Assist. Prof. Dr. Blaž Likozar is the head of department at the National Institute of Chemistry. Prof. Likozar has finished his PhD in Chemical engineering in 2008 and has since published 62 original scientific articles, 152 different conference contributions and 33 (indust.) final research reports; he has the published document h-index of 15, and has supervised numerous BScs, MScs and PhDs. Expertise: chemical engineering; reaction engineering; reactor engineering; heterogeneous catalysis; process optimisation; process intensification; valorisation; multi-scale modelling; density functional theory; computational fluid dynamics; thermodynamics; reaction kinetics; micro-kinetics; transport phenomena; heat transfer; mass transfer; fluid mechanics; unit operations; separations.
Dr. Miha Grilc (h index = 7) became the biomass-valorisation subgroup leader at Department of Catalysis and Chemical Reaction Engineering at the National Institute of Chemistry in Ljubljana, Slovenia in 2015. He earned his M.Sc in chemical engineering in 2011 and PhD in 2015 at the University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Chemistry and Chemical Technology. He was awarded “Jožef Stefan” golden emblem prize, presented by the Jožef Stefan institute, for most promising and notable PhD theses in science and maths, technology and medicine and biotechnology for the last three years. He was also awarded “Prešeren” award presented by the University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Chemistry and Chemical Technology, for significant accomplishments in the master thesis in the field of chemistry and related sciences. He started his academic career in 2011 as a young researcher under the mentorship of Acad. Prof. Dr. Janez Levec. He has been a member of National Institute of Chemistry as a postdoctoral researcher. His main expertise lies in modelling of the reaction kinetics, transport phenomena and fluid dynamics in multiphase catalytic contactors (reactors). He investigated catalytic systems related to biomass valorisation and NOx conversion. In 2017 and 2018 he has worked for 12 months at the Leipzig University (Institut für Technische Chemie), as a specialist for DeNOx system modelling for car industry. Until the end of the 2017 he published 16 scientific articles, which were cited 292 times in total (source Scopus, on 25.3.2018).
My name is Lucija Hladnik and I am a PhD in Chemical Engineering. I have finished my BScs and MScs in Chemical Engineering at Faculty of Chemistry and Chemical Technology in Ljubljana, Slovenia. I have been working at National Institute of Chemistry since April and I am a part of the Rhodolive project. I am interested in the research of downstream processing, biomass extraction processes, analytics (HPLC, GCMS, FTIR) and kinetics.