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Chemical Reaction Engineering

Research activity

Code Science Field Subfield
2.02.00  Engineering sciences and technologies  Chemical engineering   

Code Science Field
T350  Technological sciences  Chemical technology and engineering 

Code Science Field
2.04  Engineering and Technology  Chemical engineering  
chemical process engineering; multi-scale modelling simulations; chemical reaction kinetics; transport phenomena resistances; heterogeneous catalysis materials
Evaluation (rules)
source: COBISS
Data for the last 5 years (citations for the last 10 years) on July 19, 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  620  18,200  16,484  26.59 
Scopus  637  19,848  18,049  28.33 
Researchers (44)
no. Code Name and surname Research area Role Period No. of publicationsNo. of publications
1.  52995  PhD Filipa A. Andre Vicente  Chemical engineering  Researcher  2020 - 2024  108 
2.  52004  PhD Monika Arnič  Chemical engineering  Researcher  2023 - 2024  30 
3.  39113  PhD David Bajec  Chemical engineering  Researcher  2020 - 2024  49 
4.  03124  PhD Gorazd Berčič  Chemical engineering  Researcher  2020 - 2022  136 
5.  53031  Lara Bezjak    Technical associate  2020 
6.  52432  PhD Ana Bjelić  Chemical engineering  Researcher  2020  60 
7.  39932  PhD Ashish Bohre  Chemical engineering  Researcher  2020  38 
8.  57427  Natalija Breznik    Technical associate  2023 
9.  37381  PhD Miša Mojca Cajnko  Chemical engineering  Researcher  2020 - 2024  51 
10.  54169  Ajda Delić    Technical associate  2020 - 2024 
11.  53807  Ivana Drventić  Chemistry  Junior researcher  2022 - 2024  16 
12.  06259  PhD Ljudmila Fele Žilnik  Chemical engineering  Researcher  2020 - 2024  226 
13.  34522  PhD Miha Grilc  Chemical engineering  Researcher  2020 - 2021  409 
14.  29954  Matic Grom  Chemical engineering  Technical associate  2020 - 2024  35 
15.  51403  Lucija Hladnik    Technical associate  2020 - 2022  15 
16.  38259  PhD Brigita Hočevar  Chemical engineering  Researcher  2020 - 2024  90 
17.  04332  PhD Stanko Hočevar  Chemical engineering  Retired researcher  2020 - 2021  302 
18.  34342  PhD Matej Huš  Chemical engineering  Researcher  2020 - 2021  715 
19.  52860  PhD Gorica Ivaniš  Chemical engineering  Researcher  2020  45 
20.  54673  Ana Jakob  Chemical engineering  Junior researcher  2020 - 2023  14 
21.  27687  PhD Edita Jasiukaityte  Chemical engineering  Researcher  2020 - 2024  136 
22.  56960  Petra Jerič  Textile and leather  Junior researcher  2022 - 2024  20 
23.  53419  Dimitrij Ješić    Technical associate  2021 - 2024 
24.  26222  Urška Kavčič    Technical associate  2020 - 2024  16 
25.  51193  PhD Andrii Kostyniuk  Chemical engineering  Researcher  2020 - 2024  64 
26.  31996  PhD Ana Kroflič  Chemical engineering  Researcher  2022 - 2024  159 
27.  38303  PhD Damjan Lašič Jurković  Computer science and informatics  Researcher  2020 - 2021  54 
28.  25446  PhD Blaž Likozar  Chemical engineering  Head  2020 - 2024  1,264 
29.  32417  PhD Mitja Linec  Chemical engineering  Researcher  2021  18 
30.  56268  Dana Marinič  Chemical engineering  Technical associate  2022 - 2024  12 
31.  33161  PhD Uroš Novak  Biotechnology  Researcher  2020 - 2024  259 
32.  53614  PhD Ana Oberlintner  Chemical engineering  Junior researcher  2020 - 2024  78 
33.  50168  Jaka Orehek    Technical associate  2022 
34.  55999  PhD Ganji Parameswaram  Chemical engineering  Researcher  2022 - 2024  25 
35.  50405  PhD Matic Pavlin  Chemical engineering  Researcher  2022 - 2024  40 
36.  34528  PhD Andraž Pavlišič  Materials science and technology  Researcher  2020 - 2021  109 
37.  57981  Rok Pogorevc  Chemical engineering  Junior researcher  2023 - 2024 
38.  29399  PhD Andrej Pohar  Chemical engineering  Researcher  2020 - 2021  157 
39.  52019  PhD Stefan Popović  Materials science and technology  Junior researcher  2020  15 
40.  39350  PhD Anže Prašnikar  Chemical engineering  Researcher  2022 - 2024  67 
41.  56120  Emilija Rakić  Chemical engineering  Junior researcher  2021 - 2024  16 
42.  54883  Tina Ročnik  Chemical engineering  Technical associate  2020 - 2024  45 
43.  38311  PhD Janvit Teržan  Chemical engineering  Researcher  2022 - 2024  84 
44.  38154  PhD Jure Voglar  Chemical engineering  Researcher  2022  48 
Organisations (1)
no. Code Research organisation City Registration number No. of publicationsNo. of publications
1.  0104  National Institute of Chemistry  Ljubljana  5051592000  21,271 
Since the coining of the term Chemical Engineering has impinged “on aspects of industrial life as diverse as the manufacture of consumer goods and the generation of nuclear power”. Traditional chemical engineering, as we know it, has developed a toolbox that all covenant alumni will immediately recognise as energy, as well as mass balance equations, transport phenomena correlations, reaction rate kinetics, etc. The nascent petroleum industry has been the juggernaut in most watershed discoveries. Chemical Reaction Engineering plays a rather central role, as through the research of reactions, kinetics and reactors one can influence the intensity of needed upstream or downstream operations, e.g. distillations, extractions, absorptions, etc. The Slovenian Research Agency Programme provides a means of furthering the development of chemical reaction engineering, which is continuously encountering the challenges, which mirror those of mankind: climate, energy, health, materials and transport. Furthermore, Catalysis is one of the most generally-encountered, utmost cross-cutting and key enabling disciplines in existing chemical industry, while it is very frequently inherently intertwined with chemical reaction engineering, from material to reactor design. As opposed to the past, nowadays advanced catalyst materials have to be designed concomitantly with reactors, as well as processes, which represent a challenge by itself due to various time/spatial scales encountered (atoms to chemical plants). The Slovenian Research Agency Programme Chemical Reaction Engineering has-, as well as will address key chemical reaction engineering challenges, which are recognised as being vital for the 21st century: 1. Carbon dioxide valorisation: the main technological challenge is related to the inactivity of CO2, which requires novel reactor designs to overcome equilibria or non-conventional activation/conversion processes, e.g. photo-catalysis. 2. Natural gas conversion: before entering the future low-carbon society, natural gas platform will play a very important role, substituting oil, whereas non-reforming activation processes are spearheading the development. 3. Chemicals from biomass: unlocking the potential of cellulose, hemicellulose and lignin biomass fractions to produce bio-based furans, aromatics and other functional oxygenates (drop-in or even outperforming). 4. Electro-catalytic reaction design: the electrification of conventional chemical industry is becoming noticeable, ranging from the initial fuel cells to realistic emerging electro-synthesis. 5. Pharmaceutical process engineering: progressing from chemical active pharmaceutical ingredient (API) synthesis to the cellular metabolism-based production of biopharmaceuticals. Enabling-wise, multi-scale process modelling shall be applied. The latter is linking process design, simulation and optimisation with catalysis, proceeding from ab initio kinetics, mesoscale catalyst turnover and reactor-scale transport phenomena.
Significance for science
The importance of the Programme Chemical Reaction Engineering for the development of science is in deepening the fundamental understanding of key transformations that are important for obtaining or converting needed energy, producing everyday goods or changing the living environment that is enveloping us, for example, the climate. The engineering of these reactions or transformations allows us to cope with the challenges of the future. Designing, simulating and improving reaction mechanisms is increasingly facilitated by increasing computing capabilities, in situ measurements, and custom tailor-made units, but the challenges of the 21st century are much more difficult as well, where a fraction of percent determine the ultimate production economics. Basic science, however, goes hand in hand with the applied, where findings are transferred into the economic reality, which is reflected in the links between the Programme and the largest chemical companies: BASF, DowDuPont, Mitsubishi Chemical etc. 1. Carbon dioxide valorisation: CO2 is the most important greenhouse gas, produced by man and one of the largest reservoirs of carbon on Earth. We are developing ways to convert CO2 into methanol and other value-added chemicals, thus fighting the global warming. The experimental work, which includes catalyst synthesis, the development of pilot reactors and analytics, is supplemented with theory, where we stand at the forefront of multiscale modelling. The application of methods for multiscale modelling, which were developed for a mechanistic description of CO2 hydrogenation into methanol, is useful for all kinds of chemical reactions and engineering processes. Using this methodology, it is possible to describe the process on all scales, from electronic effects on the atomistic scale, through kinetic modelling on a meso-scale, up to reactor behaviour. This allows us to optimise various processes without expensive and environmentally problematic experiments. 2. Natural gas conversion: Before entering into the future low-carbon society, natural gas will play a very important role. The market for methane conversion, with its 800 billion m3/ year is huge and still a growing one, while the natural gas share in the energy mix is expected to increase to 31% by 2035. Global demand for natural gas is expected to increase at a rate of 1.6%/year over 2015-2035, the fastest of all primary fossil resources. In terms of equipment development, the main outlooks, as streamlined by the European Commission, engulf process intensification (e.g. the proposed merger of reaction and product separation) and energy input decrease. The activation and selective conversion of methane is considered the "Holy Grail". Direct methane polymerization to higher hydrocarbons without intermediate conversion into synthesis gas would eliminate restrictions in the use of methane, and all research in this direction is of great importance for the development of science. 3. Chemicals from biomass: Biomass is the only sustainable carbon-based raw resource and it is vastly underutilised. Whereas renewable energy is gradually replacing fossil resource, this is not yet the case for carbon-based materials and products. Bio-based chemicals can be categorized as: (1) Direct replacements (drop-in chemicals), are chemically identical to a petroleum-derived product with a well-established market; (2) functional substitutes are chemically different but have similar functions/properties; while (3) novel products do not resemble an existing petroleum-derived product in structure or function. New fractionation technologies will be developed to isolate bio-based macromolecules ((hemi)cellulose, lignin, chitin, extractives) from lignocellulosic and marine biomass. Further depolymerisation and selective catalytic reactions (hydrogenation, oxidation, carboxylation, decarbonylation etc.) convert them into value-added commodity chemicals and products. Experimental and in-silico research activities w
Significance for the country
The importance of the Programme Chemical Reaction Engineering for the future Slovenia's socioeconomic, cultural and general development is evident through the cooperation with most educational institutions, many commercial enterprises, as well as other research institutions, diverse non-governmental organisations and municipalities; Chemical Reaction Engineering thus justifies its public funds by connecting with various social subsystems. Through lectures, professorships, mentorships, practices and other collaborations, the members of the Programme cooperate with the University of Ljubljana, the University of Maribor, the University of Nova Gorica, the University of Novo mesto and the Jožef Stefan International Postgraduate School. Through contracts () 400,000 €), services, patents, researcher exchange and project collaborations, the Programme members cooperate with the largest (Petrol, Krka, Revoz, Lek, Gorenje, Impol, Geoplin, Hella, Talum, Zlatarna Celje, etc.), and micro-, small- and medium-sized domestic enterprises. 1. Carbon dioxide valorisation: Carbon dioxide is also in the society and among laypersons well-known as a big environmental issue, which causes the increased climate warming. Therefore, research on this topic is crucial for the socio-economic and cultura development of Slovenia. The activities of the research programme group are also directed towards popularization of this topic among schoolchildren, pupils, students and laypersons. The research and development of the processes for carbon dioxide valorisation are important also for the industry, which will have the opportunity to actively use carbon dioxide, which is cheaper and more environmentally friendly than purchasing carbon dioxide emission coupons. In the past, the group have presented their work in several television and radio shows (Ugriznimo znanost, Frekvenca X) and in several printed media (Finance, Delo). The group also participates in the organisation of a very popular high school science competition for Year 9 and 10 pupils, which has around 1000 participants every year.   2. Natural gas conversion: Natural gas is flared at remote locations, because its exploitation is too expensive, and the greenhouse gas CO2 is subsequently released into the atmosphere. In the context of the multi-million-dollar ADREM project (Horizon 2020), methane is transformed on location into liquid, more valuable products. We are protecting the environment against the harmful effects of global warming, at the same time raising awareness in the society, training experts in this field, and also promoting Slovenia as an environmentally conscious country. New solutions for energy-efficient valorisation of variable methane feedstocks to C2+ hydrocarbons for the process industries are being addressed in the Adaptable Reactors for Resource- and Energy-Efficient Methane Valorisation consortium in partnership with leading European industries: Johnson Matthey PLC, United Kingdom; Technip Benelux, Netherlands; Sairem SAS, France.   3. Chemicals from biomass: The development of processes for producing chemicals and fuels from biomass is of the utmost importance for Slovenian socio-economic development, as efficient biomass utilization can significantly reduce current share of imported petroleum products (both for chemicals and fuels) and improve the socioeconomic status of stakeholders involved in production of agricultural and forest assortments, as well as chemical, paper, cosmetic and food industries. Development of sustainable processes to convert renewable biomass into commodity chemicals and products has been conducted in collaboration with Slovenian industry, specifically: Helios Domžale, Tanin Sevnica, Melamin Kočevje, Gozdno Gospodarstvo Postojna, private Pulp and Paper Institute, Medex, Arspharmae etc.   4. Electro-catalytic reaction design: The transition to clean energy, which is not based on fossil fuels, is one of the main challenges of the whole world, and therefor
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