Phone: +386 2 2294 447

e-mail: matjaz.finsgar(at)um.si



  • PhD in Analytical Chemistry (2010)
    • University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Chemistry and Chemical Technology, Slovenia
  • Degree in Chemistry (2001–2006)
    • University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Chemistry and Chemical Technology, Slovenia


Research Interests

Specializations: Analytical Chemistry, Electrochemistry, Surface Analysis, X-Ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy, Time-of-Flight Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometry

Additional Focus: Electrochemical Quartz Crystal Microbalance Technique, Chemometrics, Chromatography, Corrosion and Corrosion Inhibitors


Professional Career

  • University Professor, University of Maribor (2015–Present)
  • Head of the Laboratory of Analytical Chemistry and Industrial Analysis (2015–Present)
  • Vice-Dean for Development Activities and Infrastructure
  • Member of various Senate Committees
  • Researcher at Jožef Stefan Institute, Ljubljana (2010–2012)
  • Young Researcher, Jožef Stefan Institute, Ljubljana (2006–2010)


Fellowships and Internships

  • Postdoctoral Research, BASF SE, Ludwigshafen, Germany (2011–2012)
  • Internship, BASF SE, Ludwigshafen, Germany (2008)


Awards and Honors

  • Zois Award for Outstanding Achievements in Analytical Chemistry (2023)
  • Dean’s Award for Research Achievements, University of Maribor (2023)
  • Finalist at the Mentor of the Year (2022)
  • France Prešeren Award, University of Ljubljana (2006)
  • Recognition at the 59th Meeting of Nobel Laureates (2009)


Scientific Activity and Impact

  • Over 6400 citations (Google Scholar) and 4300 citations (Scopus, without self-citation)
  • h-index of 33 (Google Scholar) and 28 (WoS/Scopus)
  • More than 560 bibliographic units, including over 140 scientific articles
  • Invited speaker at international conferences and universities
  • Ranked in the top 2% of scientists globally by Stanford University (2019–2023)


Acquired Research Funds Summary

Slovenian Research Agency (ARIS) Funding

  • Principal investigator for various projects, indicating leadership and research excellence.
  • Projects include:
    • Z1-6737: Focus on innovative analytical chemistry methodologies.
    • J1-9169: Electrochemistry and corrosion research.
    • J1-2470: Development of new electroanalytical techniques for biomaterial research.
    • Two bilateral projects
    • International project (NK-0001): Slovenia-China.
  • Eight international industrial projects: Industry-focused research applications.
  • Ten national industrial projects: National-level research impact.
  • Member of Textile Chemistry and Advanced Textile Materials (P2-0118)
    • Ongoing since 2022.
    • Emphasis on integrating chemistry with textile technology.
  • Participation in 24 ARRS Projects
    • Engaged as a project member in research led by other principal investigators.
  • Diverse range of projects, underlining interdisciplinary collaboration.
  • Coordination of National Research Infrastructure Upgrade project (RIUM) at FKKT UM (2019-2023).
    • Aimed at enhancing research capabilities and infrastructure.
  • Involvement in International and Industrial Collaborations
  • Extensive engagement in projects with both academic and industry partners.
  • Demonstrates the application of research outcomes in real-world scenarios.


Editorial and Review Work

  • Reviewer for over 170 scientific journals


Teaching and Mentorship

  • Lecturer for Bachelor, Master, and PhD programs at University of Maribor
  • Mentor/co-mentor to 65 theses, currently mentoring 5 PhD students
  • PKP (sln. Po kreativni poti do znanja) project coordinator (2017–2020)


Student Awards under Mentorship

  • Krka Special Award (2023)
  • Rector’s Award for Academic Achievements, UM (2022)
  • Andrej Perlach Award for Research and Artistic Achievements, UM (2022)
  • Henkel Award (2016, 2021)
  • L’ORÉAL – UNESCO Award for Women in Science (2019)
  • Pomurje Doctoral Dissertation Research Award (2019)
  • KRKA Awards for Doctoral and Master’s Theses (2018, 2019, 2020)
  • Dean’s Awards – Gold, Silver, Bronze (2017, 2019, 2024)
  • Silver Award, “Young for the Progress of Maribor” (2015)


Personal bibliography

  • ORDIC 0000-0002-8302-9284
  • Scopus ID: 22940756500
  • Web of Science ID: AAL-1369-2021
  • ARIS code: 28477