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Physical chemistry

Periods
Research activity

Code Science Field Subfield
1.04.00  Natural sciences and mathematics  Chemistry   

Code Science Field
1.04  Natural Sciences  Chemical sciences 
Keywords
Water, solutions, polyelectrolytes, proteins, nucleic acids, surfactants, ionic liquids, associating molecules, microporous materials, thermodynamics, statistical themodynamics, molecular modelling, transport, light scattering, calorimetry, conductometry, spectroscopy
Evaluation (rules)
source: COBISS
Points
10,041.01
A''
993.9
A'
6,337.7
A1/2
7,519.06
CI10
8,582
CImax
394
h10
42
A1
36.2
A3
7.07
Data for the last 5 years (citations for the last 10 years) on June 22, 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  783  15,199  11,784  15.05 
Scopus  777  15,942  12,455  16.03 
Researchers (28)
no. Code Name and surname Research area Role Period No. of publicationsNo. of publications
1.  18078  Vesna Arrigler    Technical associate  2022 - 2024 
2.  54644  Tilen Berglez  Chemistry  Junior researcher  2022 - 2024 
3.  04657  PhD Marija Bešter Rogač  Chemistry  Researcher  2022 - 2024 
4.  16102  PhD Janez Cerar  Chemistry  Researcher  2022 - 2024 
5.  36894  Mirzet Čuskić    Technical associate  2022 - 2024 
6.  04684  PhD Andrej Godec  Chemistry  Researcher  2022 - 2024 
7.  57978  Domen Goste  Chemistry  Junior researcher  2023 - 2024 
8.  36924  PhD San Hadži  Chemistry  Researcher  2022 - 2024 
9.  14868  PhD Barbara Hribar Lee  Chemistry  Researcher  2022 - 2024 
10.  56887  Jernej Imperl  Chemistry  Junior researcher  2022 - 2024 
11.  06776  PhD Andrej Jamnik  Chemistry  Researcher  2022 - 2024 
12.  18196  Anton Kelbl    Technical associate  2022 
13.  04614  PhD Ksenija Kogej  Chemistry  Researcher  2022 - 2024 
14.  15669  PhD Jurij Lah  Chemistry  Researcher  2022 - 2024 
15.  27882  PhD Miha Lukšič  Chemistry  Head  2022 - 2024 
16.  38133  PhD Žiga Medoš  Chemistry  Researcher  2022 - 2023 
17.  51997  Domen Oblak  Chemistry  Junior researcher  2022 
18.  55747  Peter Ogrin  Chemistry  Junior researcher  2022 - 2024 
19.  15293  PhD Črtomir Podlipnik  Chemistry  Researcher  2022 - 2024 
20.  10983  PhD Jurij Reščič  Chemistry  Researcher  2022 - 2024 
21.  51845  PhD Matjaž Simončič  Chemistry  Junior researcher  2022 
22.  30336  PhD Bojan Šarac  Chemistry  Researcher  2022 - 2024 
23.  58234  Zala Štefanič  Chemistry  Junior researcher  2023 - 2024 
24.  21418  PhD Matija Tomšič  Chemistry  Researcher  2022 - 2024 
25.  19315  PhD Tomaž Urbič  Chemistry  Researcher  2022 - 2024 
26.  02563  PhD Vojeslav Vlachy  Chemistry  Researcher  2022 
27.  53449  Uroš Zavrtanik  Chemistry  Researcher  2022 - 2024 
28.  54643  Zala Živič  Chemistry  Junior researcher  2022 - 2024 
Organisations (1)
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  10 
Abstract
The P1-0201 programme involves research that, through a combination of modern experimental and theoretical methods, enriches fundamental and applied knowledge in the field of physical chemistry, particularly the physical chemistry of liquids, solutions, and colloidal dispersions. The study and knowledge of the properties of liquids and their mixtures, especially aqueous solutions of hydrophobic, polar and ionic solutes (from simple electrolytes to complex biopolymers such as proteins and nucleic acids) is important from the point of view of many technological, industrial and pharmaceutical processes, as well as from the point of view of biochemical processes occurring in living organisms. Much of our research focuses on hydration and ion-specific effects in aqueous solutions. Water is a key player in many processes, but its role at the microscopic level is not fully understood. Water is also an ecological solvent and replaces organic solvents wherever possible. (i) We are developing statistical mechanical models of water that allow us to understand many anomalous properties of water, as well as models of hydration of hydrophobes and ions. (ii) Solutions of synthetic and natural polymers, especially polyelectrolytes, are studied experimentally and theoretically. (iii) A large part of the research is devoted to solutions of surfactants and the phenomenon of self-assembly in these solutions (micellization, vesicle formation). (iv) We study the phase stability of protein formulations (from globular to antibodies) and the role of co-solvents in these processes. We also focus on biomacromolecules in confined environments. (v) We are interested in the thermodynamic, kinetic and structural properties of the regulation of toxin-antitoxin modules and the non-canonical structures of nucleic acids. (vi) We are involved in chemoinformatics, methods of molecular modelling and pharmacophore modelling, and the development of software for distributive computing. We develop theoretical approaches to describe and interpret the results of our experimental research. The main goal is to understand the properties of matter at the molecular level. Each member of the group has an excellent knowledge in his/her research area, but at the same time our knowledge overlaps to such an extent that it allows us to successfully collaborate and thus increase the synergetic effect of the group.
Significance for science
The research outlined in programme P1-0201 is intended - with the aid of modern experimental techniques and theoretical methods - to enrich our basic knowledge of the physical chemistry of liquids, solutions and dispersions. Aqueous solutions of electrolytes and (bio)polyelectrolytes play an important role in science and technology. Ions, simple and complex, participate in vital processes in our organism. The role of water in these processes, although crucial, is not yet fully understood. The study of the stability of proteins (including monoclonal antibodies, which are an important class of biological drugs) in the presence of additives, the binding of drugs to proteins and nucleic acids, and the molecular modelling of these phenomena are important for the pharmaceutical industry, medicine, and bioengineering. The relevance of such research to biomedicine is manifested in a joint grant "Solvation modelling for next-gen biomolecule simulations" with Dr. Ken A. Dill (Stony Brook University, USA), funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Second, understanding the properties of electrolytes, polyelectrolytes, ionic liquids, surfactants, and colloids and their interactions with surfaces is of critical importance to industry and engineering. Members of the programme group publish their results in prestigious international journals such as Chem. Rev., J. Am. Chem. Soc., Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., Nucleic Acids Res., Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., J. Phys. Chem. B/C, Soft Matter, Macromolecules, Langmuir, Biochemistry, Analytical Chemistry, Biophys. J., J. Mol. Biology, J. Mol. Liq, Curr. Opin. Colloid Interface Sci., Electrochim. Acta, and others. We disseminate our research results at various international conferences and numerous foreign universities and institutes. We are involved in many bilateral grants that promote international research, and COST actions. We transfer knowledge to industry to help solve technological challenges. Members of the programme group are members of the editorial boards of Journal of Molecular Liquids (Elsevier, Prof. Dr. M. Bešter Rogač) and Condensed Matter Physics (ICMP, Prof. Dr. V. Vlachy), and Editor-in-Chief of Acta Chimica Slovenica (Prof. Dr. K. Kogej). We often participate as guest editors or members of the organizing committees of domestic and international conferences.
Significance for the country
The researchers of the programme group P1-0201 are members of the Chair of Physical Chemistry at the Faculty of Chemistry and Chemical Technology (University of Ljubljana). We participate in the implementation of more than 40 different teaching subjects in the field of physical chemistry and related sciences, which are attended by more than 1300 students from 6 different faculties every year. Most of the subjects also include laboratory exercises as chemistry is an experimental science. The members of the department emphasize on educational work and incorporate the results of our research in our lectures. While conducting research, the professor and his/her colleagues learn and pass on this knowledge to the students. Without good teachers, there is no good school, and without research, there are no good teachers. The group members are often rewarded by the students for our pedagogical work (award for best teacher of the year). We also led many ŠIPK and PKP projects, which allowed us to integrate research work and contact with industry into the school process itself. The programme group collaborates with industry. We work closely with our former students, especially PhDs who are employed in these companies. In this way, the group deepens theoretical and experimental knowledge in the field of physical chemistry and transfers it to undergraduate and graduate students as well as to industrial practice. The researchers also contribute to the consolidation of national identity and cultural heritage by increasing Slovenia's recognition in the world. One way is to be mentors for students who are very successful on the International Chemistry Olympiad (IChO). Members participate in the international master's programme in chemistry (Bologna 2nd level) in cooperation with the University of Strasbourg, France. This is a double degree programme. Research published in prestigious international journals and presented at conferences and foreign universities/institutes strengthen the reputation of the Republic of Slovenia as well.
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