University of Ljubljana, Slovenia
Nina Kostevšek has her expertise in preparation of multifunctional nanomaterials based on magnetic (FePt, different ferrites) and optically active components (Au) for bioapplications such as magnetic resonance imaging, magnetic hyperthermia, photo-thermal therapy and sensing. Her research involves as well formation of smart drug nanocarriers made of SiO2 , biopolymers (chitosan, gelatine, etc.) and thermo-responsive liposomes. Reliable characterization is of vital importance for the optimization of new materials, therefore she uses advanced “state of the art” techniques such as liquid cell transmission electron microscopy for visualization of nucleation and growth of nanoparticles in their “natural” aqueous environment.