Staff Name / Position Field of research  

  Prof. Spomenka Kobe

head of the department
programme group leader
senior scientist
scientific advisor


phone:
+386 1 4773 251
    fax: +386 1 4773 221   
    email
: spomenka.kobe@ijs.si
Hard magnetic materials
Intermetallic alloys - thin films and nanostructures
Magnetocaloric materials
Effect of processing on microstructure and physical properties
Applications of high-energy permanent magnets in ecology
The influence of magnetic field on crystallisation
Complex metallic alloys

Dr. Anze Abram

scientist

phone:
+386 1 4773 092   
    
fax: +386 1 4773 221   
    email
: anze.abram@ijs.si
Hydrothermal synthesis of TiO2 coatings
Photocatalysis
Scanning electron microscopy (SEM)
Transmision electron microscopy (TEM)
Atomic force microscopy (AFM)
 

Bojan Ambrozic, B.Sc.

Ph.D. student


phone:
+386 1 4773 821
     fax: +386 1 4773 221
    email
: bojan.ambrozic@ijs.si

Transmission electron microscopy (TEM)
Liquid TEM
Focused ion beam (FIB)  TEM lamella preparation
Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and Energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS)
Meteoritics
 

Prof. Slavko Bernik

senior scientist
scientific advisor


phone:
+386 1 4773 682 
    
fax: +386 1 4773 221   
    email
: slavko.bernik@ijs.si
High-temperature reactions
Phase equilibria
Microstructure development,
Zinc Oxide ceramics
Varistors
Oxide thermoelectrics
Scanning electron microscopy - SEM
Electron microprobe analysis-WDS
Qualitative, quantitative analysis
Synthesis and characterization of ZnO nanostructures and nanopowders


Prof. Miran Ceh

head of the Centre for Electron Microscopy and Microanalysis
senior scientist
scientific advisor


phone:
+386 1 4773 341
    
mobile: +386 41 743 265
   
fax: +386 1 4773 221    
    email
: miran.ceh@ijs.si

Functional ceramics with perovskite structure, thermoelectrics

1-D oxide nanostructures

Solar cells

Photocatalytic (micro)reactors
Electron microscopy (SEM, EPMA, STEM/TEM, AEM, HR HAADF-STEM)

 

Asst. Prof. Nina Daneu

scientist


phone: +386 1 4773 734  
    fax: +386 1 4773 221 
    email
: nina.daneu@ijs.si

Atomic structure and chemical composition of planar (2D) defects

Relationship between twinning, epitaxies and phase transformations in natural and synthetic minerals

Effect of planar defects on crystal growth and microstructure development

Microstructure-properties relationship in functional ceramic materials

ZnO-based varistor ceramics

Microstructural and atomic-scale characterization (SEM and TEM)


Sandra Drev, B.Sc.

Ph.D. student

phone:
+386 1 4773 743   
   
fax: +386 1 4773 221   
    email
: sandra.drev@ijs.si
Twinning in minerals with the spinel
structure (spinel, magnetite)
Twinning in chrysoberyl
Atomic structure of the polysomatic
members in the spinel-chrysoberyl system
Electron microscopy (SEM, TEM)

 

Dr. Natasa Drnovsek

scientist

phone:
+386 1 4773 282   
   
fax: +386 1 4773 221   
    email
: natasa.drnovsek@ijs.si
Nanostructural coatings for bone implants
Bioactive glass
Titania (anatase)
Sol-gel synthesis
Hydrothermal synthesis


Prof. Jean-Marie Dubois

senior scientist
scientific advisor


phone:
+386 1 4773 251   
   
fax: +386 1 4773 221   
    email
: jean-marie.dubois@ijs.si
Non-crystalline alloys and compounds: metallic glasses, intermetallics and complex metallic alloys, quasicrystals.
Crystal structure and local order; formation and stability of complex compounds; properties of complex metallic compounds and quasicrystals: electronic structure, heat transport, solid-solid adhesion,
wetting, friction; applications of quasicrystals & complex intermetallics.

Teja Dukic

secretary

phone:
+386 1 4773 890   
    
fax: +386 1 4773 221   
    email
: teja.djukic@ijs.si
 
 

Administration and support

 

Darko Eterovic

senior technician

phone:
+386 1 4773 810   
   
fax: +386 1 4773 221   
    email
: dare.eterovic@ijs.si
Dry and wet materials processing
Metallographic sample preparation
Dilatometry
Porosimetry
Materials` mechanical properties evaluation
 

Sanja Fidler, B.Sc.

technical officer

phone:
+386 1 4773 353
 
   mobile: +386 31 56 23 79
   
fax: +386 1 4773 221   
    email
: sanja.fidler@ijs.si
Business & Administration
Organisaton of events
Web design


 

Dr. Ana Gantar

scientist

phone: +386 1 4773 348 
    fax: +386 1 4773 221  
    email
: ana.gantar@ijs.si

Biomaterials
Hydrogels for tissue engineering applications
Bioactive scaffolds for tissue engineering
 

Hermina Hudelja, M.Sc.

Ph.D. student

phone:
+386 1 4773 940   
    
fax: +386 1 4773 221  
    email
: hermina.hudelja@ijs.si

Engineering and bioceramic materials
Hydrolysis of self-assembly powders
Aluminum hydroxides and oxides

 
 

Awais Ikram, M.Sc.

Ph.D. student


phone:
+386 1 4773 469
     fax: +386 1 4773 221
    email
: awais.ikram@ijs.si

Development of Spark Plasma Sintered rare earth magnets (Nd-Fe-B & SmCo)
HDDR processing, microwave sintering and high energy reactive milling
Anisotropic recycled, bonded and nanocomposite permanent RE magnets
Advanced characterization (SEM, HRTEM, In-Situ, HAADF, EELS, SAED, AFM) & magnetic testing (Permeameter, VSM, MFM)

 
 

Dr. Aljaz Ivekovic

scientist

phone: +386 1 4773 947 
    fax: +386 1 4773 221  
    email
: aljaz.ivekovic@ijs.si

Materials for fusion applications
Silicon carbide ceramics
SiCf/SiC composites
Graphic design

Dr. Petra Jenus

scientist

phone: +386 1 4773 784 
    fax: +386 1 4773 221  
    email
: petra.jenus@ijs.si

 

Exchange-coupled two-phase magnetic materials (preparation and characterization)
Scanning electron microscopy (SEM)
Transmission electron microscopy (TEM)
Spark plasma sintering (SPS)

Promotion of science
 


Vanja Jordan, B.Sc.

Ph.D. student

phone: +386 1 4773 743 
    fax: +386 1 4773 221  
    email
: vanja.jordan@ijs.si

Hydrothermal synthesis and characterization of inorganic fractal structures
Twinning in minerals with the rutile structure
Scanning electron microscopy (SEM
Transmision electron microscopy (TEM)
 

Luka Kelhar, M.Sc.

Ph.D. student

phone: +386 1 4773 818 
    fax: +386 1 4773 221  
    email
: luka.kelhar@ijs.si

Arc-melting and melt-spinning of metals and alloys
PECS sintering of alloys and composites
Magnetic measurements
Metal-bonded magnets
Complex metallic alloys
 

Matej Kocen, M.Sc.

Ph.D. student

phone: +386 1 4773 092 
    fax: +386 1 4773 221  
    email
: matej.kocen@ijs.si

W-based composites for fusion application
Spark Plasma Sintering (SPS)
Mechanical properties, XRD
Conductor of the JSI choir Vox Scientiae

 

Rok Kocen, M.Sc.

Ph.D. student

phone: +386 1 4773 282 
    fax: +386 1 4773 221  
    email
: rok.kocen@ijs.si

Bioactive scaffolds for tissue engineering
Rheology of viscoelastic materials
3D printing

 

Asst. Prof. Andraz Kocjan

programme group leader
senior scientist

phone: +386 1 4773 895 
    fax: +386 1 4773 221  
    email
: a.kocjan@ijs.si

Engineering and bioceramic materials
Colloidal processing and shaping
Zirconia, (mesoporous) alumina
Spark Plasma Sintering (SPS)


Asst. Prof. Matej Komelj

scientist

phone:
+386 1 4773 308  
    
fax: +386 1 4773 221 
    email
: matej.komelj@ijs.si
Ab-initio electronic structure calculations, based on the density functional theory, focused on magnetic properties of solids, namely hyperfine parameters, nonlinear magnetoelastic effects, X-ray magnetic dichroism (XMCD) spectra...
 

Dr. Nina Kostevsek

scientist

phone: +386 1 4773 821 
    fax: +386 1 4773 221  
    email
: nina.kostevsek@ijs.si

Electrochemical study and deposition of magnetic thin films, nanowires and nanotubes based on Fe-Pd and Co-Pt system
Multifunctional nanomaterials based on magnetic (FePt, Fe
3O4) and optically active components (Au) for bioapplications such as magnetic resonance imaging, magnetic hyperthermia, photo-thermal theraphy and sensing
Formation of »smart nanocarriers« made of SiO
2, biopolymers (chitosan, gelatine, etc.) and thermo-responsive liposomes
 

Ana Lazar, B.Sc.

Ph.D. student

phone: +386 1 4773 940 
    fax: +386 1 4773 221  
    email
: ana.lazar@ijs.si

Electroconductive composites (ZrO2-TiN)
Pulsed electric current sintering (PECS)
Electrical discharge machining
 
Farhan Mehmood, M.Sc.

Ph.D. student


phone:
+386 1 4773 821
     fax: +386 1 4773 221
    email
: muhammad.farhan.mehmood@ijs.si
Understanding the correlation between microstructure and magnetic properties in hard magnets.
Advanced TEM characterization and method developments: 
- Detailed structural and chemical analysis of grain boundaries, triple pockets and phase boundaries by using the most advanced analytical electron microscopy (AEM) techniques which involves
- HRTEM, HAADF-STEM, EDXS and EELS analysis
In situ transmission electron microscopy:
- In situ dynamic electrochemical TEM studies of recycled magnets.
Magnetic testing (Permeameter, VSM)
 

Prof. Sasa Novak Krmpotic

senior scientist
scientific advisor

phone: +386 1 4773 271
 
  fax: +386 1 4773 221
   email
: sasa.novak@ijs.si
Biomaterials
Materials for fusion applications
Composites
Colloidal processing
Electrophoretic deposition
Nanotoxicology
Promotion of science

Dr. Matejka Podlogar

scientist


phone:
+386 1 4773 930
     fax: +386 1 4773 221
    email
: mateja.podlogar@ijs.si

ZnO-based ceramics

ZnO nanopowders

Transparent and conductive ZnO fims

Scanning electron microscopy


Dr. Benjamin Podmiljsak

scientist

phone:
+386 1 4773 818
    
fax: +386 1 4773 221
    email
: beno.podmiljsak@ijs.si

Hard magnetic materials
Magnetocaloric materials
Magnetic measurements
Sample preparation
Materials characterisation

 

Tomislav Pustotnik

workshop technician

phone:
+386 1 4773 551
   
fax: +386 1 4773 221

Slip casting ceramics process


 

Prof. Aleksander Recnik

senior scientist
scientific advisor


phone:
+386 1 4773 815
    
fax: +386 1 4773 221
    email
:aleksander.recnik@ijs.si

Atomic-scale investigation of polytypic phase transitions, twinning, epitaxy, nucleation of planar faults

Atomic structure & chemistry of twin boundaries, inversion boundaries, antiphase boundaries, low-angle tilt grain boundaries; special grain boundaries and their relation to exaggerated and anisotropic crystal growth

Microstructure development.

 

Dr. Zoran Samardzija

senior scientist


phone:
+386 1 4773 847
     fax: +386 1 4773 221
    email
: zoran.samardzija@ijs.si
Materias characterisation
Electron probe microanalysis (APMA: EDXS, WDXS) advanced quantitative methods
Scanning electron microscopy (SEM, FEGSEM)
Electron backscatter difraction (EBSD)
Atomic force microscopy (AFM)
Investigation of incorporation and solubility of dopants in complex perovskite ferroelectrics
Thin film analysis; nanoparticles; quasicrystals; phase identification; complex metallic alloys
 

Dr. Marko Soderznik

scientist


phone:
+386 1 4773 947
     fax: +386 1 4773 221
    email
: marko.soderznik@ijs.si

Rare-earth transition-metal permanent magnets

Electron microscopy

Metal hydrides

Magnetic measurements

 

Luka Suhadolnik, B.Sc.

Ph.D. student

phone: +386 1 4773 931 
    fax: +386 1 4773 221  
    email
: luka.suhadolnik@ijs.si

 

Photocatalytic (micro)reactors
Dye-sensitized solar cells
Anodic oxidation
Electrophoretic deposition (EPD)
 

Prof. Saso Sturm

senior scientist


phone:
+386 1 4773 418
     fax: +386 1 4773 221
    email
: saso.sturm@ijs.si

In-situ liquid TEM techniques:
- dynamic nucleation and growth studies
- dynamic electrochemical studies

High-resolution TEM/STEM imaging (HRTEM, BF/ABF/ADF STEM)

Electron energy-loss spectroscopy (EELS)Focus on nanomaterials and interfaces at the atomic scale.

Solid state synthesis of functional ceramics

Hydrothermal synthesis of nanomaterials

Complex metallic alloys

 

Sara Tominc, B.Sc.

Ph.D. student

phone: +386 1 4773 743 
    fax: +386 1 4773 221  
    email
: sara.tominc@ijs.si

 

Structural investigations of twin boundaries in natural SnO2 (cassiterite)
Microstructure development and twinning in SnO2-based ceramics
Varistors
Solid-state synthesis
Electron microscopy (SEM, TEM, EDS, HRTEM, STEM)

 

Tomaz Tomse, B.Sc.

Ph.D. student

phone: +386 1 4773 545 
    fax: +386 1 4773 221  
    email
: tomaz.tomse@ijs.si

 

Hard magnetic materials
Melt-spun materials
Spark plasma sintering (SPS)
Slective laser sintering (SLS)
Magnetic measurements
Optical and electron microscopy
 

Spela Trafela, B.Sc.

Ph.D. student


phone:
+386 1 4773 898
     fax: +386 1 4773 221
    email
: spela.trafela@ijs.si

Electrochemical sensors for chemical species in food and enviroment based on metallic nanowires, nanotubes and nanoparticles


 


Xuan Xu, M.Sc.

Ph.D. student


phone:
+386 1 4773 947
     fax: +386 1 4773 221
    email
: xuan.xu@ijs.si
Development of novel hard magnetic NdFe12Nx-based magnets by electrodeposition
Electrochemical technologies (cyclic voltammetry, chronoamperometry
Ionic liquids
Electrodeposition of NdFe
12 and NdFe12Nx phase
 
 

Dr. Kristina Zagar

scientist


phone:
+386 1 4773 898
     fax: +386 1 4773 221
    email
: kristina.zagar@ijs.si

Synthesis and characterization of perovskite nanostructures
Electrophoretic deposition (EPD)
Synthesis of nanoporous alumina templates and titania nanotubes by anodisation
Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and microanalysis (EDXS)
Conventional (CTEM) and analitical (AEM) transmission electron microscopy
Promotion of science



Asst. Prof. Kristina Zuzek Rozman

senior scientist


phone: +386 1 4773 877
     fax: +386 1 4773 221
    email: tina.zuzek@ijs.si

Chemical and electrochemical synthesis of   nanostructured hard magnetic and hybrid nanomaterials for applications:

- in energy harvesting (permanent magnets, NdFeB, SmCo), medicine (theragnostic, FePt/Au) and environmental sensing (Ni).

- recycling strategies of critical raw materials (NdFeB, SmCo)

Advanced characterisation of magnetic nanostructures (AFM/MFM)