Research team

Research team

Research team


  • Doc. dr. Thomas Wilhelm

    Doc. dr. Thomas Wilhelm 

    dean 

    Doc. dr. Thomas Wilhelm received his Diploma (M.Sc.) in Chemistry and his Doctorate (Ph.D.) in Science in 1981 and 1986, both from the University of Kaiserslautern, Germany. He as well graduated as Master of Business Adminstration (MBA) from University of Toronto, Canada, in 1998.

    During his professional career he served in various senior management functions for BLANCO GmbH + Co KG (Oberderdingen, Germany), Weidmann Plastics Technology GmbH (Rapperswil, Switzerland), Ensinger GmbH (Nufringen, Germany) and forteq Group (Nidau, Switzerland).

    He joined FTPO in 2016 and serves as Dean of the faculty. His research interests comprise high performance polymers and fillers, biopolymers, recycling and innovative processing methods.

     
  • assoc. prof. dr. Irena Pulko

    assoc. prof. dr. Irena Pulko 

    vice dean for research 

    Assoc. prof. dr. Irena Pulko graduated with B.Sc. (2004) from the University of Maribor and then continued to pursue doctoral studies on porous polymers. During her Ph.D. study, she visited the laboratories of Prof. N. R. Cameron at University of Durham, Prof. C. Slugovc at TU Graz, and Prof. K. Jerabek at Institute of Chemical Process Fundamentals in Prague.

    She obtained her doctorate in 2009 and is currently a teacher and a vice dean for research at Faculty of polymer technology. Her research focus is on the synthesis and characterisation of polymers mainly polymers prepared from high internal phase emulsions, biopolymers and biopolymer composites. She was project manager of the project Creative Core FTPO. She was involved in various research projects, namely FP7 SME 2008-2 Europian project HIP (Development of lowcost, lightweight highly insulating polymers for refrigerated transport, heating and cooling installations), PolyRegion, PolyRegion-Pro Act, Whole Cyrcle, etc..

     
  • assoc. prof. dr. Miroslav Huskić

    assoc. prof. dr. Miroslav Huskić 

    lecturer and researcher 

    Assoc. prof. dr. Miroslav Huskić graduated from the Faculty of Natural Sciences and Technology, Department of Chemistry and Chemical Technology, University of Ljubljana (1987), Master's Degree (1991) and Ph.D. (1995).

    He worked as a post-doc at the Limburgs Universitair Centrum, Diepenbeek, (now the University of Hasselt) in Belgium (1997-98). In the years 1994-2018, he was employed at the Chemical Institute, Department of Polymer Chemistry and Technology, in Ljubljana. He was the director and co-owner of the company Nanosvet d.o.o. (2006-14), president of the Technical Committee SIST / TC-IPMA Polymer Materials and Products, at the Slovenian Institute for Standardization (2001-07) and the Director of the Center for Excellence PoliMaT (since 2015).

    With FTPO he has been involved, educational or as a researcher, since 2009, when he was elected to assistant professor, and in 2015 he was appointed associate professor.

    In his research work he dealt with the synthesis and characterization (thermal, chemical, rheological) of various polymers, and the preparation of polymer composites and nanocomposites. He presented the results of research work in more than 50 articles, numerous conferences and 3 patents.

     
  • lect. Silvester Bolka, mag. inž. tehnol. polim.

    lect. Silvester Bolka, mag. inž. tehnol. polim. 

    head of the Centre for cooperation with industry 

    Silvester Bolka received his Diploma (M.Sc.) in Polymer Technology in 2013 from the Faculty of Polymer Technology, Slovenia.

    During his professional career he served in various technical functions for Elan d.d. (Begunje, Slovenia), Elan GmbH (Fürnitz, Austria), R-Plast d.o.o. (Lesce, Slovenia) and Centre of Excellence Polymer Materials and Technologies (Ljubljana, Slovenia).

    He joined FTPO in 2014 and serves as lecturer and Head of Centre for Cooperation with Industry. His research interests comprise thermal, mechanical and chemical characterization of materials, processing technologies with emphasis on extrusion/compounding and injection moulding of thermoplastics, (bio)composites, biopolymers and polymer recycling.

     
  • Janez Slapnik, mag. inž. tehnol. polim.

    Janez Slapnik, mag. inž. tehnol. polim. 

    assistant 

    Asist. Janez Slapnik received his Diploma (M.Sc.) in Polymer technology in 2017 from the Faculty of Polymer Technology, Slovenia.

    He joined the FTPO in 2015 and serves as an assistant. During his career he acquired additional experience at Polymer Competence Center Leoben GmbH and Vienna University of Technology. His research interests comprise materials for 3D printing, biopolymers and innovative processing methods.

     

     
  • Dr. Gregor Kraft

    Dr. Gregor Kraft 

    researcher 

    Dr. Gregor Kraft received his Diploma (M.Sc.) in Chemistry and his Doctorate (Ph.D.) in science in 1986 and 1989, both from the University of Kaiserslautern, Germany. He as well graduated from the College of Engineering in 1981 with the degree as Chemical Engineer.

    After one year, working as safety engineer at TUV-Rhineland his professional career took place in the field of cellulosic fibers. Working since 1991 for Lenzing AG, the biggest Man Made Cellulosic fiber producer in the world. He served most of his time as researcher, as well as in the production of viscose fibers on different sites of the company.

    Still employed at Lenzing AG he joined FTPO in September 2018 and serves as researcher within the project CEL.CYLE (CELKROG).

    After gathering a high level of knowledge in transforming cellulose in different shapes, his research interest turned now on the use of cellulosic fiber as reinforcement material.

     
  • lect. Maja Turičnik, mag.inž.kem.teh.

    lect. Maja Turičnik, mag.inž.kem.teh. 

    lecturer and assistant 

    Maja Turičnik received his Master degree by Chemical techniks in 2015 from Faculty of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, University of Maribor, Slovenia.

    During her professional career she was working as resercher at Faculty of Chemistry and Chemical Enginering Maribor (for company Krka d.d.), Zollern Ravne d.o.o. (Ravne na Koroškem, Slovenia) and Eko Ekoinženiring d.o.o. (Ravne na Koroškem, Slovenia).

    She joined FTPO in 2018 and works as assistent of General Chemistry, Polymer Chemistry and Polymers for advanced applications.

     
  • Teja Pešl

    Teja Pešl 

    laboratory technician 

    Teja Pešl received her Diploma (Bachelor thesis) in Polymer Technology in 2017 from the Faculty of Polymer Technology, Slovenia.

    She joined FTPO in 2017 right after graduation and serves as laboratory technician since. 

     
  • Rebeka Lorber

    Rebeka Lorber 

    laboratory technician 

    Rebeka Lorber received her Diploma (Bachelor thesis) in Polymer Technology in 2018 from the Faculty of Polymer Technology, Slovenia.

    She joined FTPO in 2018 right after graduation and serves as laboratory technician since.

     
  • Rajko Bobovnik

    Rajko Bobovnik 

    laboratory technician 

    Rajko Bobovnik is a traffic technology engineer. He graduated in 1989 at the University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Maritime Studies and Transport in Portorož.

    He was employed in various companies and institutions (UKC Ljubljana, Slovenijaturist, Kompas MTS) and managed his own company for 20 years. Most of his assignments were in project work and logistics.

    Being a member of the FTPO team since 2013, he supports FTPO teachers and researchers by carrying out measurements and operating processing equipment, support for students during laboratory and thesis work. He also takes care of laboratory equipment maintenance.

     
  • Tamara Rozman

    Tamara Rozman 

    laboratory technician 

    Tamara Rozman received her Diploma (Bachelor thesis) in Polymer Technology in 2018 from the Faculty of Polymer Technology, Slovenia.

    She joined FTPO in 2018 right after graduation and serves as laboratory technician since. 

     
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