The President of the University of Nova Gorica, Academician, Prof. Dr. Boštjan Žekš, won the National Zois Award for his long and successful research work in theoretical physics.
Boštjan Žekš worked as a member of the Theoretical Physics Department at the Jožef Stefan Institute, a professor of biophysics at the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Ljubljana, as well as a professor and president of the University of Nova Gorica. In 2014, he retired. In 1987, he was accepted into the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts, where, among other things, he worked as secretary of the Department of Mathematical, Physical, Chemical and Technical Sciences. From 2002 to 2008, he occupied the position of the Academy president.
Depending on his work load and world trends in the condensed matter physics, Žekš conducted research in three directions. At the first stage, he analysed ferroelectric crystals, especially those that have hydrogen bonds. At the second stage, he studied liquid crystals and ferroelectric liquid crystals. At the third stage, he was engaged in biophysics of biological and model phospholipid membranes. In all three areas that are not interrelated, he contributed to the development of science, visited world centres, gave lectures and introductory reports at major international conferences. His works were referred to about 6,500 times. Thanks to his scientific achievements, Academician Boštjan Žekš is considered one of the leading Slovenian physicists.