Division of Materials Physics

Division of Materials Physics

The Division of Materials Physics consists of the laboratories for semiconductors, thin films and molecular physics, and several researchers working independently, with a research staff of 21 and eight Ph.D. candidates. Research is focused on the synthesis and characterization of new and modified nanostructured semiconductors, dielectrics and metallic materials, as well as the investigation of their molecular properties. Our particular interest is in photovoltaics, thermoelectrics, catalysts, and anticorrosive coatings.

Branko Šantić

Head

PhD Branko Šantić

+385 1 457 1278

Administration

Moira Španović

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The Division of Materials Physics is involved in the fundamental and application-oriented study of physical parameters and processes describing and connecting the nano/microscopic, mesoscopic and macroscopic properties of condensed matter and molecules.

Nanoscience and nanotechnology are the most active fields of research and development in the DMP. Various types of nanostructured materials are synthesized: amorphous or nanocrystalline thin films by non-equilibrium processing (magnetron sputtering, ion implantation), nanolaminates, nanocrystalline metals, nanometer-scale ceramics, nanocomposites and spatially ordered nanoparticle arrays in amorphous matrices. The structures of the prepared materials are examined by several methods: X-ray diffraction, small angle X-ray scattering, Raman spectroscopy, electron microscopy, atomic force microscopy (AFM) and others, while physical properties are determined by a plethora of methods: electrical and optical measurements, photoluminescence, electrochemical measurements etc.

The correlation between preparation parameters, structure and physical properties provides thorough insight into physical processes, leading to new physical phenomena and the optimization there of for eventual applications. A new nanospectroscopic instrument will provide a powerful additional impetus for such research. Some materials examined so far exhibit excellent properties as photovoltaics, thermoelectrics, catalysts and anticorrosive coatings.

Fundamental research involving the vibrational spectroscopy of molecular and condensed matter systems is being applied to materials differing according to their preparation methods and compositions: metals, semiconductors, ceramics, molecular crystals and biological substances. Intensive research on strongly nonlinear interaction of light with matter and spontaneous or self-organization processes in condensed systems complete the scope of research in the Division of Materials Physics.

Our Lab was formed in March 2016. We explore the possibility of modifying the properties of thin films of metal oxides, primarily of ZnO and TiO2, by adjusting their nanostructures and activating their surfaces. 

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The laboratory has traditionally focused on studying on optical, structural and vibrational properties of nanostructural materials and molecules by vibrational spectroscopies (Raman and infrared).

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Research in optical materials, thin film and electromagnetic structures.

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  The principal research activity of the Semiconductor lab is in the field of semiconductors.  

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Deposition and characterization of thin metallic and semiconductor films made in magnetron sputtering system.

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Aleksandar Maksimović
dr. sc.

research associate
+385 1 457 1253
1591

Andreja Gajović
PhD

senior scientist
head of the laboratory
+385 1 468 0113
1227

Ankica Šarić
dr. sc.

Senior Research Associate
1392 1391

Boris Okorn

1562
+385989242922

Branko Pivac
PhD

senior scientist
+385 1 456 1068
1268

Branko Šantić
PhD

senior scientist
+385 1 457 1278
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Daniel Meljanac

+385 1 468 0113
1227

Davor Galonja

+385 1 468 0224
1225

Davor Gracin
Dr

Senior scientist
+385 1 468 0237
1426
+ 385 989139770

Davor Ristić
dr. sc.

Junior scientist
+385 1 456 1020
1420
098 662 825

Dubravko Risović
dr.sc.

senior scientist
+385 1 456 1122
1422

Goran Kovačević

+385 1 456 1086
1486

Hrvoje Gebavi

+385 1 456 1122
1422

Ivana Capan
PhD

Senior Research Associate
1312 1272

Ivana Panžić

+385 1 456 1106
1239

Jasmin Forić

1398

Jasna Dasović
dipl. ing.

Research Assistant (PhD student)
+385 1 456 1086
1486

Joško Erceg

1224

Krešimir Salamon
dr. sc.

+385 1 456 1059
1313 1224
095 838 1289

Kristina Tomić

+385 1 456 1059
1313

Krunoslav Juraić
dr. sc.

research associate
+385 1 456 0970
1426

Lovro Basioli

+385 1 456 1173
1373

Maja Buljan
dr. sc.

research associate
+385 1 468 0224
1225

Marijan Gotić
Ph.D.

senior scientist
+385 1 456 1123
1582

Marko Karlušić
dr.sc.

Research associate
+385 1 456 0988
1253

Martina Vrankić
Ph.D.

research assistant
+385 1 456 1120
1320

Moira Španović

+385 1 468 0114
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Nikola Radić
Dr.sc.

Senior Scientist
+385 1 468 0224
1225 1799
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Nikolina Nekić

+385 1 456 1173
1373

Pavo Dubček
phd.

senior research associate
+385 1 456 0988
1253

Sanja Burazer

+385 1 456 1120
1320

Tihomir Car
dr.sc

Reasearch associate
+385 1 456 1059
1313
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Uroš Desnica
Dr. sc. (Ph.D.) Mr. sc., dipl. ing

Scientific Advisor
+385 1 456 1173
1373 1253
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Vedran Đerek
dr. sc.

research assistant
+385 1 456 0982
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Vesna Blažek Bregović
PhD

senior assistant
+385 1 456 1141
1385

Vesna Janicki
PhD

researcher
+385 1 457 1247
1562

Vlasta Mohaček Grošev
PhD

senior research associate
+385 1 456 1020
1420

Effective modulation of ZnO band gap and the modulation mechanism study (ZnO band gap study)

Glavni istraživač / voditelj: Jincheng Fan

With a wide band gap of 3.37eV and a large exciton banding energy of 60meV at room temperature, ZnO has been considered as a promising material for optoelectronic devices, such as short-wavelenghth light-emitting diodes and laser diodes.

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Hybrid Silicon Nanostructures for Sensing

Glavni istraživač / voditelj: Mile Ivanda

The project addresses fundamental physics and chemistry, properties and application of hybrid silicon nanostructures prepared by electrochemical anodisation and low pressure chemical vapour deposition (LPCVD). The project proposal consists of four interrelated research tasks: silicon/hybrid nanostructures for gas sensing; low light infrared detection; surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS) in food technology and spherical optical microresonators in low concentration molecular detection.

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In situ growth optimization of 2D chalcogenides based on transition metals

Glavni istraživač / voditelj: Andreja Gajović

Croatia- Germany collaboration
Foreign partner: Fritz Haber Institute - Max-Planck-Gesellschaft, Department for inorganic chemistry

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Micro-Raman spectroscopy study of bio-ceramic surface composition changes

Glavni istraživač / voditelj: Andreja Gajović

croatian-french program „Cogito“ Partnership Hubert Curien
Foreign partner: University of Valenciennes and Hainaut Cambrési, Laboratoire des Matériaux Céramiques et Procédés Associés (LMCPA)

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New Functional Materials

Glavni istraživač / voditelj: Mile Ivanda

The Center’s research unit New Functional Materials (NFM) will be devoted to the synthesis, characterization, simulation and developing of new functional materials for support and implementation of high-tech industries in Croatia. One of the aims of the NFM is to assemble the efforts, integrate people and promote interdisciplinary research of the RBI laboratories in materials science, the sensor research group of the KONČAR – Institute for Electrotechnik, Institute of Physics and Department of Physics of Medical Faculty, University of Zagreb.

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Quantum semiconductor structures for the next generation devices

Glavni istraživač / voditelj: Branko Pivac

Istraživat će se kompozitni materijali temeljeni na kvantnim strukturama pogodni za napredne sklopove nove generacije.

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XRPD

XRPD recording

Recording diffraction patterns of powder samples of the X-ray diffractometer APD 2000  (ItalStructures Novara, Italy).

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