Associate Professor, PhD in Chemistry

Head of the Chemistry Department

Research field: Organic Chemistry, Polymer Chemistry

A professor of organic chemistry with a PhD in the field of polymer chemistry focuses on the synthesis and characterization of thermoplastic polymers. In recent years, as part of international collaboration, she has been involved in the development of polymer additives and modified polymers for various applications, as well as structural characterization methods and environmental chemistry problems. She participates in numerous national and international projects in the fields of materials science, including recycling, “principles of green chemistry”, food packaging materials and more. Professor Balaban invests great energy and enthusiasm in popularizing chemistry and science especially among younger generations. She is actively involved in projects related to innovation and improvement of all educational levels.


Office: 46
Phone: +387 51 300 830

Consultation: Tuesday 14.30-15.30

University of Banja Luka, Faculty of Science
  • 2019 – present: Associate Professor in Organic Chemistry
  • 2019 – present: Academic Coordinator for International Cooperation
  • 2015 – present Head of Chemistry Department
  • 2014 – 2019 Assistant Professor in Organic Chemistry
  • 2006 – 2014 Teaching Assistant
  • 1999 – 2006 Assistant
  • 1997 – 1999 Research Assistant University of Belgrade Institute of Chemistry, Technology and Metallurgy (IHTM) Department of Chemistry, Belgrade, Serbia
  • Organic chemistry 1
  • Organic chemistry 2
  • Spectroscopy of Organic Compounds
  • Theoretical Organic Chemistry
  • Multimedia Resources for Teaching Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry Didactics
  • 2013 Doctor of Chemical Sciences (University of Belgrade, Faculty of Chemistry) Synthesis, structure and properties of segmented poly(urethane-urea-siloxane)s Advisors: Prof. Jasna Djonlagić and Prof. Vesna Antić
  • 2006 Master of Chemical Sciences (University of Belgrade, Faculty of Chemistry) Synthesis and characterization of thermoplastic elastomers based on poly(butylene terephthalate) and poly(dimethylsiloxane) Advisor: Prof. Jasna Djonlagić
  • 1997 B.Sc. in Chemistry for research and development (University of Belgrade, Faculty of Chemistry)
  • RM@Schools-4: Raw Matters Ambassadors at Schools 4.0 EIT RawMaterials
  • RIS RESTORE Evaluation of Red Mud Tailings in the Region of East and South-East Europe. EIT RawMaterials
  • ESEE Education Initiative. EIT RawMaterials
  • Mechanochemistry for Sustainable Industry CA 18112 COST Association
  • RAISESEE – Raw Materials Students Internships in East South/ East Europe EIT RawMaterials
  • Blow-UP – Balkans Waste to Products: transfer of NoI model to Balkan area: de-siloing new waste-derived raw materials and developing new applications EIT RawMaterials
  • Synthesis and characterization of siloxane block copolymers with self-healing potential, coordinator
  • Development of new polymer additives for high performance hybrid solar cells, coordinator
  • Synthesis and characterization of biocompatible and biodegradable thermoplastic elastomers based on poly(L-lactide) and poly(dimethylsiloxane), coordinator
  • Synthesis, structure and properties of polymeric materials (Republic of Serbia)
  • Bilateral exchange between Bosnia and Herzegovina and Republic of Slovenia – Development of new polymer additives for different applications (2019–)
  • Erasmus+ Key Action 1 (STU Bratislava, Slovakia) (2020–2023), Coordinator
  • K. Kim, J. Han, S. Maruyama, M. Balaban*, I. Jeon: Role and Contribution of Polymeric Additives in Perovskite Solar Cells: Crystal Growth Templates and Grain Boundary Passivators. Solar RRL 5:2000783 2021 (IF: 8.582)
  • I. Samelak, M. Balaban, M. Antić, T. Šolevic-Knudsen, B. Jovančićević: Geochromatographic migration of oil pollution from a heating plant to river sediments. Environmental Chemistry Letters 18:459-466 2020
  • B. Stojanović, Lj. Radović, D. Natić, M. Dodevska, G. Vraštanović-Pavičević, M. Balaban, Z. Stojanović, V. Antić: Migration of bisphenol A into food simulants and meat rations during initial time of storage. Packaging Technology and Science 33:75-82 2020
  • M. Balaban, V. Antić, M. Pergal, D. Godjevac, I. Francolini, A. Martinelli, J. Rogan, J. Djonlagić: Influence of the chemical structure of poly(urea-urethane-siloxane)s on their morphological, surface and thermal properties. Polymer Bulletin 70:2493-2518 2013
  • M. Balaban, V. Antić, M. Pergal, I. Francolini, A. Martinelli, J. Djonlagić: The effect of polar solvents on the synthesis of poly(urethane-urea-siloxane)s. Journal of the Serbian Chemical Society 77:1457-1481 2012
  • B. Stojanović, Lj. Radović, D. Natić, M. Dodevska, G. Vraštanović-Pavičević, M. Balaban, S. Lević, T. Petrović, V. Antić: Influence of a storage conditions on migration of bisphenol A from epoxy-phenolic coating to canned meat products. Journal of the Serbian Chemical Society 84:377-389 2019
  • M. Balaban, M. Pergal, D. Manojlović: Thermoplastic Copolyester Elastomers, Their Structural Diversity and Applications. Polyester: Synthesis, Types and Applications, Materials Science and Technologies edited by Haley Olsen, Kobe Levine, 07/2018: chapter 1: pages 1-55; Nova Science Publishers Inc. New York ISBN: 978-1-53614-096-5
  • M. Pergal, M. Balaban, D. Stanković, B. Peković: Poly(Dimethylsiloxane) Modified Polymers: Synthesis, Structure and Physical Properties. Advances in Chemistry Research. Volume 43, Edited by James C. Taylor, 01/2018: chapter 1: pages 1-80; Nova Science Publishers Inc. New York ISBN: 978-1-53613-078-2
  • M. Pergal, M. Balaban: Poly(Ethylene Terephthalate): Synthesis and Physicochemical Properties. Polyethylene Terephthalate: Uses, Properties and Degradation, POLYMER SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY edited by NAOMI A. BARBER, 06/2017: chapter 1: pages 1-102; Nova Science Publishers Inc. New York ISBN: 978-1-53611-991-6
  • M. Pergal, M. Balaban: Synthesis and structure-property relationships of biodegradable polyurethanes. Biodegradable Polymers: Recent Developments and New Perspectives, Edited by Geraldine Rohman, 05/2017: chapter 5: pages 141-190; IAPC Publishing ISBN: 978-953-56942-5-0, DOI:10.5599/obp.14.6
  • M. Pergal, M. Balaban, B. Dojčinović, D. Manojlović: Thermoplastic Polyurethane Nanocomposites. Thermoplastic composites: Emerging Technology, Uses and Prospects, Edited by Elizabeth Ritter, 01/2017: chapter 1: pages 1-60; Nova Science Publishers Inc. New York ISBN: 978-1-53610-727-2
  • M. V. Pergal, M. Balaban, J. Nestorov, G. Tovilović-Kovačević: Synthesis, Characterization and Applications of Thermoplastic Polyurethane Elastomers. Polyurethanes: Properties, Uses and Prospects, Materials Science and Technologies edited by Frederick L. Hope, 01/2016: chapter 2: pages 17-89; Nova Science Publishers Inc. New York ISBN: 978-1-63484-129-0
  • Member of the Serbian Chemical Society
  • Member of the „Improving STEM skills in Republika Srpska, B&H“ project team
  • Member of the Curriculum Advisory Team (CAT) and Quality Education through the Curriculum Reform project – OSCE Mission
  • External quality reviewer in higher education (international review of four PhD Chemistry programs)
  • Organizing committee of the Faculty of Natural Sciences and Mathematics at the National Science Festival Chemistry STEM trainer for pupils and high school students
  • Coordinator of the working group for self-assessment and self-evaluation report at the Chemistry Department, UNIBL
  • Ad-hoc Reviewer (Polymer Bulletin, Environmental Chemistry Letters, Journal of the Serbian Chemical Society, RSC Advances, Journal of Thermal Analysis and Calorimetry…)
  • Member of the steering and programme committees (European Meeting on Environmental Chemistry, International Circular Packaging Conference, EnviroChem…)