Projects / Programmes source: ARIS

Contemporary inorganic materials and nanotechnologies

Research activity

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

Code Science Field
2.05  Engineering and Technology  Materials engineering 
2.10  Engineering and Technology  Nano-technology 
Materials science, nanotechnologies, synthesis, microstructure, electronics, energy conversion and conservation, medicine, ceramics, thin film, nanoparticles, solid-state reaction, hydrothermal synthesis, pulsed laser deposition, silicon-oxide integration, thermal insulation, antimicrobial materials
Evaluation (rules)
source: COBISS
Data for the last 5 years (citations for the last 10 years) on July 14, 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  760  17,575  15,746  20.72 
Scopus  790  19,194  17,229  21.81 
Researchers (31)
no. Code Name and surname Research area Role Period No. of publicationsNo. of publications
1.  54684  Petruša Borštnar  Materials science and technology  Junior researcher  2022 - 2024  12 
2.  57070  Lucija Bučar  Materials science and technology  Junior researcher  2022 - 2024 
3.  37248  Vesna Butinar  Biotechnology  Technical associate  2022 - 2024 
4.  39207  PhD Alja Čontala  Materials science and technology  Junior researcher  2022 - 2024  24 
5.  19029  PhD Nina Daneu  Materials science and technology  Researcher  2022 - 2024  427 
6.  37842  David Fabijan    Technical associate  2022 - 2024 
7.  50512  Lea Gazvoda  Materials science and technology  Junior researcher  2022 - 2024  23 
8.  55668  PhD Suraj Gupta  Materials science and technology  Researcher  2022 - 2024  55 
9.  56293  PhD Zouhair Hanani  Materials science and technology  Researcher  2022 - 2024  44 
10.  55610  PhD Hsin-Chia Ho  Materials science and technology  Researcher  2022 - 2024  24 
11.  52046  PhD Uroš Hribar  Materials science and technology  Researcher  2022 - 2024  24 
12.  55766  Blaž Jaklič  Materials science and technology  Junior researcher  2022 - 2024  10 
13.  53486  PhD Heli Jantunen  Materials science and technology  Researcher  2022 - 2024  20 
14.  25630  PhD Jakob Konig  Materials science and technology  Researcher  2022 - 2024  132 
15.  51440  PhD Gertjan Koster  Materials science and technology  Researcher  2022 - 2024  94 
16.  22281  PhD Špela Kunej  Materials science and technology  Researcher  2022 - 2024  111 
17.  35468  PhD Mario Kurtjak  Materials science and technology  Researcher  2022 - 2024  47 
18.  53456  Nina Kuzmić  Materials science and technology  Junior researcher  2022 - 2024  20 
19.  13311  PhD Marjeta Maček Kržmanc  Materials science and technology  Researcher  2022 - 2024  183 
20.  57303  Daška Mohar    Technical associate  2023 - 2024 
21.  58610  Jošt Oblak  Materials science and technology  Junior researcher  2023 - 2024 
22.  38212  PhD Tjaša Parkelj Potočnik  Materials science and technology  Researcher  2022  26 
23.  53166  PhD Sonja Smiljanić  Materials science and technology  Researcher  2022 - 2023  26 
24.  24273  PhD Matjaž Spreitzer  Materials science and technology  Head  2022 - 2024  369 
25.  08012  PhD Danilo Suvorov  Materials science and technology  Retired researcher  2022 - 2024  1,050 
26.  11093  PhD Srečo Davor Škapin  Chemistry  Researcher  2022 - 2024  591 
27.  37470  PhD Urška Trstenjak  Materials science and technology  Researcher  2022 - 2024  49 
28.  25379  Damjan Vengust  Physics  Technical associate  2022 - 2024  222 
29.  35074  PhD Marija Vukomanović  Materials science and technology  Researcher  2022 - 2024  133 
30.  07475  Silvo Zupančič    Technical associate  2022 - 2024  17 
31.  55797  Jan Žuntar  Materials science and technology  Junior researcher  2022 - 2024 
Organisations (1)
no. Code Research organisation City Registration number No. of publicationsNo. of publications
1.  0106  Jožef Stefan Institute  Ljubljana  5051606000  91,855 
The research programme "Contemporary inorganic materials and nanotechnologies" aims to investigate materials with new and beyond state-of-the-art functional characteristics for applications in electronics, energy conversion and conservation, and medicine. Control of materials synthesis at the atomic and microstructural level will represent the central activity of the research programme, grounded on fundamental understanding of the reaction mechanisms, process parameters, and related technologies. Such control will have a key role in the preparation of the ceramics, thin films, and nanoparticles with desired chemical composition, crystal structure, and microstructure, and will be exploited to engineer materials intrinsic and extrinsic contributions, thus overcoming the well-established concepts in materials science. Solid-state reaction, hydrothermal synthesis, and pulsed laser deposition will be used to synthesize materials with required dimensionality. Advanced analytical methods, including the state-of-the-art electron microscopy, high-resolution X-ray diffraction, and various spectroscopic techniques, will be used ex situ, in situ, in operando, and in vacuo to follow the course of reactions, materials crystallization and phase transitions, as well as to gain an insight into material`s characteristics during its functional response. The proposed research methodology represents a new and complex milestone and is expected to result in a considerable breakthrough in understanding and development of related materials. Specific research topics that will be address include (i) functionalization of silicon with oxides thin films for electronics, (ii) development of materials for photoelectrochemical water splitting and advanced thermal-insulation materials in energy related applications, and (iii) investigation of novel antimicrobial materials and biocompatible piezoelectric layers for tissue regeneration in medicine. The proposed programme is harmonized with the Research and Innovation Strategy of Slovenia 2021-2030, upcoming Horizon Europe programme, and the EU cohesion policy. Described research directions are also consistent with European Green Deal, through our development of environmentally- and human-friendly products and technologies. We strive for Society 5.0 ("Green, Creative, Smart"), based on our active participation in national Smart Specialization Strategy activities, where we coordinate network on the modern manufacturing technologies for materials and nanotechnologies, as a part of the Factory of the Future partnership. Our research activities are focused on providing most relevant benefits for the society, which are besides advances in fundamental knowledge and education process also related to the economic development (collaboration with industrial partners), protection of the environment (development of energy harvesting & saving materials) and human health (development of antimicrobial materials for protection from COVID-19).
Significance for science
Development of advanced functional materials is vital in our efforts related to the protection of environment, increase of the quality of life and improvement of human health. The research goals within the research program follow this premise by the development of new and improved materials for energy conversion and storage, advanced materials for miniaturization of electronic devices, energy saving materials and novel nanomaterials for biomedical applications. Harvesting various sources of dissipating energy and their conversion to electrical energy is among the most important future objectives in the frame of sustainable development and low carbon society. We will contribute to this goal by developing advanced piezoelectric nanoharvesters with increased energy density based on cleaner, lead-free materials for harvesting mechanical (vibrational) energy from many sources available in the urban and industrial environments. Further, we will study the synthesis of heterostructural nanoparticles for efficient noble-metal-free photoelectrochemical and photocatalytic water splitting that will enable green production of hydrogen from renewable solar energy. We will also investigate next generation thermoelectrics prepared from ecological raw materials for efficient use of waste heat. In this part of our research work we will give special emphasis to fundamental challenges related to increasing the efficiency of materials for energy harvesting. A further cutting-edge challenge of the research program is related to the development of next generation semiconductor devices based on nanoscale complex oxide films integrated on different substrates, such as silicon and germanium. Here, the relationship between nanoscale effects, like lattice strain relaxation, local atomic structure and chemical composition of heterointerfaces, the formation of defects, chemical inhomogeneity of the films and other parameters will be studied in relationship with their functional properties. We expect that the new findings will contribute to the development of next generation oxide electronics based on interface materials with unprecedented properties and further miniaturization of future electronic devices paving the way to their use in commercial devices. Recycling of waste and critical raw materials fit in the context of circular economy as one of the main missions of the European Green Deal. An inspiring example with multiple synergistic beneficial effects is re-use of waste glass (e.g. CRT panel glass) and its transformation into thermal insulation product for increased energy efficiency of buildings. In the research program we will continue to study most economically and energetically efficient approaches for the production of recycled insulation materials. This research is strongly application oriented, however fundamental knowledge is the basis for the production of value-added products. Members of the research group are also involved in recycling of rare earth elements (REE) and cobalt as critical raw materials from end-of-life REE-based magnets, which is one of the key research areas due to the limited supply of these critical elements and their economic importance. Designing organic piezoelectric biomaterials and innovative antimicrobial technologies for biomedical applications is a complex research topic that requires multidisciplinary approach. Development of next generation antimicrobials based on the combination of physical and biochemical stimuli that will be approached by a unique methodology based on epitaxial growth is beyond state-of-the-art and is essential for reaching a highly efficient healing and regeneration strategy. This part of the research is expected to significantly contribute to public health and wellbeing of the people. The objectives of the research program are set to confront most relevant challenges of the modern society and will be tackled with state-of-the-art techniques for synthesis and characterization of advanced materials and by using multidisciplinary approach assuring publications in distinguished scientific journals with highest impact factors. Dissemination of knowledge will follow the Open science vision by the EU and we expect that the new and original scientific findings of the research group will continue to be recognized at the international level.
Significance for the country
The main goals of the research program related to the development and progress of Slovenia are promotion of our scientific achievements at the international level, collaboration with recognized research groups nationally and worldwide, broadening and transfer of knowledge to younger generations, contribution to the development of Slovenian economy through intense collaboration with companies, improvement of our ecological footprint, public health and wellbeing in general. Fundamental scientific work with clear applicative goals is one of the key advantages of the research program, whereas a powerful combination of expertise in synthesis and characterization of functional materials is one of the main strengths of the multidisciplinary research team. Exchange of expertise and experiences, which is vital for progress in every research filed, is reflected in intense cooperation with renowned Slovenian and international scientists. The results of our research achievements are regularly published in high-impact scientific journals and thereby contribute to the promotion of knowledge. An important part of our activities is directed to implementation of fundamental findings in the real sector through strengthening the collaboration between research institutions and industrial partners in Slovenia and internationally. We are actively involved in the Strategic research and innovation partnership Factories of the Future (SRIP FoF), where we coordinate network on the Modern manufacturing technologies for materials and nanotechnologies that provides key enabling technologies for future factories within SRIP FoF and for other strategic development and innovation partnerships in Slovenia. We are regularly organizing workshops for the industry in order to bridge the gap between the research institutes, academia and industry. Great efforts are directed into intensification of the cooperation between Jožef Stefan Institute with other research organizations and industrial partners, which is of fundamental importance for success at international project calls, application of patents and development of new products and services. We collaborate in research and development projects with different Slovenian companies with the main goal to increase the quality of their products and technological processes and contribute to their competitiveness in the international market. Our long-lasting collaboration with Knauf Insulation d.o.o. on the development of materials with improved insulation properties is one of the success stories. Our other domestic industrial partners are TAB d.d. (manufacturer of high-quality batteries), Impol 2000 d.d. (aluminum alloys), Steklarna Hrastnik d.o.o. and Steklarna Rogaška d.o.o. (both manufacturers of glass products), Lek d.d. (pharmaceuticals) and others. Besides, we are active in the international market through an intense collaboration with Urban Mining Company from Austin (TX), USA in the development of magnets from recycled end-of-life products, which contain elements from the group of critical raw materials. Our activities in the field of antibacterial and antiviral nanomaterials and technologies represent an important contribution to public health. A great attention is given to education of the next generation of scientists through mentoring diploma, master and doctoral students. Collaboration with distinguished national and international research institutes and faculties is especially important for developing excellent science. We spread our international scientific network by inviting foreign scientists to the team, from PhD students, postdocs to distinguished scientists who contribute their knowledge and experiences with our team. Members of the group are actively involved in pedagogic processes at the Faculty of Chemistry and Chemical Technology, Polymer Technology College in Slovenj Gradec and Jožef Stefan International Postgraduate School. Other activities of the research group include promotion of scientific achievements at international meetings, as well as organization of international meetings and conferences in Slovenia. We also regularly participate in the promotion of science to the interested public as part of the Jožef Stefan Days events and through media interviews.
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