UNIST-Polymer Research Group

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Faculty of Chemistry and Technology, University of Split
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1. Nataša Stipanelov Vrandečić - Chemical Engineering, Polymer Science

2. Branka Andričić - Chemical Engineering, Polymer Science

3. Matko Erceg - Chemical Engineering, Polymer Science

4. Sanja Perinović Jozić - Chemical Engineering, Polymer Science

5. Miće Jakić - Chemical Engineering, Polymer Science

6. Irena Krešić - Chemical Engineering, Polymer Science

7. Dražan Jozić - Chemical Engineering, Inorganic materials

8. Zoran Grubač – Chemistry, Inorganic Chemistry, Electrochemistry

9. Igor Jerković – Chemistry, Organic Chemistry

10. Zvonimir Marijanović - Biotechnology

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Nataša Stipanelov Vrandečić
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Sanja Perinović Jozić
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Short description of research profile

We have years of experience in working on preparation and characterization of PVC blends for various applications. In recent time research has been oriented to preparation and characterization of polymer blends and composites with biodegradable polymers in order to improve the properties and to expand the application fields. Particular attention has been paid to modification of polymers with by-products of processing of some Mediterranean crops, for example, modification of polylactide with grounded olive stones. The recent studies have been focused on poly(ethylene oxide) as solid polymer electrolyte and microplastics in marine environment.


Representative publications

N. Stipanelov Vrandečić, M. Erceg,  M. Jakić and I. Klarić, Kinetic analysis of thermal degradation of poly(ethylene glycol) and poly(ethylene oxide)s of different molecular weight,  Thermochimica Acta 498 (2010) 71-80; https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tca.2009.10.005
M. Erceg, I. Krešić, N. Stipanelov Vrandečić, M. Jakić, Different approaches to the kinetic analysis of thermal degradation of poly(ethylene oxide), Journal of Thermal Analysis and Calorimetry 131 (2018) 325-334; https://doi.org/10.1007/s10973-017-6349-6
S. Perinović, B. Andričić, M. Erceg, Thermal Properties of Poly(L-lactide)/Olive Stone Flour Composites, Thermochimica Acta 510 (2010) 97-102; https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tca.2010.07.002.2010.07.002
M. Erceg, P. Tutman, D. Bojanić Varezić, and A. Bobanović, Characterization of Microplastics in Prapratno Beach Sediment, Kem. Ind. 69 (5-6) (2020) 253−260; https://doi.org/10.15255/KUI.2019.057
Z. Grubač, I. Škugor Rončević, M. Metikoš-Huković, Corrosion properties of the Mg alloy coated with polypyrrole films, Corr. Sci., 102 (2016)  310-316; https://doi.org/10.1016/j.corsci.2015.10.022
Technology Expertise

1. XRD modular system (XRD, mXRD, SAXS/WAXS, XRR, GISAXS, CT)

2. Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR)

3. FTIR microscopy

4. Thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), Differential thermal analysis (DTA)

5. TGA coupled with FTIR

6. Differential scanning calorimetry (DSC)

7. Universal testing machine (mechanical analysis)

8. Optical microscopy

9. Laboratory extrusion line

10. Laboratory injection moulding line

11. Electrochemical impendance spectroscopy (EIS)

12. Triple quadrupole gas chromatography mass spectrometery, HS

13. Gas chromatography-mass spectrometry with P&T, HS, FID