Aleksandra Lobnik graduated in 1991, at the Faculty of Chemistry and Chemical Technology in Ljubljana. She received her PhD in 1998 at the Institute of Organic Analytical Chemistry of Graz University, Austria. In 1998/1999 she conducted her postdoctoral education at the same University. Since 2009 she has been employed as a full professor at the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Maribor, where she teaches chemistry, analytical chemistry, and nanomaterials courses. The focus of Aleksandra Lobnik’s research is the development of new optical chemical and bio-sensors for different applications, such as personal protection and security and smart textiles, environmental protection, food, medicine. The emphasis is on the synthesis of new materials, nanomaterials, biomaterials, and sol-gels, which would improve sensory characteristics.
In 2006 she co-founded a spin-off company IOS Ltd, where she is also employed. She is author/co-author of 35 patents/patent applications, she is author, co-author of more than than 280 scientific and conference papers, she gave more than 30 invited lectures, she is author and co-author of 5 scientific monographs and 7 scientific chapters. And she was involved in 46 mentorships of BA, MA and 10 doctoral students, several postdoc students. As a project manager, she participated in more than 50 national and international research projects. Aleksandra Lobnik is also active in the promotion of science, because she is regularly invited to various committees and gives a wide range of interviews on the topic of sensors, nano-sciences and knowledge transfer in real applications in widely accessible media such as television, daily newspapers and magazines.
In 2015 she lectured at TEDx in CERN on the topic of sensors. The lecture had about 600 listeners in the hall, and approximately 4,000 viewers directly online (http://tedxcern.web.cern.ch/video/2015/nanosensors-love-and-other-emotions).
Prof.dr. A. Lobnik in 2021 become also a new member of Slovenian Academy of Engineering, as fourth female among 64 male colleagues.