• Ljubomir Nedeljkovic

    Steelmaking and processing - devoted to Prof. Ljubomir Nedeljković
    Vol. 27 No. 4 (2021)

    Last July, the summer sky has darkened when the sad news that Professor Ljubomir Nedeljković has passed away - had spread among Serbian metallurgical society. One rich professional and interesting life biography is completed, but the memory of Professor Nedeljković among his colleagues, fellow students, and friends will never fade. Prof. Nedeljković was born on 4th January 1933 in Sarajevo and passed away on 6th July 2020 in Split, Croatia, at the age of 87. However, he spent most of his life in Belgrade while living his retirement days in Prague, the Czech Republic. Primary and high school (gymnasia), he finished in Belgrade, and in 1951 he began his university education at the Faculty of Technology and Metallurgy (TMF), the University of Belgrade. In October 1957, he obtained his diploma from the Department of Metallurgy and started his professional life as an engineer at the Institute for testing of materials - IMS Institute in Belgrade. After several months he moved back to the TMF to work as an assistant professor at the Iron and Steel Department. In July 1969, Prof. Nedeljković defended his doctoral dissertation at the Technical University of Clausthal, Claushal-Zellerfeld, Germany. From 1969 till 2000, Professor Nedeljković was an active professor at TMF. In October 2000, he finally retired at the age of 67. While in retirement, he continued to work, coaching students doing doctoral and master thesis, retiring finally at the end of 2013.

    It is difficult to highlight one of the many qualities that Professor Nedeljković was blessed with. His incredible talent enabled him to approach any metallurgical problem during teaching and research work in an original way. He had an enormous work capacity, and his gift for communication made even the most complex presentations look clear and easily followed by any audience. Well educated, with great general knowledge, eloquent with a very sensitive sense for humor he was a great teacher. Blessed with overwhelming sociability, tinged with a hint of irony, being in his company was a gift for those of us who were lucky enough to call him a colleague.

    Professor Nedeljković was one of the pioneers of modern steel metallurgy in former Yugoslavia. With Professor Nikola Gaković, he organized teaching activities for various carbon steels and special steels production. He taught in a way that no one had done before or after him, originally and effectively linked with many examples from practice, with the aim of better understanding complex matter. Professor Nedeljković was a great man of exceptional knowledge, a young spirit, direct, full of understanding for students, always ready to help them, so that very quickly, he became our role model. His lectures were meetings that we students were especially looking forward to. They had a stimulating effect on us and strengthened our belief that we had chosen the right profession for our future occupation. After his lectures, many things from previous schoolings got their place and real meaning. Most importantly, we started to love metallurgy.

    Later, in the mid-80s, when I joined his team at the Department of Iron and Steel, I had the pleasure and honor to work directly with him and to participate in numerous studies, projects on various metallurgical issues. There were really a lot of them, domestic and international. Furthermore, I had the opportunity to take a closer look at his exceptional engineering nerve and notice the ease with which he communicated with colleagues and world experts in several world languages. He spoke besides Serbian, French, German, English, Russian fluently, and to some level Italian. Lately, he learned Czech while spending his retirement in Prague. Wide culture, ease of communication, and developed engineering logic adorned my professor.

    He supported and directed talented students towards further education at numerous universities in Europe and the USA. Nowadays, many of his students are in leading positions around the world who have successful careers started at the advice of Professor Nedeljković to go to the Western world and taste their happiness. We, his students and coworkers, have not forgotten him and never will.

    He leaves behind his wife, Davorka, daughter in Law Jelena, son Nikola and two grandchildren Vasilije and Sava, who brought joy to his life in his last years.


    Mile Djurdjevic

  • Ilija Bobic

    Composite materials - novelties in manufacturing and application
    Vol. 27 No. 1 (2021)

     Dr. Ilija Bobić, scientific adviser in retirement (1953-2020)

    Materials Department, "Vinča" Institute of Nuclear Sciences - National Institute of the Republic of Serbia, University of Belgrade, Serbia.

    In memory of our dear colleague and friend Dr. Bobić, who passed away in July 2020, the journal "Metallurgical and Materials Engineering" is dedicating this special issue "Composite materials - novelties in manufacturing and application" in celebration of his lifelong work and achievements in the field of metal matrix composite materials.

    His professional career started in 1979 as a metallurgical engineer in the Factory of ingots (Belgrade, Serbia) and in 1985, he was recruited to the Materials Department, "VinÄa" Institute of Nuclear Sciences (Belgrade, Serbia) where he stayed until his retirement (January 2020). Dr. Bobić incorporated his rich experience from industry into scientific research bringing up many accomplishments in material science, including, among others, design and manufacturing of hybrid metal matrix composites (A356/SiCp/Grp) and nanocomposite materials (A356, Zn-Al/Ti, and ZA-27 matrix material); the development of improved processing routes in the casting of metallic materials reinforced with nanoceramic and graphite; synthesis of the alloys and metal matrix composites with enhanced mechanical and tribological properties, and corrosion behavior.

    Dr. Ilija Bobić was born and grew up in Bijeljina, Bosnia and Herzegovina. He moved to Belgrade (Serbia) for his undergraduate studies and enrolled at the University of Belgrade, Faculty of Technology and Metallurgy, where he received BSc, MSc and PhD degrees in metallurgical engineering. As a young metallurgical engineer, he developed a passion for casting processes and joined the Laboratory for nuclear materials ("VinÄa" Institute of Nuclear Sciences). His research was primarily focused on the establishment of innovative processing routes of the thixocasting and compocasting techniques. Dr. Bobić was promoted to the scientific adviser position in 2014, at the Materials Department ("VinÄa" Institute of Nuclear Sciences). During his career, Dr. Bobić has also been truly dedicated to the supervising and examination of master and doctoral theses of students not only from the Belgrade University but also from the University of Kragujevac.

    Aside from the scientific research, Dr. Bobić had a wide range of interests, most of all profound love of fine arts and music. His office always had a musical background of mellow blues, promoting many fruitful scientific discussions. Dr. Bobić was full of support and encouragement to all of us, his colleagues, collaborators, and students, over the years. His many scientific contributions, his warm personality, great knowledge and experience which he unconditionally shared with everyone who asked for his advice, as well as his infectious passion for scientific research will be greatly missed by all of us who had the privilege to know and work with him. As his colleagues, we are grateful for having a chance to learn from Dr. Bobić not only how to be better scientists but also how to respect and cultivate the value of kindness and generosity in the working environment. Dr. Bobić will always have a special place in our minds and hearts.


    Guest Editor,

    Dr. Jovana Ružić

  • Milan Jovanović - Memorial Issue
    Vol. 26 No. 4 (2020)

    Prof. dr. Milan T. Jovanović


    Scientific Advisor in retirement

    VinÄa Institut of Nuclear Sciences

    Member of the Scientific Society of Serbia

    Long-term Editor-in-Chief of the national scientific journal “Metallurgical & Materials Engineeringâ€


    On March 4, 2020, the big heart of an exceptional man and great scientist stopped beating, leaving us, his friends, students and colleagues, with ever-lasting memories on one admirable life of a great man.

    Prof. dr. Milan T. Jovanović, Scientific Advisor in retirement, was born in Kragujevac in 1939. He graduated at the Faculty of Technology and Metallurgy, University of Belgrade in 1962. That same year he became a researcher at the Department of Materials Science of the VinÄa Institute of Nuclear Sciences where he stayed until the end of his days. As a scholarship holder of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) he spent one year at the Department of Physical Metallurgy, University of Birmingham, UK, where he obtained his M.Sc. degree in 1969. He obtained his Ph.D. degree at the Faculty of Technology and Metallurgy, University of Belgrade in 1978. Twice, in the year 1985 and year 1986, he was a post-doctoral researcher at the Department of Metallurgy and Materials Science, University of Toronto, Canada. From the year 1993 till the year 1996 he held the Invited Professor position at the Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada. The entire scientific activity of Prof. dr. Milan T. Jovanović was focused on the fundamental and applied research in the fields of physical metallurgy and materials science including research in the field of nuclear technology and metallic materials for nuclear reactors, processes of strengthening of non-ferrous alloys (copper, aluminum and precious-based alloys), metallic materials for high-temperature applications (superalloys and intermetallics), metal matrix composites and metallic materials for orthopedic and dental implantology. During his scientific career Prof. dr. Milan T. Jovanović published a total of 208 papers of which 86 were published in leading and highly-respected international journals, 16 in national journals, whereas a total of 106 papers were presented at international and national scientific conferences. He supervised numerous bachelor, master and doctoral theses. He was a member of the Scientific Society of Serbia, long-term Editor-in-Chief of the national scientific journal “Metallurgical & Materials Engineering†and a member of the Center of Excellence „Center for the synthesis, processing and characterization of materials for use in extreme conditions - CEXTREME LABâ€.

    Prof. dr. Milan T. Jovanović will always be remembered by all who knew him as a great teacher, innovator and friend always ready to help, listen and laugh with his fellow workers and companions. His name will forever be closely tied to his loving metallurgy and VinÄa Institute of Nuclear Science, his second house.

    After more than forty years, he spent as a researcher at the Department of Material Science, VinÄa Institute of Nuclear Science, University of Belgrade, the indelible mark of his excellence and knowledge left behind.

    Even though he will be forever remembered as an outstanding metallurgical engineer and material scientist respected and recognized from his colleagues all over the world, he was much more than that.

    During his career, he introduced numerous young researchers to the fascinating world of science and engineering and for all of them, he will always remain their loving teacher prepared to unselfishly share his knowledge and excitement regarding the discoveries and innovative technological solutions.

    All of us who entered his fascinating and exciting world of material science will be forever grateful for the opportunity and privilege to share our ideas and discussions with such an exceptional person.

    Prof. dr. Milan T. Jovanović was and always will be loved and respected by all who knew him.


    Guest Editors,  

    Dr. Ivana Cvijović-Alagić

    Dr. Vesna Maksimović

  • Hydrometallurgical operations and processes
    Vol. 26 No. 2 (2020)



    Dear Colleagues,


    Hydrometallurgy is an important part of the extractive metal industry involved in the recovery of metals from ores, concentrates, technogenic and other secondary and urban mining sources; it plays an interesting role in the expansion of minerals processing industry. There are numerous hydrometallurgical process technologies used for recovering metals, such as leaching, solvent extraction/ion exchange, metals electro recovery and raffination; stabilization and remediation of tailings/waste.

    Modern hydrometallurgical processes to extract metals from their raw materials are faced with many issues related to both the chemistry, thermodynamics, kinetics, and engineering aspects of the processes involved. These issues include polymetallic and refractory character of ore, declining ore grade, fluctuation in mineralogy throw the deposits body; which would influence the hydrometallurgical route chosen. The above mentioned also applies to urban mining sources, which are complex, multimetal, with the content of toxic and hazardous substances, difficult to liberate and crucially not friendly in the processes of refining and obtaining commercially pure metals. The development of technologies to improve cleaner production, primary through energy efficiency, water/resources consumption and waste stabilization/remediation across the circuit is also an important factor to be considered. Therefore, there is an increasing scientific need to develop novel solutions to these existing problems, to implement solid environmentally sustainable practices in the recovery of these valuable metals.

    Papers on recent advances, and review articles, particularly concerning the fundamental mechanism of a chemical reaction and the development of novel techniques and technologies in the commercial processing of mineral resources from their primary and secondary sources, are selected for inclusion in this Special Issue on Hydrometallurgical operations and processes.

    Our guest editor Dr. Miroslav Sokić, Science advisor and Director of the Institute for Technology of Nuclear and Other Mineral Raw Materials (ITNMS). Dr. Sokic is an expert in extractive metallurgy. During his scientific work, he is active in the investigation domain of hydrometallurgical and pyrometallurgical processing of non-standard polymetallic ores, concentrates of non-ferrous, rare and secondary raw materials.


    Editor in Chief

    Prof. Dr Željko Kamberović

  • Djordje Drobnjak - Memorial Issue
    Vol. 25 No. 04 (2019)

    "Our teacher, Professor Djordje Drobnjak, died in late April 2017. He died quietly, as he had lived. We, his students and collaborators, took two and a half years to collect our contributions to this memorial issue of the journal “Metallurgical & Materials Engineeringâ€. Our modest tribute expresses our gratitude to Professor Drobnjak for his teaching numerous classes of students at the Faculty of Technology and Metallurgy (FTM), University of Belgrade and for his excellent research in physical metallurgy."

  • Special issue - 20 year of publishing

    Special Issue: 20 years of Journal publishing
    Vol. 20 No. 4 (2014)

    20 years of Journal publishing

  • Borivoje MiÅ¡ković

    Vol. 18 No. 4 (2012)

    Special Issue dedicated to Prof. Dr. Borivoje Mišković
  • 2012-1995 Most cited

    All papers published from 1995 to the 2012 year can be viewed on the website:

    Here, we selected the most cited Articles.