University of Zagreb, Faculty of Science, Department of Physics

Goranka Bilalbegović


Research Interests: physics of surfaces and nanostructures, materials, computational physics (density functional theory, molecular dynamics simulation, Monte Carlo simulation); theoretical spectroscopy: infrared, visible, ultraviolet, x-rays; astrophysically interesting materials: cosmic dust and molecules in space

Current Topics: I study molecules, nanostructures and crystals on Earth and in the Cosmos

Recent highlights:

Sulfur-bearing species in molecular clouds

Do cement nanoparticles exist in space ?

Electronic absorption spectra of hydrogenated protonated naphthalene and proflavine


With the group of colleagues from Croatia (Zagreb, Osijek, Rijeka, Split/Cakovec), Spain, and France/Poland, I work on the project of the Croatian Science Foundation (HRZZ): "Stars and dust: structure, composition and interaction (STARDUST)".

Using methods developed in theoretical and computational condensed matter and AMO (atomic, molecular, and optical) physics, I study astrophysical materials: cosmic dust and molecules in space. I also enjoy looking at data taken by astronomers observers and trying to find the origin of all these noisy spectra and beautiful astronomy pictures.