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Microstructures and nanostructures

Research activity

Code Science Field Subfield
2.09.00  Engineering sciences and technologies  Electronic components and technologies   
2.04.00  Engineering sciences and technologies  Materials science and technology   

Code Science Field
T001  Technological sciences  Electronics and Electrical technology 

Code Science Field
2.02  Engineering and Technology  Electrical engineering, Electronic engineering, Information engineering 
2.05  Engineering and Technology  Materials engineering 
sensors, actuators, MEMS, microfluidics, micro-nano-structures, 3-D silicon micromachining, bonding, polymers, PDMS, thin layers, nanomaterials, microfluidic components, Lab-on-a-chip, biosensors, smart electronics
Evaluation (rules)
source: COBISS
Data for the last 5 years (citations for the last 10 years) on May 24, 2024; A3 for period 2018-2022
Data for ARIS tenders ( 04.04.2019 – Programme tender , archive )
Database Linked records Citations Pure citations Average pure citations
WoS  251  4,313  3,677  14.65 
Scopus  306  5,015  4,275  13.97 
Researchers (16)
no. Code Name and surname Research area Role Period No. of publicationsNo. of publications
1.  11682  MSc Uroš Aljančič  Electronic components and technologies  Technical associate  2018 - 2024  206 
2.  01926  PhD Slavko Amon  Electronic components and technologies  Retired researcher  2018 - 2024  473 
3.  17125  Matjaž Cvar    Technical associate  2018 - 2024 
4.  28464  PhD Mateja Hočevar  Chemistry  Researcher  2018 - 2019  69 
5.  10269  PhD Dejan Križaj  Systems and cybernetics  Researcher  2018 - 2019  308 
6.  04721  PhD Andrej Levstek  Electronic components and technologies  Retired researcher  2018 - 2019  103 
7.  50660  PhD Nina Lokar  Chemical engineering  Junior researcher  2019 - 2023  13 
8.  20186  PhD Matej Možek  Electronic components and technologies  Researcher  2018 - 2024  270 
9.  15463  PhD Urša Opara Krašovec  Electronic components and technologies  Researcher  2018 - 2024  267 
10.  50405  PhD Matic Pavlin  Chemical engineering  Researcher  2019 - 2022  37 
11.  30683  PhD Borut Pečar  Electronic components and technologies  Researcher  2018 - 2024  118 
12.  28467  PhD Samo Penič  Electronic components and technologies  Researcher  2020 - 2024  117 
13.  05075  PhD Drago Resnik  Electronic components and technologies  Researcher  2018 - 2024  261 
14.  24326  PhD Aleksander Sešek  Electronic components and technologies  Researcher  2023 - 2024  142 
15.  04383  PhD Danilo Vrtačnik  Electronic components and technologies  Head  2018 - 2024  309 
16.  58100  Aljaž Zadravec  Electronic components and technologies  Junior researcher  2023 - 2024 
Organisations (1)
no. Code Research organisation City Registration number No. of publicationsNo. of publications
1.  1538  University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Electrical Engineering  Ljubljana  1626965  27,840 
The proposed research programme "Microstructures and nanostructures" is a continuation of ongoing research activities in the fields of semiconductor technology, MEMS, microfluidics and thick- and thin-film materials in electronics. The purpose of the proposed research is to expand existing fundamental knowledge and competences, and to introduce new technologies with an objective to develop advanced LOC and μTAS systems for core applications in biomedicine, biotechnology, pharmacy, chemical process engineering and others. In addition to basic microfluidic functions (flow control, mixing and directing) advanced systems will be designed that will enable also other significant functions such as temperature measurements, heating, introduction of electric fields, biological sensing, collecting electric charge, etc. Microfluidic components and related new technological processes will be investigated and developed. Thin-film metallic, non-metallic and nano materials with application specific modified properties will be introduced. Preparation of surfaces for reversible and irreversible bonding of various materials e.g. glass, thermoplastic and PDMS will be investigated and appropriate processes will be developed. Chemical surface modification processes for providing properties such as hydrophilicity, hydrophobicity, prevention of biological loading (biofouling) and prevention of non-specific binding of chemical substances on the surfaces of the substrates will be studied. The focus of our research activities will be also on the integration of silicon sensor and actuator structures with microfluidic structures. In addition, integration of thin film metal electrodes with biological elements inside microfluidic structures will be pursued. Developed sensors, actuators and/or microfluidic systems will be supported by development of smart electronics. In the segment of biosensing, we will focus our research on electrochemical biosensors and related electrochemical detection techniques. To optimize proposed structures, advanced computer-aided design (CAD) tools, numerical simulation tools and high-tech analytical and characterization methods will be employed. The proposed research programme will require interdisciplinary approach. Therefore, in particular in the segment of biosensors we will closely cooperate with research groups from Lek Pharmaceuticals, National Institute of Chemistry and National Institute of Biology by whom we already cooperate within EU-SLO project Biopharm.Si and other.
Significance for science
Proposed research program is classified in the field of MEMS (Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems) with emphasis on micro/nano sensors and actuators, micro/nano structures in MEMS microfluidics. Proposed program will contribute to the development of scientific research areas with high impact and potential in biomedical applications, biopharmacy, biotechnology and chemical process engineering. Research of essential phenomena, study of underlying mechanisms and the establishment of appropriate models will lead to novel scientific results. These results will be crucial to further progress in the areas where an interdisciplinary approach is required, such as in biosensorics and high integration level solutions, e.g. LOC (Laboratory On a Chip) and µTAS (Micro Total Analyses Systems). Proposed research program and its results will enable long-term development and the rise of excellence of the programme group as well as firmly establish the program group position in the field of microfluidics. Introduction of innovative approaches and the extension to new fields of microfluidics and biosensorics will also contribute to the overall professional field and promote interdisciplinary engineering skills to a higher level. Submitted research will also strive to transfer and implement the fundamental knowledge into current or future applicative and industrial projects within the framework of program group complementary activities. Proposed research program represents infrastructural science and technology segments of the future and will be interwoven with contemporary industry requirements. In order to maintain the high-tech society status of Slovenia in these important technological segments, it is essential to support research work in the proposed areas.
Significance for the country
One of the important objectives of the program group is the transfer of research results and know-how to target groups in scientific meetings, workshops and trade fair presentations, which will contribute to the promotion of both the research field as well as Slovenia. Knowledge, originating from program group activities, will be forwarded through the educational process within the framework of regular university programs and specialized studies in the form of lectures, student experimental work, diploma theses and through other study projects with the objective of promoting entrepreneurial oriented activities. Continuous education of researchers working on the program, doctoral students, coworkers from collaborating research organizations and staff of industrial partners will also be pursued. Organized training activities will focus on the topics and challenges within the proposed program segments. Involvement in the global division of labour policy will be established through participation in international consortia, comprised of several complementary EU project partners, which will enable mutual access to international know-how. In the previous research program, the program group was already involved in four Horizon 2020 calls consortia. Proposed research activities of program group has immediate, strong support across a wide range of European programs and projects (ENIAC European Nanoelectronics Initiative Advisory Council, the EU Horizon 2020 projects (Research and Innovation action), etc.) as well as in defense institutions such as NATO, EDA (European Defense Agency). Proposed research is consistent with the strategy of smart specialization of Slovenia, with prioritized field of health, food and environment.
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