Materials Synthesis Department focuses on advanced materials. The aim of our research is to obtain knowledge of materials chemistry for the controlled synthesis of new materials with desirable properties. Materials of interest are nanoparticles, (nano)composites, colloids, magnetic fluids, ceramics for applications in medicine, electronics, chemical technology, biotechnology, ecology, and sensorics.


Open PhD Position: The Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Doctoral Network (MSCA-DN) “Magnetic Soft Matter for Robotics” (MAESTRI, Grant ID 101119614) 

The Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Doctoral Network (MSCA-DN) “Magnetic Soft Matter for Robotics” (MAESTRI, Grant ID 101119614) is an interdisciplinary research training network of seven universities and two companies from five countries. It is founded under “the first pillar” of the Horizon Europe program called “Excellent Science”. MSCA-DN MAESTRI reflects the demand for training a new kind of experts in the emerging application field of magnetic soft robotics that we believe will yield groundbreaking technologies in the near future. It is an interdisciplinary collaboration of specialists from different fields of Materials Science, Biology, Physics, and Engineering Science.

The PhD position is opened for the topic DC2: Incorporation of magnetic nano- and microparticles into soft matter for robotic applications

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On March 4, 2024, the kick-off meeting of the new European doctoral network “Magnetic Soft Matter for Robotics” (MAESTRI) took place at the East Bavarian Technical University (OTH) Regensburg. This doctoral network responds to the existing need to train a new generation of experts in the emerging subfield of soft robotics, which is based on the control of material properties through a magnetic field – magnetic soft robotics. The materials involved are elastomers and complementary fluids filled with micro- and nanometer-sized magnetic particles. The consortium consists of seven academic and two industrial partners in five countries (Denmark, Germany, Italy, Austria, Slovenia), who come from the fields of biology, materials science, physics and robotics. Another three associated partners from the USA, Germany, and Slovenia (The Jožef Stefan International Postgraduate School) are involved in research and teaching transferable skills. The aim of the research program is to demonstrate a series of mobile robots and robot gripping devices with the necessary electronics and control systems. In this project, Department for Materials Synthesis, JSI, (Prof. Darko Makovec, Prof. Darja Lisjak) is responsible for synthesis of the magneto-responsive materials.

Our project NanoFer, Nanodriven ferroic coupling in hexaferrites, was selected for funding in the frame of cooperation between our institute (JSI) and the National Research Council of Italy (CNR). NanoFer is one of the five selected projects that will start in 2024. The studies will be led by Layla Martin-Samos (Institute of Materials of the CNR from Trieste) and Darja Lisjak (JSI-K8). Other principal investigators from the JSI are Matic Poberžnik (K3), Hana Uršič (K5), Janez Kovač (F4) and Alenka Mertelj (F7). We are looking for exciting new findings.

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