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Dr. Sanja Frka Milosavljević

Senior scientist
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Ruđer Bošković Institute, Division for Marine and Environmental Research, Laboratory for marine and atmospheric biogeochemistry, Bijenička c. 54, p.p.180, 10000 Zagreb, Croatia
Curriculum vitae


  • 07/2008    Ph.D in Oceanology, Faculty of Science, University of Zagreb, Zagreb, Croatia; 2001-2008 Postgraduate study of Oceanology, Faculty of Science, University of Zagreb, Zagreb, Croatia;
  • 11/2000   Dipl. Ing. in Chemistry (M.Sc. equivalent); Faculty of Science, University of Zagreb, Zagreb, Croatia;
  • 1995-2000  Undergraduate and graduate study, Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science, University of Zagreb, Zagreb, Croatia


  • IRCELYON, Lyon, France, EUROCHAMP TNA, 2 weeks (2018)
  • The National  Institute of Chemistry, Analytical Chemistry Laboratory, Ljubljana, Slovenia, NEWFELPRO Marie Curie FP7-PEOPLE-2011-COFUND (2014-2016)
  • University of Pannonia, Air Chemistry Group, Veszprém, Hungary, bilateral project; 3 weeks (2010, 2011)
  • Centre for Environmental and Marine Studies, Atmospheric processes and modelling group, Aveiro, Portugal, STSM COST project; 1 month (2011)
  • Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research, Marine chemistry group, Bremerhaven, Germany, DAAD project; 2 months (2008, 2009)
  • University of Gdansk, Institute of Experimental Physics, Gdansk, Poland, Training work on scaling approach of surface pressure-area isotherms of surface films; 1 week (2009)
  • Université de la Méditerranée, Centre d'Océanologie de Marseille, Marseille, France, Training and work on TLC/FID instrumentation for lipid analysis; 1 week (2007)
  • University of Leeds, Department of Self-Organising Molecular Systems, Leeds, Great Britain, ALIS project and Royal Society project; 3 months (2003, 2006)
  • University of Tromsø, Norwegian College of Fishery Science, Norway, Norwegian Research Council project, CPSEE program; 10 days (2002)
  • Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry, Göttingen, Germany, Training and work on reflection spectroscopy and Brewster angle microscopy; 10 days (2002)

Research Areas


  • Cogito “Hubert Curien project: "Photochemistry of marine phytoplankton surfactant films at the air-water interface: impact to atmospheric particle formation", 2021–2023
  • DAAD project: "Diurnal dynamics on the sea-atmosphere interface", 2020–2022
  • Croatian Science Foundation: Young researchers' career development project – training of new doctoral students, 2019–2023
  • Croatian science foundation project: "Biochemical responses of oligotrophic Adriatic surface ecosystems to atmospheric deposition inputs (BiREADI)", 2018-2022 (PI)
  • EUROCHAMP-2020 TNA project: "Atmospheric deposition impacts on biochemistry and photochemistry of the sea surface layers of oligotrophic systems", 2018 (PI)
  • Croatian-Slovenian bilateral project "Estimating the role of marine biogenic organosulfur compunds in the formation and properties of atmospheric organic aerosol", 2016-2017 (PI)
  • Marie Curie FP7-PEOPLE-2011-COFUND program: NEWFELPRO project "Chemical nature of size segregated water soluble organic aerosols and their nitro-aromatic constituents", 2014-2017 (PI)
  • ACTRIS-2 (Aerosols, Clouds, and Trace gases Research InfraStructure Network), 2015-2019 - PI/contact person from Ruđer Bošković Institute as associate partner
  • ACTRIS (Aerosols, Clouds, and Trace gases Research InfraStructure Network), 2011-2015 - PI/ contact person from Ruđer Bošković Institute as associate partner
  • Cost Action ES0801 STSM project "Organic aerosol speciation: learning and implementation to the sea surface microlayer study", 2011 (PI)


  • INTERREG V-A Italy-Croatia CBC Programme 2014-2020 INNOVAMARE, 2020–2022
  • MILAN (Sea surface microlayer functioning during night) international experiment, 2017
  • Croatian science foundation: "SPHERE" (The sulphur and carbon dynamics in the sea- and fresh-water environment), 2014-2018 
  • Croatian science foundation: "AMBIOMERES" (Appearance and interaction of biologically important organic molecules and micronutrient metals in marine ecosystem under environmental stress), 2014-2018 
  • Croatian-Chinese bilateral project "Secondary organic aerosols and photochemical pollution", 2014-2015 
  • Croatian-Chinese bilateral project "A comparison of organic matter biogeochemistry in oligotrophic and eutrophic estuary: illustrated by lipids and amino acid enantiomers", 2014-2015 
  • EUSAAR (European Supersites for Atmospheric Aerosol Research), 2010-2011
  • Ministry of science education and sports of the Republic of Croatia:

        - "Nature of organic matter, interaction with traces and surfaces in environment", 2007-2011 

        - "Nature and reactivity of organic matter in the environment", 2002-2006 

  • Croatian-Hungarian bilateral project "Complex investigation of organic aerosols in rural, urban and marine environment", 2009-2010 
  • NATO project "Sensors based on biomembranes for the detection of toxins and pollutants", 2008-2011 
  • DAAD project "A complex study of marine organic matter characterization in seas of the European coastal zone", 2008-2009 
  • Royal Society project "Novel physical chemical techniques to characterize the sea surface microlayer", 2005-2006 
  • ALIS project "Electrochemical studies of sea-surface microlayers", 2002-2003 
  • Norwegian Research Council project, CPSEE program, 2001-2005

Awards and Achievements

  • 12/2022: Ruđer Bošković Institute annual award (2021) for publishing high IF scientific  paper
  • 12/2019: Ruđer Bošković Institute annual award (2018) for publishing high IF scientific  paper
  • 12/2016:Second award for the NEWFELPRO (The New International Fellowship Mobility Programme for Experienced Researchers in Croatia) best project photography
  • 02-03/2011:Short term scientific mission (STSM) Cost Action ES0801 project: "Organic aerosol speciation: learning and implementation to the sea surface microlayer study", 1-month stay and work at Atmospheric processes and modelling group, Centre for Environmental and Marine Studies, Aveiro, Portugal


  • 2014–today:Lecturer of “Physical chemistry of the sea and seawater” at Doctoral study of Oceanology, University of Zagreb, Faculty of Science, Zagreb, Croatia.
  • 2021–today: Lecturer of "Atmospheric chemistry in the marine environment" at Doctoral study of Oceanology, Faculty of Science, University of Zagreb, Zagreb, Croatia.


Journal articles

Scientific and review papers

Conference proceedings papers

Scientific conference proceedings papers

  • Žužul, S., Gluščić, V., Šimić, I., Penezić, A., Milinković, A., Frka, S. & (2022) Natural and anthropogenic impact on levels of total deposited matter and its elemental content at the middle Adriatic. U: Pehnec, G. (ur.)Dvanaesti hrvatski znanstveno-stručni skup "Zaštita zraka 2021" : zbornik radova.

  • Palma Orlović-Leko, Sanja Frka, Abra Penezić, Kristijan Vidović, Stipe Plećaš (2015) Surface activity of atmospheric precipitation and aerosol in Zagreb. U: Biondić, D. Holjević, D. Vizner, M. (ur.)Hrvatske vode na investicijskom valu.
  • Orlović-Leko, P., Frka Milosavljević, S., Kozarac, Z. & Ćosović, B. (2007) Atmospheric Precipitation of Organic Matter in Natural Aquatic System. U: Šimunić, I. (ur.)Znanstveni skup Voda : Hrvatsko blago : zbornik radova ; (Niz Zbornici ; 4).
  • Frka Milosavljević, S., Guigue, C., Goutx, M., Kozarac, Z., Ćosović, B. & Gašparović, B. (2007) Sea surface microlayer: fractionation and analysis. U: Briand, F. (ur.)Rapp. Comm. int. Mer Médit..
  • Gašparović, B., Frka, S. & Kozarac, Zlatica, Nelson, Andrew (2006) Development Of Electrochemical Sensor For Sea-surface Microlayer Characterization By Use Of DOPC. U: Gojo, M. & Mandić, Z. (ur.)Proceedings of the 4th Croatian Symposium on Electrochemistry.
  • Frka, S., Kozarac, Z. & Ćosović, B. (2004) Surface microlayers study in the sea lake (Rogoznica Lake, Middle Adriatic). U: Brian, F. (ur.)Rapp. Medit. 37(2004)198.
  • Nelson, A. & Frka, S. (2004) Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy to understand interactions in phospholipid layers. U: Gojo, M. (ur.)Zbornik radova 3. hrvatskog simpozija o elektrokemiji.
  • Frka, S., Kozarac, Z. & Ćosović, B. (2001) Electrochemical investigations of sea surface microlayer samples. U: Gojo, M. (ur.)Zbornik radova 2.Hrvatskog simpozija o elektrokemiji.


Doctoral dissertation

  • Frka Milosavljević, S. (2008) 'Physico chemical characteristics of the sea surface microlayer', doktorska disertacija, Prirodoslovno matematički fakultet, Zagreb.

Membership in professional associations / societies

  • Member of the Ethics Committee at RBI, 2021–2024; 2018–2021
  • Member of the Scientific board of Division for marine and environmental research, RBI, 2018–2023
  • Member of the Committee for creating recommendations for Mentorship regulation at RBI, 2011
  • Editorial board member: International Journal of Science, Technology and Society
  • Editorial board member: Research Journal of Ecology and Environmental Science
  • Guest editor of the Special issue in Toxics: Pollution Levels and Deposition Processes of Airborne Pollutants: Temporal Variabilities and Source Identification
  • Technical Program Committee member: 13th International Conference on Environmental Pollution and Public Health (EPPH 2023), Sanya, China
  • Scientific committee (reviewer) member of the European Aerosol Conference 2019, Gothenburg, Sweden
  • Scientific committee (reviewer) member and session chairman at the European Aerosol Conference 2017, Zurich, Switzerland
  • Scientific committee (reviewer) member of the 6th International conference Water resources in Mediterranean basin (Watmed 6) 10–12 October 2012, Sousse, Tunisia
  • Project evaluator: Croatian Science Foundation, French National Research Agency
  • Management Committee member and participant of: COST CA21138 Joint effects of CLimate Extremes and Atmospheric depositioN on European FORESTs (2022–2026), CA17136 Indoor Air Pollution (2019–2023); CA16109 Chemical On-line composition and source apportionment of fine aerosol (2017–2021); CA TD1105-EuNetAir European Network on New Sensing Technologies for Air-Pollution Control and Environmental Sustainability (2012–2016); participant CA 735 What is the sea surface microlayer? Towards a unified physical, chemical and biological definition of the air-ocean interface (2007–2011); CA ES0801 The Ocean Chemistry of bioactive trace elements and paleoclimate proxies (2007–2011)
  • Marie Curie Alumni Association member (2018–today)
  • Full member of Scientific Committee on Oceanic Research (SCOR) working group on Sea surface microlayer (2013–2016)
  • Member of the Committee for creating recommendations for Mentorship regulation at RBI, 2011;
  • Member: European Geoscience Union, Croatian Air Pollution Prevention Association, Croatian Chemical Society, The Croatian Society of Chemical Engineers, International Electrochemical Society, Society of Chemical Technology Studies of University of Zagreb
  • Journal reviewer: Environmental Science & Technology, Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, Atmosphere, Atmospheric Environment, Journal of Geophysical Research, Science of the Total Environment, Marine Environmental Research, Frontiers in Marine Science, Progress in Oceanography, Marine Chemistry, Elementa, Kemija u industriji, Journal of Visualized Experiments, Gels, Journal of Environmental Science and Technology, Waters, etc.

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