Laboratory for Surface and Materials Science

Joint Laboratory of Department of Physics and Center for Micro and Nano Sciences and Technologies, University of Rijeka


Tel: (051) 584 762


Prof Mladen Petravić, full professor

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  Dr Ivana Jelovica Badovinac, assistant professor

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Dr Aleš Omerzu, Assistant professor

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Office: O-821
Phone: (051) 584 634

alt   Dr Robert Peter, assistant professor

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  Dr Ivna Kavre Piltaver, postdoc

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Dr Iva Šarić, postdoc


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X-ray Photoelectron Spectrometer (XPS)  

Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometer (SIMS)

Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM)

Atomic Layer Deposition, ALD



1. V.A.Coleman, M.Petravić, K.-J.Kim, B.Kim and G.Li, Near-edge X-ray absorption fine-structure studies of GaN under low-energy nitrogen ion bombardment, Appl.Surf.Sci. 252, 3413 (2006).

2. M.Petravić, P.N.K.Deenapanray, V.A.Coleman, K-J.Kim, B.Kim, C.Jagadish, K.Kioke, S.Sasa, M.Inoue and M.Yano, Characterisation of nitrogen in ZnO by near-edge x-ray absorption fine structure and core-level photoemission spectroscopies, Surface Sci. 600,  L81 (2006).

3. M.Petravić, P.N.K.Deenapanray, M.D.Fraser, A.V.Soldatov, Y.-W.Yang, P.A.Anderson and S.M.Durbin, Direct observation of defect levels in InN by soft x-ray absorption, J.Phys.Chem. B110, 2984 (2006).

4. M.Petravić, Q.Gao, D.Llewellyn, P.N.K.Deenapanray, D.Macdonald and C.Crotti, Broadening of vibrational levels in x-ray absorption spectroscopy of molecular nitrogen in compound semiconductors, Chem.Phys.Lett. 425, 262 (2006).

5. P.L.Gareso, M.Buda, M.Petravić, H.H.Tan and C.Jagadish, Effect of rapid thermal annealing on the atomic intermixing of Zn- and C-doped InGaAs/AlGaAs quantum well, J.Electrochem.Soc. 153, G879 (2006).

6. A.V.Soldatov, A.Guda, A.Kravtsova, M.Petravić, P.N.K.Deenapanray, M.D.Fraser, Y.-W.Yang, P.A.Anderson and S.M.Durbin, Nitrogen defect levels in InN: XANES study, Rad. Phys. Chem. 75, 1635 (2006).

7. J.Yu, Y.Chen, R.G.Elliman and M.Petravić, Isotropically enriched 10BN nanotubes, Advanced Materials 18, 2157 (2006).

8. A.Božanić, Z.Majlinger, M.Petravić, Q.Gao, D.Llewellyn, C.Crotti, and Y.-W.Yang, Characterisation of molecular nitrogen in III-V compound semiconductors by near-edge X-ray absorption fine structure and photoemission spectroscopies, J.Vac.Sci.Technol. A 26, 592 (2008).

9. Z.Majlinger, A.Božanić, M.Petravić, K.-J.Kim, B.Kim and Y.-W.Yang, Formation of nitrides on nitrogen-bombarded GaAs surfaces, J.Appl.Phys. 104, 063527 (2008).

10. A.Božanić, M.Petravić, L.-J.Fan, Y.-W.Yang, and  Y.Chen, Direct observation of defect levels in hexagonal BN by soft x-ray absorption spectroscopy, Chem.Phys.Lett. 472, 190 (2009).

11. Z.Majlinger, A.Božanić, M.Petravić, K.-J.Kim, B.Kim and Y.-W.Yang, NEXAFS and XPS study of GaN formation on ion-bombarded GaAs surfaces, Vacuum 84, 41 (2009).

12. A.Božanić, Z.Majlinger, M.Petravić, Q.Gao, D.Llewellyn, C.Crotti, Y.-W.Yang, K.-J.Kim and B.Kim, Characterisation of molecular nitrogen in ion-bombarded compound semiconductors by synchrotron-based absorption and emission spectroscopies, Vacuum 84, 37 (2009).

13. R.Peter, A.Božanić, M.Petravić, Y.Chen, L.-J.Fan, and Y.-W.Yang, Creation of defects in hexagonal boron nitride by low energy ion bombardment, J.Appl.Phys. 106, 083523 (2009).

14. M.Petravić, Z.Majlinger, A.Božanić, Y.-W.Yang, Q.Gao, and C.Crotti, Characterisation of nitrogen-related defects in compound semiconductors by near-edge x-ray absorption fine structure measurements, "Proceedings of 2008 Conference on Optoelectronic and Microelectronic Materials and Devices, COMMAD’08", L.Faraone et all., Eds. (IEEE, New York, 2009) p.98-100.

15. M.Petravić, R.Peter, L.-J.Fan, Y.-W.Yang, and Y.Chen, Direct observation of defects in hexagonal boron nitride by near-edge X-ray absorption fine structure and X-ray photoemission spectroscopy, Nucl.Instrum.Meth. A 619, 94 (2010).

16. M.Petravić, R.Peter, I.Kavre, L.Li, Y.Chen, L.-J.Fan and Y.-W.Yang, Decoration of nitrogen vacancies by oxygen atoms in boron nitride nanotubes, PhysChemChemPhys 12, 15349-15353 (2010).

17. M.Petravić, R.Peter, I.Kavre, L.Li, Y.Chen, L.-J.Fan and Y.-W.Yang, Decoration of nitrogen vacancies by oxygen atoms in boron nitride nanotubes, "Proceedings of 2010 Conference on Optoelectronic and Microelectronic Materials and Devices, COMMAD 2010", H.Tan, Ed. (IEEE, 2010) p.217-218.

18. L.H.Li, Y.Chen, G.Behan, H.Zhang, M.Petravić, and A.M.Glushenkov, Large-scale mechanical peeling of boron nitride nanosheets by low-energy ball milling, J.Mater.Chem. 21, 11862 (2011). 

19. R.Peter, D.šegota, and M.Petravić, Point defects in gallium nitride: x-ray absorption measurements and multiple scattering theory, Appl.Phys.Lett. 99, 172107 (2011).

20. Z.Grubač, I.Šugor-Rončević, M.Metikoš-Huković, R. Babić, M.Petravić, and R.Peter,  Surface modification of biodegradable magnesium alloys, J. Electrochem. Soc. 159, C253 (2012)

21. D.Iveković, H.Vlašić Trbić, R.Peter, M.Petravić, M.Ceh and B.Pihlar , Enhancement of stability of Prussian blue thin films by electrochemical insertion of Ni2+ ions:  A stable electrocatalytic sensing of H2O2 in mild alkaline media, Electrochim. Acta 78, 452 (2012).

22. L.Li, L.H.Li, Y.Chen, X.J.Dai, T.Xing, M.Petravić, and X.Liu, Mechanically Activated Catalyst Mixing for High Yield Boron Nitride Nanotube Growth, Nanoscale  Research Lett. 7, 417 (2012). 

23. Z.Petrović, M.Metikoš-Huković, R.Peter, and M.Petravić, Surface Modification of Iron for Corrosion Protection: Kinetics of Anodic Film Formation and  Electroreduction', accepted, Int.J.Electrochem. (2012).            Electroreduction, Int.J.Electrochem.Sci. 7, 9232 (2012).

24. L.H.Li, M.Petravić, B.C.C.Cowie, T.Xing, R.Peter, Y.Chen, C.Sei, and W.Duan, High-resolution x-ray absorption studies of core excitons in hexagonal boron nitride, Appl.Phys.Lett. 101, 191604 (2012).

25. Z. Grubač, M. Metikoš-Huković, R. Babić, I. Škugor Rončević, M. Petravić, and R. Peter, Functionalization of biodegradable magnesium alloy implants with alkylphosphonate self-assembled films, Materials Science and Engineering: C 33, 2152 (2013).

26. T.Xing, X.Hou, L.H.Li, S.Zhou, R.Peter, M.Petravić, and Y.Chen, Disorder in ball-milled graphite revealed by Raman spectroscopy, Carbon 57, 515 (2013).

27. M.Petravić, R.Peter, M.Varašanec, L.H.Li, Y.Chen, and B.C.C.Cowie, Vibronic fine structure in high-resolution x-ray absorption spectra from boron nitride nanotubes, J.Vac.Sci.Technol. A 31, 031405 (2013).

28. S.Sopčić, R.Peter, M.Petravić and Z.Mandić, New insights into the mechanism of pseudocapacitance deterioration in electrodeposited MnO2 under negative potentials, J.Power Sources 240, 152 (2013). 

29. M.Metikoš-Huković, R.Babić, Z.Grubač, M.Petravić, and R.Peter, Potental Assisted Formation and Characterization of Hydroxyapatite Coatings on Biodegradable Magnesium Alloys, J.Electrochem.Soc. 160, H674 (2013). 

30. J.Katić, M.Metikoš-Huković, S.D.Skapin, M.Petravić, and M.Varašanec, The potential-assisted deposition as valuable tool for producingfunctional apatite coatings on metallic materials, Electrochim.Acta 127, 173 (2014).

31. M.Petravić, M.Varašanec, R.Peter, I.Kavre, M.Metikoš-Huković, and Y.-W.Yang, Electronic structure of Nitinol surfaces oxidized by low-energy ion bombardment , J.Appl.Phys. 115, 243703 (2014).

32. F.Faraguna, R.Peter, V. Volovšek, and A. Jukić, Synthesis and characterisation of alkyl ester functionalized multiwall carbon nanotubes, Journal of nanoscience and nanotechnology, 14, 8, 6347 (2014).

33. J.Katić,M. Metikoš-Huković, R.Peter, and M.Petravić, The electronic structure of the Ni(OH)2 films: Influence on the production of the higheperformance Niecatalyst surface, J.Power Sources 282, 421 (2015). 

34. I.Šarić, R. Peter, I.Kavre, I.Jelovica Badovinac, and M.Petravić, Oxidation of nickel surfaces by low energy ion bombardment, Nucl.Instrum.Meth. B 371, 286 (2016).

35. D.Sačer, D.Čapeta. I.Š.Rakić, R.Peter, M.Petravić, and M.K.Roković, Tayloring polypyrrole supercapacitive properties by intercalation of GO within the layer, Electrochim.Acta 193, 311 (2016).

36. J.Katić, M.Metikoš-Huković, I.Šarić, and M.Petravić, Semiconducting properties of the oxide films formed on tin: capacitive and XPS studies, J.Electrochem.Soc. 163, C221 (2016).

37. I.Šarić, R.Peter, and M.Petravić, Oxidation of cobalt by oxygen bombardment at room temperature, J.Phys.Chem. C 120, 22424 (2016).

38. I.Šarić, R.Peter, I.Kavre Piltaver, I.Jelovica Badovinac, K.Salamon, and M.Petravić, Residual chlorine in TiO2 films grown at low temperatures by plasma enhanced atomic layer deposition, Thin Solid Films 628, 142 (2017).

39. I.Kavre Piltaver, R.Peter, I.Šarić, K.Salamon, I.Jelovica Badovinac, K.Koshmak, S.Nannarone, I.Delač Marion, and M.PetravićControlling the grain size of polycrystalline TiO2 films grown by atomic layer deposition, Appl.Surf.Sci. 419, 564 (2017).

40. S.Kraljević Pavelić, V.Micek, A.Filošević, D.Gumbarević, P.Žurga, A.Bulog, T.Orct, Y.Yamamoto, T.Preočanin, J.Plavec, R.Peter, M.Petravić, D.Vikić-Topić, and K.Pavelić, Novel, oxygenated clinoptilolite material efficiently removes aluminium from aluminium chloride-intoxicated rats in vivo, Micropor.Mesoporous Materials 249, 146 (2017).

J.Katić, M.Metikoš-Hukovića, I.Šarić, and M.Petravić, Electronic structure and redox behavior of tin sulfide films potentiostatically formed on tin, J.Electrochem.Soc. 164, C383 (2017).

42. R.Peter, I.Šarić, I.Kavre Piltaver, I.Jelovica Badovinac, and M.Petravić, Oxide formation on chromium metal surfaces by low-energy oxygen implantation at room temperature, Thin Solid Films 636, 225 (2017).

 R.PeterI.Šarić, and M.PetravićEnhanced Oxidation of Nickel at Room Temperature by Low-energy Oxygen Implantation, Croat.Chem.Acta 90, 2 (2017).

44. I.Kavre Piltaver, I.Jelovica Badovinac, R.Peter, I.Šarić, and M.PetravićModification of molybdenum surface by low-energy oxygen implantation at room temperature, Appl.Surf.Sci. 425, 416 (2017).