Dragan Mihailovic obtained a Physics degree from the University of Oxford, Oxford, UK, in 1979. His doctorate was in electronic Raman scattering studies of Jahn-Teller phase transitions in high magnetic fields at the Clarendon Laboratory at the University of Oxford, which he defended in 1983. Thereafter, after a short period of research in magnetic resonance imaging, he began building up an ultrafast spectroscopy laboratory at the Jozef Stefan Institute, Ljubljana, Slovenia. In 1989, he spent a year as a Fulbright Fellow at the University of California, Santa Barbara, Calif, USA, working on polaron physics of cuprates and conducting polymers. Since then, he has contributed significantly to the nonequilibrium physics of single particle and collective excitations in charge-density waves and particularly cuprate superconductors. This experimental insight also led him to work on the development of polaronic models of hole pairing and electronic phase separation which have found relevance in cuprates and other related systems. Apart from ultrafast spectroscopy on strongly correlated electron systems, he has contributed significantly to the studies of molecular magnetism in fullerene compounds, and more recently to the nanoscience and nanotechnlogy of molecular nanowires, following the discovery of new species of molybdenum chalco-halide molecular wires in 2004. In 2002, Mihailovic received the Zois prize (the highest Slovenian science award) for outstanding achievements in science. He presently leads a mixed experimental-theoretical group within the department of Complex Matter at the Jozef Stefan Institute, encompassing a variety of research fields, ranging from the synthesis of new materials to fundamental investigations of elementary excitations with ultrafast spectroscopy techniques. He is also a Professor of physics at the Department of Mathematics and Physics at the University of Ljubljana and the Vice Dean and Professor at the Josef Stefan International Postgraduate School.
Biography Updated on 1 March 2009