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Extraction Processes and Product Design

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  
Supercritical fluid technology, nanostructured materials, separation of bioactive compounds, biocatalysis, product formulation, geothermal energy.
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source: COBISS
Researchers (36)
no. Code Name and surname Research area Role Period No. of publicationsNo. of publications
1.  52081  Dragana Borjan  Chemical engineering  Junior researcher  2018  15 
2.  27839  PhD Tanja Botić  Systems and cybernetics  Researcher  2015 - 2016  73 
3.  25434  PhD Urban Bren  Chemistry  Researcher  2016 - 2018  369 
4.  34484  PhD Darija Cör Andrejč  Chemical engineering  Researcher  2015 - 2018  93 
5.  31616  PhD Maja Čolnik  Chemical engineering  Technical associate  2016 - 2017  126 
6.  34485  PhD Denis Čuček  Chemical engineering  Junior researcher  2015  17 
7.  50635  PhD Veronika Furlan  Chemistry  Junior researcher  2017 - 2018  31 
8.  37458  PhD Martin Gladović  Chemistry  Junior researcher  2015 - 2018  21 
9.  06003  PhD Darko Goričanec  Energy engineering  Researcher  2015 - 2018  627 
10.  33284  PhD Gordana Hojnik Podrepšek  Chemical engineering  Junior researcher  2015  69 
11.  23194  PhD Iztok Holc  Microbiology and immunology  Researcher  2017 - 2018  312 
12.  36445  PhD Gabrijela Horvat  Chemical engineering  Researcher  2015 - 2018  63 
13.  34351  PhD Gregor Hostnik  Chemistry  Beginner researcher  2017  63 
14.  02619  PhD Željko Knez  Chemical engineering  Head  2015 - 2018  2,030 
15.  30021  PhD Maša Knez Marevci  Chemical engineering  Researcher  2015 - 2018  319 
16.  38451  Metka Koren Krajnc    Technical associate  2016 - 2018  63 
17.  21689  PhD Petra Kotnik  Chemical engineering  Researcher  2016 - 2018  156 
18.  25011  Marko Krainer  Chemical engineering  Technical associate  2015 - 2018 
19.  37499  PhD Gregor Kravanja  Civil engineering  Junior researcher  2015 - 2018  111 
20.  18235  Igor Krmelj    Technical associate  2015 - 2016 
21.  00534  PhD Maja Leitgeb  Chemical engineering  Researcher  2015 - 2018  825 
22.  30607  PhD Elena Markočič  Chemical engineering  Researcher  2015  60 
23.  38218  PhD Tanja Milovanović  Chemistry  Junior researcher  2015 - 2018  19 
24.  13568  PhD Zoran Novak  Chemical engineering  Researcher  2015 - 2018  248 
25.  15750  PhD Artur Pahor  Microbiology and immunology  Researcher  2015 - 2018  313 
26.  39575  PhD Milica Pantić  Chemical engineering  Researcher  2017 - 2018  50 
27.  21690  PhD Amra Perva  Chemical engineering  Researcher  2015 - 2018  93 
28.  21460  PhD Mateja Primožič  Chemical engineering  Researcher  2015 - 2018  361 
29.  35438  PhD Matej Ravber  Chemical engineering  Junior researcher  2015 - 2016  36 
30.  18987  PhD Andreja Sinkovič  Cardiovascular system  Researcher  2015 - 2018  589 
31.  11865  PhD Mojca Škerget  Chemical engineering  Researcher  2015 - 2018  770 
32.  36878  PhD Peter Trop  Chemical engineering  Technical associate  2015 - 2017  55 
33.  35439  PhD Nina Trupej  Chemical engineering  Junior researcher  2015  18 
34.  32569  Maja Turičnik  Materials science and technology  Technical associate  2015  11 
35.  38916  Neven Tutnjević    Technical associate  2017 - 2018 
36.  25664  PhD Danijela Urbancl  Chemical engineering  Researcher  2015 - 2018  213 
Organisations (3)
no. Code Research organisation City Registration number No. of publicationsNo. of publications
1.  0334  University Medical Centre Maribor  Maribor  5054150000  23,071 
2.  0794  University of Maribor, Faculty of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering  Maribor  5089638012  13,170 
3.  2334  University of Maribor, Faculty of Medicine  Maribor  5089638048  15,937 
SCF technologies enable the production of compounds with properties which are difficult or almost impossible to achieve with conventional methods, such as milling, crystallization, spray drying or agglomeration. The generation of micro- and nanoparticles of pure compounds and the identification of the mechanisms of particle formation was the main topic of different researches in the past decade. Use of SCF also enable production of composites (structured particles), for which extra dosage and mixing steps for composite substances need to added to the process. In the past years product formulation (product engineering) is becoming an important factor for achieving economic success in process industry. The product price on the market is not the only important factor but also the total added value for the consumer, which can be added to a product in multiple ways. Product formulation is concerned with adding the value by improving quality and performance of products from process industry. Product formulation is particularly important in manufacturing and processing of pharmaceutical and cosmetic products. In general, product formulation is the key factor in all industries, where products with low active ingredient content are produced. The use of pure enzymes or cells, in aqueous or organic media, in order to catalyse specific organic reactions, biotransformations, has emerged in recent years. In the last decade the knowledge of biocatalysis in supercritical fluids was undergoing rapid development. The importance of this field is that biocatalysis based industrial chemical processes will be more economic, ecological and safe than the existing conventional methods.
Significance for science
Exploiting the unique properties of SCF (transport properties, solvent power etc.) will increase the industrial competitiveness of Slovenia and will bring both environmental and economic benefits to Slovenia and wider to European Community. Technologies developed by the use of SCF are viewed as one of the key sustainable technologies with almost no impact on the environment. Different activity fields included in the program together with cooperation between partners from science and economy sector will enable: - Definition of requirements of pharmaceutical and cosmetic industry for products and their properties (type, shape, content of active ingredient, controlled release time), - Development by means of SCF of new products with high added value, which are not obtainable with classical procedures, - Development of new technologies in the field of SCF for sustainable economy growth of Slovenia, - Obtaining products with tailor made properties, validation of technical procedures and analytical methods, - Experiments at pilot-plant scale, transfer of technologies to industry,... The results will be a significant contribution to fundamental knowledge in the following fields: - binary and ternary phase equilibria in non-ideal systems with SCF, - mass transfer in systems with SCF, - high pressure micronisation processes – PGSS - kinetics and equilibria of enzymatic reactions with SCF and enzyme activity at high pressures.
Significance for the country
The research program Separation processes will focus on top-level product quality and technologies, efficiently contributing to improvement of quality of life, which is also basis for sustainable development. It stimulates the mutual linkage of education, research and enterprise and improves the mobility of knowledge, ideas and people within society. By means of active incorporation in the market and knowledge transfer, scientific and expert achievements, the research program improves the impact of research and development (R&D) in domestic environment and, with its research work, contributes to improvement of R&D quality and hence improvement of Slovenia’s economy development. The education of young researchers and the prevailing number of women in science and research in the field of chemical engineering, including high pressure technologies, as well as active incorporation and mobility in European intellectual and business sector, will strengthen human resources in R&D and economy and increase the gross domestic product.
Most important scientific results Annual report 2015, 2016, 2017, final report
Most important socioeconomically and culturally relevant results Annual report 2015, 2016, 2017, final report
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