2nd Circular Packaging Conference, 9. - 10. September 2021
Thursday, April 1, 2021

The aim of the conference is to connect different stakeholders from industry, academia design studios, brand owners and all involved in the packaging life cycle. Main goals are to share knowledge, good practices, ideas and to make new connections in the transformation from linear to circular packaging supply chains and business models.

With interesting presentations, real life case studies from companies and masterclasses from experts, we expect to create new partnerships and value chains between and among academia and industry stakeholders. Also hands- on workshop will be organized based on the method developed from the Ellen McArthur Foundations.

More info coming soon!

International Conference: Plastic gears, 17. - 19. 2021
Thursday, April 1, 2021

Plastic gears conference aims to bring together theorists, experimentalists and industrialists in the field of polymer gears research as well as applications. The conference will be held from 17th to 18th June 2021 at the Faculty of Polymer Technology (FTPO) in Slovenj Gradec, Slovenia. We hope to provide a venue for discussions between scientists and engineers from academia and industry, bridging fundamental and applied aspects of the polymeric gears.

Due to the unfortunate Covid-19 situation, the conference will be organised as a hybrid conference, online and onsite.

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:

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. 

1. International Circular Packaging Conference
Tuesday, June 11, 2019

FTPO in cooperation with Pulp and Paper Institute, Ljubljana presents 1. International Circular Packaging Conference. The conference will be held from 26. to 27. September 2019 in Ljubljana. One of the members of the Scientific committee is our Acting Dean, izr. prof. dr. Miroslav Huskić.

Probationary Public Lecture of Mr. Matjaž Podgoršek
Thursday, March 14, 2019

On Wednesday, March 6, 2019, in the computer room of FTPO, Matjaž Podgoršek, univ. dipl. inž. str., successfully finished his habilitation process with a Probationaly Public Lecture  titled “3D modeliranje gravurnih oblik v orodju za injekcijsko brizganje termoplastov” for election to the title of university teacher - lecturer for the field of Technology and construction.

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".

1. International Conference "Nano4Circularity"
Wednesday, December 5, 2018

The 1. International Conference "Nano4Circularity - Opportunities in the circular economy” was held under the auspices of the “Institute for Environmental Protection and Sensors” and the “Stajerska Gospodarska Zbornica (Styrian Chamber of Commerce)” at Hotel Maribor in Maribor.

Public inaugural lecture of Mag. Maja Turičnik
Thursday, November 22, 2018

On Tuesday, November 20th, 2018, Mag. Maja Turičnik, successfully finished her habilitation process with a public lecture titled “”The Third Group of the Periodic Table of the Elements”.

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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