MPŠ MP&Scaron MP&Scaron MP&Scaron Avtorji

Jožef Stefan
Postgraduate School

Jamova 39
SI-1000 Ljubljana

Phone: +386 1 477 31 00
Fax: +386 1 477 31 10


Course Description

Nanoparticles, colloidal and surface chemistry


Nanosciences and Nanotechnologies, third-level study programme


prof. dr. Darja Lisjak
prof. dr. Darko Makovec
prof. dr. Saša Novak Krmpotič


Students get to learn about the specific physico-chemical properties of nanoparticles with emphasis on structural and surface properties. They get to know the most relevant methods for controlled synthesis of nanoparticles, also in correlation with the development/design of new advanced materials. A special focus will be devoted to the colloidal stabilization and surface functionalization of nanoparticles and characterization methods of surface charge of nanoparticles and macroscopic surfaces. The presented topics will be supported with examples from nature, research and industry. Variety of applications of nanoparticles and colloids in medicine, food and technics will be presented.


Basics on nanoparticles: structural, magnetic, electro-optical and chemical properties of nanoparticles.
Controlled synthesis of nanoparticles.
Physico-chemical properties of the nanoparticles' and macroscopic surfaces: surface charge, electrokinetic properties, interparticle forces in suspensions and preparation of suspensions.
Surfactants, functionalization and tailoring of nanoparticles' surfaces.
Self-assembly and directed assembly of colloidal nanoparticles into functional materials.
Analytical methods for the characterization of surface properties of nanoparticles and macroscopic surfaces (zeta potential, wetting).
Correlation between surface the chemistry of particles and rheological properties of their colloidal suspensions.
Selected examples from nature, research, production technology, and applications of nanoparticles and colloids in medicine, food, technics, etc.

Course literature:

1. T. Sugimoto, Monodispersed Particles, Elsevier, 2001.
2. M.-I. Baraton, Synthesis, Functionalization and Surface Treatment of Nanoparticles, American Science Publications, 2003.
3. G. Schmid, Nanoparticles - From Theory to Application, Wiley-VCH, 2004.
4. Physical Chemistry of Surfaces, 6th Edition, ed. A. W. Adamson, A. P. Gast, John Willey & Sons Inc, 1997
5. Emulsions, Foams, and Suspensions: Fundamentals and Applications, ed. L. L. Schramm, Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, 2005
6. Introduction to Colloid and Surface Chemistry, 4th Edition, ed. D. J. Shaw, Butterworth, 2000
7. Electrical Phenomena at Interfaces: Fundamentals, Measurements, and Applications, ed. A. Kitahara, A. Watanabe,Marcel Dekker Inc., 1984
8. Electrophoretic Deposition of Nanomaterials, ed. J. H. Dickerson, A. R. Boccaccini, Springer, 2012
9. J. N. Israelachvili, Intermolecular and Surface Forces, Academic Press Inc. LTD, 1985
10. M. Hosokawa, K. Nogi, M. Naito and T. Yokoyama (Eds.), Nanoparticle Technology Handbook, Elsevier BV., 2008
11. R. F. Probstein, Physicochemical Hydrodynamics, John Wiley & Sons, 2003
12. F. Caruso (Ed.), Colloids and Colloid Assemblies, Wiley-VCH, 2006
13. Up-to-date review articles

Significant publications and references:

LISJAK, Darja, PLOHL, Olivija, PONIKVAR-SVET, Maja, MAJARON, Boris. Dissolution of upconverting fluoride nanoparticles in aqueous suspensions. RSC Adv., 2015, 5, 27393-27397.
LISJAK, Darja, OVTAR, Simona, KOVAČ, Janez, GREGORATTI, Luca, ALEMAN, Belen, AMATI, Matteo, FANETTI, Mattia, MAKOVEC, Darko. A surface-chemistry study of barium ferrite nanoplates with DBSa-modified surfaces. Appl. Surf. Sci., 2014, 305, 366-374.
LISJAK, Darja, JENUŠ, Petra, MERTELJ, Alenka. The influence of the morphology of ferrite nanoparticles on the directed assembly into magnetically anisotropic hierarchical structures. Langmuir, 2014, 30, 6588-6595.
MERTELJ, Alenka, LISJAK, Darja, DROFENIK, Mihael, ČOPIČ, Martin. Ferromagnetism in suspensions of magnetic platelets in liquid crystal. Nature, 2013, 504, 237-241.
LISJAK, Darja, DROFENIK, Mihael. Chemical substitution - an alternative strategy for controlling the particle size of barium ferrite. Cryst. Growth Design, 2012, vol. 12, 5174-5179.
LISJAK, Darja, OVTAR, Simona. Directed assembly of BaFe12O19 particles and the formation of magnetically oriented films. Langmuir, 2011, 27, 14014-14024.

KRALJ, Slavko, MAKOVEC, Darko. Magnetic assembly of superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticle clusters into nanochains and nanobundles. ACS nano, 2015, 9, 9700-07.
PRIMC, Darinka, MAKOVEC, Darko. Composite nanoplatelets combining soft-magnetic iron oxide with hard-magnetic barium hexaferrite. Nanoscale, 2015, 7, 2688-97.
KRALJ, Slavko, DROFENIK, Mihael, MAKOVEC, Darko. Controlled surface functionalization of silica-coated magnetic nanoparticles with terminal amino and carboxyl groups. J. Nanopart. Res., 2011, 13, 2829-41.
MAKOVEC, Darko, KODRE, Alojz, ARČON, Iztok, DROFENIK, Miha. Structure of manganese zinc ferrite spinel nanoparticles prepared with co-precipitation in reversed microemulsions. J. Nanopart. Res., 2009, 11, 1145-58.
PUŠNIK, Klementina, PETERLIN, Mojca, KRALJ CIGIĆ, Irena, MAROLT, Gregor, KOGEJ, Ksenija, MERTELJ, Alenka, GYERGYEK, Sašo, MAKOVEC, Darko. Adsorption of amino acids, aspartic acid, and lysine onto iron-oxide nanoparticles. J Phys. Chem. C, Nanomaterials and interfaces, 2016, 120, 14372-81.

NOVAK, Saša, KOENIG, Katja, IVEKOVIĆ, Aljaž. Electrophoretic deposition in production of ceramic matrix composites. V: DICKERSON, James H. (ur.), BOCCACCINI, Aldo R. (ur.). Electrophoretic deposition of nanomaterials, (Nanostructure science and technology). New York: Springer, cop. 2011, str. 295-348.
CANNIO, M., NOVAK, Saša, BESRA, L., BOCCACCINI, Aldo R. Electrophoretic deposition. V: BANSAL, Narottam P. (ur.), BOCCACCINI, Aldo R. (ur.). Ceramics and composites processing methods. Hoboken: Wiley, 2012, str. 517-549
KALIN, Mitjan, NOVAK, Saša, VIŽINTIN, Jože. Surface charge as a new concept for boundary lubrication of ceramics with water. Journal of physics. D, Applied physics, 2006, vol. 39, str. 3138-3149NOVAK, Saša, IVEKOVIĆ, Aljaž, HATTORI, Y. Production of bulk SiC parts by electrophoretic deposition from concentrated aqueous suspension. Advances in applied ceramics, 2014, vol. 113, str. 14-21,
NOVAK, Saša, KOVAČ, Janez, DRAŽIĆ, Goran, FONTE FERREIRA, José Marija, QUARESMA, S. Surface characterisation and modification of submicron and nanosized silicon carbide powders. Journal of the European ceramic society, ISSN 0955-2219., 2007, vol. 27, str. 3545-3550
LORENZETTI, Martina, DOGŠA, Iztok, STOŠICKI, Tjaša, STOPAR, David, KALIN, Mitjan, KOBE, Spomenka, NOVAK, Saša. The influence of surface modification on bacterial adhesion to titanium-based substrates. ACS applied materials & interfaces, ISSN 1944-8244., 2015, vol. 7, str. 1644-1651


Seminar (50 %)
Oral presentation of the seminar/exam (50 %)

Students obligations:

Oral presentation of the seminar/exam