Feature Paper Invitation from Materials (IF: 3.4) — Special Issue "Towards a Sustainable and Recyclable Future with Wood and Wood-Based Composites
Tuesday, November 7, 2023

We are pleased to announce that the Special Issue; Towards a Sustainable and Recyclable Future with Wood and Wood-Based Composites under expertise Assist. Prof. Dr. Klementina Pušnik Črešnar and Scientific Assocciate Dr.Olivija the Guests Editors are available.

The special Issue serves as a as a comprehensive platform for the knowledge, research findings, innovative approaches related to Sustainable and Recyclable Future with Wood and Wood-Based Composites.

The submission deadline is 20 May 2024; however, papers may be submitted immediately or at any time prior to the deadline, as papers will be published on an ongoing basis.


We encourage you to check out the Special Issue website at:


The features of Materials are as follows (


1. An open access journal of materials science;

2. Indexed by SCIE, EI, Scopus, and PubMed, and achieves high visibility;

3. Its 2022 impact factor is 3.4, and its 2022 CiteScore is 5.2;

4. Manuscripts are peer reviewed, and a first decision is provided to authors approximately 14 days after submission


Dont miss the opportunity. Lets go together towards sustainable and recyclable future. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

Wednesday, January 4, 2023

In December we published a scientific article in the journal “Materials” (IF = 3,748) together with the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, University of Maribor. The authors of the article are Rebeka Rudolf, Janez Slapnik in Rajko Bobovnik You can find it (for free) at the following link:

Friday, October 14, 2022

Thursday evening, October 13, 2022, was dedicated to the topic of Advanced technologies of hot runner systems in moulds.

As guest we invited Mr. José Dantas, CEO of the Yudo KAM Global Group, responsible for large companies worldwide such as Plastic Omnium, Faurecia, Valeo, Novares, Motherson. Mr. Dantas is passionate for industry and for people. He graduated in mechanical engineering and has 46 years working experience as a mold designer, mechanical engineer and Business manager in several companies for the molding and plastic industries. 

The presented technology is related with latest technology available to produce plastics parts reducing cycle time, improving quality, reducing scrap ratio at same time offer to the user better view of window process. The logic consequences once user access this pack of technology will be less cost to produce their parts offering better arguments to compete in plastic field. There is some technologies that can be applied alone but in some cases can be combined to achieve better results or better performance.

The FTPO polymer evening was attended by more than 30 representatives of various companies, FTPO representatives and students, who had the opportunity to see the FTPO laboratories before the official lecture, and after the lecture, socializing at a banquet.

With these kinds of events, we want to offer current content in the field of polymer technology and thereby maintain a link with the industry.


Publication of a scientific article entitled »Low-Temperature Fibre Direct Compounding of Cellulose Fibres into PA6«
Tuesday, October 11, 2022

In September we published a scientific article in the journal Materials (IF = 3,748) together with colleagues from the Dresden University of Technology and the University of Leoben. The authors of the article are Janez Slapnik, Yuanxi Liu, Robert Kupfer, Thomas Lucyshyn, Blaž Nardin, and Gerald Pinter. You can find it (for free) at the following link:



This study reports on the development of a novel polymer processing approach that combines low-temperature (LT) processing and fibre direct compounding (FDC) to reduce the thermal stress on thermosensitive components that occurs during compounding and subsequent injection moulding (IM). Composites based on polyamide 6 (PA6) and cellulose fibres (CeF) were prepared using an LT-FDC process and in parallel with a conventional approach using a twin-screw extruder and IM. The morphological, optical, thermal, and mechanical properties of the prepared samples were investigated using optical microscopy (OM), differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), colorimetry, dynamic mechanical analysis (DMA) and tensile tests. Composites prepared using LT-FDC exhibited worse fibre dispersion but lower fibre degradation. In comparison to neat PA6, the LT-FDC composites had increased tensile modulus (Et) and storage modulus (E′) at 120 °C by up to 32% and 50%, respectively, while the tensile strength (σm) decreased by 20%.


Intensive training of international partners within the POLYFLIP project
Monday, September 20, 2021

In September, a 4-day training took place at our faculty as part of the Polyflip project, where we are developing and testing the Flipped classroom approach for engineering higher education study programs with partners from 3 countries. The project is implemented within the ERASMUS + Strategic Partnerships program, where our faculty is the initiator and leading partner of the project.

More info about the live Polyflip training HERE.

Visit also an official project webpage.

Conclusions of the successful first day of the 2nd Circular Packaging Conference
Thursday, September 9, 2021

We successfully completed the first day of the conference on circular packaging. 

Francesca Siciliano Stevens was with us, Director of the European Organization for Packaging and the Environment and lectures by industry experts from global companies (Greiner PackagingInterserohLidl GBBSH Home Appliances GroupDS Smith...) and successful small and medium enterprises (LabelProfi d.o.o.MetGenKraftPal, Bossis Valjevo...).
In the afternoon we were gaining new knowledge in the field of recycled plastics for packaging and testing biodegradability and compatibility, visiting FTPO laboratories and successfull slovenian company LabelProfi, which deals with flexible packaging and labels.

Monday, June 21, 2021

We successfuly concluded with two-day international conference FTPO on the topic of plastic gears (FTPO Conference 2021- Plastics gears), which took place on 17 and 18 June 2021 in Slovenj Gradec. The conference was organized as a hybrid, with participation in Slovenj Gradec and accessibility via the website using the MS Teams application. The conference was a great success, with a total of more than 50 participants from 18 different countries.

Connecting companies and researchers is the path to a circular economy
Tuesday, February 9, 2021

As part of the Start Circles project, an international virtual conference was held on 3 February 2021, at which the existing R&D competencies in the field of the circular economy were presented, with an emphasis on plastic and wood materials in Slovenia and Austria.

50 pieces of state-of-the-art research equipment
1700 potential employers in Slovenia
4 students per lecturer is a guarantee of top-quality study process
40 top experts creating and implementing education and training programmes
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