2023 Journal of Materials Chemistry Lectureship winner: Jovana Milić

Congratulations to Dr Jovana Milić, University of Fribourg, Switzerland for being selected as the recipient of the 2023 Journal of Materials Chemistry Lectureship

The Journal of Materials Chemistry Lectureship is an annual award, established in 2010, which honours early-career scientists who have made a significant contribution to the fields of materials chemistry. This year we received numerous high-quality nominations from across the world. With help from our Advisory and Editorial Boards, each nomination was assessed and considered for the award. Dr Jovana Milić was selected for the 2023 Lectureship based on her impressive publication record, her establishment as an early-career researcher and her strong engagement in a variety of outreach opportunities to support the chemistry community.

“I am honoured by this recognition and stimulated to further contribute to the materials chemistry community!”

Dr. Jovana V. Milić is Assistant Professor and Smart Energy Materials Group Leader at the University of Fribourg in Switzerland since January 2021. She obtained her Ph.D. in the Department of Chemistry and Applied Biosciences of ETH Zurich in 2017. She then worked as a postdoctoral scientist in the Laboratory of Photonics and Interfaces at EPFL until taking on a Group Leader position at the Adolphe Merkle Institute in September 2020 as the Swiss National Science Foundation PRIMA Fellow. Her research is centered around developing (supra)molecular materials for energy conversion, with a particular focus on hybrid photovoltaics. This involves a multidisciplinary approach at the interface of chemistry, material science, and engineering. Her research activities have been recognized by numerous honors and awards, including the CAS Future Leader 2019, Green Talents Award in 2020, and Zeno Karl Schindler Prize in 2021 for research contributions to sustainable development. She has also been awarded ERC Starting Grant in 2023 for the development of smart and sustainable hybrid materials for opto(electro)ionics. In addition to research and international collaborations, she has been invested in science outreach, policy, and diplomacy as a member of the Global Young Academy, Swiss Young Academy, the European Young Chemists’ Network, and International Younger Chemists Network, connecting and supporting young scientists globally.

You can keep up to date with Jovana’s research:

Website: jovanamilic.com

LinkedIn:  linkedin.com/in/jovanavmilic

Twitter/X: @jovana_v_milic

Discover Jovana’s RSC publications in this web collection to find out more about her research

Check out our interview with Jovana below:

How did you feel when you were announced as the winner of the 2023 Journal of Materials Chemistry Lectureship?

I was surprised and honoured by the nomination and selection for the 2023 Journal of Materials Chemistry Lectureship, which further strengthens my motivation to contribute to the community of materials chemistry.

Which of your JMC publications are you most proud of and why?

I am proud of my recent J. Mat. Chem. C 2021 (doi.org/10.1039/D1TC01533H) and our Nanoscale 2022 (doi.org/10.1039/D1NR08311B) publications, as well as Photochemistry 2022 book chapter (doi.org/10.1039/9781839167676-00346), highlighting our research and educational efforts to rely on supramolecular engineering in advancing hybrid materials toward multifunctional materials for energy conversion and smart nanotechnologies. In addition, I am proud of our J. Mat. Chem. A 2021 contribution (doi.org/10.1039/D1TA90183D) with my colleagues at the European Young Chemists’ Network (EYCN), supporting the community of young chemists. I am also grateful for these articles to be highlighted in the Emerging Investigators Issues of the journals.

At which upcoming conferences may our community meet you?

The community can meet me at several upcoming conferences in hybrid and organic electronics, photovoltaics, and supramolecular chemistry, including the Global Conference for Decarbonization of Energy and Materials (GCDM), Asia-Pacific International Conference on Perovskite and Organic Photovoltaics and Optoelectronics (IPEROP), Materials for Sustainable Development Conference (MATSUS), International Conference on Science and Technology of Synthetic Electronic Materials (ICSM), and International Conference on Noncovalent Interactions (ICNI-III), as well as International Conference in Hybrid and Organic Photovoltaics (HOPV), which I will be chairing next year, among others.

Please join us in congratulating Jovana!

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