I was born in 1985 in Varaždin, Croatia. After finishing high school in Varaždin, I enrolled in master’s studies in physics at the Faculty of Science in Zagreb which I completed in 2009. Immediately after, I was employed at the Institute of physics in Zagreb as a research assistant and I joined research activities in the laboratory for surface physics under the mentorship of dr. sc. Marko Kralj. In 2011 I enrolled in doctoral studies in the field of condensed matter physics at the Faculty of Science in Zagreb which resulted in a Ph.D. degree in 2014.
The topic of my research is epitaxial graphene with a special emphasis on the intercalation of various atoms. Additionally, I am interested in other modern 2D materials (hexagonal boron nitride, transition metal dichalcogenides etc.), their heterostructures and related nanostructures. During doctoral studies, I visited several research facilities (Elettra synchrotron, Brookhaven National Laboratory) and universities (University of Cologne, Columbia University, Kyoto University) where I acquired knowledge and skills on several microscopic and spectroscopic experimental techniques. My scientific work resulted in peer-rewieved publications in journals as well as presentations at conferences and workshops.
In 2014 I received the annual prize of the Society of university teachers, scholars and other scientists in Zagreb for scientific work in the field of physics. In 2015, I was awarded with the Humboldt research fellowship for postdoctoral researchers. Currently, I am working as a postdoc at the University of Duisburg-Essen (AG HvH).
If you have any additional questions and would like to know more about me, feel free to contact me via e-mail mpetrovic[at]ifs.hr.