- 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.