THE EUROPEAN UPCONVERSION NETWORK
From the Design of Photon-Upconverting Nanomaterials to Biomedical Applications : COST CM1403
PLACE OF WORK:
Jožef Stefan Institute, Ljubljana, Slovenia; Department for Materials Synthesis
Phone : +386 1 4773 872
Email : darja.lisjak (at) ijs.si
COST ROLE : MC Member (Slovenia)
Description of the Organisations and PI
Jožef Stefan Institute, JSI is the largest research institution in Slovenia, which covers fields of physics, chemistry, biochemistry, materials and environmental sciences, electronics and information technology, nuclear reactor engineering and energetics. The research at JSI is fundamental and applicative. JSI is also intensively involved in the higher education via Jožef Stefan Postgraduate School as well as in mentoring students' research in cooperation with Slovenian and foreign universities.
Darja Lisjak received her PhD in Materials Science from the University of Ljubljana, Ljubljana, Slovenia, in 1999. She has been employed at Jožef Stefan Institute since 1994 with intermediate visiting positions as a research associate at University of Pennsylvania, Philadephia, USA (1997/98) and visiting senior researcher at University of Trieste, Trieste, Italy (2015/16). She was also employed as senior scientific associate at Center of Excellence for Biosensors, Instrumentation and Process Control (COBIK), Ajdovščina, Slovenia (2010-2013). Currently she is a senior scientific associate at Jožef Stefan Institute and Asst. Prof. at Jožef Stefan International Postgraduate School, both Ljubljana, Slovenia. Her current research focus is in nanomaterials for magnetic, optical, magneto-optical and bio-medical applications, which is related to the synthesis, surface functionalization and assembly of nanoparticles into functional materials, including relevant characterization. She (co-)authored more than 80 scientific papers in peer-reviewed journals, was awarded for the discovery of ferromagnetic liquid crystals suspension by Zois Recognition, and coordinated/led various EU (MNT-ERA.NET, Eureka, Euripides, Manunet, bilateral) projects and projects with Slovenian industry.
Description and scientific profiles of the group
In the last decade the research at the Department for Materials Synthesis was focused (but no limited) on nanomaterials, including their syntheses, characterization, functionalization, self-assembly, field-directed assembly, studies of the effect of the nanosize on the chemical, structural and physical properties of nanoparticles. The nanomaterials of interest aim magnetic, optical, magneto-electric magneto-optical, catalysis, bio-medical and biotechnological applications. The department if fully equipped for materials synthesis and basic characterization. We are involved in basic and applied research projects, which resulted numerous scientific papers, patents, and two spin-off companies.
The Department for Materials Synthesis has fully equipped laboratory for the synthesis of (nano)materials and their basic characterization, like reaction reactors, autoclaves, (ultra)centrifuges, high-energy ultrasonic tip, shaker, variety of furnaces with a possibility for the precise atmosphere control, hoods, lyophilizator, DLS, magnetometer, viscosimeter. We also have access to (and operational skills for) variety of electron microscopes (from scanning to high-resolution electron microscopes), SQUID, fluorescence spectrophotometer, spectroscopic and potentiometric chemical analysis, X-ray diffraction, TGA, UV-VIS and IR spectroscopy, zeta-potential meter.
Most significant recently published papers:
Related research grants:
Chair: dr Hans Gorris (University of Regensburg, Germany)
Vice-Chair: prof.Tero Soukka (University of Turku, Finland)
COST Science Officer: Dr. Lucia Forzi (Bruseels, Belgium)
STSMs Manager: dr hab. Artur Bednarkiewicz (PAS & WCB EIT+, Poland)
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