prof. dr. Mitjan Kalin


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Short biography

Dr. Kalin’s areas of research are wear and friction mechanisms of advanced materials, nanoscale interface phenomena, as well as boundary lubrication and films for green lubrication technologies. He has published about 145 peer-reviewed journal papers, 13 book chapters, 1 book and 12 patents. His H-index is 27 with about 2.100 citations. He has over 350 conference contributions, including 46 invited talks world-wide, of which 6 keynote talks. In his career he has led over 36 larger, typically three-year projects (Project coordinator or Group leader), mostly international, working with companies like Volvo, Bekaert, Sorevi, Sulzer, SKF, Mercedes, Total, Lubrizol, Atlas Copco, Oerlikon, Dow, etc. to mention some of the most renown. Moreover, he led numerous smaller industrial projects, there are over 150 such reports registered. He is currently a coordinator of EU EACEA Erasmus Mundus Joint European Master Study in Tribology – TRIBOS+, funded by EU, which is a continuation of previous 5-year TRIBOS project.

He has been also active as a member of Editorial boards or Guest editor of 7 international journals, including six years appointment as Associate Editor of the ASME Journal of Tribology, and currently at the Frontiers in Mechanical Engineering. Since 2012 he serves as the Editor-in-chief of Lubrication Science (Wiley). He is active reviewer of about 90 peer-review journals and evaluator of European projects for FP6, FP7, H2020, ERC, ESF and many national funding agencies world-wide like NSF (USA), FWO (B), ANR (F), etc. He is also organiser of tracks, and conference sessions, as well as member of organising and programme committees in almost all international conferences, including being a Conference Chair of 5 international conferences (Frontiers of boundary lubrication Seville 2009, Polytrib 2014-2018 and Ecotrib 2017) and 3 national (Slotrib 2014-2018).

He has received several awards, including a prestigious ASME Burt L. Newkirk Award (2006), Slovenian state award Zois Prize (2006), Fellow STLE (2012), the Top 10 most acknowledged scientific achievements at University of Ljubljana (2014) and the highest scientific award in Slovenia, the Zois Award (2015). Recently he was elected Deputy President of world tribology association International Tribology Council ITC.

Since 2010 he holds the position of Full Professor at the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, University of Ljubljana. He is the Head of the Laboratory for Tribology and Interface Nanotechnology and the Chair for Tribology and Maintenance Technology. In 2007-2011 he served as a Vice-dean for research and international affairs, in 2013-2017 as a Vice-dean for master and doctoral studies, and since 2017 he is the Dean of the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering.


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Bibliography in short

  • ­142 international peer-review journal papers, vast majority in leading SCI journals of the field
  • 46 invited lectures at international conferences
  • 6 keynote plenary lectures at international conferences
  • 22 invited lectures at international corporations and institutes
  • More than 350 conference contributions
  • 1 book published by international publisher (Tribology of Ceramics and Composites, Wiley)
  • 8 scientific book chapters
  • 5 professional & public outreach monograph chapters
  • Editor of 2 books (ASME Press, University of Ljubljana publishing)
  • Editor of 7 various Professional Books and Conference proceedings
  • 12 student scripta and hand-outs
  • 2123 pure WoS/Scopus citations without self-citations
  • H-index WOS/Scopus= 27
  • 12 patents (of which 2 in USA, 1 EU) and 4 patent applications
  • More than 150 reports for industry and other customers
  • 8 design projects (devices, systems)
  • 36 major projects as project leader of longer, typically 3-years projects (mostly international).


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