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Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology

New lecturer: Ljiljana Fruk

We are pleased to welcome another new lecturer, Dr Ljiljana Fruk.

Her research interests involve synthesis of linkers for functionalisation of nanomaterials, use of engineered materials in bio-sensing and optoelectronics, DNA structuring and design of catalysts based on nanomaterials and enzymes.  Her teaching will cover some of these topics within the courses of biotechnology, sustainable/bio-materials and materials chemistry. She is interested in exploring the cultural and societal impacts of new technologies such as nanotechnology and synthetic biology. She is a co-author of art/science/creativity compilation "Molecular Aesthetics" and a scientific curator of several art/science exhibitions, the latest being GLOBALE: Exo- Evolution at the Centre for Art and Mediatechnology in Karlsruhe.

She says, "I studied Chemistry at the University of Zagreb then I did my PhD in Biospectroscopy at the University of Strathclyde.  Then, I joined Professor Niemeyer's Group in Dortmund in 2004 to work on DNA nano- structuring, nanoparticle bio- functionalisation and artificial enzyme design.  I will join CEB, moving on from my role as a "Photoactivable Nanodevices" Group Leader at the Centre for Functional Nanostructures, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT).

I am interested in science popularisation and a passionate amateur astronomer. Puzzled by any kind of intelligence, I like to investigate different routes to creative thinking. I love painting and I also wrote numerous semi-finished stories and novels that non-published yet. I followed the advice of one of my Zagreb professors, that nobody can truly be a good chemist without being able to cook. Therefore, I have brushed up my skills in a restaurant. I also mastered the skills of growing my own food and successfully demonstrated that one can have a full Mediterranean garden on a tiny balcony. I love being outdoors and plan going around Cambridge and joining some sport club, preferably one that has nothing to do with a ball."

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