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Chairwoman of the Board of Experts

  • prof. dr. Majda Žigon

Majda Žigon received her PhD from the University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Chemistry and Chemical Technology. She is a senior research scientist and the President of the Scientific Council of the Centre of Excellence for Polymer Materials and Technologies (PoliMaT) in Ljubljana, Slovenia, and is professor for chemistry of materials at the University of Ljubljana. She was the researcher at the National Institute of Chemistry in Ljubljana from 1973 to 2012 and served as the head of the Laboratory for Polymer Chemistry and Technology from 1997. At the University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Chemistry and Chemical Technology, she lectured polymer chemistry for undergraduate students (1998-2006) and Structure and Stereochemistry of Polymers for graduate students (1999-2009). At the Academy of Fine Arts and Design she has been teaching Technology of Plastics since 1998. At the Polymer Technology College in Slovenj Gradec she has been teaching Polymer Engineering since 2009 and the Properties and Characterization of Polymers and Polymeric Materials since 2010. 

Her research focus is on the synthesis and characterization of various synthetic polymers (conductive polymers, liquid crystalline polyurethanes, hyperbranched polyesters, biodegradable and amphiphilic copolymers) and polymer nanocomposites. She was the leader of Slovenian research programs and projects and participated in international research projects. The results of her research were published in more than 150 articles, of which over 100 were indexed by SCI. She received a Prešeren student Award In 1974 and Boris Kidrič Fund Award in 1989.

She served as the president of the European Polymer Federation (EPF) in 2006-2007, was the president of the Section of Polymers of the Slovenian Chemical Society in 2001 - 2008, and the President of the Central and East European Polymer Network (CEEPN) in 2012. She was the national representative of Slovenia to the European Polymer Federation  in 2000-2008 and to the Polymer Division of the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) in 2008-2013. She was the organizer of international conferences European Polymer Congress 2007 in Portoroz and Austrian-Slovenian Polymer Meeting 2013 in Bled. She was also the field editor for polymers in the journal Materials and Technology in 1997-2011 and a member of international advisory boards of several journals. She is the member of editorial boards of the journals Acta Chimica Slovenica since 2001 and International Journal of Polymer Analysis and Characterization since 2006. 

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