Under the activity T.2.2: PhD Employment & Secondments, three researchers were employed on the FP7-REGPOT-2008-1:T-Pot project for the period of two years, starting from 1st of September 2009. They are employed at the Department for Textile Chemistry & Ecology.
Scientific expertise of the Department is based on the following disciplines: textile pretreatment, inter surface phenomena, textile surface modification, finishing and microwave processes, dyeing, printing, colour measurement, system of colour management, flammability of textile materials, textile care, research of multifunctional effects and analysis of water involved in textile processes considered from an ecological aspect. These activities are mainly materialized within the frame of scientific research projects, technological development projects or international cooperation within European and bilateral projects.
The project employed three researchers:
• Marina Turalija
• Eva Magovac
• Zorana Kovačević.
Marina Turalija is currently at the research secondment in duration of 6 months at EMPA - Swiss Federal laboratories for materials Testing and Research. She graduated from University of Zagreb, Faculty of Textile Technology in 2000 majoring Chemical technology. She has 7 years working experience at the Ministry of the Interior General Police Directorate Forensic Science Centre where she gained experience in stereo and comparative microscopy. Prior to this job she was working for 2 months in CSIRO (Scientific and Industrial Research for Australia) and gained basic skills in the areas of: scanning electron microscopy (SEM), x-ray analysis, image analysis, sample preparation and digital imaging techniques.
Eva Magovac graduated in 2002 at the Faculty of Textile Technology, majoring Textile and Clothes Design and Engineering. She has seven years of work experience in the textile and leather industry. She worked for many Croatian and foreign companies as a commercialist, graphic designer for leather and textiles, cost engineer, development technologist and development manager. She gained work experience in following companies: Pazin Textiles d.o.o., Lola Ribar d.d., Mr. Joseph d.o.o., MKZ d.o.o., Magma d.d. etc. She has also participated in several Croatian and international seminars and specialization in the field of textile production and product development.
Zorana Kovačević graduated in 2009 at the Faculty of Textile Technology, majoring Textile and Clothes Design and Engineering. The topic of her master thesis was Cotton materials of enhanced value for special purposes.
With the desire to create the material of enhanced value natural zeolite (clinoptilolite) was used for the functionalization of cotton fabrics. At the end, design of the potentially new textile products of enhanced values was developed to be used for special purposes.
Figure 1: Researchers Eva Magovac and Zorana Kovačević at the Department of Textile Chemistry & Ecology