performance of thermochromic VO2. Transition metal oxo species appear as catalytic centres in molybdenum and tungsten oxidase enzymes. Mimicking nature by model compounds like MoVIO2L and MoIVOL will be carried out to get insight into the mechanism of oxidative reactions of these enzymes and to assess the possibility of their practical application. Aerobic oxidative transformations of organic compounds induced by atmospheric oxygen can also be catalyzed by compounds bearing reactive nitroxyl radicals. We will focus on development of new reaction systems for oxidation and oxidative halogenations of organic compounds and transformation of alcohols to other derivatives using new type of catalysts. Besides aerobic also anaerobic process, e.g. pyrolysis of waste such as meat and bone meal in low oxygen atmosphere will be studied to prepare biochar of animal origin and to evaluate the impact of pyrolytic conditions on physico-chemical characteristics of prepared animal biochar (ABC). Furthermore the use of ABC as potential remediation solution, as fertiliser and metal immobilization agents for degraded metal contaminated area (e.g. tailings impoundments), where plant growth is seriously inhibited due to high concentrations of potentially toxic elements, low water retention capacity and low concentrations of nutrients, will be evaluated.
Significance for science
Work packages of the programme follow the priorities, that are defined in Horizon 2020 strategy, the current framework programme of European community. Sustainable development is an integral objective of Horizon 2020. Excellent science and innovation are key factors that will help Europe to move towards smart, sustainable, inclusive growth, and along the way to tackle its pressing societal challenges. Following priorities of the Europe 2020 strategy, our programme will be focussed on secure, clean and efficient energy, green chemistry and technology, and sustainable approach to management of the environment. We will follow the excellence in research with a strong tendency toward inovation and industrial co-operation. It is the way we intend to support european science excellence and contribute to industrial inovation of our industry.
Significance for the country
The proposed programme is an important contribution to sustainable development of Slovenia. The importance of the programme for Slovenia´s socio-economic and cultural development are: a new kowledge and education of top inorganic and organic chemists contribution to benign chemistry processes, which are friendly to the nature development of renewable energy technologies implementation of sustainable environmental technologies
Most important scientific results Annual report 2017, 2018, 2019
Most important socioeconomically and culturally relevant results Annual report 2017, 2018, 2019
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