Projects

MaXycle: A novel circular economy for sustainable RE-based magnets
ERA.MIN2
2018-2021
Prof. Spomenka Kobe
EUROFusion, Enabling research: Low-activation cemented carbides for high flux applications
Horizon2020
2017-2018
Prof. Saša Novak Krmpotič, Dr. Petra Jenuš Brdnik
AMPHIBIAN: Anisometric permanent hybrid magnets based on inexpensive and non-critical materials
H2020-NMBP-2016
EC: Dr. Adrian Quesada, Agencia estatal consejo superior de investigaciones cientificas, Madrid, Spain
2017-2019
Dr. Petra Jenuš Brdnik
Video
DEMETER: Training Network for the Design Recycling of Rare-Earth Permanent Magnet Motors and Generators in Hybrid and Full Electric Vehicles
H2020-MSCA-ITN-2015
EC: Dr. Koen Binnemans, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
2015-2019
Asst. Prof. Kristina Žužek Rozman
REProMag: Resource Efficient Production of Magnets
H2020-FoF-2014
EC: Dr. Carlo Burkhardt, OBE Ohnmacht & Baumgaertner GmbH & Co.KG, Ispringen, Germany
2015-2017
Dr. Benjamin Podmiljšak
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Bilateral Industrial

Spark plasma sintering (SPS) of cost effective rare-earth based permanent magnets for electrical machines

ABB Switzerland Ltd., Corporate Research, Baden Daettwil, Switzerland
2017 – 2020
Prof. Spomenka Kobe

 

Selective laser melting (SLM) and spark plasma sintering (SPS) of cost effective rare-earth based permanent magnets for electricl machines
ABB Switzerland Ltd., Corporate Research, Baden Daettwil, Switzerland
2014 – 2017
Prof. Spomenka Kobe

Bilateral

Atomic-scale investigations of twinning and polytypism in natural diamonds
BI-DE/17-19-2, 2017-2019
Ernst Ruska-Centre (ER-C) for Microscopy & Spectroscopy with Electrons, Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH, Jülich
Prof. Aleksander Rečnik
Advanced electronic ceramics for the sustainable, efficient and safe use of energy
BI-CN/17-18-015, 2017-2018
SICCAS – Chinese Inst. Of Ceramics
Prof. Slavko Bernik
Characterization of structural defects in semiconductor ZnO films grown by atomic layer deposition (ALD)
BI-HU/17-18-003, 2017-2018
Hungarian Academy of Sciences, CER, Institute of Technical Physics and Materials Science, Budapest
Prof. Aleksander Rečnik
Tungsten-based composite for application in fusion power plants
BI-US-17-18-037, 2017-2018
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory PNNL
Prof. Saša Novak Krmpotič
Hydrous defects and twinning in silicates
BI-FR-PROTEUS/17-18-007, 2017-2018
Université de Montpellier, Montpellier
Asst. Prof. Nina Daneu
Crystallography, twinning and phase transformations in minerals with aragonite-type structure (CaCO3, SrCO3, BaCO3, PbCO3)
BI-RU/16-18-004, 2016-2018
Sobolev Institute of Geology and Mineralogy SB RAS, Novosibirsk
Prof. Aleksander Rečnik
Crystal and electronic structure of NbS3 phases
BI-RU/16-18-048, 2016-2018
V.A. Kotelnikov Institute of Radioengineering and Electronics of Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow
Prof. Sašo Šturm (Zupanič, F5)
Synthesis of core/shell MgAl2O4 spinel powders for transparent armor and IR applications – CSMASP
BI-TR/16-18-0003, 2016-2018
Anadolu University, Eskisehir, TR
Prof. Slavko Bernik
ISO-FOOD: Era Chairs for Isotope Techniques in Food Quality, Safety and Traceability
FP7-REGPOT
EC: Prof. Milena Horvat, Jozef Stefan Institute, Ljubljana, Slovenia
2014-2019
Prof. Saša Novak Krmpotič

Basic & Applied

Financed by the Slovenian Research Agency

Nanostructured materials
P2-0084, National Research Programme (2004-2008, 2009-2014, 2015-2019)
Prof. Spomenka Kobe
Engineering and bio-ceramics
P2-0087, National Research Programme (2004-2008, 2009-2014, 2015-2018)
Asst. Prof. Andraž Kocjan

Started in 2017

Catalytically-assisted high efficiency and low-cost nanostructured sensors based on modified screen printed electrodes for analytical chemistry
J2-8182, Basic Research (2017-2020)
Asst. Prof. Kristina Žužek Rozman
W- and WC-based composites for high thermally loaded parts in the fusion demonstration power plant DEMO
J2-8165, Basic Research (2017-2019)
Prof. Saša Novak Krmpotič
UV sensors nanoparticles embedded into PA fibres
L2-8190, Applied Research (2017-2020)
Prof. Spomenka Kobe (Dr. Aleksandra Lobnik)

Started in 2016

High-coercivity Nd-Fe-B permanent magnets with minimum amount of heavy rare earths
Z2-7215, Postdoctoral Basic Research (2016-2017)
Dr. Marko Soderžnik
Evaluation of possible harmful effects of nanoparticles and underlying mechanisms – from physico-chemical and in vitro toxicity characterisation to innate immune system activation
J7-7424, Basic Research (2016-2018)
Prof. Saša Novak Krmpotič (Dr. Vladimir B. Bregar)
High-Performance Nanostructured Coatings – breakthrough in concentrated solar power
J2-7371, Basic Research (2016-2018)
Asst. Prof. Andraž Kocjan (Dr. Ivan Jerman)

Started in 2014

Investigations of initial stages of phase transformations in minerals
J1-6742, Basic Research (2014-2017)
Asst. Prof. Nina Daneu
Bio-responsive magneto-optically coupled nanomaterial-based systems for innovative skin cancer treatments
J2-6760, Basic Research (2014-2017)
Asst. Prof. Sašo Šturm
From the synthesis of metal oxides to the humidity and oxygen prototype nanosensors
J2-6760, Postdoctoral Basic Research (2014-2016)
Dr. Kristina Žagar
Structure and chemical composition study of surfaces and interfaces
J2-6754, Basic Research (2014-2017)
Asst. Prof. Aleksander Rečnik (Asst. Prof. Goran Dražić)

Financed by the Ministry of Education, Science and Sport

Tridimensional bioactive glass and biopolymer composite
Fostering Early Stage Researchers (2014-2015)
Dr. Nataša Drnovšek

Started in 2011

High-coercivity Nd-Fe-B bonded magnets for automotive applications
L2-4097, Applied Research (2011-2015)
Prof. Spomenka Kobe
Protected permanent magnets for advanced high-temperature applications
L2-4099, Applied Research (2011-2015)
Asst. Prof. Paul McGuiness
Twinning, epitaxy and phase transformations in minerals
J1-4167, Basic Research (2011-2015)
Dr. Nina Daneu
Materials and technologies for applications of ZnO-based thick film varistors and oxide thermoelectrics
L2-4192, Applied Research (2011-2015)
Asst. Prof. Slavko Bernik
Electron microscopy and microanalysis of materials on submicrometer scale
J2-4237, Basic Research (2011-2015)
Dr. Zoran Samardžija
Hydrothermal synthesis of strongly adhered TiO2 photocatalytic coatings on metallic substrates
J2-4309, Basic Research (2011-2015)
Asst. Prof. Goran Dražić
Novel functionalized nanomaterials for applications as nano- or biosensors/actuators/bioresponsive (carrier) systems
J2-4316, Basic Research (2011-2015)
Dr. Kristina Žužek Rozman (Dr. Marjan Bele)
Near-net shape nanoparticle-reinforced polymer-composite for highly loaded advanced mechanical components with superior tribological performance
J2-4191, Basic Research (2011-2014)
Asst. Prof. Saša Novak (Prof. Mitjan Kalin)
Colour, absorption and protective nanolayer coatings for aluminium alloy
L2-4249, Applied Research (2011-2014)
Prof. Miran Čeh (Dr. Peter Panjan)
New metal-based “smart” materials for thermal inscription of digital information
J1-4070, Basic Research (2011-2104)
Dr. Andraž Kocjan (Prof. Janez Dolinšek)
Modification of TiO2 nanoparticle surface: prevention of agglomeration and preservation of intrinsic properties
L2-4304, Applied Research (2011-2014)
Asst. Prof. Aleksander Rečnik (Prof. Miran Gaberšček)
Microbial adhesion management on material surfaces
L1-4067, Applied Research (2011-2014)
Asst. Prof. Goran Dražić (Asst. Prof. Klemen Bohinc)
Development of the model of the system for intelligent support of the selection of suitable powder material when developing sintered products
L2-4283, Applied Research (2011-2014)
Asst. Prof. Saša Novak (Dr. Jože Flasker)
Innovative production systems for vaccines and regenerative medicine
L4-4277, Applied Research (2011-2014)
Asst. Prof. Aleksander Rečnik (Dr. Aleš Podgornik)

Started in 2009

Exploration and preservation of mineralogical heritage
L1-2232, Applied Research (2009-2013)
Dr. Aleksander Rečnik

Started in 2008

Physics and chemistry of interfaces of nanostructured metallic materials
L2-0618-0206, Applied Research (2008-2011)
Asst. Prof. Miran Čeh

Started in 2007

Low-doped ZnO-based ceramics for energy varistors
L2-9175-0106, Applied Research (2007-2009)
Dr. Slavko Bernik
The influence of magnetic structure of the materials on the magnetocaloric effect
J2-9198-0106, Basic Research (2007-2009)
Dr. Matej Komelj
Ecotechnological 1D nanomaterials: Synthesis and characterisation of 1D titanate nanomaterials doped with transition metal ions
J2-9217, Basic Research (2007-2010)
Dr. Sašo Šturm (Dr. Polona Umek)

Started in 2005

Nanostructural engineering of semiconducting materials
J2-7432-0106, Target Oriented Basic Research (2005-2008)
Dr. Aleksander Rečnik
Fabrication of novel thin films by pulser-laser ablation with in situ ICP-MS analysis of target plumes for deposition control
J2-7133-0104, Target Oriented Basic Research (2005-2008)
Prof. Spomenka Kobe (Dr. Johannes Teun Van Elteren)
A development of low-activation material for the first wall in fusion reactor
J2-7506-0106, Target Oriented Basic Research (2005-2008)
Asst. Prof. Saša Novak
Hard magnetic Co-Pt thin films produced with electrodeposition
Z2-7438-0106, Post-Doctoral Projekt (2005-2008)
Dr. Kristina Žužek Rozman
Research of degradation mechanisms and improvement of properties of metallized film capacitors
L2-7093-1689, Applied Research (2005-2007)
Asst. Prof. Miran Čeh (Dr. Miran Gaberšček)

Started in 2004

Layered ceramic nanostructures and 2D nanoparticles arrays
J2-6705-0106-04, Basic Research (2004-2007)
Asst. Prof. Miran Čeh
Nanostructural investigations of special boundaries in minerals
Z1-6493-1555-04, Post-Doctoral Project (2004-2006)
Dr. Nina Daneu
Qualitative Z-contrast microscopy of functional ceramics
Z2-6621-0106-04, Post-Doctoral Project (2004-2006)
Dr. Sašo Šturm
Application of new technologies to prevent scaling in industrial flow systems
L2-6540-0106-04, Applied Research (2004-2007)
Prof. Spomenka Kobe
Rare-earth-transition-metal alloys for high-energy permanent magnets and metal-hydride batteries
L2-6582-0106-04, Applied Research (2004-2007)
Dr. Paul McGuiness
Exploration and preservation of Slovenian mineralogical heritage
L2-6530-0106-04, Applied Research (2004-2007)
Dr. Aleksander Recnik
Development of tissue engineered bone for use in periodontology, traumatology and orthopaedic surgery
L4-6325-0311-04, Applied Research (2004-2007)
Asst. Prof. Miran Čeh

Financed by Ministry of Defence of the Republic Slovenia

Development of Graetzl-type photo-electrochemical cells
R & D project within programme Science for Security and Peace (2004-2006)
Dr. Goran Dražić

Financed by the Ministry of Education, Science and Sport of the Republic Slovenia

NMR measurement of magnetic fields and their biological effects
J2-2264-0106/01, Basic Research (2001-2003)
Prof. Spomenka Kobe
Novel permanent magnets for high-temperature applications
J2-3505-0106/03, Basic Research (2001-2003)
Dr. Matej Komelj

Started in 1999

Powder metallurgy and intermetallic magnets
P0-0506-0106/03, National Research Programme (1999-2003)
Prof. Spomenka Kobe
Electron microscopy and microanalysis of materials
P0-0509-0106/03, National Research Programme (1999-2003)
Dr. Miran Čeh

Industrial

Corrosion protection of magnetic powders to improve their resistivity to liquids at higher temperatures
Financed by: Kolektor Group, Idrija (2017-2018)
Prof. Spomenka Kobe
Implementation of surface modification of Nd-Fe-B powders to increase the coercivity of bonded magnets
Financed by: Kolektor Group, Idrija (2017-2018)
Prof. Spomenka Kobe
Preliminary study of processing the varistor ceramics using tape casting
Financed by: KEKO Oprema, Zuzemberk (2017)
Prof. Slavko Bernik
Photo(electro)catalytic cleaning of washing machine waste water
Financed by: Gorenje, Velenje (2017)
Prof. Miran Čeh
Analysing the effect of mechanical fatigue of ZrO2 dental root posts
Financed by: VALL-CER, Ljubljana (2017)
Asst. Prof. Andraž Kocjan
Research and development of dental materials
Financed by: Ustna medicina, Ljubljana (2016-2018)
Dr. Nataša Drnovšek, Asst. Prof. Andraž Kocjan
Preparation of microvaristor powder for composites with nonlinear resistivity
Financed by: RCeNeM Nanovaristor, Ljubljana (2016-2017)
Asst. Prof. Slavko Bernik
Microstructural investigations of abrasive materials
Financed by: Swatycomet, Maribor (2016-2017)
Dr. Zoran Samardžija
Current challenges in developing and producing varistors
Financed by: RCeNeM Nanovaristor, Ljubljana (2015)
Asst. Prof. Slavko Bernik
Nanovaristor
Financed by: RCeNeM Nanovaristor, Ljubljana (2011-2014)
Asst. Prof. Slavko Bernik
Multipole magnetization of NdFeB bonded magnets for rotor application
Financed by: Kolektor KFH (2013-2015)
Prof. Spomenka Kobe
The study of self-cleaning and abrasion resisting properties of carbon-, para-aramid- or glass-fibre-based composite materials by applying photocatalytic and/or mechanical resistant nanoparticles

Financed by: CDT-R, Kropa (2013-2015)
Asst. Prof. Sašo Šturm

The surface analysis of composite materials based on reinforced carbon-fibre matrix
Financed by: CDT-R, Kropa (2012-2013)
Asst. Prof. Sašo Šturm
Deposition and testing of photocatalytic TiO2 thin nanoparticle films on various surfaces
Financed by: RCeNeM Nanomateriali v steklarstvu, Hrastnik (2012)
Asst. Prof. Goran Dražić
Hydrothermal synthesis of thin TiO2 layers on glass
Financed by: RCeNeM Nanomateriali v steklarstvu, Hrastnik (2012)
Asst. Prof. Goran Dražić
Materials and technologies for applications of ZnO-based thick film varistors and oxide thermoelectrics
Financed by: VARSI and ISKRA ZAŠČITE, Ljubljana (2011-2014)
Asst. Prof. Slavko Bernik
Protected permanent magnets for advanced high-temperature applications
Financed by: Magneti, Ljubljana (2011-2014)
Asst. Prof. Paul McGuiness
High-coercivity Nd-Fe-B bonded magnets for automotive applications
Financed by: Kolektor Group d.o.o., Idrija (2011-2014)
Prof. Spomenka Kobe
The development of a passive contact-less drive mechanism
Financed by: Acron, Ljubljana (2011)
Dr. Kristina Žužek Rozman
New generation, high-temperature NdFeB magnets
Financed by: Magneti, Ljubljana (2009 – 2010)
Dr. Paul McGuiness
NODISEA: Novel innovative systems for electrical equipment
Financed by: VARSI, Ljubljana (2009 – 2011)
Cofinanced by: Slovenian Technology Agency
Dr. Slavko Bernik
WISEVAR: Varistors for protection of renewable energy systems
Financed by: VARSI, Ljubljana (2009 – 2011)
Cofinanced by: Slovenian Technology Agency
Dr. Slavko Bernik
Exploration and preservation of mineralogical heritage
Financed by: Minicipality of Litija, CPM Črna na Koroškem, Idrija Mercury Mine, Idrija, Faculty of Natural Sciences, University of Ljubljana (2009-2012)
Dr. Aleksander Rečnik
Development of polymer varistors
Financed by: VARSI, Ljubljana (2009)
Dr. Slavko Bernik
VIZIPIN: A safe infrastructure for command and control
Financed by: VARSI, Ljubljana (2007 – 2009)
Cofinanced by: Slovenian Technology Agency
Dr. Slavko Bernik
Low-doped ZnO-based ceramics for energy varistors
Financed by: VARSI and ISKRA ZAŠČITE, Ljubljana (2007 – 2009)
Dr. Slavko Bernik
Cooling systems based on magneto-caloric effect
Financed by: PROCOL, Ljubljana (2006 – 2008)
Prof. Spomenka Kobe
Dual energy varistor for impulse currents
Financed by: VARSI, Ljubljana (2005 – 2006)
Cofinanced by: Ministry of the Economy of the Republic Slovenia
Dr. Slavko Bernik
Rare-earth-transition-metal alloys for high-energy permanent magnets and metal-hydride batteries
Financed by: Magneti, Ljubljana (2004 – 2007)
Dr. Paul McGuiness
Application of new technologies to prevent scaling in industrial flow systems
Financed by: Termoelektrarna Toplarna, Ljubljana (2004 – 2007)
Prof. Spomenka Kobe
Exploration and preservation of Slovenian mineralogical heritage
Financed by: Mežica Lead and Zinc Mine, Mežica; Idrija Mercury Mine, Idrija and Slovenian Museum of National History, Ljubljana (2004 – 2007)
Dr. Aleksander Rečnik
Analysis of silicated deposits and new methods of conditioning
Financed by: Termoelektrarna Toplarna, Ljubljana (2003-2004)
Prof. Spomenka Kobe
Integrated varistor
Financed by: VARSI, Ljubljana (2003 – 2004)
Cofinanced by: Ministry of the Economy of the Republic Slovenia
Dr. Slavko Bernik
The study of the influence of the magnetic field on the crystal form of the CaCO3
Financed by: Termoelektrarna Toplarna, Ljubljana (2003)
Prof. Spomenka Kobe
Morphology studies of active substances and pharmaceutical products
Financed by: LEK, Ljubljana (2002 – 2003)
Asst. Prof. Miran Čeh
Varistors for miniaturised and integrated search-protection devices
Financed by: VARSI, Ljubljana (2002 – 2003)
Cofinanced by: Ministry of the Economy of the Republic Slovenia
Dr. Slavko Bernik
Miniaturisation of the energy varistors for 3 kV voltages
Financed by: VARSI, Ljubljana (2001 – 2003)
Cofinanced by: Ministry of the Economy of the Republic Slovenia
Dr. Slavko Bernik
VARESTER: Miniaturised high-voltage arrester
Financed by: VARSI, Ljubljana (2002)
Cofinanced by: Ministry of the Economy of the Republic Slovenia
Dr. Slavko Bernik
EKOVARESTER: ZnO varistor blocks with improved energy characteristics for new generation arresters – with consideration of environment, reliability and stability of electric network
Financed by: VARSI, Ljubljana (2001 – 2002)
Cofinanced by: Ministry of the Economy of the Republic Slovenia
Dr. Slavko Bernik
Physical treatment of sanitary and cooling water
Financed by: Termoelektrarna Toplarna, Ljubljana (1999 – 2002)
Prof. Spomenka Kobe

Centres of Excellence

Financed by the Ministry of Education, Science and Sport of the Republic Slovenia from 2010-2013

Nanocenter – Center of Excellence in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology
Prof. Spomenka Kobe (Prof. Dragan Mihajlović)
NAMASTE – Advanced materials and technologies for the future
Prof. Slavko Bernik (Dr. Alenka Rožaj Brvar)

Financed by Ministry of the Economy and Ministry of High Education, Science and Technology of the Republic Slovenia

Magnetic materials and intermetallic alloys
R & D project within Centre of Excellence: Materials for electronics of next generation and other emerging technologies (2004 – 2007)
Prof. Spomenka Kobe
New generation of elements and devices for protection against transient surges
R & D project within Centre of Excellence: Materials for electronics of next generation and other emerging technologies (2004 – 2007)
Dr. Slavko Bernik
Characterization on the nanometric scale
R & D project within Centre of Excellence: Nanosciences and nanotechnologies (2004 – 2006)
Asst. Prof. Miran Čeh
Nanostructured surfaces and interfaces
R & D project within Centre of Excellence: Nanosciences and nanotechnologies (2004 – 2006)
Asst. Prof. Goran Dražić