Projects / Programmes source: ARIS

Ceramics and complementary materials for advanced engineering and biomedical applications

Research activity

Code Science Field Subfield
2.04.01  Engineering sciences and technologies  Materials science and technology  Inorganic nonmetallic materials 
3.02.00  Medical sciences  Stomatology   

Code Science Field
T153  Technological sciences  Ceramic materials and powders 

Code Science Field
2.05  Engineering and Technology  Materials engineering 
3.02  Medical and Health Sciences  Clinical medicine 
Synthesis, Hierarchical assembly, Powders, Coatings, Ceramics, Composites, Biomaterials, Multifunctional materials, Processing, Shaping, Sintering, Microstructure, Grain boundary, Roughness, Porosity, Mechanical properties, Tribology, Thermal properties, Magnetic properties, Electrical properties.
Evaluation (rules)
source: COBISS
Data for the last 5 years (citations for the last 10 years) on May 18, 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  252  6,500  5,910  23.45 
Scopus  259  7,336  6,689  25.83 
Researchers (18)
no. Code Name and surname Research area Role Period No. of publicationsNo. of publications
1.  35460  PhD Anže Abram  Materials science and technology  Researcher  2019 - 2023  104 
2.  52861  PhD Maja Antanasova  Materials science and technology  Researcher  2019 - 2024  32 
3.  36159  Blaž Berce    Technical associate  2019 - 2024  17 
4.  58378  Nikhil Bhootpur  Materials science and technology  Researcher  2023 - 2024 
5.  28476  PhD Nataša Drnovšek  Materials science and technology  Researcher  2019 - 2024  87 
6.  17286  Darko Eterović    Technical associate  2019 - 2024 
7.  39139  PhD Hermina Hudelja  Materials science and technology  Junior researcher  2019 - 2020  16 
8.  30874  PhD Aljaž Iveković  Materials science and technology  Researcher  2019 - 2024  127 
9.  33403  PhD Petra Jenuš  Materials science and technology  Researcher  2019 - 2024  156 
10.  13229  PhD Peter Jevnikar  Stomatology  Researcher  2019 - 2024  175 
11.  39530  Matej Kocen  Materials science and technology  Technical associate  2019 - 2020  58 
12.  26457  PhD Andraž Kocjan  Materials science and technology  Head  2019 - 2024  318 
13.  03477  PhD Tomaž Kosmač  Materials science and technology  Retired researcher  2019 - 2022  505 
14.  55012  Kaja Križman    Technical associate  2020 - 2024 
15.  35469  Ana Lazar  Materials science and technology  Junior researcher  2019 
16.  52057  Ipeknaz Ozden  Materials science and technology  Technical associate  2019 - 2024  10 
17.  15599  Tomislav Pustotnik    Technical associate  2019 - 2022 
18.  57421  PhD Milan Vukšič  Materials science and technology  Researcher  2023 - 2024 
Organisations (2)
no. Code Research organisation City Registration number No. of publicationsNo. of publications
1.  0106  Jožef Stefan Institute  Ljubljana  5051606000  90,987 
2.  0381  University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Medicine  Ljubljana  1627066  48,400 
Modern research is dictated by some of the latest societal challenges to comply with sustainable and healthier future, such as ageing of the population, energy security, raw materials crisis and pollution. Ceramics and some complementary materials are perfect candidates for surpassing the limits reached and addressing these challenges in the fields of advanced engineering and biomedical applications. The proposed interdisciplinary research program aims to make breakthroughs by combining ceramics and complementary materials achieving novel or enhanced properties. It also aims at making those important first steps from materials-to-component towards implementation, with a strong focus on new processing techniques.   The basic research will involve study on the relationships between the synthesis, powder processing, particle interactions, consolidation, microstructure, composition and properties of ceramics and complementary materials with a special focus on employing sustainable, patient- and environmentally-friendly concepts. Various coatings, nanoparticles or nanofibers will be used for the surface and matrix modification. The research on the interactions between particles in different media will serve to improve the existing and develop new methods for powder processing and shaping of components. Advanced techniques for the consolidation of matrices and frameworks will be use besides practising advanced and rapid densification of ceramic and composite materials that allow the preservation and exploitation of nanoscale features to yield high-performance and multifunctional properties. The applicative part of the research program will provide verification and implementation of materials and development of prototyping technologies. Particular focus will be given to processing of hierarchically assembled ceramic materials with tailored porosity. These will exhibit beneficial surface characteristics and exceptional strength in green state useful for separation or catalysis. The grain boundary engineering of matrices of ceramic and some structural materials using nanofibrillated cellulose and other nanofillers will be investigated. This way conductive engineering, magnetic ceramics or composites for extreme conditions with improved mechanical, thermal and electrical properties as well as with enhanced corrosive, oxidative and degradation resistance will be produced. The synthesis of variety of mesostructured coatings and scaffolds is aimed for catalysis, improved bondability, or for cell attachment and delivery for the enhanced bioactivation of implant surfaces. In the field of biomaterials for dentistry, we will focus on the aging, mechanical fatigue and performance of ceramic dental prostheses in vitro and in vivo, as well as developing bioactive-based cement fillers, where the translational medicine concept will be practiced to understand and develop ceramic and complementary materials for enhanced patient rehabilitation and therapy.
Significance for science
The proposed research program is addressing some of the latest societal challenges and Key Enabling Technologies (KETs) that provide the basis for (industrial) innovation. The basic and applicative knowledge obtained from the research and development of ceramics and complementary materials for advanced engineering and biomedical applications is developed and expanded to comply with healthier future and greener, sustainable economy. The proposed research topics are actual and are included into the tendencies of the development of up-to-date ceramics and complementary materials all over the world: new components with high strength, wear, corrosion and high-temperature resistance, as well as enhanced surface and bioactive properties on the one hand, and the development of new, alternative, cost-effective shaping/manufacturing technologies on the other. The expected results will contribute to a better understanding of the properties of these materials and the mechanisms of their degradation. The study of the relations between the composition and microstructure of such ceramic and complementary materials and their intrinsic and extrinsic properties will create new knowledge needed for the design of new, multifunctional materials with improved efficiency and reliability. The research in the field of advanced processing and shaping technologies will contribute to a better understanding and mastering of the critical phases of the production processes. The results, however, are not useful only for advanced engineering and biomedical applications but have a wider area of interest and use. The principles established during the study of the dispersing of the ceramic particles in liquids are general and can be applied to all suspensions, including suspensions needed for additive manufacturing technologies. The preparation of hierarchically-assembled materials with tailored porosity by control of the particle interactions is also not limited to ceramic materials. The control of the latter together with the control of the characteristic dominant populations of defects that originate from the processing of ceramics determine not only the mechanical but also other functional properties, such as electrical, magnetic, optical and others, that are very much relevant for the materials useful, for example, in energy and telecommunication applications.
Significance for the country
The applicative part of the program is aimed at the search for new advanced engineering and biomedical applications of studied and developed ceramic and complementary materials. The emphasis is on the development of new and cheaper but sustainable materials, exhibiting suitable properties, that can be processed by using alternative, economical and environmentally friendly technologies. Part of this program is prepared in cooperation with experts from industry, in particular with domestic start-ups and a recently established spin-out, that will all actively participate in its execution. This approach enables more efficient transfer of the created knowledge into practice, while also facilitating easier cooperation in the frame of industrially-oriented international projects and more intensive collaboration with foreign industrial partners and the expansion of activities. The collaboration with domestic start-ups and spin-outs will add value to the national materials manufacturing, resulting in internationally recognisable high-end products and contribute to an increase in the number of jobs. As a results, the competitiveness of Slovenian industrial and business environment will be increased to the benefit of younger highly educated population, which will directly help to partially dam the present brain drain to foreign countries. The scientific community and clinical practice will benefit from the translational medicine concept present in the project due to the close collaboration with private and national dental clinics. The programme, thus, will not come down to only contribute to scientific aspects but potentially has immense clinical benefits. One of the most important advantages of the project is a collaboration of materials scientists with the clinical experts in the field of prosthetic dentistry. This way engineering improvements of the prosthetic component manufacturing will be evaluated in the real environment of the oral cavity. For example, the clinical aspects of the programme will apply the principles of the translational medicine in a time- and cost-effective fabrication of the bioactive sealing agents for endodontic treatment and the minimally invasive, monolithic zirconia restoration with improved aesthetics. Besides, the enhanced adhesive bondability by using nanostructured coatings, eliminating damaging of the ceramic surfaces induced by particle abrasion, will provide more reliable restorations with increased longevity for the patients.  The members of the research group promote science, and will also promote results from the presented programme, to technical and general public through interviews, since being active in the “Science on the Street: Knowledge and Ideas on the go”, a voluntary ongoing project devoted to the promotion of science in Slovenia and abroad, that is becoming more and more popular seeking for synergy between scientists, journalists and general public.
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