The National Institute of Chemistry in Ljubljana is the second largest natural sciences research institute in Slovenia, with 374 employees, of whom about 331 conduct research in eight departments and two infrastructure centres; 163 of them have a PhD degree. We are members of international multidisciplinary research networks and collaborate with the best research institutions, groups and individuals worldwide.
Basic and applied researches are oriented towards fields which are of long-term importance to global challenges:
1) health, environmental protection, circular economy, sustainable energy, low carbon technology, climate change and analytics;
2) biotechnology, environmental protection, structural and theoretical chemistry, analytical chemistry, materials research, and chemical engineering, through which the Institute is in line with the needs of the domestic and international mainly chemical and pharmaceutical industry.
The Institute exhibits a history of successful collaborations with industrial partners in form of R&D collaborations as well as in the form of consulting. Such collaborations lead to an improved efficiency and benefit for companies, e.g. implementation of new technologies and knowledge for optimizing work processes, establishing new or improving the existing products. The main goal of NIC is building long-term strategic alliances with industrial partners, through which we co-develop new technologies. The company’s own R&D capacities are therefore enriched with the creativity and comprehensive knowledge of our researchers. At the same time, the company has an opportunity to use the top-notch infrastructure, which is essential for new breakthroughs.
The Institute’s work is consistent with the priorities of the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation, which places the Global challenges and European industrial competitiveness at the top of the strategic planning process. At the forefront are the development of new technologies and advanced materials to facilitate the transition of the society towards the sustainable, low-carbon and sustainable circular economy.