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Cycling of substances in the environment, mass balances, modelling of environmental processes and risk assessment

Research activity

Code Science Field Subfield
1.08.00  Natural sciences and mathematics  Control and care of the environment   
1.04.00  Natural sciences and mathematics  Chemistry   
1.03.00  Natural sciences and mathematics  Biology   
1.06.00  Natural sciences and mathematics  Geology   

Code Science Field
P305  Natural sciences and mathematics  Environmental chemistry 

Code Science Field
1.05  Natural Sciences  Earth and related Environmental sciences 
environmental analytical chemistry, biological and geochemical cycles, chemical speciation, organic pollutants, inorganic pollutants, stable isotopes, food authenticity, metrology in chemistry, biomonitoring, neutron activation analysis, natural and artificial radionuclides, radiochemistry, radioecology, kinetics and mechanism of thermal degradation of substances, modeling, risk assessment, quality control.
Evaluation (rules)
source: COBISS
Researchers (63)
no. Code Name and surname Research area Role Period No. of publicationsNo. of publications
1.  29517  PhD Miha Avberšek  Biology  Junior researcher  2009 - 2012  22 
2.  34426  PhD Ermira Begu  Interdisciplinary research  Junior researcher  2011 - 2014  53 
3.  04328  PhD Ljudmila Benedik  Chemistry  Researcher  2009 - 2014  379 
4.  32164  PhD Mateja Bezek  Chemistry  Junior researcher  2009 - 2013  47 
5.  32146  PhD Arne Bratkič  Control and care of the environment  Beginner researcher  2009 - 2014  58 
6.  28487  PhD Martina Burnik Šturm  Geology  Junior researcher  2009 - 2011  62 
7.  26453  PhD Petra Cuderman  Pharmacy  Junior researcher  2009 - 2010  40 
8.  34431  PhD Marjeta Česen  Control and care of the environment  Junior researcher  2011 - 2014  58 
9.  05249  PhD Jadran Faganeli  Control and care of the environment  Researcher  2009 - 2014  577 
10.  19724  Vesna Fajon    Technical associate  2009 - 2014  297 
11.  10582  PhD Ingrid Falnoga  Neurobiology  Researcher  2009 - 2014  345 
12.  37461  Lojze Gačnik  Physics  Junior researcher  2014  24 
13.  28478  PhD Marinka Gams Petrišič  Control and care of the environment  Junior researcher  2009 - 2013  45 
14.  29524  PhD Asta Gregorič  Geology  Junior researcher  2009 - 2013  184 
15.  12315  PhD Ester Heath  Control and care of the environment  Researcher  2009 - 2014  605 
16.  05027  PhD Milena Horvat  Chemistry  Head  2009 - 2014  1,891 
17.  30504  PhD Mojca Hrovat  Biology  Researcher  2014  73 
18.  14082  PhD Radojko Jaćimović  Physics  Researcher  2009 - 2014  735 
19.  03310  PhD Zvonka Jeran  Control and care of the environment  Researcher  2009 - 2014  266 
20.  36354  PhD Ana Jerše  Chemistry  Junior researcher  2013 - 2014  62 
21.  21543  PhD Tjaša Kanduč  Geology  Researcher  2009 - 2014  488 
22.  34499  PhD Katja Klun  Control and care of the environment  Junior researcher  2011 - 2014  115 
23.  25622  PhD David Kocman  Control and care of the environment  Researcher  2009 - 2014  358 
24.  02564  PhD Branko Kontić  Control and care of the environment  Researcher  2009 - 2014  504 
25.  24265  PhD Davor Kontić  Control and care of the environment  Researcher  2009 - 2014  118 
26.  27733  PhD Tina Kosjek  Control and care of the environment  Researcher  2013 - 2014  360 
27.  15814  PhD Jože Kotnik  Geology  Researcher  2009 - 2014  388 
28.  33325  PhD Urška Kristan  Plant production  Junior researcher  2010 - 2014  33 
29.  37475  PhD Ana Kroflič  Chemistry  Junior researcher  2014  39 
30.  10807  PhD Sonja Lojen  Geology  Researcher  2009 - 2014  515 
31.  33351  PhD Anže Martinčič Celjar  Biotechnology  Junior researcher  2010 - 2014  28 
32.  18287  PhD Darja Mazej  Chemistry  Researcher  2009 - 2014  380 
33.  30883  PhD Ana Miklavčič Višnjevec  Chemistry  Junior researcher  2009 - 2013  112 
34.  08314  PhD Radmila Milačič  Control and care of the environment  Researcher  2009 - 2014  803 
35.  26462  PhD Simona Murko  Metabolic and hormonal disorders  Junior researcher  2009  64 
36.  35471  PhD Petra Novak  Control and care of the environment  Junior researcher  2012 - 2014  15 
37.  33352  PhD Breda Novotnik  Control and care of the environment  Junior researcher  2010 - 2014  29 
38.  30889  PhD Tina Oblak  Control and care of the environment  Junior researcher  2009 - 2013  24 
39.  11279  PhD Nives Ogrinc  Control and care of the environment  Researcher  2009 - 2014  1,142 
40.  23577  PhD Andrej Osterc  Chemistry  Researcher  2009 - 2012  44 
41.  35473  PhD Majda Pavlin  Chemistry  Junior researcher  2012 - 2014  126 
42.  34448  PhD Kelly Peeters  Control and care of the environment  Junior researcher  2011 - 2014  53 
43.  08946  Silva Perko    Technical associate  2009 - 2014  51 
44.  19896  PhD Urška Repinc  Chemistry  Researcher  2009  119 
45.  15728  Janja Smrke    Technical associate  2009 - 2014  33 
46.  30063  PhD Janja Snoj Tratnik  Control and care of the environment  Technical associate  2009 - 2014  295 
47.  01873  PhD Vekoslava Stibilj  Chemistry  Researcher  2009 - 2014  687 
48.  19822  Barbara Svetek    Technical associate  2009 - 2014  89 
49.  18359  PhD Janez Ščančar  Control and care of the environment  Researcher  2009 - 2014  677 
50.  01411  PhD Zdenka Šlejkovec  Chemistry  Researcher  2009 - 2014  240 
51.  33332  PhD Samo Tamše  Control and care of the environment  Junior researcher  2010 - 2014  26 
52.  08296  PhD Mihael Jožef Toman  Biology  Researcher  2009 - 2014  631 
53.  08597  Zdenka Trkov    Technical associate  2009 - 2014  76 
54.  28489  PhD Mitja Vahčič  Control and care of the environment  Researcher  2009 - 2012  43 
55.  10968  PhD Janja Vaupotič  Chemistry  Researcher  2009 - 2014  604 
56.  36350  PhD Janja Vidmar  Control and care of the environment  Junior researcher  2013 - 2014  139 
57.  18290  PhD Polona Vreča  Geology  Researcher  2009 - 2014  701 
58.  30892  PhD Saša Zavadlav  Forestry, wood and paper technology  Junior researcher  2009 - 2013  50 
59.  30893  PhD Andreja Zelenik Pevec  Pharmacy  Junior researcher  2009 - 2012  14 
60.  25667  PhD Tea Zuliani  Control and care of the environment  Researcher  2009 - 2014  317 
61.  15729  Stojan Žigon    Technical associate  2009 - 2014  315 
62.  37489  PhD Igor Živković  Chemistry  Junior researcher  2014  124 
63.  26472  PhD Suzana Žižek  Control and care of the environment  Junior researcher  2009  86 
Organisations (3)
no. Code Research organisation City Registration number No. of publicationsNo. of publications
1.  0105  National Institute of Biology  Ljubljana  5055784  13,301 
2.  0106  Jožef Stefan Institute  Ljubljana  5051606000  91,002 
3.  0481  University of Ljubljana, Biotechnical Faculty  Ljubljana  1626914  66,788 
"Cycling of substances in environment" deals with environmental analytical chemistry, biological and chemical cycles, radiochemistry and radioecology. Current information about levels and state of certain substance in environment is investigated using analytical and biological analysis. Performing these analyses over time allows us to trace the transport and fate of these compounds in environment (monitoring). Substances that are subject to our analyses are of natural or anthropogenic origin. When these activities are supplemented with studies of "mass balances", analytical chemistry gains technological/engineering angle while "modelling of environmental processes and risk assessment" connects natural sciences to environmental policy and goals of society. The aim of this program is to acquire high level of understanding and researcher's perception regarding environmental studies. This will allow them to contribute to finding best possible way for society to develop and improve quality of life. Results of this research program will be applied as support for decision making and planing environmental and research policy.
Significance for science
In investigations of the toxicity and cycling of elements in the environment it is necessary to know not only total element concentration, but also the concentration of its species. The research programme group followed the world’s trends in this area. We were between the first that before 25 years began to develop analytical procedures for speciation of elements. In this area the researchers are between the top scientists worldwide, what is evident from numerous publications in scientific journals and citations, as well as through collaboration in international projects. The research programme focuses on the investigation of global water cycle, biogeochemical cycles and fluxes of nutrient and of the response of natural systems to the anthropogenic activities directly contributes to the development of basic sciences, such as geology, hydrology, biogeochemistry, forest ecology, environmental analytical chemistry etc. and applied research (e.g. food safety, security and traceability). Combination of different approaches, introduction of new and well established methods and techniques in environmental research and model calculation will enable a better insight into the past and present functioning of environmental systems, especially in light of environmental change and elaboration of adaptation strategies. Introduction and critical evaluation of combined geochemical and biomarkers of environmental change in different spatial and time scales represent a particular contribution to the Science. The Programme will combine the current research skills and apply them to the development of new analytical procedures for the determination of new emerging pollutants and classical persistent compounds in environmental samples, the optimization and implementation of novel molecular tools to explore the phylogenetic composition and diversity of microbial consortia responsible for the degradation of selected organic pollutants, and toxicity testing. This interdisciplinary approach will bring together knowledge in the fields of chemistry and biology what will contribute to an overall understanding of organic contaminants impact on the environment. We will develop, optimize and implement analytical procedures to determine new emerging contaminants residues and their stable metabolites in waste and environmental waters and assess the extent of pollution in Slovene surface and waste waters. Identification of stable metabolites is a new developing research area where expert knowledge and "state-of-the-art" instrumentation are needed, both available at JSI. There has been a big increase lately in determination of various natural and man-made radionuclides in different samples as well as the development of radiochemical procedures for the determination of trace elements in food and drinking water. The analyses are difficult, time consuming and challenging due to similar chemical behaviour of certain actinides. Results of radon and aerosol particles will increase our general knowledge on formation, physico-chemical properties and both numerical concentration and size distribution of non-radioactive nano aerosols.
Significance for the country
The topics of the proposed programme are in line with the Slovenian Smart Specialization Strategy since they build a knowledge base for sustainable development, environmental and risk management, management of natural resources and development of environmental technologies. The proposed research programme is also harmonized with the main priorities of the EU - sustainable use and management of natural resources and environment and development of environmental technologies. It also represents support to the elaboration and implementation of national and EU environmental legislation. In particular, contributions in the following areas are outlined: 1 - Sustainable exploitation of Slovenia’s water potential: changes in hydrological cycle, particularly the physical alterations of river flows due to natural and anthropogenic influences have a decisive impact on the changes in the cycling of substances, including dangerous and toxic ones. As the water ecosystems are generally considered to be an important natural energy potential for the country the above research is of fundamental importance for science based risk assessment methodologies. 2 - New tools for the pollution prevention and pollution control will be developed. The proposed programme we shall combines measurements of chemical, isotopic and hydrogeochemical parameters which will contribute to better understanding of the environmental processes and development of reliable models. In medium term, this knowledge will contribute to the improvements of surface waters and quality of drinking groundwater. All these aspects are also important as Slovenia must comply with the EU environmental legislation. 3 – Cutting-edge advances in speciation analysis: complementary and good collaboration of our research group with numerous international leading research groups in the field of chemical speciation and collaboration in international projects enables efficient exchange of new knowledge and incorporation in new environmental and biological studies. 4 – New and emerging contaminants: Further assessment of risks deriving from the presence of new emerging pollutants in the environment will be obtained. However, this topic is not just about the transfer of expert knowledge into a Slovene context but more importantly tackles the subject from an interdisciplinary perspective. We expect our results will overcome institutions borders and impact future legislation amendments at the EU levels. 5 – Sensor technologies: Based on excellence knowledge in environmental analytical chemistry, the programme will intensify collaboration in the area of the development of novel sensor technologies with SMEs and wider within the Eu research platform. 6 – Radiochemistry and radioecology of natural and man made radionuclides using alpha spectrometry and neutron activation analysis is performed mainly by this group. 7 – Increased competitivity of laboratories through standardisation and accreditation of laboratories and methods; the programme group will strenghten its position within the national and European metrology system through participation in EMRP project. In this way we will effort to keep the status of reference laboratory in Slovenia for traceability to the mol. 8 – Food safety and traceability: Advancements in food science in the field of food authentication, food safety and traceability with the use of novel advanced analytical methods and techniques and in collaboration with national food industry is of special economic interest for Slovenia. 9 - Education: The research programme was very active in the past and currently supervise many PhD thesis in the framework of the young researchers programme, EU Marie Skladowska Curie fellows, as well candidates from the industry. Collaboration with major Slovenian Universities and International Postgraduate School Jožef Stefan will therefore remain high in the agenda.
Most important scientific results Annual report 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, final report, complete report on dLib.si
Most important socioeconomically and culturally relevant results Annual report 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, final report, complete report on dLib.si
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