Dr. Melita Tramšek

I am a researcher at the Department of Inorganic Chemistry and Technology. My research focuses on the synthesis and characterization of new inorganic materials, especially fluorine-containing compounds, including those with noble gas fluorides. My research activities to date have contributed to the understanding of the properties of these interesting and relatively rare compounds. I am also committed to bringing the life sciences closer to the general public and enjoy working with young people.

Research programme: Inorganic Chemistry and technology
Training topic: Synthesis and characterization of new inorganic compounds with noble gases

We would like to invite you to consider pursuing a PhD study in the exciting field of inorganic fluorine chemistry combined with noble gas chemistry. This field of study involves the synthesis and characterization of compounds containing fluorine, which is known for its high electronegativity and reactivity. The high tendency of fluorine to reach its noble-gas configuration in compounds makes it an ideal partner for almost all elements of the Periodic Table. The chemistry of noble gases, which are typically inert, provides an intriguing and challenging area of investigation when combined with fluorine chemistry.

As a PhD student in this field, you will have the opportunity to study the properties and reactivity of inorganic fluorine-containing molecules, including those containing noble gasses. You will gain valuable experience in a variety of experimental techniques. The synthesis of these types of compounds is carried out under inert conditions, in special reaction vessels, and using a vacuum system. Work in this area is both challenging and very interesting. New compounds need to be carefully characterized. The main characterization method in this field is single crystal X-ray crystallography. This method determines the structure of a compound, which provides detailed information about the positions of the atoms and the bond lengths and angles between the atoms in a molecule. Another common method for characterization is vibrational spectroscopy, particularly Raman spectroscopy. This non-destructive chemical analysis technique allows us to obtain additional information about chemical structure, crystallinity, and molecular interactions. When possible, nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy is also used to further investigate the products of the reactions. Another important part of the research in chemistry is DTF calculations. With their help, we will try to shed light on some of the intra and intermolecular interactions and deepen our knowledge of the bonds between atoms. You will learn how to synthesize and characterize novel compounds and develop a deeper understanding of their properties.

Doctoral studies will take place at the Jožef Stefan International Postgraduate School within the framework of International Postgraduate Studies. The research work will be carried out in the Department of Inorganic Chemistry and Technology of the Jožef Stefan Institute.

At the heart of this research area is a passion for discovery, a commitment to understanding the fundamental nature of chemical interactions, and a dedication to innovation and progress. If you share these values and are interested in pursuing a PhD in inorganic fluorine chemistry, noble gas chemistry, synthesis, and characterization, I encourage you to explore the many opportunities in this exciting field.