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Nanostructured Materials

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Research activity

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

Code Science Field
P260  Natural sciences and mathematics  Condensed matter: electronic structure, electrical, magnetic and optical properties, supraconductors, magnetic resonance, relaxation, spectroscopy 

Code Science Field
2.05  Engineering and Technology  Materials engineering 
Keywords
alloys, intermetallics, permanent magnets, wind turbines, electric vehicles, ceramics, minerals, energy saving, environmental, medical application, biomedical application, materials for electronics, quasicrystals, analytical electron microscopy, modelling, functionally graded materials, fusion
Evaluation (rules)
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Researchers (49)
no. Code Name and surname Research area Role Period No. of publicationsNo. of publications
1.  35460  PhD Anže Abram  Materials science and technology  Junior researcher  2015 - 2016  104 
2.  37785  PhD Bojan Ambrožič  Materials science and technology  Technical associate  2015 - 2018  111 
3.  34424  PhD Muhammad Shahid Arshad  Materials science and technology  Junior researcher  2015  63 
4.  06627  PhD Slavko Bernik  Materials science and technology  Researcher  2015 - 2019  629 
5.  03937  PhD Miran Čeh  Materials science and technology  Researcher  2015 - 2019  655 
6.  19029  PhD Nina Daneu  Materials science and technology  Researcher  2015 - 2018  428 
7.  52042  Dijana Đeorđić  Materials science and technology  Junior researcher  2018 
8.  34433  PhD Sandra Drev  Geology  Junior researcher  2015 - 2017  123 
9.  28476  PhD Nataša Drnovšek  Materials science and technology  Researcher  2015 - 2017  87 
10.  38344  PhD Jean-Marie Dubois  Materials science and technology  Researcher  2015 - 2019  313 
11.  26081  PhD Jana Ferčič  Materials science and technology  Technical associate  2015 - 2016  61 
12.  33331  PhD Ana Gantar  Materials science and technology  Researcher  2015 - 2017  45 
13.  05216  Medeja Gec    Technical associate  2015  42 
14.  30874  PhD Aljaž Iveković  Materials science and technology  Researcher  2015  128 
15.  33403  PhD Petra Jenuš Belec  Materials science and technology  Researcher  2015  157 
16.  33319  PhD Marja Jerič  Materials science and technology  Junior researcher  2015 - 2016  27 
17.  36330  PhD Vanja Jordan  Chemistry  Researcher  2015 - 2019  18 
18.  38345  Luka Kelhar    Technical associate  2015 - 2018  30 
19.  04355  PhD Spomenka Kobe  Materials science and technology  Head  2015 - 2019  767 
20.  36334  PhD Rok Kocen  Electric devices  Researcher  2015 - 2017  32 
21.  15654  PhD Matej Andrej Komelj  Materials science and technology  Researcher  2015 - 2019  176 
22.  50496  PhD Anja Korent  Materials science and technology  Junior researcher  2017 - 2019  45 
23.  50501  PhD Matic Korent  Materials science and technology  Junior researcher  2017 - 2019  25 
24.  35589  PhD Nina Kostevšek  Materials science and technology  Researcher  2015 - 2018  116 
25.  34442  PhD Mateja Košir  Materials science and technology  Junior researcher  2015 - 2016  72 
26.  52208  Monika Kušter  Materials science and technology  Technical associate  2018 - 2019  39 
27.  34138  PhD Martina Lorenzetti  Materials science and technology  Researcher  2015 - 2016  54 
28.  50904  PhD Živa Marinko  Materials science and technology  Technical associate  2017 - 2019  41 
29.  04292  PhD Saša Novak Krmpotič  Materials science and technology  Researcher  2015 - 2017  669 
30.  32161  PhD Darja Pečko  Materials science and technology  Researcher  2015 - 2016  49 
31.  27843  PhD Matejka Podlogar  Materials science and technology  Researcher  2015 - 2019  287 
32.  24982  PhD Benjamin Podmiljšak  Materials science and technology  Researcher  2015 - 2019  96 
33.  31815  PhD Mojca Presečnik  Materials science and technology  Junior researcher  2015  26 
34.  53417  Tina Radošević    Technical associate  2019  80 
35.  10083  PhD Aleksander Rečnik  Chemistry  Researcher  2015 - 2019  651 
36.  33965  PhD Rok Rudež  Materials science and technology  Junior researcher  2015  22 
37.  15597  PhD Zoran Samardžija  Materials science and technology  Researcher  2015 - 2019  583 
38.  32166  PhD Marko Soderžnik  Materials science and technology  Researcher  2015 - 2019  111 
39.  34453  PhD Nadežda Stanković  Geology  Junior researcher  2015  24 
40.  37792  PhD Luka Suhadolnik  Materials science and technology  Researcher  2015 - 2019  79 
41.  19030  PhD Sašo Šturm  Materials science and technology  Researcher  2015 - 2019  661 
42.  37484  PhD Sara Tominc  Materials science and technology  Junior researcher  2015 - 2019  32 
43.  37819  PhD Tomaž Tomše  Materials science and technology  Researcher  2015 - 2019  56 
44.  37049  Martin Topole  Materials science and technology  Technical associate  2015 - 2016  22 
45.  38204  PhD Špela Trafela  Materials science and technology  Junior researcher  2015 - 2019  74 
46.  50690  PhD Xuan Xu  Materials science and technology  Technical associate  2019  31 
47.  33329  PhD Janez Zavašnik  Chemistry  Researcher  2018 - 2019  302 
48.  28491  PhD Kristina Žagar Soderžnik  Materials science and technology  Researcher  2015 - 2019  211 
49.  18824  PhD Kristina Žužek  Materials science and technology  Researcher  2015 - 2019  365 
Organisations (1)
no. Code Research organisation City Registration number No. of publicationsNo. of publications
1.  0106  Jožef Stefan Institute  Ljubljana  5051606000  91,921 
Abstract
The proposed research program will maintain continuity with respect to the research and development of new, better materials for energy applications, in biomedicine and electronics. We will continue with research methods based on modelling, advanced processing, the study of natural processes and the microstructural analyses of natural and synthetic materials. The proposed research program will keep the previous structure, with the research focused on three different areas: intermetallic alloys for the most advanced applications in the fields of electronics, medicine, and environmentally friendly technologies; ceramic materials for applications in electronics, medicine, and under extreme conditions; and natural and synthetic minerals for the study of growth phenomena in single-crystal systems. Part of the research of the proposed program will include investigations of the structure, chemical composition and specific physical properties of various nanostructures in different morphological forms (1D, 2D, 3D). New nanostructured materials for technological applications will be developed. A broader area of materials used for energy applications includes both fields: alloys and ceramics. In the field of intermetallic alloys we will continue our successful research program in permanent magnets and magnetocaloric materials. Basic research in this field also includes searching for new quasicrystals, where we will continue our joint research with the Institute Jean Lamour in Nancy in the frame of The International Associated Laboratory. Also, a broader area of materials used for medical applications includes both fields: alloys and ceramics. In the field of materials for biomedical applications we are strongly involved in tissue-engineering strategies, where the implants serve only as a temporary support for our own tissue to heal and regrow. For the continuation of a very fruitful previous research on nanostructures used for medical application we will focus on a smart diagnostic, targeted drug delivery and stimuli-responsive release system based on hybrid magneto-optically active nanoparticles. A third part of our research activities will cover materials for electronics, which are also used in the applications to offer solutions to many world-wide problems related to energy, environment and the quality of life. Strong activity of the program group is focused also on implementation of various electron microscopy analytical techniques. The research activities include also modelling in terms of the design of materials with the desired properties as well as in terms of the interpretation of the experimental results. The research program will develop and stimulate cutting-edge research, attracting more scientists from the younger generation to enter this breakthrough field, promoting Slovenian and European science to a more advantageous position.
Significance for science
In general the importance of a proposed program to the understanding and knowledge of basic relations between the structure and chemical composition at the nano- and atomic levels with the subsequent physical properties is of utmost importance for development of science and is a prerequisite for development of nanostructures for new technological applications. The concept of chemically-induced phase transformations in crystalline solids is an innovative approach towards understanding the atomistic principles of phase formation and related crystal growth, where our group is leading worldwide. They present a groundbreaking contribution to our basic knowledge on thermodynamics and kinetics of processes during crystal nucleation and growth at the atomic scale, which have far-reaching implications not only for understanding the crystallization processes, but offer unforeseen implications in the development of new functional materials with novel physical properties. Every part of the proposed research has its very specific additional contribution for the development of science in the field of materials for energy, medicine, environment, the wellbeing of people. The relationship between magnetocrystalline anisotropy and coercivity is one the most important but least understood areas in permanent magnets. Realising a solid connection between microstructure and properties would have major implications for the development of science in this field and great impact in energy and environment by enabling the better quality of magnets, which are of vital importance for electric and hybrid vehicles and wind turbines. Finding a suitable replacement for Gd as a first element found to have a high magnetocaloric affect at room temperature will help engineers to design a magnetic refrigerator. This proposed research will also help in a better understand the discrepancies that occur when measuring ?Tad directly and indirectly and produce more accurate calculations of indirect measurements. Based on new hybrid nanoparticles, which offer a great advantage over existing pure magnetic or optical nanoparticles due to their high degree of tailored optimization for diagnosis and therapeutic needs will make an important contribution to the emerging field of nanomedicine and environment. The researches of new, improved procedures for synthesis of structured materials will lead to a gradual improvement of materials development that is necessary for obtaining electrical energy in fusion reactors. At the same time obtained knowledge contribute to further improvement and development for new materials in mechanical engineering, electrotechnics etc. Knowledge, obtained from the research of materials for tissue engineering applications are more specific. Research in materials for electronics will contribute to understand comprehensively the influence of different processing methods and various dopants like oxides of Ag, In, Ga, Fe, Co, Al, Y, Nd, Bi, Ce, Mn, Nb and others on the grain boundaries, charge carrier concentration and structural defects affecting electrical and thermal conductivity, all essential to enhance performance of materials for various energy, sensor and optoelectronic devices of our interest. The prime importance of modeling is to support the experimental activities. The new materials are mainly important for the technology. However, they strongly contribute to a deeper understanding of the laws that govern the properties and which should be considered during the tailoring. The proposed research program will develop and stimulate cutting-edge research, attracting more scientists from the younger generation to enter this breakthrough field, promoting Slovenian and European science to a more advantageous position.
Significance for the country
The proposed research program is primarily focused on sustaining and improving the quality of life. With the development of environmentally friendly materials and technologies, to substitute for existing ones, we will contribute to both a cleaner and a healthier environment. By being increasingly aware of energy saving and environmental problems, we will focus on searching for new materials and technologies for saving energy, such as: i) research on high-energy permanent magnets for their use in pure-electric and hybrid-electric vehicles and wind turbines, ii) research on magnetocaloric materials for magnetic refrigeration, iii) research on clean, safe and reliable sources of energy in the form of nuclear fusion. In the field of high-energy permanent magnets we are involved in three major European projects, two of which we coordinate. Through the partnership in these projects, in which we also included Slovenian industry, we strongly contribute to the successful growth and development of Magneti Ljubljana and Kolektor Group, Idrija. Our program group was already successful in winning projects for the next five years in EUROFUSION (Horizon 2020). By decreasing the dimensions of the materials that we develop, the surface properties start to prevail and this can be used for detecting small concentrations of agents in the environment, food and body. With the continuation of our previous research in the medical use of nanoparticles for targeted drug delivery, we will contribute a great deal to a rapidly developing area of science, which is focused on improving the quality of life for cancer patients. The field of materials for biomedical applications is one of the fastest-growing and developing fields in science. The main driving force for this is the growing concern for our health, especially in the older population, for which the injuries to hard tissue are more common. Here we will focus our research on the synthesis of scaffolds from a polymeric matrix, reinforced with bioactive-glass nanoparticles. We collaborate with complementary European research groups and the Slovenian company Educell, which gives guidelines to our research together with a COST Namabio action. Our research will also continue in the fields of other nanostructured materials for specific technological applications, such as 1-D nanostructures for humidity, oxygen and UV detection nanosensors. 2-D nanostructures will be used as the photo-anodes in DSSC solar cells and in photocatalytic (micro) reactors. The incorporation of 3-D nanostructures into the matrix of thermoelectric oxides will improve the thermoelectric figure of merit (ZT) for perovskite thermoelectrics. The functional properties of ZnO will be used for the application in energy, and the improvement of the quality of life and the environment. The applied research in this area will continue in the direction of materials for overvoltage protection, spintronics, photovoltaic and optoelectronics. In this field we have a long-term and very fruitful collaboration with two industrial partners: Varsi d.o.o. and Iskra Zaščite. Basic research in the field of minerals will not only contribute to a better understanding of the basic principals of crystal growth, but will also contribute to the further preservation of the Slovenian natural heritage in the field of mineralogy. Our priority in developing new and advanced technologies for the production of new and better materials will be focused on technologies with a high potential for transfer to industrial-scale production and in addition to our existing long-term industrial partners we will also search for new ones. The Programme Group “Nanostructured Materials” is strongly linked to many international research networks and in this way contributes to the international recognition of Slovenia. Besides many international projects, the programme group is also strongly connected to Slovenian industry (e.g., Varsi, Iskra Zaščite Ljubljana, Kolektor Group
Most important scientific results Annual report 2015, interim report, final report
Most important socioeconomically and culturally relevant results Annual report 2015, interim report, final report
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