Physics of Nanoparticles in Life Science Group

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Department of Physics, Faculty of Science, University of Split
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Professor Ivica Aviani, , experimental research in biophysics and nanomaterials

Assistant Lucija Krce,, experimental research in biophysics and nanomaterials

Postdoctoral researcher dr. Mislav Cvitković, , modeling physical processes in cell membranes metabolism

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Ivica Aviani
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Dr. Ivica Aviani is full professor at the Department of Physics, Faculty of Science, University of Split and the head of the Department. He is an experimental physicist with experience in research of semiconductors and superionic conductors, strongly correlated electron systems, Kondo alloys, heavy fermions, valence fluctuating systems, bacterial growth and nanoparticles bactericidal properties. Dr. Aviani has many years’ experience in leading and conducting research projects and has published over 50 peer-reviewed articles in research areas of condensed matter physics, material science, physics education and biophysics.

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Development of bacterial growth/inactivation models. Study of modes of antibacterial action of metallic nanoparticles through experimental probing and modelling. Characterization of nanoparticles. Atomic force microscopy and spectroscopy of different cell types. Study of the transport of different membrane species within a membrane. Modeling and simulating membrane diffusion. Understanding an interplay between all the physical effects on the length and time scales of the living cell. 


Representative publications

        L. Krce, M. Šprung, T. Rončević, A. Maravić, V. Čikeš Čulić, D. Blažeka, N. Krstulović, I. Aviani, Probing the Mode of Antibacterial Action of Silver Nanoparticles Synthesized by Laser Ablation in Water : What Fluorescence and AFM Data Tell Us, Nanomaterials. 10(06) (2020) 1–20.
L. Krce, M. Šprung, A. Maravić, P. Umek, K. Salamon, N. Krstulović, I. Aviani, Bacteria Exposed to Silver Nanoparticles Synthesized by Laser Ablation in Water: Modelling E. coli Growth and Inactivation, Materials (Basel). 13 (2020) 653.
]         L. Krce, M. Šprung, A. Maravić, I. Aviani, A simple interaction-based E. coli growth model, Phys. Biol. 16 (2019) 066005.
T. Rončević, L. Krce, M. Gerdol, S. Pacor, M. Benincasa, F. Guida, I. Aviani, V. Čikeš-Čulić, A. Pallavicini, A. Maravić, A. Tossi, Membrane-active antimicrobial peptide identified in Rana arvalis by targeted DNA sequencing, Biochim. Biophys. Acta - Biomembr. 1861 (2019) 651–659.
]         T. Bartossek, N.G. Jones, C. Schäfer, M. Cvitković, M. Glogger, H.R. Mott, J. Kuper, M. Brennich, M. Carrington, A.S. Smith, S. Fenz, C. Kisker, M. Engstler, Structural basis for the shielding function of the dynamic trypanosome variant surface glycoprotein coat, Nat. Microbiol. 2 (2017) 1523–1532.
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