Next year we will host the European Conference FEZA 2023 (9th Conference of the Federation of the European Zeolite Associations). The event will be held from 2 to 6 July 2023 in Grand Hotel Bernardin Convention Center in Portorož-Portorose, Slovenia. The conference will be rounded as a five-day scientific event with plenary and keynote lectures, oral presentations, and poster contributions. The summer school will be organised as well. You are cordially invited to visit the event website: https://feza2023.org/en/
I perceive research work as a privilege
Prof. Dr. Nataša Zabukovec Logar, Head of the Department of Inorganic Chemistry and Technology at the National Institute of Chemistry, spoke for the Delo media about her work as a researcher (in Slovene).
The NPM-6 (New Photocatalytic Materials for Environment, Energy and Sustainability)/PAOT-7 (Photocatalytic and Advanced Oxidation Technologies for Water, Air, Soil and Surfaces) conference was held this year in collaboration with the National Institute of Chemistry, Faculty of Chemistry and Chemical Technology from University of Ljubljana and Redox Technologies Inc. from Canada on April 4-7, 2022 at the National Institute of Chemistry in Slovenia. Local organizing committee: Prof. dr. Nataša Novak Tušar (chair), prof. dr. Urška Lavrenčič Štangar (co-chair), dr. Albin Pintar, Prof. dr. Nataša Zabukovec Logar, Marjana Gantar Albreht, Suzana Mal, Dr. Andraž Šuligoj, Aljaž Škrjanc. Photographer: Mojca Opresnik (Photo galery)
Design and degradation of permanently porous vitamin C and zinc-based metal-organic framework
Metal-organic frameworks have demonstrated a great potential as drug delivery systems, but the biocompatibility of the MOF components, solvent and additives is often overlooked. A new bioMOF structure with permanent microporosity based on vitamin C zinc cations is designed and synthesised in a green solvent. Successful loading and release of a model drug urea from the pores and degradation mechanism of the framework in the aqueous media are demonstrated as well.
Prof. dr. Nataša Novak Tušar, Head of the Laboratory for Catalysts at the Department of Inorganic Chemistry and Technology, obtained a new Slovenian Research Agency program P1-0418 entitled Chemistry of Catalysts for Clean Air. The program started in January 2022.
Stabilization of perovskites within the metal-organic glass
Researchers Andraž Krajnc and Gregor Mali of the Department of Inorganic Chemistry and Technology (D-09) participated in an interesting study of the composites of lead-halide perovskites and metal-organic glasses.
Lead halide perovskites can exhibit bright, narrow band photoluminescence but have stability issues in polar solvents, which trigger formation of inactive phases and loss of lead ions. The authors of the study showed that the black, photoactive phase of caesium lead iodide can be stabilized by forming a composite with a glassy phase of a metal-organic framework through liquid-phase sintering. The photoluminescence of the obtained composite was at least two orders of magnitude greater than that of the pure perovskite. The glass effectively stabilized the perovskite so that about 80% of the photoluminescence was maintained even after 10,000 hours of water immersion.
Andraž Krajnc and Gregor Mali employed 133Cs magic-angle spinning NMR measurements to confirm the phase purity of perovskites included within the composites, and suggested that there exists a close surface contact between the perovskite nanocrystallites and the surrounding metal-organic glass. The work was described in an article published in Science.
Among the most visible achievements in 2021, which are proposed for approval to the Scientific Council of Slovenian Research Agency by members of the Scientific Research Councils of individual sciences, is also an article of the Department of Inorganic Chemistry and Technology: https://www.ki.si/en/news/catalyst-for-air-cleaning-with-synergistic-effect/
Alenka Ristić participated in the workshop "Pan-European Clean Energy Transition: ways to strengthen transnational cooperation" on January 19, 2022, where she presented the research work on energy storage at the Department of Inorganic Chemistry and Technology, the membership of EERA JP Energy Storage and the roles (RI provider and member of Selection Panel) in the Horizon2020 project StoRIES - Storage Reserch Infrastructure Ecosystem.
As part of the H2020 StoRIES project (Call H2020- LC-GD -2020), the Department of Inorganic Chemistry and Technology and the Department of Materials Chemistry provide industrial and academic researchers from Europe with access to research infrastructure (for the study of energy storage materials) such as XRD diffractometers, sorption analyzers, TPR/TPO/ TPD chemisorption analyzer, UV-VIS spectrophotometer, and AR-STEM, respectively.
Prof. Dr. Nataša Zabukovec Logar, head of the Department of Inorganic Chemistry and Technology, spoke about her work as a scientist in an interview for Radio Trieste A, in the show HEVREKA - Portraits of Female Scientists then and now (in Slovene). Broadcast was scheduled for January 17, 2022.
The Department of Inorganic Chemistry and Technology has become a member of SP3-Thermal energy storage (TES) at the European Energy Research Alliance (EERA) Joint Program Energy Storage.
EERA JP ES Award at Enerstock 2021. More than 50 young researchers participated at the conference. The best Ph.D. student/post-doc contributions were evaluated by the Award committee and Dr. Salvatore Vasta, the coordinator of the JP ES SP3.
The 15th Virtual International Conference on Energy Storage ENERSTOCK2021 with the theme "Towards Smart Solutions" was held in Ljubljana, Slovenia, from 9 to 11 June 2021, hosted by the National Institute of Chemistry Slovenia and the University of Ljubljana - Faculty of Mechanical Engineering. The conference was attended by about 250 researchers and experts from 28 countries from all over the world. At the conference, an impressive number of distinguished experts presented the latest scientific and technological achievements as well as future trends and prospects related to materials, applications and systems for thermal and electrical energy storage, power-to-gas or heat applications, climate change and other related disciplines.
In addition to two plenary lectures (dr. Andreas Hauer, ZAE Bayern, Germany and prof. dr. Henrik Lund, Aalborg University, Denmark) and five keynote lectures (dr. Wim van Helden, AEE INTEC, Austria; prof. dr. Claudio Gerbaldi, DISAT, Politecnico di Torino, Italy; dr. Emiliano Borri, University of Lleida, Spain; prof. dr. Halime Paksoy, Çukurova University, Turkey and dr. Petar Djinović, National Institute of Chemistry, Slovenia), participants had the opportunity to present their work in oral presentations and short oral poster presentations.
The contributions showed that the development of materials for thermal energy storage remains an important and urgent research area for further development of TES technologies.
Syngas is a platform mixture of hydrogen (H2) and carbon monoxide (CO). By producing an appropriate ratio of H2/CO, syngas can be directly utilized in the fine chemical industry. With a promising recycle of carbon as well as mitigation of greenhouse gases, further limitation of global warming can be efficiently achieved by implementing three important strategies: (i) effective carbon capture and storage (CCS), (ii) development of efficient renewable energy, and (iii) enhanced end-use energy products. CO2 conversion represents an advanced step towards the production of high value-added products.
The combined effort of researchers from the Department of Inorganic Chemistry and Technology (D09) and Faculty of Chemistry and Chemical Technology, University of Ljubljana, was performed regarding the development of a micro-channel reactor system to study low-temperature dry reforming of methane.
The article can be found under the following link: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cej.2020.127498.
- Publication in Nature Catalysis: Shape-selective activation of C-H bonds in synthesis of biaryls
- Excellent in science: Among the most visible achievements in 2020, which are proposed for approval to the Scientific Council of Slovenian Research Agency by members of the Scientific Research Councils of individual sciences, are also two articles of the Department of Inorganic Chemistry and Technology "Zeolite Nanocrystals embedded in microcellular carbon foam as a high-performance CO2 capture adsorbent with energy-saving regeneration properties" and "Colorimetric cutoff indication of relative humidity based on selectively functionalized mesoporous silica. Sensors and actuators": PDF of selected achievements
- Publication in Angewandte Chemie: Efficient removal of perfluorinated contaminants
- Publication in Applied Catalysis B Environmental: Catalyst for air cleaning with synergistic effect
- Publication in the ACS Catalysis: A metal-organic catalyst for C-H bond activation
- Publication in the Journal of the American Chemical Society:Metal-organic crystals, glasses, liquids
- Publication in ACS Catalysis:In-situ analysis of Ni/CeZrO2 during CH4 reforming with CO2
- The Pregl Award was given to Andraž Krajnc, PhD, for his outstanding doctoral dissertation titled "The Study of Nanoporous Materials for the Storage of Heat Using Solid-State Nuclear Magnetic Resonance", which he defended in May 2017 at the Jožef Stefan International Postgraduate School.
- The Bulgarian Academy of Sciences awards Dr. Ivalina Trendafilova with the "Prof. Marin Drinov" Award for Young Scientist (up to 35 years old) for achievements in the scientific field "Nanosciences, New Materials and Technologies". The award was presented on November 1st 2019 at the official celebration of the Revival Day in Bulgaria by the Minister of Education of Republic of Bulgaria.
- Dr. Andraž Šuligoj received two awards for the best lectur of young doctors at conferences: 10th European meeting on Solar Chemistry and Photocatalysis: Environmental Applications (SPEA10), 4th to 8th June 2018 Almería, Spain and 2nd Global Conference on Catalysis, Chemical Engineering & Technology, 13th to 15th September, Rome, Italy.
- Dr. Andraž Šuligoj received the ENMIX Award for the best publication as a result of collaboration between ENMIX partners.
- Publication in Applied Catalysis B: Environmental: Alkali and earth alkali modified CuOx/SiO2 catalysts for propylene partial oxidation: What determines the selectivity? (Teržan et al., Applied Catalysis B, doi:10.1016/j.apcatb.2018.05.092).
- Publication in Nature Communications – the first porous MOF glass
- Publication in Science Advances – metal-organic framework glasses
- Gregor Mali received Zois certificate of recognition for scientific achievements in nuclear magnetic resonance of materials
- Publication in Journal of the American Chemical Society – structure of chemisorbed CO2 species in amine-functionalized mesoporous silicas
- Publication in Advanced Energy Materials - material for heat storage applications
- 2nd International Conference on New Photocatalytic Materials for Environment, Energy and Sustainability (NPM-2), National Institute of Chemistry, Ljubljana, 3-6 July 2017 (photo galery)