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Interview with Dr. Kristijan Lorber in DELO magazine

February 2, 2024

Dr. Kristijan Lorber develops and researches catalysts for the conversion of methane and carbon dioxide. You can find an interview about his research work at this link (in Slovene).

Ceremonial awarding of certificates to the new PhD's

December 14, 2023

This year, Tia Kristian Tajnšek, Tadej Žumbar and Kristijan Lorber successfully defended their doctoral theses, received the title Doctor of Philosophy and thus embarked on an independent research journey. They received their official certificates at yesterday's ceremony.

 

Outstanding publications and projects in 2023

December 14, 2023

In 2023, we can be proud of publications in prestigious scientific journals with high impact factors and the acquisition of European and national projects.
We highlight just a few of the most important. A list of all published scientific publications and projects can be found under the tabs "Publications" and "Projects".

 

PUBLICATIONS

IF: 9.5
VRTOVEC, Nika, JURJEVEC, Sarah, ZABUKOVEC LOGAR, Nataša, MAZAJ, Matjaž, KOVAČIČ, Sebastijan. Metal oxide-derived MOF-74 polymer composites through pickering emulsion-templating : interfacial recrystallization, hierarchical architectures, and CO2 capture performances. ACS applied materials & interfaces, ISSN 1944-8252.  https://pubs.acs.org/doi/10.1021/acsami.3c01796

IF: 9.5
ŽUMBAR, Tadej, ARČON, Iztok, DJINOVIĆ, Petar, AQUILANTI, Giuliana, ŽERJAV, Gregor, PINTAR, Albin, RISTIĆ, Alenka, DRAŽIĆ, Goran, VOLAVŠEK, Janez, MALI, Gregor, POPOVA, Margarita, ZABUKOVEC LOGAR, Nataša, NOVAK TUŠAR, Nataša. Winning combination of Cu and Fe oxide clusters with an alumina support for low-temperature catalytic oxidation of volatile organic compounds. ACS applied materials & interfaces, ISSN 1944-8244 10.1021/acsami.3c02705.

IF: 12.9
ROŠKARIČ, Matevž, ZAVAŠNIK, Janez, DÁNIEL ZÁMBÓ, Dániel, KOTNIK, Tomaž, KOVAČIČ, Sebastijan, ŽERJAV, Gregor, PINTAR, Albin. Optimization method based on simplex for surface area improved photocatalytic performance of g−C3N4. ACS catalysis, ISSN 2155-5435 https://pubs.acs.org/doi/10.1021/acscatal.3c03394#.

IF: 37.8
DALLENES, Jesse, WUYTS, Jonas, VAN VELTHOVEN, Niels, KRAJNC, Andraž, MALI, Gregor, USOLTSEV, Oleg A., BUGAEV, Aram L., VOS, Dirk de. Zeolites as equilibrium-shifting agents in shuttle catalysis. Nature Catalysis, ISSN 2520-1158 https://www.nature.com/articles/s41929-023-00967-8.

IF: 16.6
GONZÁLEZ-JIMÉNEZ, Mario, BARNARD, Trent, RUSSELL, Ben A., TUKACHEV, Nikita V., JAVORNIK, Uroš, HAYES, Laure-Anne, FARRELL, Andrew J., GUINANE, Sarah, SENN, Hans M., SMITH, Andrew J., WILDING, Martin Charles, MALI, Gregor, et al. Understanding the emergence of the boson peak in molecular glasses. Nature communications, ISSN 2041-1723 https://www.nature.com/articles/s41467-023-35878-6.

IF: 13.3
ŠKRJANC, Aljaž, JANKOVIČ, Dominik, MEDEN, Anton, MAZAJ, Matjaž, SVENSSON GRAPE, Erik, GAZVODA, Martin, ZABUKOVEC LOGAR, Nataša. Carbonyl-supported coordination in imidazolates : a platform for designing porous nickel-based ZIFs as heterogeneous catalysts. Small, ISSN 1613-6829 https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/smll.202305258

PROJECTS

EU project UPSTERAM, HORIZON-MISS-2022-OCEAN-01-04 (2023-2027) "Circular and Bio-Based Solutions for the Ultimate Prevention of Plastics in Rivers Integrated with Elimination and Monitoring Technologies" EU project partner: Dr. Sebastijan Kovačič

EU project MUSPELL, HORIZON-EIC-2022-PATHFINDER CHALLENGES (2023-2027) "Medium to long term thermal energy storage system with embedded heat pumping capability", head of development of thermochemical materials: Dr. Alenka Ristić (L20)

European Space Agency (ESA) project O/1-11503 to SIR3_08: “Mitigation of CO2 levels with the confined space by advanced metal-organic framework foam adsorbent” (2023-2024). Principal investigator: Dr. Matjaž Mazaj 

J2-50058 Synergistic Effect of Noble Metal Dispersion and Metal-Support Interactions in Anion-Exchanged Layered Metal Hydroxides for Efficient CO2 Hydrogenation Catalysis (2023-2026); responsible at NIC: Dr. Albin Pintar

J1-50020 Investigating the role of defects in adsorption mechanisms of metal-organic frameworks and fabrication of crystal-glass composites (2023-2026); Principal investigator: Dr. Andraž Krajnc

Janko Jamnik basic research project: High-temperature NMR study of zeolitic imidazolate frameworks (2023-2025); Principal investigator: Dr. Andraž Krajnc

Richer for Pregl Award

December 13, 2023

Dr. Kristijan Lorber received the Pregl Award for his outstanding doctoral work in the field of chemistry and related sciences entitled "Thermal and combined photo-thermal dry reforming of methane on nanoformed Ni/CeO2 catalysts". The supervisor of the thesis was Assoc. dr. Petar Djinović.

Congratulations!

 

Participation of D09 researchers at the Science festival

November 14, 2023

Petar Djinović and Matej Gabrijelčič participated with an interesting experiment at this year's 29th Slovenian Science Festival, which was held under the motto Space-Earth-People.

 

In memoriam Gregor Mali (1971-2023)

August 28, 2023

Dear Gregor,

Some of us have known you for decades, others months. But there is one thing we all share: we are infinitely grateful to you. You showed your exceptionality in your simplicity, your greatness in your wit.

We are deeply saddened by your untimely passing, however, beautiful memories of our joint endeavors remain. You will be forever in our hearts.

Your colleagues from D09

 

FEZA 2023

July 6, 2023

Members of the department at the successfully held Federation of European Zeolite Associations FEZA 2023 conference in Portorož. See you in three years at FEZA 2026 in Naples.

 

Invited lecture

May 23, 2023

On May 22, the Department of Inorganic Chemistry and Technology hosted Dr. Thomas Douglas Bennett from the University of Cambridge, who inspired us with a talk entitled "Looking Beyond Crystallinity in Metal-Organic Frameworks."

 

In DELO magazine about the beauty of materials revealed by the microscope

March 2, 2023

Mojca Opresnik, an electron microscope operator and a colleague of the Department of Inorganic Chemistry and Technology, demonstrated for Znanoteh in the Delo newspaper how looking for comparisons in organic and inorganic samples can lead to interesting similarities (in Slovene).

 

PhD students from Prague on internship in our laboratory

March 2, 2023

PhD students Lucie Havelková, Alena Hašková and David Šorm from Charles University in Prague successfully completed a three-week internship in the Laboratory for Catalysts under the supervision of Dr. Sebastijan Kovačič.

 

Dr. Andraž Krajnc received the Janko Jamnik's basic research project for 2022

For the first time, the National Institute of Chemistry announced the recipient of the grant for Janko Jamnik's basic research project. The recipient of funding for 2022 is our colleague Dr. Andraž Krajnc.

 

Asst. Dr. Petar Djinović received the award for the best mentor of the Institute of Chemistry 2022

At the Institute of Chemistry, we promote a culture of good mentoring, which is very important for training top researchers. Therefore, we are particularly proud that this year's Best Mentor Award was given to Dr. Petar Djinović, a colleague of the Department of Inorganic Chemistry and Technology.

 

Popular article on metal-organic porous materials in Alternator magazine

December 14, 2022

Prof. Nataša Zabukovec Logar has published an article "Metal-Organic Porous Materials - Quo vadis?" in the journal Alternator, in which the latest findings from the natural sciences, social sciences and humanities are presented in a way that can be understood by anyone with basic scientific knowledge (in Slovene).

 

Dr. Alenka Ristić is the of the honorary title of Slovenian Congress Ambassador 2022

The title was awarded for co-organising the 15th international energy storage conference ENERSTOCK2021 "Towards smarter solutions", which was held in Cankarjev dom in Ljubljana from June 9 to 11, 2021, in collaboration with Assoc. prof. dr. Uroš Stritih from the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, University of Ljubljana.

 

Guest lecture by Prof. Wilhelm Schwieger from Friedrich-Alexander University, Germany

Last week, the Department of Inorganic Chemistry and Technology hosted Prof. Wilhelm Schwieger from the Institute of Chemical Reaction Engineering at Friedrich-Alexander University.

Publication in National Geographic Magazine Slovenia

Mojca Opresnik, a colleague of the Department of Inorganic Chemistry and Technology, presented her work - the study of materials with a scanning electron microscope - featured in the prestigious popular science magazine National Geographic Magazine Slovenia. This time she focused on the comparison between the living and non-living world, looking for ordered structures, particle shapes and similarities between organic substances and materials developed in the laboratory (in Slovene).

 

Science without Borders

As part of the "Science without Borders" series of events aimed at getting to know foreign researchers working at our institute, we travelled to Ireland this time. Our Irish colleague Dr. Ciara Susan Byrne informed us about the culture, tradition and gastronomy of Ireland as well as about her hometown Dublin and the Atlantic Technological University Sligo, where she comes from.

 

FEZA 2023

We are looking forward to welcoming you in person at the 9th Conference of the Federation of the European Zeolite Associations to take place on 2 - 6 July 2023 at Portorož-Portorose, Slovenia. With the aim of establishing a strong programme, we would like to encourage you to submit your abstract by 30 November 2022, Monday and attend the conference in next July 2023.   To submit your abstract now, please click here 

FEZA 2023 Organizing Committee 
 

Tomaž Kotnik awarded for best student oral presentation at SCS Annual Meeting 2022

Tomaž Kotnik, a PhD student from the Department of Inorganic Chemistry and Technology, was awarded for the best oral presentation of his scientific contribution at the 28th Annual Meeting of the Slovenian Chemical Society, which was held on 21-23 September 2022 in Portorož, Slovenia.

Nataša Zabukovec Logar is the recipient of the Pregl award

The head of the department, Prof. Dr. Nataša Zabukovec Logar, is this year's recipient of the Pregl Award for Exceptional Achievements in the field of chemistry and related disciplines.

Tomaž Kotnik awarded for best presentation at YOURHETCAT 2022

Tomaž Kotnik, a PhD student from the Department of Inorganic Chemistry and Technology, was awarded for the best presentation of his scientific contribution at the YOURHETCAT 2022 conference, which was held on 11-13 July 2022 in Szeged, Hungary.

Secretary on the Executive Committee of the Council of the International Zeolite Association

Prof. Dr. Nataša Zabukovec Logar was elected to a three-year term as Secretary on the Executive Committee of the Council of the International Zeolite Association at the 27th International Zeolite Conference in Valencia in July 2022.

 

FEZA 2023

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/

Interview with Prof. Dr. Nataša Zabukovec Logar

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).

NMP-6 and PAOT-7 conferences

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)

Publication in Communications Chemistry

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 obtained new Slovenian Research Agency program

Chemistry of Catalysts for Clean Air

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.

Interviews with Prof. Dr. Gregor Mali and Dr. Andraž Krajnc

About the important achievement of Gregor Mali and Andraž Krajnc also in an interviews published on the SiolNET, tromba.si and delo.si

Publication in Science

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.

Link: https://www.science.org/doi/10.1126/science.abf4460

 

Excellent 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/

Participation in the workshop Pan-European Clean Energy Transition

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.

H2020 StoRIES project

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.

Interview with Prof. Dr. Nataša Zabukovec Logar

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.

Member of European Energy Research Alliance (EERA)

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 Awards

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.

Enerstock2021

 

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.

 

Publication in Chemical Engineering Journal

Dry methane reforming in conventional and micro-channel reactor systems

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.

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  • 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.
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