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The beginnings of our research go back to the year 1964, when the Ceramics Department was established at the Jozef Stefan Institute.
After more than 30 year's leadership under Prof. Drago Kolar the Ceramics Department has grown up to be among the top ceramic research facilities in the world. The Department's 50 researchers, including a permanent research staff, graduate students and visiting engineers/scientists, were involved in the study of all aspects of powder synthesis, powder processing, and the shaping and sintering of ceramic materials with a particular emphasis given to the characterisation of ceramic products - from structures to functional properties.

As a response to the rapidly expanding fields of nanotechnology and nanomaterials the Department for Nanostructured Materials was formed in 2001, being one of the five new units - successors of the Ceramics Department.

The other four new units are: Advanced Materials Department - K9, Electronic Ceramics Department - K5, Engineering Ceramics Department - K6 and Centre for Electron Microscopy - CEM.

The Centre for Electron Microscopy with its world-class highly specialised micro-analytical equipment represents the departments' joint analytical facility.



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