Suzana Gotovac Atlagić

Suzana Gotovac Atlagić
University of Banja Luka · Department of Chemistry

PhD

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Introduction
Dealing mostly with environmental nanotechnologies: mining waste sludge to nanotechnologies and domestic Bosnian alumo-silicates application in nanotechnologies. Strong collaboration with Japan, Italy, Finland, Bulgarian, Polish, Austrian, Sweden and Greek scientists. Devoted to the promotion of international collaboration and exchange, but working against the brain-drain from Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Additional affiliations
January 2021 - December 2022
Swedish Environmental Protection Agency
Position
  • Local coordinator
Description
  • IMPAQ project (Improving air quality and air quality management in Bosnia and Herzegovina) local coordination.
January 2019 - December 2019
University of Banja Luka
Position
  • Group Leader
Description
  • "ESEE Education Initiative", project funded by EIT Raw Materials
September 2018 - December 2018
Government of the Republic of Srpska
Government of the Republic of Srpska
Position
  • Consultant
Description
  • "Water plants and sewage in Republic of Srpska" project number 2018/S 010-017328, the national project on rehabilitation of the systems in under-developed municipalities.
Education
April 2005 - March 2007
Chiba University,
Field of study
  • Science and technology
March 2000 - March 2002
Ochanomizu University
Field of study
  • Life sciencies
September 1996 - March 1999
University of Banja Luka
Field of study
  • Technology

Publications

Publications (58)
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Thermal treatment of zeolites prior to their use as adsorbents is needed to remove adsorbed water from zeolite pores, increasing porosity and surface area without inducing structural deterioration. Here, natural zeolite clinoptilolite (CLI) was thermally treated at 378–1073 K in air atmosphere. Porosity and structural changes after treatments at pa...
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The main goal of the present research was to convert the hematite form of iron oxide from red sludge to other types of iron oxides, optimally magnetite. The washed red sludge and raw red sludge were mixed with quartz microparticles originating from pyrite ore, and their pyrolysis was performed (Figure 1). The final products were further tested by d...
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Paper examines the dangers of holding up to the dam-based accumulation of mining tailings from the aspect of the climate change. It points out to the threats of the increasing precipitations and damage potentially caused in geotechnical point from the extreme temperature change.
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Historical disposal sites of red mud can be found all around Europe, most notably at Sardinia, in Hungary, or at many locations in East-Southeast Europe. Red mud contains dominantly iron, aluminum, and silicon oxides, with races of various metals and compounds that can still be reprocessed if appropriate methods are applied. Some of the promising m...
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Book summarizing basic concepts of the contempory enginnering of nanomaterials, polymers, wood, metals and ceramics. Written in Serbian language. Reviewed by: Prof.dr Jadranka Malina of Zagreb University, Prof.dr Fatima Živić of University of Kragujevac and Prof.dr Saša Zeljković of University of Banja Luka. Printed by "R-biro" Banja Luka
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Rapid telecommunications developing during previous decades is followed by novel technology systems as well as enlargement of environmental non-ionized radiation level. Emitted electromagnetic signals from base stations are shifted to the higher frequencies range with limited penetrability, requiring additional strength which implicates increasing...
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The verification of the blasting parameters of Ammonium Nitrate Fuel Oil (ANFO) with the addition of microstructured charcoal (MC) produced by destructive wood distillation was performed. Additional investigation of specific surface and pore distribution by the nitrogen adsorption of the two granulations of MC was also carried out. High-resolution...
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Metallurgical and chemical processing of bauxite is one of the most intensive processing industries. The remaining waste material, a “red mud” is in recent decades often discussed and studied as the valuable secondary raw material [1,2]. Red mud is a hazardous waste, which contains fine particles, has a strong alkalinity, and has to be monitored fo...
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Background Reuse of waste materials present in the technosphere, such as the metal mining tailings is becoming a more economical and energy-efficient method for obtaining the raw materials than the classical mining. Number of patents are presenting methods for tailings recycling, often in construction industry and metallurgy. At the same time, worl...
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Purpose: Poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) is the most commonly used material in the production of dental prostheses, and its application is often accompanied by the formation of biofilm. The aim of this work was the preparation of a PMMA/gold nanoparticles (AuNps) composite to improve the antimicrobial properties of heat-polymerised PMMA. The AuNPs...
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In this study, we examined the influence of microstructured charcoal (MC) when added to ammonium nitrate fuel oil (ANFO) samples. We performed a study that investigated ANFOs structure, crystallinity, and morphology by utilizing infrared spectroscopy (IR), X-ray diffraction (XRD), and scanning electron microscopy (SEM), respectively. MC characteris...
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Session: University Business Cooperation (UBC) and entrepreneurial universities Bosnia and Herzegovina is currently one of the liveliest regions in Europe regarding mining and related activities. This comes naturally since the country is in geologically-rich zone with still many underexplored locations containing deposits of all from coal, to numer...
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Intensity of electromagnetic pollution is followed by rapid increasing of new telecommunication technologies over the years. In order to prevent enlarged exposed of general population with doses of electromagnetic radiation above allowed for general population, living as well as working environment around antenna systems should be tested. Using sop...
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The study presents results of the measurements of the atmospheric nitrogen dioxide concentration and simultaneous meteorological variables: average temperature, air pressure, and relative humidity, speed and wind direction. The data were collected from July 2015 to June 2017 at stations located in Banja Luka (locality Centre). Nitrogen dioxide is o...
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Intensity of electromagnetic pollution is followed by rapid increasing of new telecommunication technologies over the years. In order to prevent enlarged exposed of general population with doses of electromagnetic radiation above allowed for general population, living as well as working environment around antenna systems should be tested. Using sop...
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Talc has historically numerous applications in medical, pharmaceutical and cosmetics field. Some of its highly convenient properties are its chemical inertness and the fact that it is not showing increased bacterial growth. In medicine it has such sensitive applications like pleurodesis agent to prevent recurrent pleural effusion. However, certain...
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A green chemistry approach for fabrication of active carbon, enriched with remediated iron is shown. Detailed characterization (HRSTEM, STM, and N 2 adsorption) was performed, followed by active carbon soaking in iron and manganese ionic solutions obtained from remediated mining sludge. Novel forms of active carbons with round or needle-like oxide...
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Levels of pollutants in air samples from industrial zone of Zvornik with intensive traffic and industry were determined near Alumina Factory. Through experimental measuring, daily concentration was determined for sulfur dioxide, carbon monoxide, nitrogen dioxide, ozone and PM10. Control air quality monitoring for basic pollutants was conducted on S...
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Worldwide food production is facing great challenges with ever-expanding population and even more so with increasing meat consumption. At the same time, mineral resources for fertilization are getting scarce, and new methods for efficient nutrient absorption are necessary in order to maximise the production of plants in general, be it crops, vegeta...
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Iron oxide nanoparticles are iron-based nanomaterials that are, to date, successfully used in various areas of industry and everyday life. The sustainability of iron is a factor which leads to wide variety of research of the iron oxide roles in industrial catalysis and biomedicine. An industrial catalysis and biomedical applications are here connec...
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Iron oxide nanoparticles are iron-based nanomaterials that are, to date, successfully used in various areas of industry and everyday life. The sustainability of iron is a factor which leads to wide variety of research of the iron oxide roles in industrial catalysis and biomedicine. An industrial catalysis and biomedical applications are here connec...
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In the field of the application of breakthrough in Tribology by discovering new materials, nanoparticles as friction modifier additives in base oil or in solid media have been used extensively in the last years. It has been found that nanoparticles inclusion in base oil enhances the extreme-pressure property and load-carrying capacity of the thin f...
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This study focused on testing the efficacy of aluminium (Al) electrode in an electrocoagulation treatment of wastewater containing phosphates (P–PO4). The research was conducted on a prepared synthetic wastewater in a laboratory batch electrochemical reactor. Research has followed the effect of the electrolysis duration, current density, different...
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RESUME Nanometalic materials are at the present moment the most commercialized class of nanomaterials. Methods for their synthesis and exploitation of the physical phenomena of their behaviour on atomic level are ever-expanding. Their prices are sometimes too high and in lowering the price, finding the new recourses of raw materials, would be cruci...
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The nitrate ion is an extremely valuable component of the agricultural mineral fertilizers, widely used. Inevitably, some excess quantities get washed out to the ground and surface waters through the natural processes of precipitation, or by water coming through the irrigation. Based on the data from only few case studies, it is widely cited that n...
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Hematite nanoparticles with amorphous, yet relatively uniform carbon shell, were produced based exclusively on the waste sludge from the iron mine as the raw material. The procedure for acid digestion-based purification of the sludge with the full recovery of acid vapors and the remaining non-toxic rubble is described. Synthesis of the hematite nan...
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Mining industry leaves a very high negative impact on the land and water surrounding the excavation sites. In Bosnia and Herzegovina, usual way of dealing with the mining waste is to form the dump lakes where the waste water from ore washing process is accumulated. The method is developed to recover significant quantities of metal ions from this wa...
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Sulfate is widely distributed in nature and may be present in natural waters in concentrations ranging from a few to several thousand milligrams per liter. Mine drainage wastes may contribute large amounts of sulfate ion for example through pyrite oxidation. In drinking water, sodium and magnesium sulfate act as the laxatives. In Republic of Srpsk...
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Metal mining industry waste water represents a valuable source of metallic ions. Unfortunately, there are not many effective methods for their recovery in the form of useful products. However, our experiments have shown that it is possible, after sludge purifications and preparation of the ionic solutions, to obtain a good quality of the nanopartic...
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The raw materials such as cellulose waste and low-quality wool waste, widelly available but mostly unexploited in Western Balcans, have great potential for production of applicable nanomaterials. Production methods of such raw materials are being analyzed together with their availability in the field. The largest potential lies in the waste contain...
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Iron nanoparticles were synthesized by microemulsion method using surfactants as occluding agents under basic conditions. A unique approach is used where a source of iron was the digested sludge from the iron mine dump site-the accumulation lake. Methylene blue was added in surplus to replace the surfactant molecules after the nanomaterials’ microe...
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The single wall nanocarbons and double wall carbon nanotubes (DWCNTs) of highly developed π-conjugated systems have deep interaction potential wells for molecules due to the dense hexagonal carbon network structure, inducing unusual adsorption mediated effect, such as in-pore superhigh pressure effect. The nanocarbons have characteristic molecular...
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The magnetic nanoparticles have been the focus of much research recently because they possess attractive properties which could be potentially used in biomedicine, especially as magnetic resonance imaging contrasts. Results show iron nanoparticles synthesized via a micelle formation method or so called arrested precipitation. The iron mine waste wa...
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Iron nanoparticles are interesting due to their extraordinary properties: chemical, optical and mechanical, and applications in the fields of magnetism, electronics and biomedical engineering. Also important applications of iron nanoparticles are as catalysts for the synthesis of carbon nanotubes and for remediation of pollutants from waste water b...
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The iron mines along Bosnia and Herzegovina are still using quite out-of-date technologies in which a lot of apparent mullock is generated. Possibly useful iron in this mass seems lost, usually accumulated at the bottom of the artificial lakes or, even worse, released into the rivers. In present study, an iron mine mud was sampled, digested by acid...
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Some last 20 years, nanomaterials are a very attractive subject in the science. The applications are going from medical diagnostics, through industrial catalysis (energy efficiency) to the filtration technologies and farther. Bosnia and Herzegovina has significant unused sources of raw materials for production of widely known applicable nanomateria...
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The first and only Japanese grammar and conversation learning set in Bosnia and Herzegovina (200 pages book with audio CD covering all the lessons and exercises, original comic illustrations)
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The countries in surrounding region have already completed or started intensive adjustments of their regulations according to the European Union's Declaration on protection of waters against pollution caused by nitrates from agricultural sources. Bosnia and Herzegovina has only partially adjusted its regulations. Likewise the data about the monitor...
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Intensive change in electronic structure of single wall carbon nanotube (SWCNT) bundles is observed, arising from intercalation of naphthalene into the interstitial spaces of the bundles with adsorption from solution. Ultraviolet photoelectron spectroscopy shows a clear increase in the density of states reaching the Fermi level, explicitly indicati...
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Intensive change in electronic structure of single wall carbon nanotube (SWCNT) bundles is observed, arising from intercalation of naphthalene into the interstitial spaces of the bundles with adsorption from solution. Ultraviolet photoelectron spectroscopy shows a clear increase in the density of states reaching the Fermi level, explicitly indicati...
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Adsorption from toluene solution of phenanthrene and tetracene on single wall carbon nanotubes (SWCNT) is measured. Comparison of adsorbents such as laser ablation and HipCO samples reveals multiple factors influencing the adsorption mechanism. Acid functionalized carbon nanotubes have shown markedly increased adsorbability for the polyaromatic mol...
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The urgent demand for preservation of the global environment has requested to construct environment-friendly technologies. Adsorption on nanoporous solids has contributed to energy storage, highly efficient catalysis, concentration of noble substances, and removal of pollutants, separation of harmful gases or valuable gases, and medical treatments,...
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We adsorbed tetracene and phenanthrene on SWCNT produced by laser abrasion in toluene. Tetracene adsorption was more than six times greater than that of phenanthrene. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopic examination clearly showed that tetracene and phenanthrene molecules efficiently coated the SWCNT external surfaces. The remarkable difference betwee...
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Naphthalene was adsorbed on single wall carbon nanotubes (SWNT) from trichloroethylene solution. The adsorbed state of naphthalene on dry SWNT samples was studied with X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and Raman spectroscopy. Adsorption of naphthalene molecules on SWNTs in trichloroethylene provide a uniform coating of external surface of individual...
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Liquid-phase adsorption of tetracene and phenanthrene on a single-walled carbon nanotube (SWCNT) was examined. Tetracene adsorption was more than six times greater than that of phenanthrene. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopic examination clearly showed that tetracene and phenanthrene molecules efficiently coated the SWCNT external surfaces. The rema...
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Phenanthrene was adsorbed from ethanol solution to the surface of single wall carbon nanotubes, which were previously physically and chemically characterized. Different anionic surfactants were added in the solutions to enhance the phenanthrene solubility and apparently have also improved the dispersion of two respective nanotube samples used. Adso...
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The adsorption of phenol from dilute aqueous solutions by seven activated carbons and one non-porous carbon black is reported. It is confirmed that the equilibrium can be described by a modified Dubinin-Radushkevich-Kaganer equation, with exponent n = 4 and Es = (1.03 ± 0.18)Eo. At low equilibrium concentrations, phenol and its derivatives are adso...

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The literature on sulfate toxicity is very wide and lethal doses reported vary a lot. It is hard to determine which one is reliable.
In particular, I have faced few times the situations in which in analyses of the surface water in our Laboratory we have to negatively comment on waters in which sulfate is slightly high (such as 100-200 mg/L). Otherwise, these waters are very clean and pure, almost suitable for drinking without treatment (mostly Bosnian non-polluted mountain rivers and lakes).
The most recent situation is the fish pond which is being build on a very clean mountain river. There is nothing but the pure forest and the air rich in oxygen above the point where the pond is being built. However, sulfates have shown a value of 277 mg/L in the spring period during the snow melting.
Our regulation show that for production of trout, value has to be below 75 mg/L.
What are your experiences, does anybody have the recent literature on this subject?
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We have accredited the sampling according to ISO 5776-10 however, there is an obligation to perform the PT in next 5 years. What are your experiences?

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The main objective of the project is to develop a line of iron oxide based lubricant additives. Two promising nanoparticles have been synthesized in this area through the recently completed BlowUp project funded by the EIT RawMaterials Fund (part of Horizon 2020). In the BlowUp project, the iron oxide nanoparticles in form of cubes have shown excellent potential as the lubricant additive as indicated by the new LubriCAD logo above. The LubriCAD project will work mostly on the problematic of their stable dispersions. Two international partners from this project will continue to support the PMF through expertise and co-financing the project by valuable highly sophisticated measurements. Specifically, support relates to TEM analysis of nanoparticles, liquid fluorescence particle size analysis, X-ray diffractometry (Italian National Scientific Council), nanotribological measurements on a state-of-the-art tribometer, and Raman spectroscopy (Salerno University). Co-financing from the economy comes from the domestic lubricant factory „Tehnosint“. The main benefit of developing this type of additive would be the reduction of energy use in lubrication-requiring devices, which can achieve energy savings of over 40%. In Republika Srpska, this is especially important in the forestry and mining industries which use thousands of tons of lubricants. So far, international research is based on tests of copper or cobalt particles, more expensive metals whose accumulation in the environment carries health hazards, unlike iron oxide nanoparticles that will be developed through the presented project, which are non-toxic. The largest part of the budget will be related to the procurement of the state-of-the.art infrared spectrometer for the purpose of daily sample analysis, and the project will support the young researchers for few months in order to give them realistic experience in the scientific research in nanochemistry which is the scientific field in rise currently in Republic of Srpska.
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The project aims at establishing a self-sustaining network of stakeholders, who are interested in the reprocessing of red mud tailings in the ESEE region and the extraction of heavy minerals which contain valuable metals (REE, Sc, Y, Hf, Zr, and Ti). The estimated quantity of red mud in the region is more than 85 M tonnes. In total 5 tailings in 4 countries are examined, and the existing BAT for the extraction of heavy minerals will be evaluated.
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Bosnia and Herzegovina is facing a wide range of challenges regarding air quality. The country’s residents are exposed to some of the highest levels of air pollution in Europe, which are caused by a range of different emission sources and geographic circumstances. Furthermore, there are a range of institutional weaknesses which result in the country being ill-equipped to effectively monitor and tackle the complex problem of air pollution. The Swedish Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA) received funding from the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) for carrying out an inception phase to develop a long-term programme to provide assistance to Bosnia and Herzegovina for improving air quality assessment and management.