Since 1st of October 2009 Prof. Andrea Katović from the University of Calabria, Faculty of Engineering, Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering has been recruited at the Department of Textile Chemistry & Ecology, Faculty of Textile Technology, University of Zagreb. She will be temporary employed as an experienced researcher on the T-Pot project in two shifts:
• First one: from October 2009 till April 2010 and
• Second one: from September 2010 till March 2011.
One of the measures conducted within the T-Pot project with the purpose of raising the competitiveness of TTF and TSRC is recruitment of experienced researcher, particularly as a means of encouraging the return of nationals having left the country. Such a measure can be an important way to benefit from the flow of knowledge coming from the nationals who spend a period of time outside the country either for research or education.
Prof. Katović graduated in Chemistry in 1985 and received Master Science degree in Physical Chemistry and Radiochemistry in 1989 at the Faculty of Sciences and Mathematics, University of Zagreb. Her PhD thesis was accepted by the Scientific Council of the Rudjer Boskovic Institute in 1990 and issued in 1991 by University of Zagreb. From 1985 till 1992 she was employed at the Rudjer Boskovic Institute at the Department of Nuclear Energy, first at the Technology and Protection Laboratory for Colloidal Chemistry and later at the Laboratory for Synthesis of New Materials.
Since 1993 she has been working at the University of Calabria (UNICAL). Her actual research activities comprise preparation and characterization of micro and mesoporous materials that are interesting for catalysis and adsorption as well as liquid phase heterogeneous catalysis with a special emphasis on ecosustainability of materials and processes.
Figure 1: Organization scheme of the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Calabria, Italy
The University of Calabria http://www.unical.it , a medium-sized university with about 36,000 students situated in Southern Italy, is a public institution established in 1972. University of Calabria has 6 Faculties (Economics; Engineering; Humanities; Mathematical, Physical and Natural Sciences; Pharmacy and Nutritional Sciences; Political Science) The research activity at UNICAL is organized in 25 Departments and several interdepartmental research centres. The high quality of the research activities carried out at the University of Calabria is significantly represented by two national Excellence Centers promoted by the Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research, namely the High-Performance Computing Centre and the Centre of Nanostructured Materials for Photonic and Optoelectronic Applications. The top-level quality of the research has also been acknowledged by the high rating of the National Committee for the Evaluation of Research (CIVR).
The University of Calabria is currently developing research projects in cooperation with other Italian universities, both public and private, through the creation of a network linking it to the Italian innovation system. Over the last few years, numerous research projects have been funded by the Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research and by Research Institutes and Agencies (CAR, ASIA, ENEMA, INN and INFO, later merged with CAR) as well as by the European Commission and countless public and private institutions on a regional and national scale.
The University has also entered into a number of agreements with international institutions, for research activities both at a European and extra-European level, and for researcher training, such as in the case of PhD courses.
Prof. Katović’s experimental skills are based on the use of the following instruments:
• Atomic Absorption Spectrometry (AAS)
• High performance liquid chromatography (HPLC)
• Infrared Spectroscopy (FT-IR)
• Powder X-ray diffraction (XRD)
• Surface area measurements (nitrogen porosimetry)
• Scanning electron microscopy (SEM)
• Thermal analysis (TG-DSC and TG-DTA)
• UV-VIS Spectroscopy.
Because of the purchase of the equipment for thermal analysis and SEM within the framework of T-pot project her experience will be of great importance for her new research group at the TTF.
Figure 2: Prof. Andrea Katović with her new research group at the Faculty of Textile Technology, University of Zagreb