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Assoc. Prof. Ružica Brunšek, Ph. D.

Function

Head of Department

Department

Department of Materials, Fibres and Textile Testing

 

Personal data

Date of birth July 18th 1979, Zagreb

Academic education

  • 2010 PhD, University of Zagreb, Faculty of Textile Technology, Fiber Property Dependence Investigation on Flax Plant Properties and Evaluation Possibility, Mentor: Prof. Ph.D Maja Andrassy
  • 2003  B.sc., University of Zagreb, Faculty of Textile Technology, Production of fine flax fibres by ultrasound, Mentor: Prof. Ph.D  Maja Andrassy

Employment and titles

  • 2004 - Assistant at University of Zagreb Faculty of Textile Technology
  • 2010 - Senior assistant at University of Zagreb Faculty of Textile Technology
  • 2011 - Research associate at University of Zagreb Faculty of Textile Technology
  • 2013 - Senior research associate at University of Zagreb Faculty of Textile Technology
  • 2014 - Assistant Prof. at University of Zagreb Faculty of Textile Technology
  • 2020 - Associate Prof. at University of Zagreb Faculty of Textile Technology

Teaching activity

  • Fibers I – undergraduate study TTI - TKME, OI, PMT, IDTO
  • High Performance Fibres - graduate study TTI – PMT and OI
  • New Polymer Fibres - graduate study TTI - TKME
  • Fibers from biodegradable polymers - doctoral study TZT

Mentorship

  • 8 undergraduate final thesis
  • 6 master thesis

Research activity

  • Area: Technical area
  • Field: Textile technology

Area of special research interest

  • Fiber - research structure and properties
  • Modification of conventional fibers with the aim of improving their properties
  • Microbial resistance lignocellulosic fibers
  • Revitalization of growing and processing flax fiber in Croatia and research dependence properties of the fibers on the properties of the flax plant on interdisciplinary level
  • Retting of bast fibers
  • Degumming of fibroin  fiber
  • Biocomposites
  • Agrotextile

Scientific and professional work

  • 10 Original Scientific papers
  • 3 Professional papers
  • 37 Original scientific papers presented at International Symposiums
  • 3 Original scientific papers presented at Domestic Symposiums
  • 2 Invited lectures

List of scientific papers

  • Jasminka Butorac, Ružica Brunšek, Zvjezdana Augustinović, Milan Pospišil and Maja Andrassy: The influence of nitrogen on the agronomic traits of fibre flax cultivars, Romanian Agricultural Research 1 (2014), 31, 1-7, ISSN 1222 – 4227
  • Ružica Šurina and Maja Andrassy: Effect of preswelling and ultrasound treatment on the properties of flax fibres crosslinked with polycarboxylic acids. Textile research journal, 83 (2013) 1, 66-75,  ISSN 0040-5175
  • Ružica Šurina, Jasminka Butorac and Maja Andrassy: Dependence of fiber properties on the properties of flax plant, Textile 60 (2011.), 2-3, 87-101, ISSN 0492-5882
  • Ružica Šurina, Maja Andrassy and Edita Vujasinović: Flax - a plant and fiber through the centuries, Textiles 58 (2009.), 12, 625-639, ISSN 0492-5882
  • Ružica Šurina, Maja Andrassy and Drago Katović: Investigation of flax fiber modification with citric acid, Textile 56 (2007.), 11-12, 659-669, ISSN 0492-5882

List of professional papers

  • Butorac Jasminka, Brunšek Ružica, Augustinović Zvjezdana i Pospišil Milan: The influence of stages of maturity on the agronomic traits of fibre flax introduced varieties, Journal of central European agriculture 19 (2018) 1, 142-152, ISSN 1332-9049
  • Brunšek Ružica, Kopitar Dragana and Butorac Jasminka: Agrotextiles, Textiles 66 (2017.), 1-2, 35-45, ISSN 0492-5882
  • Brunšek Ružica, Andrassy Maja and Jakirčević Anamarija: Silk in Croatia - past and present, Textile, 66 (2017.), 11-12, 297-308, ISSN 0492-5882
  • Andrassy Maja, Brunšek Ružica and Butorac Jasminka: Flax – does it has a future?, Annual 2015 of the Croatian Academy of Engineering (HATZ), 22 (2016), 221-239
  • Ružica Brunšek, Maja Andrassy and Jasminka Butorac: Flax revitalization in Croatia, Textile 63 (2014.), 1-2, 49-58, ISSN 0492-5882

List of conferences

  • Brunšek Ružica, Andrassy Maja and Butorac Jasminka: Influence of water hardness on retting and properties of flax fibers, Book of Proceedings of the 7th International Textile, Clothing & Design Conference Magic World of Textiles, Dragčević Zvonko, Hursa Šajatović Anica, Vujasinović Edita (ur.). Zagreb, University of Zagreb Faculty of Textile Technology, 2014, pp 41-46, ISBN  978-953-7105-54-9
  • Brunšek Ružica, Andrassy Maja and Jugov, Nikola: Properties of pine processionary fibre (Thaumatopoea pityocampa Schiff), Book of Proceedings of the 7th International Textile, Clothing & Design Conference Magic World of Textiles, Dragčević Zvonko, Hursa Šajatović Anica, Vujasinović Edita (ur.), Zagreb, University of Zagreb Faculty of Textile Technology, 2014, pp 47-52, ISBN  978-953-7105-54-9
  • Brunšek Ružica, Andrassy Maja and Sutlović Ana: Influence of degumming on dyeing properties of silk, Book of Proceedings of the 7th International Textile, Clothing & Design Conference Magic World of Textiles, Dragčević Zvonko, Hursa Šajatović Anica, Vujasinović Edita (ur.). Zagreb, University of Zagreb Faculty of Textile Technology, 2014, pp 53-58, ISBN  978-953-7105-54-9
  • Tomljenović, G.Marić, I. Vojnović, R. Brunšek: Preparation and characterization of woven roving flax fibre reinforced unsaturated polyester bio-composites, Book of Proceedings of the 7th International Textile, Clothing & Design Conference Magic World of Textiles, Dragčević Zvonko, Hursa Šajatović Anica, Vujasinović Edita (ur.). Zagreb, University of Zagreb Faculty of Textile Technology, 2014, pp 104-109, ISBN  978-953-7105-54-9
  • Brunšek Ružica, Tarbuk Anita and Butorac Jasminka: Bio-innovative flax retting, Book of Proceedings of 8th Central European Conference on Fiber-Grade Polymers, Chemical Fibers and Special Textiles, Dekanić Tihana, Tarbuk, Anita (ur.), Zagreb: University of Zagreb Faculty of Textile Technology, Zagreb, Croatia, 2015, pp 2-7, ISBN 978-953-7105-63-1
  • Brunšek Ružica; Sutlović Ana and Hudolin Daphne: Dyeing behaviour of silk degummed with different methods, Book of Proceedings (International textile, clothing & design conference), Dragčević Zvonko, Hursa Šajatović Anica, Vujasinović, Edita (ur.), Zagreb: University of Zagreb Faculty of Textile Technology, 2018, pp 21-26, ISSN 1847-7275
  • Brunšek Ružica Vojnović Branka, Butorac Jasminka and Ramljak Josip: Influence of flax retting on wastewater quality, Book of Proceedings (International textile, clothing & design conference), Dragčević Zvonko, Hursa Šajatović Anica, Vujasinović, Edita (ur.), Zagreb: University of Zagreb Faculty of Textile Technology, 2018,  pp 27-31, ISSN 1847-7275
  • Brunšek Ružica, Butorac Jasminka, Schwarz Ivana, Kopitar Dragana: Influence of different cultivars and types of soil on flax and fibres properties, Proceedings of 2nd International Congress of Innovative Textiles - ICONTEX 2019, Göktepe, Fatma (ur.). Tekirdağ: Tekirdağ Namık Kemal University, 2019, pp 571-577, ISBN: 978-605-4265-58-9
  • Schwarz Ivana, Rogina-Car Beti, Kopitar Dragana, Brunšek Ružica: Durability of potential fabrics for weed suppression affected by weathering, Proceedings of 2nd International Congress of Innovative Textiles - ICONTEX 2019, Göktepe, Fatma (ur.). Tekirdağ: Tekirdağ Namık Kemal University, 2019, pp 533-539, ISBN: 978-605-4265-58-9
  • Brunsek Ruzica, Schwarz Ivana and Than Mirta: Mechanical Properties of the Silk Degummed with Citric Acid and Ultrasound, Functional Textiles & Clothing, Majumdar, Abhijit; Gupta, Deepti; Gupta, Sanjay (ur.). Singapore: Springer, 2019, pp 131-138, ISBN 978-981-13-7720-4
  • Schwarz Ivana, Rogina-Car Beti, Brunsek Ruzica: Woven Military Fabrics from the Aspect of the Microbial Barrier Permeability, Functional Textiles & Clothing, Majumdar, Abhijit; Gupta, Deepti; Gupta, Sanjay (ur.). Singapore: Springer, 2019, pp 3-9, ISBN 978-981-13-7720-4
  • Jugov Nikola and Brunšek, Ružica: Mediterranean wild silk – the properties of cocoons and fibers, Book of Proceedings 12th International Textile Science and Economy - French-Croatian Forum 2019, Novak Ivan; Schwarz Ivana, Špelić, Ivana, Zdraveva, Emilija (ur.), Zagreb, University of Zagreb Faculty of Textile Technology, 2019, pp 166-178, ISSN 2584 - 6450
  • Schwarz Ivana, Brunšek Ružica, Kovačević Zorana, Kovačević Stana: Analysis of Advanced Textile Material for Automotive Application, Book of Proceedings 12th International Textile Science and Economy - French-Croatian Forum 2019, Novak Ivan; Schwarz Ivana, Špelić, Ivana, Zdraveva, Emilija (ur.), Zagreb, University of Zagreb Faculty of Textile Technology, 2019, pp 99-107, ISSN 2584 - 6450

Projects

  • Advanced textile materials by targeted surface modifications“, Croatian Science Foundation, leader project Prof. Ph.D Sandra Bischof, 2014.-2018.
  • Multifunctional textile materials for personal protection (117-1171419-1393, leader project: Prof. Ph.D Emira Pezelj), 2010.-2013.
  • Effect of nitrogen on agronomic characteristics and quality of fiber flax cultivars (178-0000000-3594, leader project: Prof. Ph.D Jasminka Butorac), 2007.-2010.
  • High Performance Textile Materials and Added-Value Fibres (117-1171419-1415, leader project: Prof. Ph.D Maja Andrassy), 2007.-2010.
  • An alternative use for the non-woven fibers and composite materials (0117001, leader project: Prof. Ph.D Maja Andrassy), 2004.-2007.

Funding of research activities at the University of Zagreb

  • Agrotextiles to cover the soil, 2020, associate
  • Influence of atmospherics on the properties of agrotextiles made of natural fibers, 2019, leader
  • Design of new textile structures of agrotextiles, 2018, associate
  • Agrotextile of natural fibers, 2017, associate
  • Protective clothing systems made of high-performance textile materials in the context of sustainable development, 2016, associate
  • Protective clothing systems made of high-performance textile materials, 2015, associate
  • Eco-textiles of higher added value from Croatian raw materials, 2014, associate

 

Assoc. Prof. Ružica Brunšek, Ph. D.