Svetozar Musić is an eminent Croatian scientist. His scientific carrier started in 1970 at the Ruđer Bošković Institute (RBI) in Zagreb.
At the start of his career, he worked on the production of short-lived radioisotopes at the RBI cyclotron and on the development of various complexes and colloids labelled with radioisotopes for medical diagnostics. He made significant achievements in a number of fields, such as radiochemistry and nuclear chemistry, surface and colloid chemistry.
For many years, he and his co-workers investigated metal- and mixed metal oxides, focusing on the kinetics, phase transformation and their formation mechanisms. He published more than 250 articles in renowned journals which were cited over 4000 times.
Svetozar Musić introduced Mössbauer spectroscopy as a research technique at the Ruđer Bošković Institute. He also equipped his laboratory with other spectroscopic techniques, including a scanning electron microscopic and diffraction techniques.
During his scientific carrier at RBI, he also held several important duties; he was head of the Laboratory for the synthesis of new materials, head of the Division of Materials Chemistry and for a while, served as assistant to the general director of RBI.
In 1976-1977, he was a research fellow at Loránd-Eötvös University in Budapest, where he worked with Prof. Attila Vértes. In 1980-1982, he was a visiting scientist at Leigh University in Bethlehem, PA, USA, where he worked with Prof Henry Leidheiser. He was a member of the International Board on the Applications of the Mössbauer Effect (IBAME) from 1999 to 2009.
Svetozar Musić was chairman of XXIX European Congress on Molecular Spectroscopy (EUCMOS 2008) and the International Conference on the Applications of the Mössbauer Effect (ICAME 2013), both held in Opatija, Croatia.
In 2006, Svetozar Musić received the Award of the Croatian Academy of Science and Arts for his overall scientific work. In 2010, he was made an associate member of the Croatian Academy of Science and Arts. He retired in 2012, and in the same year he was elected to the position of Emeritus at RBI.