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Department of Polymer Chemistry and Technology

The main research areas of the Department of Polymer Chemistry and Technology comprise: (I) development of new synthetic methodologies with the focus on controlled ring-opening polymerization of various cyclic monomers to prepare polymers for application in various biomedical fields; (II) highly porous polymer nanocomposites capable of CO2 capture or waste-water treatment by photo-oxidation as well as conventional thermoplastic nanocomposites, and (III) study of environmental pollution by plastic and development of new recycling approaches of polymeric materials with the aim to lower the environmental footprint of polymers and to facilitate the transition of the society towards the low-carbon and sustainable circular economy. For successful implementation of research goals all three topics require comprehensive characterization on monomer, polymer and material level, which is one of the pillars of our Department.



Representative Publications

  1. UTROŠA, Petra, ONDER, Ozgun Can, ŽAGAR, Ema, KOVAČIČ, Sebastijan, PAHOVNIK, David. Shape memory behaviour of emulsion templated Poly(ε-caprolactone) synthesized by organocatalyzed ring-opening polymerizationMacromolecules, 2019, 52, 9291-9298.
  2. GRADIŠAR, Špela, ŽAGAR, Ema, PAHOVNIK, David. Ring-opening polymerization of N-carboxyanhydrides initiated by a hydroxyl groupACS Macro Letters, 2017, 6, 637-640.
  3. SITAR, Simona, VEZOČNIK, Valerija, MAČEK, Peter, KOGEJ, Ksenija, PAHOVNIK, David, ŽAGAR, Ema. Pitfalls in size characterization of soft particles by dynamic light scattering on-line coupled to asymmetrical flow field-flow fractionation. Analytical Chemistry, 2017, 89, 11744-11752.
  4. MAZAJ, Matjaž, ZABUKOVEC LOGAR, Nataša, ŽAGAR, Ema, KOVAČIČ, Sebastijan. A facile strategy towards highly accessible and hydrostable MOF-phase within the hybrid polyHIPEs through in-situ metal-oxide recrystallizationJournal of Materials Chemistry A, 2017, 5, 1967-1971.
  5. ANŽLOVAR, Alojz, HUSKIĆ, Miroslav, ŽAGAR, Ema. Modification of nanocrystalline cellulose for application as a reinforcing nanofiller in PMMA compositesCellulose, 2016, 23, 505-518.
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