Dragan Uskoković was born on April 3, 1944, in Cetinje, Montenegro, where he finished primary school in 1958, and grammar school in 1962. He finished his studies at the Faculty of Technology and Metallurgy in 1967 in Belgrade, his master's thesis in 1971, and his doctoral dissertation named Study of Basic Processes Occurring During Sintering of Crystalline Materials in 1974.
He started his research work at the Institute for Nuclear Sciences Vinca in 1968, and just before finishing his doctoral dissertation in July of 1974, he transferred to the Institute of Technical Sciences of the SASA. He was elected in all scientific and university titles, as well as the director of the Institute in 2001 until 2011.
Prof. Dragan Uskoković is a long-term Member of the International Institute for the Science of Sintering, where he is a President. He was a Coordinator of our programs with European Union, as well as a Program Committee Member of many international conferences and journals. He is also is the full member of Academy of Engineering Science of Serbia (AESS) since 2004, and Secretary of Technology, Metallurgy, and Material Engineering Department (2008–2019).
Professor Uskoković is the founder and President of Materials Research Society of Serbia, which held 21 YUCOMAT Conferences in Herceg Novi, between 1995 and 2019. The Proceedings were published in English first by Trans Tech Publications Ltd, Zurich, in Materials Science Forum Edition, and then in the journals Materials and Manufacturing Processes, Surface Engineering, Acta Physica Polonica and
International Journal of Modern Physics B.
He has made a significant contribution in the field of technology of sintering, synthesis, and applications of the particles, various fields of nanotechnology, and advanced functional and biomedical materials. His main research areas include sintering and sintered materials; nonlinear resistors; ultrafine, submicron and nanopowders; rapidly quenched and amorphous systems; new methods of consolidating nanocrystalline and amorphous powders by shock compaction, exposing them to strong external pressures; research into the synthesis, characterization and application of biometrical materials; cathode materials for lithium-ion batteries and functionally gradient materials with a continuous or discontinuous variation in properties and/or microstructure through a defined geometric distance.
Until now, he published one monograph of international reputation, co-edited two books published by Plenum Press, Sintering '85 and Science of Sintering: New Directions for Materials Processing and Microstructural Control, and eight books published by Trans Tech Publications. Recently, he published a book Nanotechnologies and Preventive and Regenerative Medicine in collaboration with Dr. Vuk Uskoković, Elsevier 2018.
According Scopus, he published 255 articles, many of which in high-ranking journals, held more than 100 lectures worldwide, out of which 50 Plenary Lectures at different international conferences or world-leading research centers. He is author of numerous articles published locally.
He managed more than 20 scientific-research projects in basic and technological research and also several international projects with leading scientific-research organizations in the world (Max-Planck Institute, Stuttgart, Germany, Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan, National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, USA, Korean Institute for Science and Technology, Seoul, Korea, and many Academy Institutes of ex-Soviet Union and Russia and Ukraine).
Prof. Uskoković is the laureate of the 2007 Belgrade City Award for Science and Technology (with Dr. Nenad Ignjatović) for the book Calcium Phosphate Ceramics - Bioresorbable Polymer Composite Biomaterials: from synthesis to applications : (1999-2007), as well as the Society for Research of Materials of Ukraine bearing the name G. V. Samsonov, for outstanding contribution to the science of materials for 2012. He is also a co-author of monography Activated Sintering (G. V. Samsonov. M. M. Ristic), which has been considered as a basic starting point of work in this field for years. Under his guidance more than twenty (20) Master Theses and the same number of Ph.D. dissertations were done.
According Scopus, his articles published in ISI publications were cited more than 4800 times (h-index = 36). According to Google Scholar, his papers are cited more than 7000 times (h-index=44, G-index=84).
He enjoys spending time with his two sons and their families, as well as long walks in nature.