Off to a new adventure!

After a brief return following her parental leave Sara Seršen has moved on to a new challenge. As of April 1st she is starting her new job in the pharmaceutical industry at ‘Lek d.d., a Sandoz company’. We wish her all the best and look forward to her PhD defense on April 25th.


From left to right: Matija Uršič, Tanja Lipec, Sara Seršen, Iztok Turel, Jakob Kljun, Špela Peršič

We did it again! 2015 – A year in retrospect.

A record year again, as far as the stats go for the Turel group. Data are still coming in (and will be for some time) but we have set the bar higher for ‘Sum of times cited’ according to Web of Science (on Feb. 24th) with 381 citations in 2015. The year 2015 has been fairly productive for the Turel group with:

  • 9 scientific papers,
  • 1 book chapter (upcoming),
  • 1 editorial (
  • 10 conference abstracts/posters
  • 4 invited lectures (Iztok Turel: Ruđer Boškovič Institute, Zagreb, Croatia; Nanjing University, Nanjing, PR China; Soochow University, Soochow, PR China; Jakob Kljun: Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Ljubljana)
  • 3 BSc theses (Urška Bunta, Špela Peršič, Tadej Mernik)
  • Finalist (Top 5) of the ‘Mentor of the year 2015’ award
  • Successful application for a Slovenian-Serbian bilateral project with prof. M. Djuran research group from the University of Kragujevac, Serbia (special thanks to dr. Marija Živković)

We are also at a record-high group members with 1 post-doc researcher, 3 PhD students (albeit 2 on maternity leave), 2 MSc students, 1 Erasmus BSc student from Madrid, Spain and another 2 Slovenian BSc students.

Number of publications

Number of publications

Number of citations

Number of citations

Back cover in Dalton Transactions

The scientific paper in Dalton Transactions co-authored by Iztok Turel with partners from the Ruđer Bošković institute, Zagreb, Croatia, headed by prof. Srećko I. Kirin has received spotlight as the editors have emphasized the importance and quality of the research results by awarding it the back cover graphic. The article by Đ. Škalamera, E. Sanders, R. Vianello, A. Maršavelski, A. Pevec, I. Turel and S. I. Kirin titled ‘Synthesis and characterization of ML and ML2 metal complexes with amino acid substituted bis(2-picolyl)amine ligands’ (Dalton Trans. 2016, 45, 2845-2858) presents the studies on the influence of the structure of aminoacid-functionalized tridentate ligands on the spatial arrangement of ligands and the formation of different isomers of octahedral zinc complexes. These complexes serve as model compounds for the development of novel catalysts for asymmetric transformations.


Iztok Turel finalist of ‘Mentor of the year 2015’

Mentor of the year is a nationwide contest awarded to outstanding scientists and mentors of PhD students and postdoc researchers. Among 27 nominees the Ru-team Iztok Turel has made it into the ‘Top 5’ final stage of the Mentor of the year 2015 contest together with esteemed collegues (photo link)

  • dr. Štefan Bojnec (Faculty of management of the University of Primorska, Koper),
  • dr. Bogdan Filipič (Dept. of Intelligent Systems, Institute Jožef Stefan, Ljubljana),
  • dr. Gregor Serša (Institute of Oncology, Ljubljana) and
  • dr. Barbara Simončič (Chair of Textile and Clothing Engineering, Faculty of Natural Sciences and Engineering, University of Ljubljana).

Congratulations to the winner prof. dr. Barbara Simončič and all fellow nominees.

Check out the photos of the event.


Articles published in Polyhedron and JIB

Our research on bioinorganic complexes of ruthenium has been published in Polyhedron and Journal of Inorganic Biochemistry. Check out our work at:

‘Ruthenium complexes as inhibitors of 15-lipoxygenase-1’


‘Interactions of two cytotoxic organoruthenium(II) complexes with G-quadruplex’

Congratulations to first authors Katja nad Sara and many thanks to all the collaborating research teams.

Welcome to Sara Moreno Da Silva

The Turel group welcomes the new guest team member, BSc student Sara Moreno Da Silva. Sara joins us for a 10-month Erasmus study exchange from Universidad Complutense de Madrid – Facultad de Ciencias Químicas. At her home institution Sara is completing her 4th year of the Chemistry programme with a focus on inorganic chemistry and biochemistry. At the Turel group she will be starting her training in synthethic ruthenium chemistry on the subject of 8-hydroxyquinoline and β-diketone complexes while attending several courses at the FKKT and planning her own research project which is expected to kick-off in January.

The Turel group welcomes new team member

On Nov. 4th Katja Traven gave birth to her second child, a baby-boy named Izak. The Ru-team congratulates both parents and wishes them all the best.

Spectral data: 1H NMR (D2O, 500,10 MHz): δ 4.11. (s, m, J (Katja,Aleš) = 2 Hz), ESI-HRMS (CH3CN) m/z for M+ (g, found (calcd)): 3760.0 (3760.0), IR (cm−1, ATR): 53

Welcome to Zoran Kokan

The Turel group welcomes the new guest team member, postdoc Zoran Kokan. Zoran started his one-month secondment on the 1st of October arriving from the Srećko Kirin Group from the Ruđer Bošković Institute, Zagreb, Croatia. His stay is supported by the Slovenian-Croatian bilateral project entitled ”Catalytic and biological properties of metal complexes of nitrogen ligands”. Zoran’s main field of research is the bioinspired asymmetric catalysis using aminoacid derived pyridyl and phosphine ligands for stereoselective chemical transformations.