(Institute of Geotechnics SAS, Slovakia)
Prof. DSc. Peter Baláž is a specialist in the field of materials science, extractive metallurgy and mineral processing. He is member and former head of Department of Mechanochemistry of the Institute of Geotechnics, Slovak Academy of Sciences which is a centre of the research in the field of mechanochemistry in Slovakia. Prof. Baláž is a member of various institutions such as IMA (International Mechanochemical Association) at IUPAC (International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry), RFM (Reseau Francais de Mechanosynthese) and the Learned Society of Slovak Academy of Sciences. In the years 2000, 2008 and 2015 he obtained the Prizes of the Slovak Literary Foundation for his monographs “Extractive Metallurgy of Activated Minerals” (Elsevier) and “Mechanochemistry in Nanoscience and Minerals Engineering” (Springer). During his carrier he completed long-term stays at Technical University in Berlin and Clausthal (Germany), University of Maryland Baltimore County (USA) and Busan National University (South Korea). He published 4 books, 16 chapters in monographs, 396 scientific papers in scientific journals. According to Scopus his papers have been cited more than 4100 times. His Hirsch index is 32.