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University of Zagreb, Faculty of Chemical Engineering and Technology

University of Zagreb, Faculty of Chemical Engineering and Technology

University of Zagreb, Faculty of Chemical Engineering and Technology


The faculty of Chemical Engineering and Technology is a constituent of the University of Zagreb. It is organized into several Departments and Chairs that perform teaching, scientific work, and professional and consulting activities in Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, and other fields.

The faculty is governed by a Dean and three vice-Deans, and the Faculty Council.

The Dean is elected among the full and associate professors of the Faculty. The Dean is responsible for the scientific and teaching activities of the Faculty, as well as for its financial status.

The Faculty Council is composed of all the elected professors, four student representatives, and five lower-level teaching staff representatives. The Council creates educational, scientific, and professional programs at undergraduate, graduate, and postgraduate levels. The Council assesses and administers Ph.D. level procedures, elects and evaluates scientific and education grades of the staff, and evaluates and approves foreign diplomas in the fields of Chemical Engineering and Chemistry.

Faculty history

The contemporary Faculty of Chemical Engineering and Technology of the University of Zagreb has a long tradition in science and education since 1919 and has therefore influenced greatly the very emergence and development of the modern chemical industry in Croatia and neighboring countries.

The Technical Institute Zagreb was founded on December 10, 1918. Among the six proposed departments was the Chemical-Technical Department, soon to be renamed into Chemical-Engineering Department. Vladimir Njegovan was the first and only elected professor; his duty was to provide the necessary space (lecture rooms, offices, and laboratories), and laboratory equipment and to gather the teaching staff. He also held the first lecture in analytical chemistry, dated October 20, 1919. This date is currently celebrated as Faculty Day.

Among the first teachers were Ivan Marek, an inventor of the furnace for elemental analysis of organic chemicals, Ivan Plotnikov, a world-renowned photochemist, Franjo Hanaman, a co-inventor of the tungsten filament for electric bulbs. Later on, Vladimir Prelog, a future Nobel Prize winner, joined the staff as well.

In 1926 the Technical Institute Zagreb joined the University of Zagreb to become the Technical Faculty. This merger opened the possibility for more intense scientific research. In this period, besides Vladimir Prelog who first introduced organic synthesis to Croatia, many other young researchers paved their way into the world of science and technology, such as Vjera Marjanović, Rikard Podhorsky, Karlo Weber, Matija Krajčinović and Miroslav Karšulin.

All of them went abroad to visit top scientific institutions of the time and returned to bring fresh ideas, increase their knowledge level and promote the development of the chemical engineering profession in Croatia. As early as 1935, Rikard Podhorsky promoted the American view of chemical engineering as the distinct scientific discipline that is “as equally important to a chemical engineer as pure disciplines of chemistry and physics.”

Following the growth of technical disciplines, Technical Faculty soon began to restructure and split into various institutions. Thus, within the University of Zagreb, chemical engineering was taught at the Faculty of Chemical, Food and Mining Technology in 1956 and the Faculty of Technology in 1957. Later on, the Faculty of Metallurgy in 1978 and the Faculty of Food Technology and Biotechnology in 1980 grew apart, and on November 16, 1991, two independent institutions: The faculty of Textile Technology and the Faculty of Chemical Engineering and Technology were founded.

Departments and Chairs

  • Department of Analytical Chemistry
  • Department of Electrochemistry
  • Department of General and Inorganic Chemistry
  • Department of Industrial Ecology
  • Department of Inorganic Chemical Technology and Non-Metals
  • Department of Mathematics
  • Department of Measurements and Process Control
  • Department of Mechanical and Thermal Process Engineering
  • Department of Organic Chemistry
  • Department of Physical Chemistry
  • Department of Physics
  • Department of Polymer Engineering and Organic Chemical Technology
  • Department of Reaction Engineering and Catalysis
  • Department of Surface Engineering of Polymer Materials
  • Department of Thermodynamics, Mechanical Engineering, and Energy
  • Petroleum and Petrochemical Department
  • Chair of social sciences and humanities

Faculty activities

Research, development, and design of chemical processes that enable quality, reliable and safe production while respecting the criteria of economy, efficiency, and environmental protection.

  • Directed research of chemical transformations that produce substances and materials with usable properties.
  • Development of testing and analysis methods with the aim of quality control.
  • Development of fossil and mineral processing methods.
  • Production of materials (polymers, ceramics, composites) and chemicals for special purposes.

The Faculty of Chemical Engineering and Technology is a higher education institution in the scientific field of chemical engineering and the scientific field of chemistry:

  • organizes and conducts university undergraduate, graduate, doctoral, and specialist studies,
  • organizes and performs scientific work related to the educational process through doctoral and specialist studies,
  • realizes projects for the economy and in cooperation with the economy,
  • organizes seminars, symposia, and other scientific and professional conferences,
  • publishes scientific and professional papers, books, monographs, textbooks, scripts, bulletins, etc.,
  • popularizes scientific and professional results,
  • cooperates with scientific, professional, educational, and other organizations in the fields of its own and related activities.

Faculty of Chemical Engineering and Technology:

  • study chemical transformations
  • study and develop substances and materials
  • develop and improve technological processes
  • design processes, devices, equipment, facilities, and complex systems
  • make studies
  • audit studies and projects
  • provide consulting services
  • supervise construction works
  • ensure and controls the quality of materials and processes
  • issue certificates (attestations and certificates) on the properties of materials and the validity of procedures
  • realize other related activities
  • perform professional environmental protection tasks

Dean of the Faculty

Professor Ante Jukić, Ph.D.



Professor Sanja Lučić Blagojević, Ph.D.

Finance and Administration

Professor Nenad Bolf, Ph.D.

Research and International Collaboration

Professor Zvjezdana Findrik Blažević, Ph.D.


  • Zagreb

    Marulićev trg 19, 10000, Zagreb

  • Split

    Ul. Ruđera Boškovića 35, 21000, Split