Department of Complex Matter
Jamova cesta 39, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia

Dynamics of Quantum matter

We explore non-equilibrium many-body dynamics in quantum systems that experience symmetry-breaking, topological, or jamming transitions. These systems encompass superconductors, charge-density wave, and magnetic materials.

Experimental Soft Matter Physics

The research is conducted within the “Light and Matter” research program. The interaction of light with matter is one of the most important fields of physics and optical processes are indispensable in many branches of modern industry.

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March 25, 2024
The Jožef Stefan Institute (JSI) organizes the Jožef Stefan Days every year, and this year they were held for the 32nd time. The highlight of the week-long event was the Open Day, which gave the public an insight ...
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Shape programming lines of concentrated Gaussian curvature
D. Duffy, Luka Cmok, John Biggins, A. Krishna, C. D. Modes, M. K. Abdelrahman,, M. Javed, T. H. Ware, Feng Fang, Mark Warner

Journal of applied physics, vol. 129, no. 22 (2021), DOI: 10.1063/5.0044158, COBISS.SI-ID: 67882499

Reversible photoisomerization in thin surface films from azo-functionalized guanosine derivatives
Matjaž Ličen, Stefano Masiero, Silvia Pieraccini, Irena Drevenšek Olenik

ACS omega, vol. 6, iss. 23 (2021), DOI: 10.1021/acsomega.1c01879, COBISS.SI-ID: 66162179

Tunable drop splashing on magnetoactive elastomers
Gaia Kravanja, Inna A. Belyaeva, Luka Hribar, Irena Drevenšek Olenik, Matija Jezeršek, Mikhail Shamonin

Advanced materials interfaces, vol. 8, iss. 11 (2021), DOI: 10.1002/admi.202100235, COBISS.SI-ID: 62237187

Supramolecular polymorphism of (G[sub]4C[sub]2)[sub]n repeats associated with ALS and FTD
Melani Potrč, Nerea Sebastián, Miha Škarabot, Irena Drevenšek Olenik, Lea Spindler

International journal of molecular sciences, vol. 22, art. no. 4532 (2021), DOI: 10.3390/ijms22094532, COBISS.SI-ID: 61441027

Formation of phosphonate coatings for the improved chemical stability of upconverting nanoparticles under physiological conditions
Maša Vozlič, Tina Černič, Sašo Gyergyek, Boris Majaron, Maja Ponikvar-Svet, Uliana Kostiv, Daniel Horák, Darja Lisjak

Dalton transactions, vol. 50, no. 19 (2021), DOI: 10.1039/D1DT00304F, COBISS.SI-ID: 59908867

Magnetic polydomain liquid crystal elastomers - synthesis and characterisation
Luka Cmok, Mojca Vilfan, Sašo Gyergyek, Martin Čopič

Liquid crystals, vol. 48, iss. 13 (2021), DOI: 10.1080/02678292.2021.1901149, COBISS.SI-ID: 57620995

Ultra-broadband and high-dynamic-range THz time-domain spectroscopy system based on organic crystal emitter and detector in transmission and reflection geometry
Uroš Puc, Tobias Bach, Peter Günter, Marko Zgonik, Mojca Jazbinšek

Advanced photonics research, vol. 2, art. no. 2000098 (2021), DOI: 10.1002/adpr.202000098, COBISS.SI-ID: 52353283

Polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxanes as protective monolayer coatings against the high-temperature corrosion of concentrating solar power absorber surfaces
Luka Noč, Matjaž Ličen, Irena Drevenšek Olenik, Raghuraj S. Chouhan, Janez Kovač, Daniel Mandler, Ivan Jerman

Solar energy materials and solar cells, vol. 223 (2021), DOI: 10.1016/j.solmat.2021.110984, COBISS.SI-ID: 48793091

Proof-of-concept experiment of microfluidic flow sensor based on microcavity-secondary-flow observation
Nika Mlinarič, Natan Osterman

IEEE sensors journal, vol. 21, iss. 5 (2021), DOI: 10.1109/JSEN.2020.3041792, COBISS.SI-ID: 47151875

Noninvasive monitoring of dynamical processes in bruised human skin using diffuse reflectance spectroscopy and pulsed photothermal radiometry
Ana Marin, Nina Verdel, Matija Milanič, Boris Majaron

Sensors, vol. 21, no. 1 (2021), DOI: 10.3390/s21010302, COBISS.SI-ID: 45594371

Acrylate-based hybrid sol-gel coating for corrosion protection of AA7075-T6 in aircraft applications : the effect of copolymerization time
Peter Rodič, Romana Cerc Korošec, Barbara Kapun, Alenka Mertelj, Ingrid Milošev

Polymers, vol. 12, no. 4 (2020), DOI: 10.3390/polym12040948, COBISS.SI-ID: 33305639

Magnetically tunable liquid crystal-based optical diffraction gratings
Dejan Bošnjaković, Nerea Sebastián, Irena Drevenšek Olenik

Polymers, vol. 12, art. no. 2355 (2020), DOI: 10.3390/polym12102355, COBISS.SI-ID: 33286147

Q-tensor model of twist-bend and splay nematic phases
Martin Čopič, Alenka Mertelj

Physical review. E, vol. 101, no. 2 (2020), DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevE.101.022704, COBISS.SI-ID: 33233191

Predictive model for quantitative analysis of human skin using photothermal radiometry and diffuse reflectance spectroscopy
Nina Verdel, Jovan Tanevski, Sašo Džeroski, Boris Majaron

Biomedical optics express, vol. 11, no. 3 (2020), DOI: 10.1364/BOE.384982, COBISS.SI-ID: 33232423

Ferroelectric-ferroelastic phase transition in a nematic liquid crystal
Nerea Sebastián, Luka Cmok, Richard J. Mandle, Maria Rosario de la Fuente, Irena Drevenšek Olenik, Martin Čopič, Alenka Mertelj

Physical review letters, vol. 124, no. 3 (2020), DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.124.037801, COBISS.SI-ID: 33088039

Growth of carbon nanofibres on molybdenum carbide nanowires and their self-decoration with noble-metal nanoparticles
Damjan Vengust, Mojca Vilfan, Aleš Mrzel

Royal Society open science, vol. 7, no. 9 (2020), DOI: 10.1098/rsos.200783, COBISS.SI-ID: 30830851

Scalable high refractive index polystyrene-sulfur nanocomposites via in situ inverse vulcanization
Vijay Wadi, Kishore K. Jena, Kevin Halique, Brigita Rožič, Luka Cmok, Vasileios Tzitzios, Saeed M. Alhassan

Scientific reports, vol. 10 (2020), DOI: 10.1038/s41598-020-71227-z, COBISS.SI-ID: 28365827

Multifunctional and tunable trigate graphene metamaterial with "Lakes of Wada" topology
Yang Liu, Irena Drevenšek Olenik

Optics express, vol. 28, no. 17 (2020), DOI: 10.1364/OE.398346, COBISS.SI-ID: 24739075

Thermophoretic tweezers for single nanoparticle manipulation
Jošt Stergar, Natan Osterman

Beilstein journal of nanotechnology, vol. 11 (2020), DOI: 10.3762/bjnano.11.97, COBISS.SI-ID: 24112387

The influence of polydispersity on the structural properties of the isotropic phase of magnetic nanoplatelets
Margaret Rosenberg, Žiga Gregorin, Patricija Hribar Boštjančič, Nerea Sebastián, Darja Lisjak, Sofia S. Kantorovich, Alenka Mertelj, Pedro A. Sánchez

Journal of molecular liquids, vol. 312 (2020), DOI: 10.1016/j.molliq.2020.113293, COBISS.SI-ID: 18148099

Formation of Fe(III)-phosphonate coatings on barium hexaferrite nanoplatelets for porous nanomagnets
Patricija Hribar Boštjančič, Alenka Mertelj, Andraž Mavrič, Matjaž Valant, Janez Kovač, Hermina Hudelja, Andraž Kocjan, Darko Makovec

ACS omega, vol. 5, no. 23 (2020), DOI: 10.1021/acsomega.0c01597, COBISS.SI-ID: 18142211

Emergence of self-organized multivortex states inflocks of active rollers
Koohee Han, Gašper Kokot, Oleh Tovkach, Andreas Glatz, Igor S. Aranson, Alexey Snezhko

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, vol. 117, no. 18 (2020), DOI: 10.1073/pnas.2000061117, COBISS.SI-ID: 17130755

Reconfigurable structure and tunable transport in synchronized active spinner materials
Koohee Han, Gašper Kokot, Shibananda Das, Roland G. Winkler, Gerhard Gompper, Alexey Snezhko

Science advances, vol. 6, no. 12 (2020), DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.aaz8535, COBISS.SI-ID: 17123331

Guided self-assembly and control of vortices in ensembles of active magnetic rollers
Gašper Kokot, Andrey Sokolov, Alexey Snezhko

Langmuir, vol. 36, no. 25 (2020), DOI: 10.1021/acs.langmuir.9b03023, COBISS.SI-ID: 17114883