CE PoliMaT presents its ideas for collaborative research at the University of Akron
On October 26, 2012, CE PoliMaT presented its research activities and
ideas for collaborative research projects to the audience of professors and
students at the University of Akron.
The meeting was hosted by prof. dr. Alamgir Karim, Professor of Polymer
Engineering and Interim Director of the Institute of Polymer Science and
Polymer Engineering, and chaired by dr. Karim and dr. Anthony Margida, Director
of Entrepreneurial Services at Akron Global Business Accelerator.
The opening speech was held by Mateja
Dermastia, Managing Director of CE PoliMaT and prof. Dr. Majda Žigon, President
of the Scientific Council of CE PoliMaT, Scientific counselor at CE PoliMaT and
National of Institute of Chemistry and professor at the University of Ljubljana.
Mateja Dermastia talked about the
PoliMaT Centre of Excellence, its activities and its cooperation with the city
of Akron, whereas prof. dr. Žigon presented the four priority development areas
of the PoliMaT research programme and introduced the research topics which
would be presented by the PoliMaT researchers.
Dr. Zorica Crnjak Orel, Vice
president of the Scientific Council of CE PoliMaT and Scientific counselor at
CE PoliMaT, National Institute of Chemistry and University of Ljubljana, gave a
presentation on “Preparation and characterization
of nano-to-submicrometer-sized ZnO: incorporation into polymer
matrices for different applications”.
Dr. Aleš Doliška, researcher at CE
PoliMaT and the University of Maribor, gave two presentations: one titled “Development
of coatings for metal-based implants” and the other “Plasma-treated vascular
Dr. Miha Devetak, researcher at CE
PoliMaT, presented "Photosensitive nano-composites for the use in photonics and
polymer composites with ferromagnetic particles for the use in neutron optics".
Mojca Šimnic Šolinc, Commercial Director
and Member of the Board of the Tosama company, a manufacturer of hygienic
products and medical devices and an industrial co-founder of CE PoliMaT, gave a
presentation titled “Wound healing”.
The presentations were followed by
questions from the audience.
The meeting concluded with an
agreement to meet again the following week and discuss the research topics in
detail, with a goal of developing a scientific collaboration between CE PoliMaT
and the University of Akron.
We believe the meeting to be an
important stepping-stone to future collaboration and an effective promotion of
Slovenian science abroad.