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Summary: The goal of the project is to conduct scientific research related to geopolymer pastes in a conductive and/or transparent configuration, similar to transparent conductive oxides (TCL), in order to expand the state of knowledge regarding the application of such materials in solar cells (SC). Related to SCs, the goal is to expand the state of knowledge related to the preparation and bonding of nanostructured TCLs and charge transport layers (CTLs). In the context of the assembly of semiconductor materials-based devices such as SCs and other devices for energy preparation, conversion and storage, the goal is to enable a better understanding of the structure, morphology and stability of the mentioned layers. Examples of different elements for solar cells are various heterojunctions, hybrid organic multiphase heterojunctions, photoactive perovskites and similar layers.

Results: The project successfully conducted scientific research on the preparation and interconnection of nanostructured CTL and TCL layers. The project significantly expanded the state of knowledge in the context of SCs, but also in the broader context of devices for the preparation, conversion and storage of energy. Based on the above, it can be said that the project was particularly successful in terms of the application of researched materials and the networking of scientists. During the project, the head of the Group employed 7 doctoral students and 3 postdoctoral students from various project sources, and ~20 master and graduate theses were prepared. The leader also established the Laboratory for Thin Films at the Faculty of Chemical Engineering and Technology. The results of the project made it possible to obtain >5 projects, with actual 3 applications for HORIZON calls. The results were disseminated in over 50 scientific papers with international peer review, of which ~30 papers were cited in Q1 Current Contents journals, and at about 100 international scientific meetings, of which about 10 were plenary/invited presentations.


Available Expertise - Advanced characterisation techniques and deposition services:

o  Spark plasma ablation deposition (SPAD)

o  Grazing incidence X-ray diffraction (GID)

o  Small angle X-ray scattering (SAXS)

o  Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM) with multiple modes (KPFM...)

o  Differential Thermal and Thermogravimetric Analysis (DTA, TGA, DSC)

o  UV-VIS-NIR-MIR-FIR transmittance/reflectance specular/diffusion spectroscopy

o  External Quantum Efficiency Spectroscopy (EQE)


  1. O.Vogt, N. Ukrainczyk, C.Ballschmiede, E.Koenders, Materials 12 (2019) 3585. Q1 PZS/UIP
  2. K.Sedić, N.Ukrainczyk, V.Mandić, N.Gaurina-Međimurec, J.Šipušić, Cem. Concr. Compos. 111 (2020) 103615. Q1 PZS/UIP
  3. V.Mandić, S.Kurajica, T.Očko, Ceram. Int. 46 (2020) 29388-29401. Q1 PZS/UIP
  4. V.Mandić, S.Kurajica, K.Mužina, F.Brleković, I.K.Munda, J. Therm. Anal. Calorim. 142 (2020) 1681-1691. Q1 PZS/UIP
  5. S.Malinowski, I.Presečki, I.Jajčinović, I.Brnardić, V.Mandić, I.Grčić, Appl. Sci.-Basel 10 (2020) 7571. Q1 PZS/UIP
  6. S.Kurajica, V.Mandić, I.Panžić, M.Gaboardi, K.Mužina, A.Lozančić, J.Šipušić, I.K.Munda, L.Višić, S. Lučić Blagojević, L.Gigli, J.R.Plaisier, Nanomaterials 10 (2020) 2537. Q1 PZS/UIP
  7. V.Ocelić-Bulatović, V.Mandić, D.Kučić Grgić, A.Ivančić, J. Polim. Environ. 29 (2021) 492-508. Q1 PZS/UIP
  8. S.Kurajica, G.Mali, V.Mandić, I.Simčić, G.Matijašić, K.Mužina, J. Phys. Chem. Solids 148 (2021) 109783 Q1 UIP/PZS
  9. T.Čižmar, I.Panžić, K.Salamon, I.Grčić, L.Radetić, J.Marčec, A.Gajović Catalysts 10 (2019) 19. Q2
  10. S.Kurajica, I.K.Munda, G.Dražić, V.Mandić, K.Mužina, L.Bauer, G.Matijašić Ceram. Int. 46 (2020), 29451-29458. Q1
  11. K.Mužina, M.Tkalčević, F.Brleković, I.K.Munda, V.Mandić, J.Šipušić, S.Kurajica Journal of Materials and Applications 9 (2020) 17-24.
  12. Z.Švagelj, V.Mandić, L.Ćurković, M.Biošić, I.Žmak, M.Gaborardi Materials 13 (2020), 227. Q1
  13. T.Čižmar, I.Panžić, I.Capan, A.Gajović, A. Appl. Surf. Sci. 569 (2021) 151026 Q1 PZS/UIP
  14. F.Brleković, T.Fiolić, J.Šipušić Proceedings of the 2nd International Conference CoMS 2020/21, 2021, str. 32-38.
  15. I.Igor, D.V.Lukšić, K.Tolić, I.Brnardić, T.Holjevac Grgurić 8th Ružička days “TODAY SCIENCE – TOMORROW INDUSTRY”, 2021, str. 207-213.
  16. V.Mandić, S.Kurajica, M.Plodinec, I.Panžić, Catalysts 12 (2022) 1162 Q1 PZS/UIP
  17. S.Kurajica, K.Mužina, I.Simčić, V.Mandić, J. Therm. Anal. Calorim. 148 (2023) 1231-1239. Q1 PZS/UIP
  18. D.Vuk, F.Radovanović-Perić, V.Mandić, V.Lovrinčević, T.Rath, I.Panžić, J.Le-Cunff, Nanomaterials 12 (2022) 1206. Q1 PZS/UIP
  19. Z.Shi, Z.Zhang, W.Huang, H.Zeng, V.Mandic, X.Hu, L.Zhao, X.Zhang Langmuir 37 (2021) 6728-6735. Q2
  20. L.Ćurković, Z.Švagelj, K.Grilec, G.Baršić, V.Mandić, I.Žmak, I.Gabelica Engineering Power: Bulletin of the Croatian Academy of Engineering 16 (2021) 16-24.
  21. D.Mutavdžić Pavlović, L.Ćurković, V.Mandić, J.Macan, I.Šimić, D.Blažek Sustainability 13 (2021), 11560. Q2
  22. I.Gabelica, L.Ćurković, V.Mandić, I.Panžić, D.Ljubas, K.Zadro Catalysts 11 (2021) 1136. Q2
  23. L.Ćurković, V.Mandić, M.K.Mustafa, I.Gabelica Tehnički vjesnik 28 (2021) 1526-1531.
  24. A.Bafti, M.Razum, E.Topić, D.Agustin, J.Pisk, V.Vrdoljak Mol. Catal. 512 (2021) 111764. Q2
  25. V.Kojić, M.Bohač, A.Bafti, L.Pavić, K.Salamon, T.Čižmar, D.Gracin, K.Juraić, M.Leskovac, I.Capan, A.Gajović Materials 14 (2021) 4594. Q1
  26. M.Jakovac, T.Klaser, B.Radatović, A.Bafti, Ž.Skoko, L.Pavić, M.Žic Materials 14 (2021) 2834. Q1
  27. I.Gabelica, L.Ćurković, I.Panžić 19th INTERNATIONAL FOUNDRYMEN CONFERENCE, Humans - Valuable Resource for Foundry Industry Development, 2021, str. 289-295.
  28. K.Mužina, F.Plešić, V.Mandić, S.Kurajica 21th International Conference on Materials, Tribology & Recycling - MATRIB 2021 - Conference Proceedings, 2021, str. 385-397.
  29. V.Mandić, I.Panžić, M.Kraljić-Roković, M.Gaboardi, Ceram. Int. 49 (2023) 14844-14854 Q1 PZS/UIP
  30. I.Panžić, V.Mandić, J. Mangalam, T. Rath, F. Radovanović-Perić, M. Gaboradi, B. de Coen, S. Bals, N. Schenker, Ceram. Int. (2022) Online first Q1 PZS/UIP
  31. S.Kurajica, V. Mandić, K. Mužina, I. Panžić, D. Kralj, M. Duplančić, I.K. Ivković, J. Therm. Anal. Calorim. Online first (2023). Q1 PZS/UIP
  32. V.Mandić, A.Bafti, L.Pavić, I.Panžić, S.Kurajica, J.S.Pavelić, Z.Shi, K.Mužina, I.K.Ivković, Nanomaterials 12 (2022) 521 Q1 PZS/UIP
  33. I.Panžić, I.Capan. T.Brodar, A.Bafti, V.Mandić, Materials 14 (2021) 7454 Q1 PZS/UIP
  34. F.Brleković, A.Bafti, I.Panžić, V.Mandić 21th International Conference on Materials, Tribology & Recycling – conference proceeding, 2021, str. 91-98.
  35. I.Panžić, V.Mandić, A.Bafti, L.Pavić, M.Mičetić, I.Peretin, S. Bernstorff, J. Mater. Sci. 57 (2022) 14246-14264. Q1 PZS/UIP
  36. M.Kerolli Mustafa, I.Gabelica, V.Mandić, R.Veseli, L.Ćurković Sustainability 14 (2022) 14244. Q2
  37. C.Sanchez Tobon, D.Ljubas, V.Mandić, I.Panžić, G.Matijašić, L.Ćurković Nanomaterials 12 (2022) 1473. Q1
  38. D.Zhu, C.Hu, R.Zhao, X.Tan, Y.Li, V.Mandić, Z.Shi, X.Zhang Surf. Coat. Technol. 430 (2022) 127985. Q1
  39. A.Bafti, S.Kubuki, H.Ertap, M.Yüksek, M.Karabulut, A.M.M.Moguš-Milanković, L.Pavić Nanomaterials 12 (2022), 639. Q1
  40. M.Jakovac, T.Klaser, A.Bafti, Ž.Skoko, L.Pavić, M.Žic Materials 15(2022), 1800. Q1
  41. V.Ocelić Bulatović,D.Kučić Grgić, V.Mandić, M.Mililoža, J Dybal, V.Gajdosova, M.Slouf, Polym. Bull.,80 (2023) 3331-3357. Q1 PZS/UIP
  42. S.Kurajica, I.K.Ivković, K.Mužina, V.Mandić, I.Panžić, G.Matijašić, E.E.Alić, J. Sol-Gel Sci. Technol. 101 (2022) 256-258 Q1 PZS/UIP
  43. V.Mandić, F.Radovanović-Perić, I. Panžić, D. Vrsaljko, Ceram. Int. 49 (2023) 14934—14940 Q1 PZS/UIP
  44. A.Bafti, V. Mandić, I. Panžić, L. Pavić, V. Špada, Appl. Surf. Sci. 612 (2023) 155894 Q1 PZS/UIP
  45. V. Mandić, S.Kurajica, I. Panžić, A. Bafti, J. Šipušić, K. Mužina, F. Brleković, L. Gigli, M. Gaboradi, Surf. Interfaces 36 (2023) 102554 Q1 PZS/UIP
  46. V. Mandić, I. Panžić, I. Brnardić, I. Jajčinović, M. Mičetić, Appl. Surf. Sci 613 (2023) 156047 Q1 PZS/UIP
  47. A. Bafti, M. Rukavina, V. Mandić, I. Panžić, L. Pavić, A. Krajnc, J. Volavšek, Ceram. Int. Online first (2023) Q1 PZS/UIP
  48. G.N.K.Reddy, A.V.Sekhar, L.Pavić, A.Bafti, J.Pisk, A.S.S.Reddy, N.Venkatramaiah, G.Naga Raju, V.Ravi Kumar, N.Veeraiah Appl. Phys. A 129 (2023) 208. Q2
  49. B.Kalebić, A.Bafti, H.Cajner, M.Marciuš, G.Matijašić, L.Ćurković Nanomaterials 13(2023), 740. Q1
  50. T.K.Kut, A.Bafti, J.Pisk, L.Pavić, A.V.Sekhar, P.Naresh, A.Siva Sesha Reddy, G.Naga Raju, V.Ravi Kumar, N.Veeraiah J. Non-Cryst. Solids 599 (2023) 121954. Q1
  51. A.Žužić, L.Pavić, A.Bafti, S.Marijan, J.Macan, A.Gajović J. Alloy. Compd. 935 (2023) 167949. Q1
  52. S.Kurajica, I.Grčić, I.Minga, V.Mandić, K.Mužina Processes 11 (2023) 210. Q2
  53. Z.Shi, H.Zeng, Z.Zhang, X.Zhang, L.Ćurković, V.Mandić, S.Fu, W.Wang, J.Liu, L.Zhao, X.Zhang J. Magn. Magn. Mater. 565 (2023) 170222. Q2


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