Research activity

Strategy of Research Work

The main research interest of the laboratory of Inorganic Chemistry at UM will be focused towards further development of modern methods for the synthesis of inorganic nanoparticles. Nanosized inorganic materials have been the subject of intense investigation in recent years due to their unique properties, which has led to their application in different areas like drug delivery, hyperthermia, semiconductors and solar cells. The Laboratory of Inorganic Chemistry will further develop the synthesis of inorganic nanoparticles using inverse micelles method, hydro/solvothermal synthesis, microwave synthesis and ultrasonic synthesis. Properties of the as-prepared materials will be measured by different methods like thermal analysis, X-ray powder diffraction, particle size and zeta- potential measurements and transmission/scanning electron microscopy. Another research area of the laboratory will be the synthesis and characterization of transition metal coordination complexes with N-donor ligands, which will be further extended towards rare earth elements due to their interesting luminescence properties. Research of complex fluorometallates, which are of particular interest in studying hydrogen bonds, will also be continued. The products will be characterized by thermal analysis, powder- and single crystal X-ray diffraction, magnetic measurements and FTIR spectroscopy.

Research Activity

  • Synthesis of magnetic inorganic nanoparticles using a reverse micelle technique
  • Hydrothermal synthesis of magnetic nanoparticles
  • Synthesis of magnetic nanoparticles for use in preparation of magnetic fluids
  • Synthesis of inorganic compounds by sonochemical reactions
  • Synthesis and characterisation of coordination compounds with N-donor ligands
  • Synthesis and characterisation of fluorometalates
  • Corrosion of biomaterials in simulated body fluids

Research Equipment

  • High energy ball mill 8000 M, Spex
  • Tube furnace CTF, Carbolite Furnaces
  • Ultrasonicsonificator VCX-750, Sonics
  • Laboratory furnace Bosio
  • X-Ray Diffractometer D 5005, Bruker Axs
  • Autoclave PARR 5500, Parr Instrument
  • TGA/SDTA, 851, Mettler Toledo
  • DSC 20, Mettler
  • DLS and Zeta potential, Zetasizer Nano ZS, Malvern
  • Microwave system Discover SP, CEM
  • Glove Box

Research Programmes and Projects


  • P2-0089: Advanced inorganic magnetic and semiconducting materials Pricipal Researcher: Mihael Drofenik
  • P2-0006(C): Physicochemical effects on the Surface Layers and use of nanoparticles Pricipal Researcher: Peter Krajnc


  • Novo Nordisk Foundation awards grants of DKK 75 million for research on sustainability and health Grant recipient Claus Hélix-Nielsen, Professor, Department of Environmental Engineering, Technical University of Denmark, Lyngby Project title New Enzyme- and Protein-based Wastewater Treatment for Contaminant Degradation and Resource Recovery Co-applicants Maher Abou Hachem, Professor, Department of Biotechnology and Biomedicine, Technical University of Denmark, Lyngby Per Amstrup Pedersen, Professor, Section of Cell Biology and Physiology, Department of Biology, University of Copenhagen, Denmark IRENA BAN, Assistant Professor, LABORATORY FOR INORGANIC CHEMISTRY, FACULTY OF CHEMISTRY AND CHEMICAL ENGINEERING, UNIVERSITY OF MARIBOR, SLOVENIA
  • 2018/2019: PKP – Po kreativni poti do znanja: AL – LANTA: Priprava in karakterizacija materialov v postopku pridobivanja in uporabe aluminija in njegovih spojin; sodelovanje s Talum Inštitut d.o.o.


  • Russia Pricipal Researcher: Irena BAN