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Jožef Stefan
Postgraduate School

Jamova 39
SI-1000 Ljubljana

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


Nanosciences and Nanotechnologies

Programme Description

Nanoscience is an emerging field, which researches the nature and the use of systems by using components of nanometre size. It comprises an assortment of scientific areas with potential applications in almost all branches of industry. The basic goal of nanoscience is to understand the structure and dynamics of materials at the atomic and molecular level on which their macroscopic properties are based. By understanding how to micromanipulate atoms and molecules it is possible to create new molecules, devices and machines with completely unique properties and applications. As examples, we can cite projects for building atomic size computer components on silicon chips, constructing new molecules that can sense particular viruses and bacteria, magnets at the level of molecules, micromotors, and molecules that can use sunlight to control environmental pollutants.

Basic Objectives of the Programme

The basic objective of this programme is to qualify the candidate for:

A)  General competences

  • ability for individual research work on the field of nanosciences and nanotechnologies,
  • ability to research, select and organize information, as well as synthesize solution and anticipate their consequences,
  • mastering of research methods, procedures and processes, development of critical and self-critical assessment,
  • ability to use knowledge in practice,
  • autonomy in professional work, as well as responsible and creative performance of activities,
  • development of communication abilities and skills, particularly for communication in international environment,
  • ethical reflection and commitment to professional ethics and regulations,
  • cooperativeness, work on joint assignments and problems within a group and in international environment.

B)  Subject-specific competences

  • knowing the basic laboratory and spectroscopic techniques in nanoscience and nanotechnology,
  • understanding the systems at atomic and molecular scale,
  • ability to combine various skills and knowledge to identify and analyze nanotechnological issues,
  • ability to analyze ethical aspects of practices, institutions and valuations  associated with nanotechnology,
  • continuing research & development work in the field of nanotechnology,
  • knowing the concepts of nanotechnology,
  • obtaining the basic natural-science and technical knowledge in the field of nanotechnology in the form of combining the existing solution.

Research Areas

The Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Programme is a cross-disciplinary postgraduate study programme comprising the following research areas:

  • Nanomaterials and nanochemistry,
  • Nanophysics (including the physics of ultrathin layers, physics of nanotubes, physics of lateral nanostructures, physics of quantum dots, and methods for the analysis of nanostructures and the nanomanipulation of atoms and molecules),
  • Biosciences,
  • Advanced metalic materials,
  • Nanomechanics (including the mechanics of time dependent materials).

All the courses include the provision of basic skills for successful communication with experts in the areas of economic and civil law, corporate microeconomics and project management, and the basics of sustainable development.

Special emphasis will be placed on research into:

  • Nanocomposites and hybrid materials,
  • "Smart" ceramic materials and thin films,
  • Submicron fibres,
  • Nanochemistry involving the synthesis of new molecules through the manipulation of individual atoms,
  • Structural and molecular biology as prerequisites for utilizing knowledge of the human genome, understanding biological functions of particular proteins and the processes involving them,
  • Biomaterials, particularly new types of agents and direct delivery of agents to the target sites,
  • Molecular motors,
  • "Smart" ferroelectrics and piezoelectrics,
  • Organic and inorganic nanotubes, nanowires and quantum dots,
  • "Smart" gels,
  • Materials potentially usable for miniaturizing electronic components and elements for quantum computers,
  • Materials usable for “spintronics” where spins are used instead of electrons to perform logic and other operations, and where a new degree of miniaturization is expected,
  • New research techniques and methods to study the structure and dynamics of nanomaterials.

Similarly, there is a possibility for developing new areas in chemistry and pharmacy where new compounds are synthesized at the molecular level. The programme thus integrates a number of natural science and technical disciplines. Special emphasis is placed on the project-based research work of students, mentors and professors as an integral part of the study programme. Target knowledge and skills, which will be obtained by students in the areas of civil and commercial law, microeconomics, patent and intellectual property law, and the methods of raising "venture" capital, should enable the students, upon the completion of their studies, to better communicate with experts in these areas in order to develop and commercialize the results of nanotechnological research.

Credit Framework

All credits for the third-level study programme180 credits
Required courses30 credits
Elective courses30 credits
Individual research work
120 credits


1st YEAR
Required courses:
Seminar I (10 ECTS)
Individual Research Work 1 (20 ECTS)

Student collects 30 credits with courses, from which at least one of the courses should have 10 credits.

Student can collect 6 credits from the following list of courses:
- Corporate Law and Dispute Settlement (3 ECTS)
- Concept of Sustainable Development (3 ECTS)
- Economics for Researchers (3 ECTS)
- Industrial Expert Knowledge and Project Work (3 ECTS)
- Preparation of patent application (3 ECTS)
- Innovation Management (3 ECTS)
- Commercialization of Technology (5 ECTS)
- Science Communication Module 1: Popular science communication Module 2: Scientific publications and project proposals (5 ECTS)
- Contemporary mathematical and statistical methods in natural sciences and engineering (5 ECTS)

2nd YEAR
Required courses:
Seminar II (10 ECTS)
Individual Research Work 2 (50 ECTS)

3rd YEAR
Required courses:
Seminar III (10 ECTS)
Individual Research Work 3 (20 ECTS)
Doctoral Dissertation (30 ECTS)

Analysis and Prediction of 3D Protein Structure, 5 ECTS
Bioimaging, 5 ECTS
Bioceramic Materials, 5 ECTS
Biology of Stem Cells, 5 ECTS
Biomolecular Simulations, 5 ECTS
Dielectric and Caloric Properties of Nanomaterials, 5 ECTS
Doctoral Dissertation, 30 ECTS
Economics and Society, 5 ECTS
Economics for Researchers, 3 ECTS
Electrical, Optical and Magnetic Properties of Nanomaterials, 5 ECTS
Electrochemical Processes and Corrosion Protection, 5 ECTS
EPR Spectroscopy of Nanomaterials, 5 ECTS
Evolutionary Genomics, 5 ECTS
Physics of Materials, 10 ECTS
Physics of Nanomaterials, 10 ECTS
In Vitro Manipulation of Stem Cells, 5 ECTS
Individual Research Work 1, 20 ECTS
Individual Research Work 2, 30 ECTS
Individual Research Work 2, 50 ECTS
Individual Research Work 3, 20 ECTS
Industrial Seminar, 5 ECTS
Industrial Expert Knowledge and Project Work, 3 ECTS
Innovation Management, 3 ECTS
Selected Topics in Biophysics, 5 ECTS
Selected Topics in Immunobiology, 5 ECTS
Selected Topics in Molecular Immunobiology, 5 ECTS
Advanced Topics in Protein Synthesis, 5 ECTS
Characterization of Metallic Materials, 5 ECTS
Characterisation of Structure, 5 ECTS
Materials Chemistry, 10 ECTS
Ceramic Materials, 5 ECTS
Classical and Quantum Chaos, 5 ECTS
Commercialization of Technologies, 5 ECTS
Science Communication Module 1: Popular Science Communication, Module 2: Scientific Publications and Project Proposals, 5 ECTS
Concept of Sustainable Development, 3 ECTS
Universe in a Droplet of Liquid Crystal, 5 ECTS
Quantitation of Nucleic Acids, 5 ECTS
Magnetic Relaxation and Resonance of Nanomaterials, 5 ECTS
Mechanism and Biological Implications of Protein Aggregation, 10 ECTS
Soft Matter, 5 ECTS
Soft Matter and Soft Nanocomposites, 5 ECTS
Microscopy of Nanomaterials, 5 ECTS
Microscopical and Microanalytical Methods, 10 ECTS
Drug Design Based on Molecular and QSAR Modelling, 5 ECTS
Nanobiophysics, 5 ECTS
Nanoparticles, colloidal and surface chemistry, 5 ECTS
Nanosafety, 5 ECTS
Advanced Experimental Methods in Biophysics, 5 ECTS
Advanced Processing of Materials, 5 ECTS
Advanced Topics in Nanosciences and Nanotechnologies, 10 ECTS
Advanced Metallic Materials, 10 ECTS
Contemporary Mathematical and Statistical Methods in Natural Sciences and Engineering, 5 ECTS
Computer Methods in Nanosciences, 5 ECTS
From Crystals to 3D Structure of Macromolecules, 10 ECTS
Plasma Nanoscience, 5 ECTS
Corporate Law and Dispute Settlement, 3 ECTS
Surfaces and Interfaces, 5 ECTS
Preparation of Patent Application, 5 ECTS
Preparation of Patent Application, 3 ECTS
Processing and Nanomagnetism, 10 ECTS
Processing and Nanomagnetism of Complex Intermetallic Alloys, 10 ECTS
Programmed Cell Death, 10 ECTS
Protease Degradome in Cancer Progression, 5 ECTS
Protein Toxins -Characterisations and Applications in Cellular Biology, 10 ECTS
Protein and Cell Engineering, 10 ECTS
Proteolysis, 10 ECTS
Protoeolytic Enzymes and Their Inhibitors in Diagnosis and Therapy of Cancer, 5 ECTS
Proteomics, 5 ECTS
X-ray Structure Analysis, 5 ECTS
Self Organization of Matter, 5 ECTS
Seminar I, 10 ECTS
Seminar II, 30 ECTS
Seminar II, 10 ECTS
Seminar III, 10 ECTS
Synthesis of Nanomaterials, 10 ECTS
Magnetic Resonance Imaging, 5 ECTS
Advanced Nanostructured Metallic Materials, 10 ECTS
Stability, Folding and Aggregation of Proteins, 10 ECTS
Shaping Technologies of Nanopowders, 5 ECTS
Liquid Crystals, 5 ECTS
Theory of Nanomaterials, 10 ECTS
Heat Treatment and Surface Engineering of Metals, 5 ECTS
Vacuum Science and Technology, 5 ECTS
Role and Relevance of Animal Models in Understanding Tumor Progression, 5 ECTS