A Teacher from the University of Nova Gorica Becomes a Pregl’s Prize Winner

An employee of the University of Nova Gorica, Dr. Gregor Mali, won the Pregl’s Prize for outstanding achievements in fundamental and applied research in chemistry and related sciences.

On Tuesday, 13 June, the Institute of Chemistry hosted the ceremony of awarding the Pregl’s Prize for outstanding achievements in fundamental and applied research in chemistry and related sciences.

One of its winners is Professor Dr. Gregor Mali, a member of the Institute of Chemistry, a professor of physics at the Faculty of Natural Sciences and the Faculty of Postgraduate Education at the University of Nova Gorica.

The Contest Committee rated Gregor Mali as an outstanding researcher who, with his extraordinary scientific mind and originality of approach, contributes to effective research development. Thanks to him, the world science has been replenished with new knowledge in the structural characteristics of materials.

He earned the reputation of an outstanding researcher thanks to his research in the development and application of NMR for studying materials. In the Slovenian academic environment, he is also known for the introduction of high-resolution methods for NMR spectroscopy in solids. He enriched his research and development with computational methods, through which it is possible to predict the parameters and compare them with experimental values. This approach, known as NMR crystallography, allows a comprehensive assessment of the materials structure. The results of Gregor Mali’s research over the past 5 years have been included into 33 scientific articles published in specialized national and international publications. His scientific authority and the relevance of his research are also evidenced by the fact that he was invited 14 times to give lectures at foreign and national conferences.

Much of the time, Mali devotes to working with young people. In addition to other duties, he teaches at the University of Nova Gorica as a professor of physics at the Faculty of Natural Sciences passing on his experience to undergraduates of Bachelor’s, Master’s and PhD programs. Gregor Mali is an internationally recognized expert in nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy in solids. Therefore, he is an important member of the National NMR Centre at the Institute of Chemistry.

Source: ung.si