University of Belgrade
Institute of Chemistry, Technology and Metallurgy
National Institute of the Republic of Serbia

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ON172001 The study of physicochemical and biochemical processes in living environment that have impacts on pollution and the investigation of possibilities for minimizing the consequences

Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development

Project type:

Basic Research


2011 - 2014

Project Coordinator:

Institute of chemistry, technology and metallurgy – Department of Chemistry


  • Belgrade, Institute of chemistry, technology and metallurgy – Department of Chemistry, University of Belgrade, Njegoseva 12, Belgrade, Serbia*
  • Belgrade, Faculty of Chemistry, University of Belgrade, Studentski trg 14-16, Serbia
  • Belgrade, Innovative Centre of Faculty of Chemistry, Studentski trg 14-16, Serbia
  • Novi Pazar, State University of Novi Pazar, Vuka Karadžića bb, Novi Pazar*

Project Manager:

Dr Dragana Đorđević, Institute of chemistry, technology and metallurgy – Department of Chemistry

Number of Researchers:


Aim and Scope:

Anthropogenic pollution attacked all segments of the environment: air, soil, water and biosphere and interact between them. Because of that it is important to observe the whole problem by interdisciplinary approach in the goal to define impacts and consequences.

Today, no region of the global atmosphere is unaffected by anthropogenic pollution. Some pollutants react in the air to form less toxic species, whereas other form more toxic compounds. Understanding of the chemical and physical processes in the atmosphere and emission sources of various technologies is the key to the development of cost-effective and health-protective air pollution control strategies.

In this project we are going to investigate physical and chemical properties of atmospheric aerosol. Obtained results will be input database for chemometric modelling to identify dominant emission sources and calculate their contribution in the region. Also we are going to measure volatile organic compounds in ambient air. An investigation of catalytic activity and selectivity of the synthesized catalysts in reactions of catalytic oxidation of volatile organic compounds would be done in the purpose to find the best solutions for emission control of their emissions.
The sequential extraction method and determination of total content of metals in samples of various sediment types it could be able to defined the association of metals with substrates and theirs bioavailability as well as origin and threat that metals represent for environment. The great importance to have determination of PAHs as lipophilic compounds that showed high affinity for organic matter as pollutants that are released to environment mainly from anthropogenic sources.

The analysis of structural, electronic, spectroscopical, and theromynamical parameters of different molecules relevant to environmental protection will be done by quantum chemical methods. The computations will be performed using different ab initio techniques. The special attention will be paid to PAHs and PCBs molecules, and toxic metal complexes.

Major Results:


  1. Sakan S., Đorđević D., Dević G., Relić D., Anđelković I., Đuričić J., (2011) A study of trace element contamination in river sediments in Serbia using microwave-assisted aqua regia digestion and multivariate statistical analysis, Microchemical Journal 99 (2), 492-502
  2. Relić Dubravka , Đorđević Dragana , Sakan Sanja, Anđelković Ivan, Miletić Srđan, Đuričić Jelena (2011) Aqua regia extracted metals in sediments from the industrial area and surroundings of Pancevo, Serbia, Journal of Hazardous Materials 186 (2-3), 1893-1901
  3. D. Đorđević, A. Mihajlidi-Zelić, D. Relić, Lj. Ignjatović, J. Huremovic, A. M. Stortini, A. Gambaro (2012) Size-segregated mass concentration and water soluble inorganic ions in an urban aerosol of the Central Balkans (Belgrade), Atmospheric Environment, 46, 309-317
  4. Ostojic Bojana, Đorđević Dragana (2012) The electronic properties of trimethylnaphthalenes as properties for the prediction of biodegradation rates: Ab initio and DFT study, Chemosphere, 88 (1) 91-97
  5. Ostojic Bojana, Đorđević Dragana (2012) Ab initio and density functional study of barrier heights for methyl group torsion and conformational deformability in 1,4,6-trimethylnaphthalene, Chemical Physics Letters 536 19-25