Prof Zdravko Kravanja


University of Maribor

Faculty of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering

Smetanova 17, SI-2000 Maribor, Slovenia

Phone: + 386 2 22 94 481

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Ph.D. Chemical Engineering, University of Maribor


Current position


University of Maribor:

Full Professor and Vice-Dean (2001-) at the Faculty of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering for junior, senior and graduate levels.

Leader of the Laboratory for Process System Engineering and Sustainable Development.

Past positions 

1. Tovarna dušika Ruše, Production of corundum and carborundum grains (1981-1984).

2. Visiting researcher at Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA, USA (year 1988/89).

3. Visiting Professor at Carnegie Mellon University, Chemical Engineering Mathematics (one semester in 1997).



1. Member of Slovenian Chemical Society (1978-)

2. Secretary of the Chemical Process Engineering division of the Slovenian Chemical Society (1992-1994)

3. Member of European Forum for Computer Aided Process Design (1994-)

4. Secretary of the Organizing Committee of the Fifth European Symposium on Computer Aided Process Engineering, ESCAPE 5, Bled 1995.

5. Member of Slovenian Simulation Society (SloSim) (1995-)

6. Member of Working Party for Computer Aided Process Engineering at EFCE (WP-CAPE)

7. Member of Working Party for Chemical Engineering Education at EFCE (WP-E)

8. Chairman of The European Committee for the Use of Computers in Chemical Engineering Education,EURECHA (2001-)

9. Member of editorial boards at the journals Chemical Engineering Research and Design, Chemical andBiochemical Engineering Quarterly and Periodica Polytechnic


 Complete bibliography


List of Journal Publications (2005-2009)


KRAVANJA, Stojan, ŠILIH, Simon, KRAVANJA, Zdravko. The multilevel MINLP optimization approach to structural synthesis: the simultaneous topology, material, standard and rounded dimension optimization. Adv. eng. softw. (1992). [Print ed.], September 2005, vol. 36, iss. 9, str. 568-583.

KOVAČ KRALJ, Anita, GLAVIČ, Peter, KRAVANJA, Zdravko. Heat integration between processes: integrated structure and MINLP model. Comput. chem. eng.. [Print ed.], 2005, vol. 29, iss. 8, str. 1699-1711

SZITKAI, Z., FARKAS, T., LELKES, Z., REV, E., FONYO, Z., KRAVANJA, Zdravko. Fairly linear mixed integer nonlinear programing model for the synthesis of mass exchange networks. Ind. eng. chem. res.. [Print ed.], 2006, vol. 45, 1, str. 236-244.

NOVAK-PINTARIČ, Zorka, KRAVANJA, Zdravko. Selection of the economic objective function for the optimization of process flow sheets. Ind. eng. chem. res.. [Print ed.], Jun. 2006, vol. 45, iss. 12, str. 4222-4232.

KRAVANJA, Stojan, KRAVANJA, Zdravko, ŽULA, Tomaž, ŠILIH, Simon. MINLP optimization of structures in civil engineering. WSEAS transactions on computer research, Dec. 2006, vol. 1, iss. 2, str. 191-197.

ROPOTAR, Marcel, KRAVANJA, Zdravko. Development of a mathematical model for the dynamic optimization of batch reactors, and MINLP synthesis of plug-flow reactors in complex networks. Acta chim. slov.. [Print ed.], 2007, vol. 54, no. 4, str. 700-712.

KLANŠEK, Uroš, ŽULA, Tomaž, KRAVANJA, Zdravko, KRAVANJA, Stojan. MINLP optimization of steel frames. Adv. steel constr., Sep. 2007, vol. 3, no 3, str. 689-705.

NOVAK-PINTARIČ, Zorka, KRAVANJA, Zdravko. Multiperiod investment models for the gradual reconstruction of chemical processes. Chem. eng. technol., 3. Dec. 2007, vol. 30, iss. 12, str. 1622-1632.

IRŠIČ BEDENIK, Nataša, ROPOTAR, Marcel, KRAVANJA, Zdravko. MINLP synthesis of reactor networks in overall process schemes based on a concept of time-dependent economic regions. Comput. chem. eng.. [Print ed.], May 2007, vol. 31, iss. 5/6, str. 657-676.

NOVAK-PINTARIČ, Zorka, KRAVANJA, Zdravko. A multilevel MINLP methodology for the approximate stochastic synthesis of flexible chemical processes. Rev. chim. (Bucur.), 2007, vol. 58, nr. 4, str. 378-391.

ŠILIH, Simon, ŽULA, Tomaž, KRAVANJA, Zdravko, KRAVANJA, Stojan. MINLP optimization of mechanical structures. Am. j. appl. sci., 2008, 5, 1, str. 48-54.

NOVAK-PINTARIČ, Zorka, KRAVANJA, Zdravko. Identification of critical points for the design and synthesis of flexible processes. Comput. chem. eng.. [Print ed.], July 2008, vol. 32, iss. 7, str. 1603-1624., doi: 10.1016/j.compchemeng.2007.08.003.

ŽULA, Tomaž, KRAVANJA, Zdravko, KRAVANJA, Stojan. MINLP optimization of a single-storey industrial steel building. Stroj. vestn., 2008, vol. 54, iss. 10, str. 707-724.

ROPOTAR, Marcel, KRAVANJA, Zdravko. Translation of variables and implementation of efficient logic-based techniques in the MINLP process synthesizer MIPSYN. AIChE j., Published Online: 26 Aug 2009, doi: 10.1002/aic.11916.

DROBEŽ, Rozalija, NOVAK-PINTARIČ, Zorka, PAHOR, Bojan, KRAVANJA, Zdravko. MINLP synthesis of processes for the production of biogas from organic and animal waste. Chem. biochem. eng. q., 2009, vol. 23, no. 4, str. 445-459, ilustr.

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