Janez Ščančar / Head of Research Group

Prof. dr. Janez Ščančar

Scientific councilor


+386 1 477 3846

Jožef Stefan Institute, Jamova 39, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia

ORCiD: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-8018-1715?lang=en

ResearchGate: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Janez-Scancar


Research areas:

Investigation of the role of metal ions and metal-based nanoparticles in the environment and living organisms using the methods of chemical speciation and sizing of nanoparticles and bio-imaging of elements in biological tissues.

Development of analytical methods for speciation of elements in environmental and biological samples using methods of chemical speciation and by liquid or gas chromatography hyphenated to inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS). Study of metal species transformation during the analytical procedures and their fate in the environment and living organisms by the use of stable isotopic tracers. Quantification of chemical species of elements by speciated isotope dilution (ID)-ICP-MS. Study of the partitioning of selected elements in the terrestrial and aquatic environment.

Teaching information:  Professor at Jožef Stefan International Postgraduate School, study programme Ecotechnologies, holding the topic Basis of ecology and ecotoxicology and Chemical food safety

Lecturer at the University of Nova Gorica holding the topic Cycling of microelements in the human environment

Selected/recent publications:

Marković, K., Čemažar, M., Serša, G., Milačič, R., Ščančar, J. Speciation of copper in human serum using conjoint liquid chromatography on short-bed monolithic disks with UV and post column ID-ICP-MS detection. J. Anal. At. Spectrom. 2022, vol. 37, no. 8, str. 1675-1686. DOI: 10.1039/D2JA00161F.

Marković, S., Levstek, L., Žigon, D., Ščančar, J., Milačič, R. Speciation and bio-imaging of chromium in Taraxacum officinale using HPLC post-column ID-ICP-MS, high resolution MS and laser ablation ICP-MS techniques. Frontiers Chem. 2022, 10, 863387-1-863387-16. DOI: 10.3389/fchem.2022.863387.

Đurić, M., Levstek, L., Oprčkal, P., Mladenovič, A., Mauko Pranjić, A., Ščančar, J., Milačič, R. Simultaneous speciation of chromate, molybdate and arsenate in lysimetric water from geotechnical composites installed in field lysimeters. Sci. Rep. 2022, 12, 15186-1-15186-10. DOI: 10.1038/s41598-022-19600-y.

Marković, S., Uršič Valentinuzzi, K., Čemažar, M., Serša, G., Starešinič, B., Milačič, R., Ščančar, J. High spatial resolution imaging of cisplatin and Texas Red cisplatin in tumour spheroids using laser ablation isotope dilution inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry and confocal fluorescence microscopy. Anal. Chim. Acta 2021, 1162, 338424-1-338424-12, doi: 10.1016/j.aca.2021.338424.

Milačič, R., Ščančar, J. Cr speciation in foodstuffs, biological and environmental samples: methodological approaches and analytical challenges: a critical review. TrAC, Trends Anal. Chem. 2020, 127, 115888-1-115888-24, doi: 10.1016/j.trac.2020.115888.


Selected projects:

• 7 FW EU project GLOBAQUA: Managing the effects of multiple stressors on aquatic ecosystems under water scarcity (2015-2019), Coordinator Catalan Institute for Water Research (ICRA), Barcelona

• HIDAQUA: Sustainable water management in high water demanding industries LIFE18 ENV/SI/000673 (2019-2023), Coordinator National Building and Civil Engineering Institute, Ljubljana

•Danube Hazard m³c: Tackling hazardous substances pollution in the Danube River Basin by Measuring, Modelling-based Management and Capacity building, Interreg Danube (2021-2022), collaborator on the project, responsible person from Slovenian part, Coordinator TU Vienna

•LIFE IP RESTART: Boosting Waste Recycling into Valuable Products by Setting the Environment for a Circular Economy in Slovenia – LIFE20 IPE/SI/000021 (2022-2030), Coordinator Ministry of Natural Resources and Space, Ljubljana

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