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Born in Aranđelovac, Serbia, on February 23, 1952.
Married and has two children.
BSc Faculty of Electrical Engineering, University of Belgrade 1975, PhD University of Ljubljana 1984.
Research interests
Condensed matter physics mainly focused on following topics: optical properties of solids, infrared and Raman spectroscopy, ellipsometry, lattice vibrations, magnetic properties, strongly correlated electron systems, nanostructure research.
Professional career
Employed at Institute of Physics since 1975, Research Professor since 1993. Professor at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering in Belgrade since 1997. In 2006 he became corresponding member of the Serbian Academy of Science and Art (SASA) and in 2012 full member of the SASA. He has been at postdoctoral studies and sabbaticals abroad: once in England and several times in Germany at Max-Planck Institute for Solid State Physics - Stuttgart (the Alexander von Humboldt foundation grant, 1987-1989 and the Marie-Curie grant of the Scientific Commission of European Community, 1992-1993). From 1999 to 2002 he was Visiting Professor at the Solid State Physics and Magnetism Laboratory of the Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium. From 2002 to 2003 he was Visiting Professor at the Institute of Materials Science University of Valencia, Spain. In addition he has visited universities of Paris, Moscow, Athens, Berlin, etc.
1989 – “Nikola Tesla” award for achievements in the field of synthesis and characterisation of high temperature superconducting materials. 
1992 – Institute of Physics award for scientific work.
More than 350 scientific publications 200 of which have been published in leading international journals, cited more than 2000 times. Dr Popovic is a co-author of textbook “Electrical and electronic materials”, monograph “Optical properties of nanomaterials” and author of the book “How to write and publish scientific paper”.
Teaching experience
Dr Popovic has been engaged in teaching postgraduate courses at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and the Faculty of Physics of the University of Belgrade. He was a supervisor of ten Ph.D. theses and nine MSc theses. He is a referee for many leading international scientific journals (Phys. Rev. Let., Phys. Rev. B, Europhys. Letters, J. Raman spectroscopy, Synthetic Metals, Physica Status Solidi, Infrared physics and technology, Electronic Letters, J. Serb. Chem. Soc.) as well as the European Science foundation (unit for physical & engineering sciences).
Current position
Since 1995 he is Director of Center for Solid State Physics and New Materials at the Institute of Physics Belgrade, which is recognized as European Centre of excellence for optical spectroscopy applications in physics, materials science and environmental protection and the National Centre of Excellence for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology. He was special adviser for capital investment in science for the Minister of Science (2006-2009). He has been Head of the Accreditation Committee of the Ministry of Science (2007-2010).
Dr Zoran V. Popovic is a member of the American Physical Society, Serbian Physical Society, Serbian materials research society and Serbian ceramic society. Since 2009 he has been a member of the Programme Committee for NMP (FP7 Theme 4), as well as member of the High Level Group of the EU Member States and FP7 Associated States on Nanoscience and Nanotechnologies (HLG).
Participation in European projects
Dr Popovic was coordinator of FP6 project OPSA (project No. 026283), group leader in FP6 project CoMePhS (STREP project No. 517039), and member of the Management Committee of COST Action P16 - ECOM. He is also a group leader of Horizon2020 DAFNEOX project. He currently participates in the bilateral project with Germany, Italy and China, as well as in several bilateral projects of the Serbian Academy of Science and Art (SASA) with corresponding Academy of Science institutions in Bulgaria, and Romania.

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