Centres of Excellence

Centres of Excellence are a measure within the framework of the scientific and technology policy of the Republic of Slovenia aimed at promoting the concentration of knowledge at priority technological areas and horizontal linking along the entire chain of knowledge development, which is realised on the basis of strategic partnerships between the private sector and academia. 
The University of Maribor is in the 2007 – 2013 period involved in the following Centres of excellence:
Centre of Excellence Advanced Non-Metal Materials with Technologies of the Future (CE NAMASTE)
  • applicant:: Jožef Stefan Institute
  • involved faculties: Faculty for Chemistry and Chemical Engineering
  • co-funding of the programme: 9.729.264,88 €
The objective of this centre is to foster crucial technological progress in selected areas relating to inorganic non-metallic materials and their application in electronics, optoelectronics, photonics, and in medicine: ceramic two- and three-dimensional structures, materials for overvoltage and EM protection; materials, micro- and nano-systems for sensors; soft composites for optical, electronic, photonic and sensor applications; bioactive, biocompatible and bio-inert materials. The centre is a multidisciplinary and trans-disciplinary consortium of research institutions and industry that decided to merge academic, technological and business expertise, skills, and equipment; it is composed of three research institutions with ten research groups, three non-profit organisations, four big companies and eight SMEs from different Slovenian regions.
Centre of Excellence for Polymer Materials and Technologies (CE PoliMaT)
  • applicant:: National Institute of Chemistry Slovenia
  • involved faculties: Faculty for Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering
  • co-funding of the programme: 10.000.000,00 €
This centre connects the previously dispersed capacities of leading Slovenian research groups from the public sector and successful small, medium and large enterprises in the field of polymer materials. The centre's programme aims at developing polymer materials for advanced applications in line with sustainable development and low-carbon society policies in four areas: (1) technical products for advanced applications and energy, (2) coatings and adhesives, (3) renewable resources and (4) health. The centre's scientific excellence will be ensured through the publication of research findings in prominent journals, while the technological relevance will be built upon the breakthroughs both in polymer materials with target characteristics and advanced technological processes for their production, which will be used by the centre's partners in their production lines.
The Centre of Excellence for Integrated Approaches in Chemistry and Biology of Proteins (CIPKeBiP)
  • applicant:: Jožef Stefan Institute
  • involved faculties: Faculty of Medicine, Faculty of Economics and Business, Faculty of Law, Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Faculty of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering
  • co-funding of the programme: 8.407.000,00 €
This centre will link the top available expertise, knowhow, and technology of Slovenian research groups engaged in researching proteins, their characteristics and functions. In the areas of protein production, analysis and structure determination, high throughput methodological approaches, which improve the system capacity, will be applied; the use of nanotechnologies will reduce the required quantities of biomaterial These technologies will be used in studies with a specific biological focus of high biomedical (infectious diseases, signalling pathways) and environmental (adaption mechanisms of extremophiles) importance, with discovery, optimisation and drug synthesis being the target technology developments. The created knowledge will be a driving force for the increasing competitiveness of small as well as large biotech companies.
Editor: Andreja Nekrep
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