Family name, First name: Pelicon, Primož
Researcher unique identifier(s): ORCID ID 0000-0003-2469-3342
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1997 PhD: Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia
1994 Master: Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia


2014 - Head of Department, Scientific Counsellor, Jožef Stefan Institute, Department of Low and Medium Energy Physics, Ljubljana, Slovenia
2001-2002 Post-doctoral fellow: Research Scientist II, Ion Beam Modification and Analysis Laboratory, Department of Physics, University of North Texas, Denton, USA.
1992-1993 Undergraduate research assistant, Institute of Nuclear Research of Hungarian Academy of Sciences (ATOMKI), Debrecen, Hungary.


1991 IAESTE student fellowship, Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt (DLR), Köln, Germany, Oct.5,1990-Dec.22,1990, Solidification of metals in microgravity.
1995 IAEA fellowship, Training in Ion Beam Analysis, Research Centre Rossendorf, Institute of Ion Beam Physics and Materials Research, Dresden, Germany, Oct.2-28,1995.
1996 Fellowship of French government, University Pierre and Marie Curie, Laboratory for Dynamics of Ions, Atoms and Molecules (DIAM), Paris, France, one month, 1996.


2000-2017 Number of Postdocs/ supervising PhD/co-supervising PhD/ Master Students: 2/5/4/4 at Jožef Stefan Institute, Ljubljana, Slovenia, and University of Ljubljana
2001-2011 Subjects: Physics experiments III (Undergraduate), Ion Beam Analysis (Graduate), Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia
2015-2017 Subject: Analytical methods with fast ions, Graduate course, Jožef Stefan International Postgraduate School.
2012-2017 Subject: Analytical and research methods in biology of plant systems, Graduate course, Biotechnical faculty, University of Ljubljana


2004 – Head of Accelerator Laboratory, Jožef Stefan Institute, Ljubljana, Slovenia
2013 – Head of Department of Low and Medium Energy Physics, Jožef Stefan Institute
2015 Scientific Project Evaluator, Tohoku University, Sendai, Japan.
2014 Co-chair, 8th International Symposium on BioPIXE, one-week international symposium, 109 participants, Bled, Slovenia, September 14-19, 2014.
2013 – Programme Advisory Committee of AIFIRA - AMANDE/MIRCOM facilities, located at Centre Etudes Nucléaires de Bordeaux Gradignan (CENBG), Bordeaux, and IRSN, Cadarache”.
2012 – International advisory board of journal “Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research Section B”, Elsevier.
2012 – Scientific Selection Panel of the CANAM, the research facility in the Nuclear Physics Institute of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic”.
2008 – International advisory board of NENE conferences.
2009 Expert mission of International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), duration one week, Instituto Nacional de Investigaciones Nucleares (ININ), Mexico
2006 Expert mission of International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), duration one week, Nuclear Physics Institute (NPI), Rež near Prague, Czech Republic.
2004 Conference Treasurer, 10th International Conference on Particle-induced X-ray Emission (PIXE) and its Analytical Applications, 4-8 June 2004, Portorož, one-week int. conference, 130 participants, Slovenia.
2003 – International advisory board of BIOPIXE symposia.


  • Since 2013, I have collaborated with Ron M.A. Heeren and his research group from M4I, The Maastricht MultiModal Molecular Imaging institute, University of Maastricht, complementing the techniques of SIMS, MALDI and MeV-SIMS for development of IMS, as well as for research of selected topics in bioimaging, i.e. drug detection in hair by IMS. My PhD students are undergoing training research visits in M4I, and TIMEPIX detection system was transferred from M4I to JSI for experiments with stigmatic imaging in MeV-SIMS.
  • Collaboration with Melanie Bailey, University of Surrey, UK, complementing the MeV-SIMS with DAPNE mass spectrometry, joint experiments for detection of illegal drugs and pharmaceuticals in human hair.
  • At the high-energy focused ion beam applications, long-lasting collaboration with Shigeo Matsuyama, Department of Quantum Science and Energy Engineering, Tohoku University, Sendai, Japan.
  • Intense collaboration with the partners in the 7th FP EU project No. 227012 SPIRIT (Support of Public and Industrial Research using Ion Beam Technology), participating in a new proposal for cycle 2018-2022 under preparation.
  • Intense collaboration with partners within the international project IAEA CRP F11019 “Development of Molecular Concentration Mapping Techniques Using MeV Focussed Ion Beams,” especially Jiro Matsuo, Kyoto University, Max Doebelli, ETH Zurich, Zdravko Siketić, IRB Zagreb, and Roger Webb, University of Surrey.
  • At the national level, intense and long-lasting research collaboration with Biotechnical faculty, University of Ljubljana (Katarina Vogel-Mikuš), in tissue processing technology for chemical mapping and research in plant physiology, with University Medical Centre Maribor (Samo K. Fokter), and partners in the recently established national Euro-Bioimaging Node.

Last updated: 11/22/2017