Participant organisation name

National Institute of Chemistry

Short organisation name


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Role in the Project

The National Institute of Chemistry (NIC) has 374 employees, of which around 331 carry out research work in 9 departments and two infrastructure centers. Basic and applied research are oriented towards fields which are of long-term importance to both Slovenia and the world: materials research, life sciences, biotechnology, chemical engineering, structural and theoretical chemistry, analytical chemistry and environmental protection; through which the institute is in line with the needs of the domestic and foreign pharmaceutical, chemical, automotive and nanobiotechnological industries.

The work of the Institute is also in line with the priority thematic areas of the EU Research and Innovation programme Horizon Europe, which places an emphasis on nanotechnology, genomics and biotechnology for health, climate change, energy, sustainable development and global change and quality and safety of food. Currently 74 graduate students are being trained at the Institute within the national Young Researchers Program for the acquisition of their PhD degrees. The Institute offers high-level research equipment, allowing researchers to engage in even the most cutting-edge research challenges at the world level. Some acquisitions are: a Karl Zeiss Supra 35 VP Electronic Microscope with EDX analysis, a high-resolution powder x-ray diffractometer, and an 800 MHz NMR spectrometer; these are the only ones of their kind in Slovenia. The NMR spectrometer is the first of this kind of instrument to be found in the new member states of EU and represents one of the largest investments in a free-standing piece of research equipment in Slovenia.

The National Institute of Chemistry was the first research institution in Slovenia to obtain ISO 9001 standards in December 2003 with the goal of improving the conditions, as well as organization and effectiveness, of its work. The National Institute of Chemistry is 1 of the 3 original founding partners of the Slovenian Strategic Research and Innovation Partnership (SRIP) Networks for the Transition into Circular Economy (, which is a cluster-like national stakeholder in the field of circular economy implementation. 

Department of Catalysis and Chemical Reaction Engineering ( is primarily invested in chemical (process) engineering, reactor and unit operation design and construction, as well as multi-scale process modeling. The Department topics foremost include carbon dioxide and natural gas conversion, hydrogen and fuel cell technologies, biomass valorization to bio-based compounds, and (bio)pharmaceutical processes. The department is one of the best in the field of multi-scale process modeling, applying the chemical engineering methodologies of traditional fossil refining to bio-refining, simulating from the scale of atoms to process.

staff members

Prof. Dr. Blaž Likozar

Senior scientific associate, assistant professor, department head earned his PhD in Chemical Engineering in 2008 at the University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Chemistry and Chemical Technology. He has been working at NIC for 7 years (a member of NIC since 2011) and is working as a head of department, as well as senior research fellow and assistant professor in the field of chemical engineering (Department of Catalysis and Chemical Reaction Engineering); he is responsible for (leading) the programme “Chemical Reaction Engineering” as well as several research projects. His expertise lies (among others) in heterogeneous catalyst materials, modelling, simulation and optimization of process fluid mechanics, transport phenomena and chemical kinetics. He worked in 2014–2015 at the University of Delaware (Catalysis Center for Energy Innovation, Newark, Delaware, USA), as a Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program researcher in the field of chemical engineering.

Prof. Likozar has published over 123 original peer-reviewed scientific research papers and has the h-index of 41 (presently, 6824 citations). Since, 2017, he is a member of the Working Party on Chemical Reaction Engineering. Since, 2016, he is the NIC’s EERA Bioenergy representative. Since 2017, he is the Program board vice president of Strategic Research and Innovation Partnership (SRIP) Networks for the transition into circular economy. He is the WP leader in 5 H2020 projects (cooperating in 10), since 2014 in MefCO2 (, since 2015 in ADREM (, since 2016 in FReSMe (, since 2019 in BiZeolCat (, and since 2019 in ReaxPro ( Since 2016, he is also the project leader in the programme CEL.CYCLE. 

Prof. Dr. Andrii Kostyniuk

Obtained his Ph.D. from the Ukrainian State University of Chemical Technology (Dnipro, Ukraine) in 2012. From September 2012 to January 2015, he was a Research Fellow at the Ukrainian State University of Chemical Technology, Department of General Chemical Technology. During his Ph.D., he has been a visiting researcher at the University of Liverpool (Department of Chemistry) and the University of Le Mans (Department of Chemistry). From January 2015 to September 2016, Andrii was a Postdoctoral Researcher Fellow and project leader in the field of heterogeneous catalysis at the PetroSA Synthetic Fuels Innovation Centre, South African Institute for Advanced Materials Chemistry, University of the Western Cape (Cape Town, South Africa). From November 2016 until November 2017, he worked as a Postdoctoral Researcher Fellow at Tsinghua University (Department of Chemistry, Beijing, China). From February 2018 to January 2020, Andrii was a Postdoctoral Researcher Fellow at the Department of Catalysis and Chemical Reaction Engineering, National Institute of Chemistry (Ljubljana, Slovenia).

Since February 2020 he has been employed as Research Assistant Professor at the same institute and department. Andrii was involved (until now) and responsible for some EU Horizon 2020 and Horizon Europe research projects such as Adaptable Reactors for Resource- and Energy-Efficient Methane Valorisation (ADREM), CarbON Valorisation in Energy-efficient Green fuels (CONVERGE), Biorefining of Sugars via Process Intensification (BioSPRINT), Carbon Negative Biofuels from Organic Waste (CARBIOW), Exploring wooden materials in hybrid printed electronics: a holistic approach towards functional electronics with net zero carbon emissions (HyPELignum), BIOmass Valorisation via Superheated Steam Torrefaction, Pyrolisis, Gasification Amplified by Multidisciplinary Researchers TRAINining for Multiple Energy and Products’ Added VALUEs (BioTrainValue) and grand fundamental ARRS project – Designing Selective Catalytic Processes for the Conversion of CO2 to Ethanol (UliSess). His research is focused on the development and application of heterogeneous catalysts important in the sustainable production of fuels, chemicals, and materials. Andrii is working on fundamental and applied aspects of acid-base and redox catalysis with the aim of understanding the nature of the active sites and reaction mechanisms.