Musić Svetozar, F.C.A.
Date of birth:
Place of birth:
- Skoplje (Sjeverna Makedonija)
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Musić Svetozar, F.C.A.
- doctor of Science
- fellow of the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts
- Head – Institute Ruđer Bošković, Division of Materials Chemistry (1996 – 2011)
- The honorary title of emeritus scientist – Institute Ruđer Bošković (2012. – …)
- scientific adviser with tenure – Institute Ruđer Bošković
Functions in Academy:
- member – Library Board of the CASA Library (2022 – …)
Membership in Academy:
- full member – Department of Mathematical, Physical and Chemical Sciences (05/12/2016 – …)
- associate member – Department of Mathematical, Physical and Chemical Sciences (05/20/2010 – 05/12/2016)
Svetozar Musić was born in Skopje in 1946. He graduated in physical chemistry from the Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science, University of Zagreb in 1970. In the same year he started postgraduate studies in physical chemistry and radiochemistry and received MSc degree in 1972. In 1978 he earned PhD degree in physical chemistry from the Faculty of Science, University of Zagreb. He worked at the Ruđer Bošković Institute (RBI) as a scientific advisor in permanent employment, where he was head of the Department of Materials Chemistry. He was elected emeritus of the Ruđer Bošković Institute in 2012.
S. Musić founded a Group for Metal Oxides at the RBI. He was the first head of the Laboratory for the Synthesis of New Materials (LSNM). He was also a director of the scientific research program Science and technology of materials. On the basis of this program he founded the Division of Materials Chemistry (DMC) of which he was the head from 1996. until his retirement in 2011. He was a member of the Election Board in Chemistry at the RBI from 1983 to 2011 and an assistant director of the RBI (2000–2002). He was the head coordinator of the program New functional materials, one of the largest research programs (15 projects) in Croatia which included many researchers from the RBI, the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing and the Faculty of Chemical Engineering and Technology.
S. Musić opened new fields of scientific research in Croatia, as well as new fields of investigations in the chemistry of metal oxides and mixed metal oxides, oxide glasses and glass-ceramics, with emphasis on the application of different spectroscopic methods (Mössbauer, FT-IR, Raman, UV/Vis/NIR) to the studies of these materials. The influence of various parameters on the kinetics, phase transformation and mechanisms of the formation of solid phases from solutions has been broadly studied.
He has published about 300 scientific papers in journals cited in Current Contents. In one period he was the most productive Croatian scientist in the field of natural sciences. His scientific papers have been cited about 7,500 times. The vast majority of these works are based on the original ideas of the authors, and they are predominantly realized in the Republic of Croatia.
S. Musić successfully led 18 MSc and PhD students who today hold high scientific ranks and important roles in Croatia and elsewhere.
S. Musić was a member of scientific and/or program committees at many international scientific conferences. He was a chairman of two international conferences, the 29th European Congress on Molecular Spectroscopy (EUCMOS 2008), Opatija, Croatia, 2008, and the International Conference on the Applications of the Mössbauer Effect (ICAME 2013), Opatija, Croatia, 2013. He also served as a representative of Croatia on the International Board on the Applications of Mössbauer Effect, IBAME (1994–2012).
S. Musić was a member of the Committee for nuclear safety of the Parliament of the Republic of Croatia as well as a member of the Croatian team for monitoring and solving the problem of radioactive waste disposal and decommissioning of the Krško nuclear power plant. He also served as an expert for the International Atomic Energy Agency (Vienna).
In 2006 S. Musić was awarded by the Croatian Academy of Arts and Sciences (CASA) for his remarkable scientific achievements. In 2010 he was elected as associate member, and in 2016 as a full memberof the CASA in the Department for Mathematical, Physical and Chemical Sciences.
In honour of Svetozar Musić the international scientific conference the Mediterranean Conference on the Applications of the Mössbauer Effect (MECAME 2015) was held in Zadar in June 2015, under the auspices of the CASA’s Department for Mathematical, Physical and Chemical Sciences. Renowned scientists from 21 countries participated in this conference.
A special issue was published by the journal Croatica Chemica Acta, on the occasion of his 70th birthday and 45 years of scientific work.