Research projects

Ongoing projects

  • P2-0412 ; Heterogeneous photocatalytic processes on solid surfaces for sustainable technologies (2019-2024); Slovenian Research Agency (ARRS), Program Coordinator: Matjaz Valant
  • 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), Project Coordinator: Andraž Mavrič
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  • J2-3039 Development of "Real" Bi2Se3-Based Topological Insulator with a High Bulk Resistivity (2021-2024), Project Coordinator: Matjaž Valant
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  • N2-0221 Multifunctional electrocatalysts for clean energy conversion (2021-2024), Project Coordinator: Emin Saim
  • J2-2498 Carbon Dioxide Reduction Catalysed by Single Atom Catalyst for the Production of Value-Added Chemicals (2020-2024), Project Coordinator: Andraz Mavric
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Finished projects

  • NC-0018; Atomic Structure Descriptor for Displacement Damage Defects in Semiconductors (As4DS), (2021-2023), Agencija za raziskovalno dejavnost RS, Project Coordinator: Matjaž Valant
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  • MSCA-IF-EF-RI: 101038091 Novel COF-based sensors for detecting organic agents in water (2021-2023), Project Coordinator: Tina Škorjanc
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  • CA17126 – Towards understanding and modelling intense electronic excitations (2018-2022), COST Action, Coordinator: Luigi Giacomazzi
  • INTERREG Slo-It; Nano-Region: Open access Network for Nanotechnology-Based Innovations (2019-2022), Project Coordinator: Mattia Fanetti
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  • Z2-2644 Exploitation of localized surface plasmon resonance (LSPR) for detection of nanoparticle topological surface states (TSS) and development of new photo-thermal topological insulator nanomaterials (2020-2022), Project Coordinator: Blaž Belec
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  • ARRS-CEA Bilateral Project NC-0008; “Radiation induced paramagnetic dEfects in vitreous P2O5 and sodium PHosphate gLassES (REPHLES)”, (2019-2021) Project Coordinator: Matjaz Valant
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  • NC-0008; Radiation induced paramagnetic defects in vitreous P2O5 and sodium-phosphate glasses, (2019-2021), Slovenian Research Agency (ARRS), Program Coordinator: Matjaž Valant
  • BI-RS/20-21-021; Composites and Van der Waals heterostructures of topological insulators and transition metal dichalcogenides as new types of catalytic materials, (2020-2021), Agencija za raziskovalno dejavnost RS, vodja projekta: Matjaž Valant
  • Prototyping of a solid-state grid energy storage system, (2019-2020), Institute CES, Institute of Science and Technology d.o.o., Program Coordinator: Matjaž Valant
  • NI-0002; A multidisciplinary approach to the treatment and application of waste water to agriculture, (2018-2020), Slovenian Research Agency (ARRS), Program Coordinator: Saim Emin
  • OP20.01285; Metallization of polymeric surface with algae, (2017-2020); European Union (European Regional Development Fund) and Republic of Slovenia, Project Coordinator: Matjaz Valant
  • OP20.01286; Biological remediation of waters polluted with metal ions,(2017-2020); European Union (European Regional Development Fund) and Republic of Slovenia, Program Coordinator: Matjaz Valant
  • CEA/DAM n°4600326685-P6H43, A many-body pertubation theory study of the optical absorption spectrum of “open-shell” defects, (2018-2019) Project Coordinator: Matjaz Valant
  • BI-FR/CEA/17-19-001; Multi-Scale Modeling of E’ kinetics in irradiated MOSFETs, Project Coordinator: Matjaz Valant
  • P2-0377; Heterogeneous photocatalytic processes: hydrogen production, water and air purification, (2013-2018); Slovenian Research Agency (ARRS), Program Coordinator: Matjaz Valant
  • P2-0379; Modeling and simulation of materials in processes, (2017-2018); Slovenian Research Agency (ARRS), Program Coordinator: Sandra Gardonio
  • J2-7157; Topologically designed magnesium alloys for biomedicine use, (2016-2018); Slovenian Research Agency (ARRS), Program Coordinator: Dmytro Orlov
  • BI-CN/17-18-021; Surface Engineering of Nanocrystals and Their Application as Electrochemical Catalysts, (2017-2018); National Center for Nanoscience and Technology, Program Coordinator: Saim Mustafa Emin.
  • GALD d.o.o., Characterization of aluminum oxide coatings (2017-2018) Program Coordinator: Matjaž Valant
  • CEA/DAM n°4600311714/P6H43; Characterization of defects behaviour under an electric field in SiO2 and HfO2, (2017 – 2018), Program Coordinator: Layla Martin-Samos
  • BI-FR/CEA /5100-12/2014-5; Increase of resistance of silicon oxide components under extreme conditions using computer modeling, (2015–2017); Slovenian Research Agency (ARRS), Program Coordinator: Matjaz Valant
  • Development of SiC coating on glass, EIM Capital Partners, San Francisco, USA; (2013-2017) Coordinator: Matjaz Valant
  • BI-IND/15-17-002; Doping of double perovskites with electronic gaps for sensor and spintronic applications, (2015-2017); National Institute for Interdosciplinary Sciences, India, Program Coordinator: Matjaž Valant.
  • 7FP project RegPot-CT-2011-28606; Strengthening University of Nova Gorica Research Potential in Environmental Sciences and Novel Nanomaterials, (2011-2016); Coordinator: Matjaž Valant, Ass. Coordinator: Sandra Gardonio
  • 7FP PCIG11-GA-2012-322114; Heterostructure Nanomaterials for Water Splitting, (2011-2016); HETMAT, Principal Investigator: Saim Emin


  • The French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA), France
  • Istituto Officina dei Materiali (IOM) of the Italian National Research Council, Italy
  • Laboratoire Hubert-Curien, Université Jean Monnet St. Etienne, France
  • Universita’ Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Italy
  • Istituto di Struttura della Materia (CNR, Italy)
  • Elettra Sincrotrone Trieste S.C.p.A., Italy
  • Istituto Nanoscienze, (CNR, Italy)
  • University of Modena and Reggio Emilia (Italy)
  • University of Toronto, Canada
  • Yerevan State University, Armenia
  • University of Barcelona, Spain
  • Universita Ca’Foscari di Venezia, Italy
  • University of Padua (Italy)
  • Institute of Fundamental and Frontier Sciences, University of Electronic Science and Technology of China
  • Department of Mechanical Engineering, LTH, Lund University, Sweden
  • London South Bank University, UK
  • Faculty of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, University of Maribor, Slovenia
  • National Institute of Chemistry, Ljubljana Slovenia
  • Jožef Stefan Institute, Ljubljana, Slovenia
  • Vall-cer d.o.o Ljubljana, Slovenia
  • Seven refractories d.o.o. Divača, Slovenia