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Advanced materials for low-carbon and sustainable society

Periods
January 1, 2015 - December 31, 2021
Research activity

Code Science Field Subfield
2.04.00  Engineering sciences and technologies  Materials science and technology   
1.04.00  Natural sciences and mathematics  Chemistry   

Code Science Field
T152  Technological sciences  Composite materials 

Code Science Field
2.05  Engineering and Technology  Materials engineering 
Keywords
advanced materials, renewable energy, sustainable materials, low-carbon technologies, solar technologies, spectrally selective paints, ionic liquids, batteries, fuel cells, electrocatalysis, corrosion protection, photoelectrocatalysts, implants, materials for biomedical applications
Evaluation (rules)
source: COBISS
Researchers (83)
no. Code Name and surname Research area Role Period No. of publicationsNo. of publications
1.  35459  PhD Ahmed Samy M. Abdelaal Kreta  Chemistry  Junior researcher  2015 - 2016  23 
2.  37450  Tanja Bančič  Chemistry  Junior researcher  2015 - 2021  24 
3.  11517  PhD Marjan Bele  Materials science and technology  Researcher  2015 - 2021  543 
4.  34542  PhD Tanja Bele  Biochemistry and molecular biology  Junior researcher  2015  14 
5.  35377  PhD Jan Bitenc  Materials science and technology  Researcher  2015 - 2021  122 
6.  50903  PhD Hanna Budasheva  Chemistry  Junior researcher  2017 - 2021  36 
7.  29158  PhD Elena Chernyshova  Physics  Researcher  2015 - 2021  120 
8.  07254  PhD Zorica Crnjak-Orel  Chemistry  Researcher  2015 - 2016  464 
9.  34521  PhD Marjeta Čepin  Materials science and technology  Junior researcher  2015  12 
10.  32102  PhD Marija Čolović  Chemistry  Researcher  2016 - 2020  79 
11.  52041  PhD Matjaž Dlouhy  Chemistry  Junior researcher  2018 - 2021  43 
12.  19277  PhD Robert Dominko  Materials science and technology  Researcher  2015 - 2021  740 
13.  02556  PhD Goran Dražić  Materials science and technology  Researcher  2015 - 2021  1,023 
14.  38294  PhD Sara Drvarič Talian  Materials science and technology  Researcher  2018 - 2021  89 
15.  53611  Marko Firm  Materials science and technology  Junior researcher  2019 - 2021 
16.  04537  PhD Mladen Franko  Control and care of the environment  Researcher  2017 - 2021  607 
17.  00582  PhD Miran Gaberšček  Materials science and technology  Head  2015 - 2021  899 
18.  54900  Lea Gašparič  Chemistry  Technical associate  2020 - 2021  21 
19.  38256  PhD Matija Gatalo  Materials science and technology  Researcher  2015 - 2021  129 
20.  55826  Erik Gregori  Chemistry  Junior researcher  2021 
21.  36345  PhD Dunja Gustinčič  Chemistry  Junior researcher  2015 - 2018  20 
22.  37456  PhD Špela Hajduk  Chemistry  Junior researcher  2015 - 2018  16 
23.  30470  PhD Nejc Hodnik  Materials science and technology  Researcher  2020 - 2021  377 
24.  27945  PhD Ivan Jerman  Chemistry  Researcher  2015 - 2021  384 
25.  35375  PhD Primož Jovanovič  Chemistry  Researcher  2015 - 2021  186 
26.  23431  PhD Vasko Jovanovski  Chemistry  Researcher  2021  128 
27.  27919  Barbara Kapun  Chemistry  Technical associate  2015 - 2021  77 
28.  27920  Gregor Kapun  Chemistry  Technical associate  2015 - 2021  102 
29.  04423  PhD Marta Klanjšek Gunde  Electronic components and technologies  Researcher  2015 - 2021  561 
30.  50610  Gorazd Koderman Podboršek  Materials science and technology  Junior researcher  2017 - 2021  36 
31.  16188  PhD Anton Kokalj  Chemistry  Researcher  2015 - 2021  377 
32.  38631  PhD Anja Kopač Lautar  Materials science and technology  Researcher  2017 - 2021  38 
33.  31463  PhD Dorota Agnieszka Korte  Control and care of the environment  Researcher  2015 - 2021  155 
34.  28565  PhD Matjaž Koželj  Chemical engineering  Researcher  2015  95 
35.  53542  Ana Kraš  Chemistry  Junior researcher  2019 - 2021  10 
36.  54667  Alenka Križan  Chemistry  Junior researcher  2020 - 2021 
37.  36418  PhD Gregor Križan  Materials science and technology  Junior researcher  2015 - 2017 
38.  33212  PhD Vida Lapornik    Researcher  2015 - 2017  12 
39.  08027  PhD Antonija Lesar  Chemistry  Researcher  2015 - 2018  121 
40.  30880  PhD Matic Lozinšek  Chemistry  Researcher  2018  226 
41.  26511  PhD Mitja Martelanc  Chemistry  Researcher  2015 - 2016  70 
42.  34106  Ivana Maver    Technical associate  2015 - 2021 
43.  54669  Svit Menart  Materials science and technology  Junior researcher  2020 - 2021  10 
44.  33498  PhD Mohor Mihelčič  Materials science and technology  Researcher  2015 - 2019  141 
45.  01290  PhD Ingrid Milošev  Chemistry  Researcher  2015 - 2021  689 
46.  50241  PhD Leonard Jean Moriau  Materials science and technology  Technical associate  2020 - 2021  62 
47.  28561  PhD Jože Moškon  Materials science and technology  Researcher  2015 - 2021  86 
48.  51703  PhD Rekha Narayan  Materials science and technology  Researcher  2019 - 2021  25 
49.  39110  PhD Luka Noč  Chemistry  Junior researcher  2016 - 2021  26 
50.  02565  PhD Boris Orel  Chemistry  Retired researcher  2015 - 2021  981 
51.  52070  PhD Tina Paljk  Engineering sciences and technologies  Junior researcher  2018 - 2021  15 
52.  53610  PhD Tjaša Pavčnik  Materials science and technology  Junior researcher  2019 - 2021  21 
53.  53615  PhD Luka Pavko  Materials science and technology  Junior researcher  2019 - 2021  41 
54.  38305  PhD Nejc Pavlin  Biotechnology  Researcher  2019 - 2020  11 
55.  34528  PhD Andraž Pavlišič  Materials science and technology  Junior researcher  2015  102 
56.  37455  PhD Urša Petek  Materials science and technology  Junior researcher  2015 - 2021  40 
57.  37835  Jerneja Pirnat    Technical associate  2015 - 2016 
58.  30843  PhD Klemen Pirnat  Chemistry  Researcher  2015 - 2021  96 
59.  31361  PhD Maja Pivko  Materials science and technology  Technical associate  2015  16 
60.  37480  PhD Matic Poberžnik  Chemistry  Researcher  2015 - 2020  59 
61.  52019  PhD Stefan Popović  Materials science and technology  Junior researcher  2020 - 2021  15 
62.  36472  PhD Maja Pori  Pharmacy  Junior researcher  2015 - 2018  10 
63.  38295  PhD Ana Robba  Chemistry  Technical associate  2018 - 2020  40 
64.  33427  PhD Peter Rodič  Chemistry  Researcher  2015 - 2016  149 
65.  35383  PhD Mirjana Rodošek  Engineering sciences and technologies  Researcher  2015 - 2017  54 
66.  37779  PhD Francisco Ruiz Zepeda  Materials science and technology  Researcher  2015 - 2021  226 
67.  51451  PhD Sorour Semsari Parapari  Materials science and technology  Technical associate  2018 - 2019  72 
68.  22701  PhD Lidija Slemenik Perše  Mechanics  Researcher  2015 - 2016  431 
69.  53024  PhD Milutin Smiljanić  Materials science and technology  Researcher  2019 - 2021  70 
70.  55215  PhD Ivan Spajić  Chemistry  Technical associate  2021  11 
71.  14121  PhD Angelja Kjara Surca  Chemistry  Researcher  2015 - 2021  399 
72.  38203  PhD Gavrilo Šekularac  Chemistry  Junior researcher  2015 - 2020  43 
73.  38360  Ervin Šest    Technical associate  2016 - 2017  44 
74.  37405  PhD Žiga Štirn  Chemistry  Researcher  2019 - 2021  26 
75.  37485  PhD Urša Tiringer  Chemistry  Junior researcher  2015 - 2018  30 
76.  35464  PhD Simona Tušar  Public health (occupational safety)  Junior researcher  2015 - 2016  14 
77.  30851  PhD Tina Ukmar Godec  Chemistry  Researcher  2015 - 2017  47 
78.  56004  Mariana Vargas Ordaz  Materials science and technology  Technical associate  2021 
79.  50885  PhD John Fredy Velez Santa  Pharmacy  Researcher  2018 - 2020  38 
80.  35504  PhD Alen Vižintin  Chemistry  Researcher  2015 - 2021  137 
81.  36352  PhD Barbara Volarič  Chemistry  Junior researcher  2015 - 2017  16 
82.  37457  Tina Zabukovec  Materials science and technology  Junior researcher  2015 
83.  32927  PhD Gregor Žerjav  Chemical engineering  Junior researcher  2015  190 
Organisations (3)
no. Code Research organisation City Registration number No. of publicationsNo. of publications
1.  0104  National Institute of Chemistry  Ljubljana  5051592000  21,496 
2.  0106  Jožef Stefan Institute  Ljubljana  5051606000  90,010 
3.  1540  University of Nova Gorica  Nova Gorica  5920884000  13,882 
Abstract
The programme is focused on synthesis, characterisation, understanding and practical application of novel materials for sustainable development. The main focus is on materials that can either contribute to a decrease of the negative influence of human activities on environment or that can improve the quality of human life. An example of the first class of materials are materials for low-carbon energy sources whereas the latter might refer to materials for health etc. In order to meet the high requirements for use in advanced sustainable technologies the materials need to fullfil at least the following criteria: a) multifunctionality, b) stability during usage/operation, c) safety, d) environmental acceptability. All criteria are strongly correlated with the materials nanorchitecture. Creation of highly-defined nanoarchitectures will be carried out through precise control of reactants on atomic or molecular scale, combined with understanding of interactions between various phases and their impact on final properties. Experimental techniques will be consistently upgraded with appropriate theoretical modeling. Using these principles, several classes of materials will be investigated: A) Paints and other technologies for exploitation of solar energy, B) Materials for energy storage (Li-ion, sulphur and magnesium batteries), C) Materials for energy conversion (mostly electrocatalysts for fuel cells) D) surfaces with improved stability, E) materials for improved health and cleaner environment. The programme group has excess to a large set of most modern equipment for materials structural characterisation, chemical, electrochemical, physical and analyses. Finally, the group includes several experts that master modeling on various levels – from ab-initio to continuum level. Combining modeling with designed experiments (model experiments) has given important insights so far and this approach will be preserved also in the next stage of this programme. To keep the high intensity and further enrich the approaches of our reasearch we will continue to cooperate with most established research institution across the world. The programme will retain a big focus on education of young engineers and scientist. Finally, the knowledge will be continuously transferred to our industrial partners, both in Slovenia and worldwide.
Significance for science
Mastering the materials architecture at nanoscopic level is a precondition for preparation of materials with better functionality (or multifunctionality), higher reliability, longer durability etc. During the past years, great advancements have been reported using this approach in many areas, including those of the present interest: materials for energy sector, materials for health and other advanced sustainable materials. Still, looking carefully into the structure, morphology and compositional features of selected top recent achievements across the world, one can realize that full control of materials nanoarchitecture is only achieved on spatially very limited model systems, for example on nanoobjects, interfaces or surfaces of very small surface areas (on the order of several micrometers or less), composites of very limited volumes etc. In order to make a significant step further and prepare macroscopic materials with predominantly »perfect nanoarchitectures«, we need to invent novel synthesis routes, understand much better the phenomena during synthesis and understand much better the interactions between various components constituting a given material. All these aspects are systematically included in the present programme. For example, in the field of synthesis, we have constantly been using new approaches coupled with extensive use of in-situ monitoring of processes taking place during the synthesis. Similarly, to improve the understanding of materials behaviour (functionality), we have even introduced novel in-situ and ex-situ techniques for investigation of morphological, structural and compositional changes under given conditions. Finally, many phenomena have been explained using theoretical modeling on different levels – from atomistic to continuum. This approach has already led to high quality results published in top journals like Nature Materials, Angewandte Chemie, Advanced Material, JACS, Physical Review Letters, ACS Nano etc. It is expected that continuation of the programme will lead to similar discoveries of worldwide significance also in the future. Based on previous dynamics of programme activities we expect that we will invent up to 5 completely novel materials, up to 15 materials with improved functionalities and get insights into a dozen of mechanisms and fundamental laws connected with properties of solid matter. To keep the high intensity and further enrich the approaches of our research we will continue to cooperate with most established EU research institution such as three Max-Planck Institutes (Sttuttgart, Potsdam, Dusseldorf), University of Uppsala, Frauenhofer Institute, CEA and CNRS in France, TU Delft but also with Argonne National Lab and others. The cooperation will range from vigorous exchange of students (in both directions) to participation in major EU project, bilateral cooperations to establishing new common platforms (possibly within Teaming, Twinning and similar actions). The basic knowledge will be regularly transferred to application via cooperation with international and national companies. Currently we cooperate on the basis of direct contract with 6 companies while there are 13 companies more which use our facilities with the help and support of our staff.
Significance for the country
The programme deals with selected edge current problems in the area of materials science. In particular, it addresses materials that are urgently needed for novel sustainable technologies including low carbon technologies. The programme activities have been strongly connected with 10 Slovene companies active in the field of hydrogen or lithium technologies: Mebius, Inea, Domel, Thermal power plant Šoštanj, Holding of Slovene Power Plants, Petrol, Silkem, Cinkarna, Iskra Systems and a couple of other working in automotive sector. NIC in fact leads a consortium including these companies (Centre of Excellence for Low Carbon Technologies). Some of previously developed materials have already been included in selected products of these companies. It is estimated that in the coming years the market will further open for innovative technologies in the field of sustainable/low carbon technologies. Thus, we see the programme activities as strongly oriented in the future giving our companies a chance to become leaders in selected niches of most advanced technologies. Besides in the fields of lithium and hydrogen technologies we also amply cooperate with Slovene paint industry (Helios, Jub), pharmaceutical industry (Lek) and even hospitals (Valdoltra). Furthermore, our programme is very much focused on education of young engineers and scientist. Although our Institute is NOT an educational institution, there are about 20-25 young people regularly included in the programme activities on various levels of education. The degree is then granted by a partner educational institution, such as University of Ljubljana, International school Jozef Stefan etc.  Additionally, we occasionally train people coming directly from an industrial partner to solve particular burning problem. Thus, the programme certainly contributes to better and focused education of young people and people working in industrial R&D departments. Finally, we need to mention our wider embedment into EU area. We have many bilateral and project-based cooperations involving both EU industry and young researchers from various countries. Every year we accept up to 5 students to work on particular problems in our labs. Of course, the exchange works in both directions.
Most important scientific results Annual report 2015, interim report
Most important socioeconomically and culturally relevant results Annual report 2015, interim report
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