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Živijo!

My name is Anja and I come from one of the most beautiful places on the world – Bled, a small town in a very small country called Slovenia but very beautiful! Imagine that in two hours you can traverse this country, passing high mountains, numerous rivers and lakes, valleys, vineyard hills, and finish on the coast. No wonder why I decided to start my studies in relation to nature. It started with Environmental Sciences at University of Nova gorica. During these three years I got interested in nanomaterials, especially in Titanium Dioxide (TiO2) which also became a topic of my bachelor thesis. If you want to read more about self-cleaning thin coatings of TiO2-SiO2 which work through photocatalysis and super-hydrophillic effect, find my article on this link.

Afterwards, I went to France for one year as an au-pair. There I was learning french and in ten months I could speak fluently though I didn’t know one word when I first came there. I realized that studying abroad is what I want so I moved to Austria and joined a master programme Bionics/ Biomimetics in Energy Systems. This is a very promising field of research which is for now still developing. One basically investigates natural phenomena and uses these ideas to develop new technology. In my master thesis I was for example studying if Papyrus plant can condensate water from air through electrostatic charging. Sounds cool, right? 🙂

3 Comments

  1. Jože Špehar   •  

    Hello everybody!

    During my research on field of bionics which started to interest me very much, I have found your wonderful blog. And I was wondering if you could help me out with a little advice. I am trying to find a way to get involved professionaly in the field of bionics, because I am fond of the ”language of nature” so to say, plus I like research. What and of course where is a good way to start? I am a mechanical engineer, living in Ljubljana, Slovenia, and I did not get the feeling that there is much going on in the field of Bionics here. Maybe I don’t have enough info. I would accept and aprecciate any kind of info for an answer!

    Thank you, and btw. I think you are doing a great job with the blog!

    Jože Špehar

    • Boštjan   •  

      Hey Jože,

      hopefully not too late, you should check out Biokon: http://www.biokon-international.com/ . You will find most of the people who are associated with Biomimetics in Europe there. Also if you want to meet the people, the best thing to do would probably be to visit the Bionik-Kongress in Bremen (http://bionik.fbsm.hs-bremen.de/pages_DE/KON_kongress_anmeld.html) which takes place every two years. If you have the time to come to Maribor we can talk more about the subject 🙂 You will find me here: irnas.eu

      Lp

      • Anja Soklič   •  

        Hi Boštjan! We didn’t meet for a long time. Are you planning to join this Kongress? If yes, we could write a report from it and post it here on the blog.

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