18. August 2019.

Archives for July 2019

In NANORI Laboratory for Quantum and nonlinear optics developed an advanced dark matter detector for CERN

Article is available on website of the University of Rijeka.

Expert visit of the members of the Activity Sector: Mechanical Engineering, Naval Architecture and Electrical Engineering of the Engineering Profession School of Rijeka

On July 2, 2019, the members of the Activity Sector: Mechanical Engineering, Naval Architecture and Electrical Engineering of the Engineering Profession School of Rijeka visited the Centre for Micro- and Nanosciences and Technologies (NANORI). With the aim of stimulating possible future cooperation, the Head of the Center, prof. Saša Zelenika, D. Sc., and the heads of the NANORI laboratories presented to the teachers the equipment and the research activities of the NANORI laboratories.

    

NANORI Centre entered as associate partner the INTERREG Italia-Slovenia “Nano-Region” project

In mid June 2019 the Centre for micro- and nanosciences and technologies, together with the Department of Biotechnology and the Department of Physics of the University of Rijeka, have entered as associate partners the INTERREG Italia-Slovenia “Nano-Region” project co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund. The goal of the “Nano-Region” project is to establish an integrated nanotechnology system between public research institutions and the industrial sector. It is well known that, if companies and research centers are involved together in upgrading the knowledge, they become a powerful incentive for innovation and growth. The University of Rijeka will benefit from the methodology developed within the “Nano-Region” project to strengthen the cooperation between industry and the academic community, and build new synergies that will be used in future co-operation programs. The “Nano-Region” project will, in turn, make use of the inclusion of the University of Rijeka by integrating the herein available knowledge and scientific infrastructure, hence expanding the range and the impact area to a region historically linked to the program area, but currently economically fragmented.

Students mentored by Assit. Prof. Duško Čakara won 1st prize at the “Mozgalo” competition

On Wednesday, June 12, 2019, at the Plaza Event Center in Zagreb was held the closing ceremony of the student competition “Mozgalo” organized by eSTUDENT association. Nino Požar and Karla Pavlović, students of the University of Rijeka, mentored by Assit. Prof. Duško Čakara, D. Sc., head of the Laboratory for Colloids, Poly-electrolytes and Interfaces of the NANORI Centre, won the first prize at the “Mozgalo” competition!

“Mozgalo” is a competition in deep analysis of large amounts of data aimed at encouraging students to analytical thinking, prediction and autonomous development of creative solutions to real problems based on computer science, statistics, econometrics and mathematics. Participants also develop communication and business skills, teamwork and connect with many companies, primarily from the IT and banking sectors. This year’s assignment for the students was jointly formulated by Adacta and Raiffeisen Bank Croatia. Based on historical and external data, the students tried to anticipate the repayment of loans by using scientific data analysis techniques.

For more information, please consult the Torpedo Media website.

First cycle of Smart STEM workshops organized by NANORI Center

The “Smart STEM workshops” organised by the NANORI centre, are part of the European Capital of Culture Rijeka 2020 project within its flagship initiative “27 Neighbourhoods – The Campus Neighbourhood”. The first cycle of the “Smart STEM workshops” was held on June 12th, 2019 in the building of the University of Rijeka departments on the Trsat campus. The aim of the workshops is to offer to the children of preschool and school age, as well as to the wider public, means to get acquainted with STEM technologies on a real mechatronics device – a STEMI robot, to offer them the possibility to widen their knowledge on the scientific method, on laboratory work and on the importance of science for the personal development and the active democratic civil society, but also to offer an opportunity to familiarise with the university campus and the University in general. Popular scientific lectures were thus held, covering the topics on smart technological solutions, the use of light in biomedicine and therapy, on immunology and on the role of STEM in democratic society. All involved scientists have several years of experience in scientific and teaching work and the popularization of science, and they have thus presented in a fashionable way the following topics:

  • basis of micro- and nanotechnologies (Prof. Saša Zelenika, D. Sc.)
  • basis of photodynamic therapy – the medical treatment by using forms of light (Assist. Prof. Nela Malatesti, D. Sc.)
  • the immune system and the fight of this system with bacteria, viruses and parasites as well as the benefits of the vaccines (Assist. Prof. Ivana Munitić, D. Sc.)
  • the philosophy of the mind (can robots have a mind?) as well as the terms of authority and the questioning of the authority (Assoc. Prof. Luca Malatesti., Ph. D.)

After the presentations, the visitors had the opportunity to participate in an online quiz (by entering on the spot their responses via their mobile phones) and immediately check what they had learned/remembered! In this way, the professors had an insight into who of the participants has put into the exercise the most effort, and thus became a candidate for the prize: the STEMI robot.

In the practical part of the activities, the attendees had occasion to visit the Laboratory for Precision Engineering and the Micro- and Nanosystems’ Technologies where Saša Zelenika and Ervin Kamenar explained how an atomic force microscope, 3D printing and 3D scanning work, how to measure by lasers and what exactly are the devices aimed at energy harvesting. Marin Trošelj, one of the founders of the STEMI company, has taught the attendees how to control the STEMI robot via a smartphone app! Ivana Munitić with her associates introduced the participants of the workshop with the parts of the human body and their function, as well as with the immune cells and how they operate.

The second of the planned four cycles of the “Smart STEM workshops” is expected in September 2019, and the most active participant will finally be awarded in March 2020 with the foreseen prize – the STEMI hexsapod robot!