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ERASMUS + STUDENT FROM SKOPJE JOINED VIRTUAL STUDY AT FTPO
Monday, May 10, 2021

A bilateral agreement signed in 2020 with the Ss. Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje (Ss. Cyril and Methodius University, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering), Republic of North Macedonia, bore fruit this year. In the summer semester of 2021, a master's student from Skopje, Monika Fidanchevska, joined the study process at FTPO. Due to the current situation, she started her Erasmus+ mobility remotely and, like all students at the beginning, attended selected subjects via the MS Teams application. Due to her lack of knowledge of the Slovene language, we provided her individual consultations by proffesors of selected subjects, the possibility of performing study obligations in English and the constant support of Erasmus + coordinator Sara Jeseničnik.

We wish, as well as the student herself, that we will soon be able to host her in the premises of our faculty.

 

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. Examples of good innovation practices in Slovenian and Austrian companies as a result of cooperation with research organizations were presented. A representative of Tiko Pro company presented the upcoming possibilities for obtaining EU funds for the introduction of circular solutions in companies. According to Tiko Pro, cooperation with research institutions is crucial for successful EU projects applications. At the round table, moderated by dr. Aleš Ugovšek, representatives of research organizations and companies presented their views on circularity. The event was held in three languages (slo, nem, ang), with simultaneous translation.

Lecturers' presentations are available via the links in the Agenda.

Event recording: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7jTP4DvL2CQ

Biocomposites made at FTPO Waste Paper
Saturday, December 5, 2020

At Faculty of Polymer Technology the composites with thermoplastic matrix and waste biomass are produced.

Check our video presentation, how waste biomass as reinforcement for plastic to make also technical parts, waste paper as biomas was compounded into PE-HD matrix. In this case, the biobased PE-HD was used. On the end of the video presentation also some injection moulded parts are presented. As you can see, our biocomposite, which is biobased, is also suitable for technical parts.

For all additional information we are at your disposal.

PolyMetal Compounding PP&BN at FTPO
Friday, December 4, 2020

The Polymetal is project in the frame of the »Cooperation Programme Interreg V-A Slovenia-Austria«. The main goal of the project is the cross-boarder cooperation, networking and joint R&D of SMEs, R&D institutions from less developed, non-urban areas and one of the leading European home appliances manufacturer on the development of polymer based solutions, which could replace stainless steel or aluminum for design demanding products in different sectors. Project partners are: Gorenje (lead partner), FTPO, MUL, PCCL, Intralighting and Hiebler. The project represents a good example of cross-boarder collaboration of R&D on a demanding technological challenge, which already led to new joint R&D activities, fostered the basis for new products&processes and led to sustainable growth and increased internationalization.

At Faculty of Polymer Technology the composites with addition of high thermal conductivity filler (boron nitride) into thermoplastic matrix (polypropylene) are presented. Check our video presentation where compounding, injection moulding and characterization are presented. As you can see, our composites can achieve high thermal conductivity values.

For all additional information we are at your disposal.

Start Circles pilot project for reuse of mineralised sewage sludge
Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Sewage sludge occurs in wastewater treatment process, regardles the wastewater technology applied. It presents up to 40% of wastewater treatment costs and therefore impacts every household water bill.

Sludge drying reed beds are a natural technology for sludge mineralisation, dewatering and stabilisation. The main benefits of the technology is its' low energy consumption and low operating costs. The technology is GHG emission-free. The case was contributed by LIMNOS Ltd.

The material obtained is humus, but in case of heavy metal containment, the material can be recycled for bioplastics.

Within the project the partner Faculty of polymer technology developed a biocomposite with recycled polypylen as matrix material and characterized it to see whether it could be used for parts for the water treatment process and with this close the waste circle.

For the compatibilization of humus into thermoplastic matrix the recycled polypropylene was chosen. To achive good distribution of humus inside the composite and also to prevent thermal and oxidative degradation lubricant, antioxidant and compatibilizer were added. Tests were done with addition of 15 wt.% and 30 wt.% of humus into the composite. The stiffness rise for 2 % and 13 %, the strength decreases for 15 % and 21 %, also the elongation at break decreases for 79 % and 87 % for the composites with 15 wt.% and 30 wt.% of humus respectively.

The sewage sludge can be used as filler for thermoplastic matrix for the static loaded parts with low deformation or low load. 

New laboratory equipment at FTPO
Wednesday, April 1, 2020

In February 2020, five new pieces of equipment were acquired at the FTPO laboratory:

• Two BAOPIN BP-8176-B single-pole extruders, 

• BAOPIN BP-8170-B hydraulic press, 

• Two TOOL-TEMP TT-248 temperature control units.

Online study and work on FTPO with MS Office 365
Wednesday, March 25, 2020

In recent days, the lives of all of us have turned upside down. We are aware of our vulnerability and, at the same time, our dependence on communication, which is fortunately enabled by modern technologies to some extent. Working from home can be quite hard, especially when we work on group projects and communication is not very clear, and we play ping-pong with e-mail documents.

UPDATED INFORMATION AND INSTRUCTIONS ON CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)
Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Dear students / professors / business partners / visitors of the Faculty of Polymer Technology.

The links below provide up-to-date information and guidance regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19):

 

-  NIJZ https://www.nijz.si/,

-  Ministrstvo za zdravje https://www.gov.si/teme/koronavirus/,

MIZŠ https://www.gov.si/drzavni-organi/ministrstva/ministrstvo-za-izobrazevanje-znanost-in-sport/,

ZMDPŠ  https://www.anticovid.zmdps.si/.

1st International Conference on Circular Packaging
Wednesday, October 2, 2019

 Pulp and Paper Institute and Faculty of Polymer Technology in cooperation with SRIP (Strategic Development and Innovation Partnership) - The circular economy of the Styrian Chamber of Commerce successfully concluded with the 1st International Conference on Circular Packaging, held in Ljubljana on September 26-27, 2019.

 

Signing a memorandum of understanding for leasing a new laboratory
Tuesday, February 19, 2019

The date, 14th of February 2019, has become a major milestone for the Faculty of Polymer Technology. At 9 a.m. in the FTPO's meeting room, was held a festive event signing a memorandum of understanding for leasing a new laboratory between representatives of FTPO and representatives of a company NIG nadzor, inženiring in gradbeništvo d.o.o..

Training for Lehmann & Voss & Co. KG
Tuesday, January 22, 2019

On 21st of January 2019 Silvester Bolka conducted all day schooling for Lehmann & Voss & Co. KG at the company headquarters in Hamburg. Training  was titled "Training for Thermal Analysis in Practice".

Habilitation of Dr. mont. Andreas Hausberger
Tuesday, November 13, 2018

On Monday, November 12, 2018, Dr. mont. Andreas Hausberger held his public inaugural lecture titled “Method development of tribological test systems for polymers”.

Dr. Gregor Kraft joins FTPO research team
Saturday, September 15, 2018

Since September 1st, 2018, Dr. Gregor Kraft is reinforcing FTPO’s research team. Dr. Kraft studied chemical engineering in Mannheim (Germany) and chemistry at the University of Kaiserslautern (Germany).

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