Annual meeting of the project COR_ID within M-ERA.NET (European Research Area, an EU funded network) took place on November 9 and 10, 2017 at the Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest. The main aim of the project Design of corrosion resistant coatings targeted for versatile applications (acronym COR_ID) is to design and engineer new coatings for aluminum alloys with targeted properties of increased corrosion resistance, specific hydrophobic properties, prolonged service life-time and reduced ecological impact. The project work-plan proceeds according to the integrated computational materials engineering (ICME) principles. The meeting was devoted to the presentation of the results and plan of future activities. Partners: Jožef Stefan Institute (Slovenia), Talum d.d. Kidričevo (Slovenia), Chimie ParisTech, CNRS (France) and Eötvös Loránd University (Hungary).
The CORROSION journal has published a special issue devoted to biocorrosion of metals in human body edited by Ingrid Milošev, Ph.D. Understanding the mechanism of biocorrosion and metal degradation in human body—identification of the metal corrosion and wear products, and their effects on human body is of paramount importance for the safety and long-term well-being of patients with metal implants. Special issue features twelve articles divided into in vitro studies, retrieval and model clinical studies. Two articles are review papers written by Jeremy Gilbert from Clemson University and Ingrid Milošev. The special issue is aimed for readers not yet familiar with the biocorrosion topic, as well as for researchers already devoted to this topic.
- On Thursday, November 23, 2017, the award of the Zois prizes, the recognition of Zois and Puh's recognitions for the year 2017 was held at the Union Hall in Ljubljana. Doc. dr. Anton Kokalj from the Department of Physical and Organic Chemistry received Zois's recognition for important achievements in the field of molecular modeling of chemical processes on metal surfaces. Dr. Kokalj is a top international researcher with original and high ranking publications in the field of theoretical physicochemical studies of processes on the surfaces of technologically important metallic materials. His contribution to the development of software tools for molecular modeling is remarkable, the developed software is open source and freely accessible. Dr. Kokalj is the most frequently cited author in Slovenia in the field of chemistry, and he is also ranked at the top in other indicators of excellence.
The show "Ugriznimo znanost" (Let's take a bite of science) entitled "Boj proti rji" (The fight against rust) which aired on RTV Slovenija 1 on 19. 10. 2017, was dedicated to corrosion and methods used for corrosion prevention of metallic materials. "The industry is thought to have more than a trilion euro of yearly losses due to corrosion, moreover the cost often includes the loss of human life. How and why does it occur? How do we protect against it? How can we identify corrosion in tough to reach places, such as concrete pillars, constructions and other systems? New coatings are being developed at the Jožef Stefan Institute, with the aim of replacing the all around present but dangerous chromate based coatings. Will they be able to defeat corrosion?" Coworkers of the Department of Physical and Organic Chemistry appeared in the show. In the studio dr. Peter Rodič concisely explained and demonstrated how and why corrosion occurs. We demonstrated how modern corrosion prevention coatings, such as sol-gel, conversion, superhydrophobic and self-healing coating are developed at our department. Besides dr. Rodič, young researcher Urša Tiringer (MSc in Chemistry) and Barbara Kapun (BSc in Chemical Technology) also appeared in the show. Researchers from the Slovenian National Building and Civil Engineering Institute also appeared alongside our coworkers. Protection against corrosion is an extremely relevant field in all areas of life - from the protection of ordinary metallic fences and bridges to ships, cars, airplanes and it is even relevant in mobile phones and microelectronics.
Kick-off meeting for the project mCBEEs financed within the call H2020 MSCA – ITN – 2017 (Marie Skłodowska Curie Action – Innovative Training Network) took place on October 16-17, 2017 in Udine, Italy. mCBEEs is the acronym for »Advanced integrative solutions to Corrosion problems beyond Micro-scale: towards long-term durability of miniaturized Biomedical, Electronic and Energy Systems« (No. 764977). Duration of the project is from October 1, 2017 to September 30, 2021. Consortium comprises 15 beneficiaries and 3 partner organizations from 11 countries, 10 universities, 4 research centres and 4 industrial organizations. 15 early stages researchers (ESRs) will be trained within the project. Besides Department of Physical and Organic Chemistry (prof. dr. I. Milošev) also the Department of Complex Matter and CENN Nanocentre will collaborate in the project. Project coordinator is dr. Maria Lekka from the University of Udine.
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Dr. Jerca Pahor, during the years 2012-2016 young researcher at the Department for Physical and Organic Chemistry, was awarded by Krka Award 2017 for her PhD thesis entitled »New approaches to the synthesis of prodrugs of phosphates and phosphorylated derivatives of pantothenic acid«. In the framework of PhD research, performed at Jožef Stefan Institute and ACIES BIO under supervision of Assist. Prof. Dr. Ajda Podgoršek Berke and Prof. Dr. Stojan Stavber and defended at Jožef Stefan International Postgraduate School in July 2017, Jerca Pahor synthesized numerous new derivatives of phosphopathotenate and phosphopantetheine suitable for further testing on their potential biological activity. The research has notably contributed to the still deficient knowledge in the field of the synthesis of phosphorylated derivatives of panthotehenic acid and acyloxyalkyl prodrugs of phosphates.
- From 11th to 15th June we participated at the 6th conference RSE-SEE (Regional Symposium on Electrochemistry - South East Europe). This year conference with more than 100 participants is excellent opportunity to meet colleagues from South-East Europe involved in research in electrochemistry. The first RSE-SEE conference was held in 2008 at Red Island (Croatia), 2010 in Belgrade (Srbia), 2012 in Bucarest (Romania), 2013 in Ljubljana (Slovenia) and 2015 in Pravetz (Bulgaria). We are already looking forward to the next conference in 2019 to be held in Croatia!
At the 2017 conference we participated with six contributions (four oral presentations and two posters):
I. Milošev, T. Bakarič, D. Zimerl, M. Žnidaršič, P. Rodič, J. Rábai, J. Iskra: Alkyl and perfluoro compounds as corrosion inhibitrs for aluminium alloys containing Si (oral presentation)
U. Tiringer, I. Milošev, A. Duran: Self-healing effect of Ce(NO3)3 in coating based on GPTMS, TEOS and SiO2 nanoparticles applied on aluminium alloy 7075-T6 (oral presentation)
P. Rodič, I. Milošev: Simple and fast fabrication of superhydrophobic and corrosion resistant coatings based on fluoroalkyl silanes (oral presentation)
M. Poberžnik, D. Costa, A. Kokalj: Atomistic insight into the bonding of silanol molecules to oxidized aluminium surfaces (oral presentation)
G. Šekularac, I. Milošev: Investigation of corrosion behaviour of aluminium alloy ENAC-AlSi7Mg0.3 in artificial seawater with addition of inorganic sulfides (poster)
I. Milošev, B. Kapun, P. Taheri, J.M.C. Mol, A. Kokalj: Imidazol-based compounds with different functional groups as corrosion inhibitors for copper and zinc (poster)
- Within H2020-MSCA-ITN-2017 call MARIE SKŁODOWSKA-CURIE INNOVATIVE TRAINING NETWORKS two projects were approved in May 2017:
Magnetic and Microdynamics – from guided transport to delivery, acronym MAMI, 2018 do 2022, project coordinator Prof. B. Doudin, CNRS, Paris, Francce, and
Advanced integrative solutions to corrosion problems beyond micro-scale: toward log-term durability of miniturized Biomedical, Electronic and Energy systems, acronym mCBEEs, 2017-2021, project coordinator dr. M. Lekka, University of Udine, Italy.
- Within these two projects two doctoral students will be financed starting in 2018 under the supervision by Prof. Ingrid Milošev. Call for candidates will be announced soon.
The 9th Jožef Stefan International Postgraduate School (IPS) Students' Conference will be organized from April 19th to April 20th 2017 in the Main Lecture Hall of the Jožef Stefan Institute (JSI). The target participants are master and doctoral students from IPS, JSI and other postgraduate students from Slovenia and abroad. Participants are required to submit a short abstract, prepare a 3-minute oral presentation and a poster presentation with a more detailed description of the performed research. The deadline for abstract submission is March 15th 2017. More information is available on the conference poster and the website.
A two day kick-off meeting of the COIN DESC project took place on October 27 and 28 at Jožef Stefan Institute in Ljubljana, Slovenia. Project consortium, coordinated by Dr. Anton Kokalj, links scientist from one research organization and three universities. During the kick-off meeting the representatives of each partner discussed the work plan and set the road map for the utilization of the project goal, which is to deepen the mechanistic understanding of corrosion inhibition and to design corrosion resistant copper-based alloy systems by using corrosion inhibitors.
On October 21, 2016 young researcher Simon Tušar has successfully completed her PhD study at the Faculty of Chemistry and Chemical Technology, University of Ljubljana with the defense of her doctoral thesis entitled: Modeling of Water and Acids Mediated Radical Reactions in the Atmosphere (Modeliranje reakcij radikalov ob prisotnosti vode in kislin v atmosferi). Research training at the Department of Physical and Organic Chemistry was carried out under the supervision of Dr. Antonija Lesar.
Springer has published the 60th volume of the series Modern Aspects of Electrochemistry edited by Stojan S. Djokić. This eminent and most known series of books in electrochemistry provides an overview of broad issues in electrochemistry and has been published since early 1950's. The 60th volume is entitled "Biomedical and Pharmaceutical Applications of Electrochemistry". Ingrid Milošev authored the chapter "Surface Treatments of Titanium with Antibacterial Agents for Implant Applications" . Bacterial infection of an implant is a serious complication after implantation. Contemporary results of various surface treatments aimed to prevent or reduce the incidence infection are reviewed and critically discussed. There are two general approaches: passive and active coatings. Passive coatings comprise antiadhesion and bacteria repellent coatings obtained via surface nanostructuring, substrate composition or surface chemistry. Active coatings are based on intrinsically antimicrobial materials like chitosan, hyaluronic acid and inorganic agents like silver and zinc oxide. General characteristics of these agents are reviewed, as well as their efficiency against different bacteria when added to titanium oxide or hydoxyapatite coatings.
- The largest green chemistry conference in 2016 - The 6th International IUPAC Conference on Green Chemistry (ICGC-6), consisting of 326 participants, took place in September 4-8 2016 in Venice, Italy. Young researcher Klara Čebular, employed at The Centre of Excellence for Integrated Approaches in Chemistry and Biology of Proteins (CIPKeBiP) and coworker at the Department of Physical and Organic Chemistry, received an award for the best poster entitled “Direct metal-free dehydrative cross-coupling of alcohols and alkenes catalysed by molecular iodine under solvent-free reaction conditions”. The formation of chemical bonds between carbon atoms is of fundamental significance in organic chemistry. A major goal in the emerging field of green chemistry is following the 12 principles of green chemistry, including the design of by-product-free chemical processes, use of renewable chemical sources, use of metal-free and recyclable catalysts and avoidance of use of solvents in the chemical processes. Klara Čebular, PhD student under the supervision of prof. dr. Stojan Stavber, has developed a method of carbon-carbon bond formation between alcohols and alkenes using molecular iodine as catalyst under solvent-free reaction conditions.
On Tuesday 7 June at the gala ceremony in the Great Hall of the Grand Hotel Union in Ljubljana "Pregl Awards" were awarded as a part of the main event of the 70th anniversary of the National Institute of Chemistry. Pregl Awards for outstanding achievements were awarded to prof. dr. Ingrid Milošev, Head of the Department of Physical and Organic Chemistry (JSI), and dr. Zdenko Časar (LEK). Congratulations to both winners!
- Prof. Lorenzo Fedrizzi from University of Udine, Italy, visited our Department on May 18, 2016. Prof. Fedrizzi was the Head of Department of Chemical Science and Technology at the University of Udine since 2009 and Full Professor of Material Science and Technology. He is respected expert in the field of corrosion protection and is a member of several international association including EFC (European Federation of Corrosion), where he was the President and also Chairman of the Working Party “Coatings”. Prof. Fedrizzi is the author of numerous scientific papers and is a member of several editorial board of high ranking journals in the field of materials science and corrosion. The aim of the visit is the planning and extending the collaboration with Prof. I. Milošev’s group in the field of corrosion protection. During the visit Prof. Fedrizzi presented the lecture within the framework of Colloquium of IJS entitled “Improvement of corrosion protection of metals using atomic layer deposition”.
Kick-off meeting of the project COR_ID within M-ERA.NET (European Research Area, an EU funded network) took place on April 11 and 12, 2016 at the Jožef Stefan Institute. The main aim of the project “Design of corrosion resistant coatings targeted for versatile applications” (acronym COR_ID) is to design and engineer new coatings for aluminum alloys with targeted properties of increased corrosion resistance, specific hydrophobic properties, prolonged service life-time and reduced ecological impact. Industry driven needs will be solved using an integrated computational materials engineering (ICME) approach and produce economical material benefiting with increased market competitiveness. Project consortium coordinated by Prof. Ingrid Milošev comprises researchers from Slovenia, France and Hungary: Department of Physical and Organic Chemistry of the Jožef Stefan Institute, Talum d.d. Kidričevo (partner mag. Dejan Lorber), Chimie ParisTech (CNRS) from Paris (partner Prof. Philippe Marcus) and Eötvös Loránd University from Budapest (partner Prof. József Rábai). The project consortium links scientists from three partner countries and one technological company aiming to stimulate advances in basic and applied research and technology transfer.
Jerca Pahor, young researcher at the Department of Physical and Organic Chemistry, received an award for the best poster at the International Conference on Current Challenges in Drug Discovery Research (CCDDR 2015), 23-25. November 2015, Jaipur, India, where she presented her work entitled "NEW APPROACHES TO THE SYNTHESIS OF ACYLOXYALKYL PRODRUGS OF PHOSPHATES". Jerca Pahor developed new reagents for the phosporylation of hydroxi derivatives of organic molecules. She first tested them on a few simple alcoholic species and later applied them to potentially bioactive compounds, which might have properties of prodrug phosphates and are thus important for the synthesis of some pharmaceuticly active compounds. The presented work is a result of collaboration between the Laboratory for Organic and Bioorganic Chemistry from JSI and a high-tech company ACIES BIO from the Technology park Ljubljana.
On November 20, 2015 Gregor Žerjav has successfully defended his PhD thesis entitled ”Modified surfaces of Cu, Zn, Cu10Zn and Cu40Zn with expressed hydrophobic properties for the purpose of corrosion protection” at the Faculty of Chemistry and Chemical Technology University of Maribor. Gregor Žerjav completed his thesis under supervision of prof. Ingrid Milošev.
- The 5th conference Regional Symposium on Electrochemistry South-East Europe (RSE-SEE) took place in June 7-11, 2015 in Pravets, near Sofia in Bulgaria. Within the conference ISE Student Satellite Symposium took place which traditionally proceeds under the auspecies of ISE (International Society of Electrochemistry) as the world largest organization in the field of electrochemistry. Student Satellite Symposium hosted fourteen PhD students which presented their achievements during 20 minutes oral presentations. Jury committee appointed by the Organizer selected three Best Student Presentations. Barbara Volarič, PhD student at the Department of Physical and Organic Chemsitry under the supervision of Prof. Ingrid Milošev, was awarded for the presentation entitled »Conversion coatings based on lanthanide salts and their mixtures as a corrosion protection of 7075-T6 aluminium alloy in chloride solution«.
- Barbara Volarič recieves the Best Student Presentation award from the members of the jury - Prof. Tsvetina Dobrovolska from Bulgaria and prof. Alain Thorel from France.
- Ingrid Milošev (Jožef Stefan Institute) and Miran Gaberšček (National Institute of Chemistry and Center of Excellence Low Carbon Technology) are the guest editors of the special issue of journal Acta Chimica Slovenica published in June 2014. Special issue contains 19 invited contributions presented at the 4th Regional Symposium on Electrochemistry – South East Europe (RSE-SEE) organized by I. Milošev and M. Gaberšček in June 2013 in Ljubljana. Conference hosted more than 200 participants which presented contemporary achievements in general electrochemistry and physical chemistry, energy conversion and storage devices, corrosion, electrochemical synthesis and engineering.
- Dr. Jernej Iskra, member of Department of Physical and Organic Chemistry, received together with Krka, d.d. Silver Award for Innovation of Chamber of Commerce of Dolenjska and Bela Krajina for Inventive procedure for preparation of active ingredient and its incorporation into pharmaceutical product for treating animal infection. (Otočec, 5. junij 2014. Author of photography: Boštjan Pucelj)
Dr. Rok Prebil and Prof. dr. Stojan Stavber have published scientific article titled “The α-Chlorination of Aryl Methyl Ketones under Aerobic Oxidative Conditions” in the most prestigious journal in the organic chemistry field, Advanced Synthesis & Catalysis.
Our co-worker dr. A. Kokalj is ranked as the most cited Slovenian scientist in the field of Chemistry (source: SICRIS). Among the top twenty most cited Slovenian chemists are three co-workers of our department (Anton Kokalj, Ingrid Milošev and Stojan Stavber).
Sprineg has published the 55th volume of the series Modern Aspects of Electrochemistry edited by Stojan S. Djokic as guest editor. This eminent and most known series of books in electrochemistry provides an overview of broad issues in electrochemistry. Series Editors are Ralph E. White and Constantinos G. Vayenas. The 55th volume is entitled »Biomedical Applications«. Ingrid Milošev authored the chapter CoCrMo Alloy for Biomedical Applications.
Doc. dr. Jernej Iskra has edited a book entitled Halogenated Heterocycles: Synthesis, Application and Environment that was published by Springer within book series Topics in Heterocyclic Chemistry. Both, heterocyclic compounds and organo-halogen compounds encompass a large area of chemistry. Those two subjects interweave in this book and since the research in both subjects is very vivid and broad, the book is oriented to present recent research on the characteristic transformations and strategies leading to halogenated heterocycles. Furthermore, since the halogenated heterocycles are intrinsically connected with their bioactivity, the interaction of reactions and compounds with the environment was also included.
Nova Biomedical Books (New York, USA) has published the book Hip Replacement: Approaches, Complications and Effectiveness edited by T. Aoi and A. Toshida. This book provides an overview of different types of hip replacements and success and complications that may occur. I. Milošev co-authored the chapter Materials development and latest results of various bearings for total hip arthroplasty.
Members of the group - Ajda Podgoršek and Jernej Iskra have published together with prof. Zupan a review paper entitled "Oxidative halogenation with “green” oxidants: oxygen and hydrogen peroxide" in a prestigious journal Angewandte Chemie.
Sebastijan Peljhan and Anton Kokalj are the authors of Journal of Physical Chemistry C cover picture. (vol. 113, no. 32, y. 2009)
Springer has published the Encyclopedia of Complexity and Systems Science edited by Robert A. Meyers. Anton Kokalj authored a chapter titled Computer-Aided Design of the Reaction Site in Heterogeneous Catalysis.
Young researcher Matjaž Finšgar attended the 59th Meeting of Nobel Laureates. From June 28th to July 3rd, 2009 23 Nobel Laureates and 580 young researchers from 67 countries met at Lindau. The 2009 Lindau Meeting was dedicated to chemistry. IJS Novice
Jernej Iskra and Stojan Stavber received together with researchers from pharmaceutical company Krka, d.d. silver award for innovation of Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Dolenjska and Bela krajina for their discovery of new method for preparation of 2-sulfinyl -1H-benzimidazoles that was a result of joint research project between Department of physical and organic chemistry of the Jožef Stefan Institute and Krka, d.d..
International patent WO 2009/027533 "Process for preparing 2-sulfinyl-1H-benzimidazoles" resulted from the joint research project of Department of Physical and Organic Chemistry (K-3, Jernej Iskra with coworkers) and pharmaceutical company Krka, d.d. on the alternative synthesis of pharmaceutically active compounds, where new process for synthesis of gastric proton pump inhibitors was discovered.
Junior assistant Dejan Vražič has received Prešern Award for Transformations of aryl-substituted alcohols and aldehydes with iodine and F-TEDA-BF4, granted by Faculty of Chemistry and Chemical Technology, University of Ljubljana.
Woodhead Publishing (Cambridge, England) has published the book Joint Replacement Technology edited by prof. Peter A. Revell. The aim of the book is to provide an update on progress in technology of joint replacement for the medical and scientific world. The book should be useful not only to the engineering and materials scientific communities but also to the surgeons seeking the best treatement for their patients. I. Milošev co-authored the chapter »Metals for joint replacements« (contents).
Young researcher from our department received a Loreal-Unesco scholarship L'oreal Slovenia with the support of the Slovenian national comission for UNESCO awarded two young women researchers with the fellowship of 5.000 EUR.
Among 28 candidates, whose PhD studies have to be finished by the end of the year 2008 and are less than 35 years old, our co-worker Saša Kovačič was awarded. The second receiver of the UNESCO-L'Oreal fellowship in 2008 is Zrinka Abramović, who is comming also from Jožef Stefan Institute. The UNESCO-L’Oréal fellowship award ceremony was held on Thursday, January 31, 2008, in the City museum, Ljubljana.
Saša Kovačič will defend her PhD work entitled Study of the elementary reactions of nitrogen oxide radicals relevant to atmospheric processes this year. Saša is also a mother to 2-year old Žiga and 4-year old Jure.
Junior assistant Sebastijan Peljhan has received Prešern Award for Physical and chemical research of water solutions of poly(ethacrylic acid), granted by University of Ljubljana, Faculty for Chemistry and Chemical Technology.
Paper by our co-workers Ajda Podgoršek, Stojan Stavber, Marko Zupan and Jernerj Iskra published in Green Chemistry journal was one of the top 10 highest-accessed Green Chemistry papers. To view the Top 10 downloaded articles, please follow this link: http://www.rsc.org/Publishing/Journals/gc/top10.asp