Projects

  • Partners: IOS, Institute for Environmental Protection and Sensors Ltd. (Slovenia); ROTO-GRAD d.o.o. (Croatia)
  • Short description:
    HMRecycle project will introduce a heavy metal (HM) recycling system for wastewater treatment or more precisely, the novel membrane biological reactor (MBR) with innovative nano pre-treatment cartridge that contains functionalized nanomaterials (FNMs) as adsorbents for heavy metals. Adsorbents can later be reused and heavy metals recycled. With the optimization of functionalized nanomaterials (FNMs) and the innovative HMRecycling MBR system, we will be able to clean and reuse not only municipal, but also leachate/industrial wastewaters, where existing MBR treatment plants are not effective. HMRecycling system represents a complete market novelty, as it has wider applicability and introduces a new technological approach to the recycling of heavy metals from wastewaters.  

    The novel HMRecycling MBR system will reprezent a novel, up to 40% more efficient treatment system in comparison to the classical MBR, as well as an easy handling solution for leachate/industrial wastewater treatment and reuse, for extraction of secondary raw materials from such wastewaters, for reduction of operating costs and reduction of negative environmental impacts.

    Budget: 0,873 mio. €.

    Duration: 01.09.2019 – 31.08.2022.

    Role of IOS Ltd.: Project leader

     

     

  • Project »COMPETENCY CENTER OF THE NETWORK FOR THE TRANSITION TO THE CIRCULAR ECONOMY; KOC – CIRCULAR ECONOMY ”within the framework of the Public Call for Proposals for co-financing the establishment and operation of competence centers for human resources development in the period 2019-2022.

 

  • Short description of the project:
    The purpose of the project is to train and improve priority competences, productivity, creativity and innovation of employees and to strengthen the competitiveness of the Slovenian economy through informal training.
    The aim of the project is to improve the key competences of the employees and thus increase their flexibility, employability and efficiency; raising the awareness of employees and employers of the necessity of a lifelong approach to training; enhancing networking, business networking and the transfer of good HR practices; enhancing the competitiveness and innovation of the Slovenian economy; promotion of the S4 Scopes and horizontal ICT priority area.

    Project leaders:
    GZDBK in ŠGZ

 Name of beneficiary: IOS, d.o.o.

 

  • Short description of operation:
    Within the Project “COMPETENCE CENTER OF THE NETWORK FOR THE TRANSITION TO A CIRCULAR ECONOMY; KOC – CIRCULAR ECONOMY « is planned 30 inclusions or 7 – 8 inclusions per year in training for priority competencies in various fields.
    Contract value of operation: 15.000 €.

 

  • Duration: 30M  (Sept. 2019 – from the date of decision document – 31.may 2022)
  • Contact person: Prof. dr. Aleksandra LobnikThe operation is partially funded by EU / ESF (European Social Fund), Public Scholarship, Development, Disability and Maintenance Fund of the Republic of Slovenia and MDDSZ.

 

  • Partners: Gorenje Surovina Ltd. (leading partner), IOS, Institute for Environmental Protection and Sensors Ltd., MESSER SLOVENIJA Ltd., MIKRO+POLO Ltd., OMEGA Ltd., ROTO Ltd., SNAGA Ltd., TEKSTINA Ltd., EKTC Maribor, So.C.
  • Short description:
    With the new PD POLY CIRCULARITY project, we are responding to the problem of untapped potential of waste plastics and biomass. During the project we will develop innovative technologies for chemical and biochemical decomposition of packaging waste to high quality secondary raw materials with added value for independent use (gases, chemicals, oils/fuels etc.) or incorporation into new products such as biopolymers. We will focus on packaging waste of natural origin from cellulose/lignocellulose and synthetic/plastic packaging (PET, PA, PP, PE, XPE, etc.). Since in the first phase of waste management, consistent waste classification is very important, the PD project will also cover the development of an automative system of selective and precise sorting according to the chemical composition or type of packaging (modifications of existing systems). During all waste treatment processes, the emphasis will be on optimizing the processes and on traceability (digital passport) of packaging waste and also of resulting secondary raw materials. The PD project is a logical continuation and capitalization of extensive multi-year R&D work supported by national (Innovation Competences, RRI1 …) and EU horizontal incentives (HORIZON 2020, EUREKA …), in which we have previously developed partial technological solutions that will be upgraded and optimized in POLY CIRCULARITY project to produce secondary raw materials with high quality for use in high-tech manufacturing applications for the polymer, biopolymer, chemical, gas and energy industries. An innovative approach of the PD project is the development of a digital passport through blockchain for greater traceability and confidence in secondary raw materials.

    With the PD project we want to show that with the right methodology of waste packaging sorting (natural origin or synthetic) and co-use of technological processes of cascade chemical and biochemical decomposition, we can produce new material components for the design of composite recyclers. Its useful value is shown in high-tech production applications. We will primarily focus on new and breakthrough solutions in the field of secondary raw material design and production.

    Budget: 7.769.748,25 € (IOS 1.786.633,34 €).
    Duration: 33M  (1. 9. 2019 do 31. 5. 2022)
    Role of IOS Ltd.: Project partner

     

  • Project: Global Mercury Observation Training Network In Support to the Minamata Convention (GMOS Train – ITN EU)
    Opis projekta:The Marie Sk?odowska-Curie Action “Global Mercury Observation and Training Network in Support to the Minamata Convention” is an international research project, coordinated by Prof. Milena Horvat from the Jožef Stefan Institute (JSI) and is financed under the funding line “excellent science” of the Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme of the European Commission. In this very competitive scheme the project received total score 100%. It includes 11 European project partners and participates with eminent research institutions, such as Harvard University and MIT, and other organisations, such as UN Environment, JRC Ispra and eminent NGOs.The overall objectives of the GMOS-Train network are:(1) to provide urgently needed training in Hg science within the context of the UNEP Minamata Convention, and(2) to fill key knowledge gaps in biogeochemical Hg cycling linking anthropogenic emissions and Hg in marine food webs.ESRs will be trained through a structured and comprehensive programme and will not only learn the theory but will gain first-hand lab experience. The partners engaged in the project will work closely together, with each of the partners supervising at least one research project. All ESRs will spend time not only at the hosting institution but also in one of the other partner universities/research centers/regulatory agencies/companies involved in GMOS Train project throughout Europe. Being trained in highly relevant research topics will enhance researchers career prospective and employability. The GMOS-Train aims to recruit outstanding and highly motivated ESRs to meet the ambitious goals of the project.All applications must be submitted by means of on-line application on the official GMOS-Train project website. Deadline for application is April 30th 2020.Please find details about the application process and modalities at www.gmos-train.eu.COORDINATING ORGANISATION: Jožef Stefan Institute on behalf of the GMOS-Train consortiumRESEARCH FIELD: Environment and Health ScienceRESEARCH PROFILE: Early Stage Researcher (ESR)APPLICATION DEADLINE: 30 April 2020 23:00 – CET (Europe/Brussels)SELECTION COMPLETED: by 30 June 2020

    ESR SELECTED AND RECRUITED: by the deadline 30 September 2020

    EU RESEARCH FRAMEWORK PROGRAMME: H2020 / Marie Sk?odowska-Curie Actions

    MARIE CURIE GRANT AGREEMENT NUMBER: 860497

    WORK LOCATION: Multiple locations
    (secondments to project partners)

    TYPE OF CONTRACT: Temporary

    JOB STATUS: Full-time, 36 Months

    INDICATIVE WORKING HOURS PER WEEK: 40

  • Partners:
    IOS, Institute for Environmental Protection and Sensors Ltd. (Slovenia); Sveriges Lantbruksuniversitet, Molecular Sciences (Sweden); Instituto de Nanosistemas-UNSAM Nanoarchitecture (Argentina); Institut Charles Gerhardt de Montpellier – UMR5253, Université de Montpellier (France); SiKEMIA (France)
  • Short description:
    The MetRecycle project contributes to the Strategic Implementation Plan of the European Innovation partnership on the recycling of raw materials, dealing with the novel strategic approach using advanced nanotechnology to achieve selective, efficient recycling process of REE’s, with the focus on the Heavy (HREE) REE’s.REEs are key components of green energy and high-tech growth industries and they are imported into the European Union (EU) from a very limited number of producers. Until recently, China has been almost the sole supplier of REEs to the rest of the world. Tensions are particularly likely for five REEs (Neodymium, Europium, Terbium, Dysprosium and Yttrium)for which demand is expected to grow by up to 30%. The current level of recycling (urban mining) is still very limited (< 1%). The MetRecycle project will use the advantage of specific properties of REE’s for higher recycling efficiency and selectivity.MetRecycle project is focused to the development of functionalized magnetic nanoparticles as a novel approach for REE’s recycling from aqueous solutions (waste waters) after pre-processing technology. Functional magnetic nanoparticles are easy to remove from aqueous solution by using external magnetic field to be recycled. The final stage of the project is scale up of novel functionalized magnetic nanoparticles to test, verify in practice. MetRecycle is furthermore strengthening collaboration between high-tech SME’s and research organisations, addressing also action for citizen awareness. Expected results will cover the field of research and development of novel adsorbent nanomaterials for recycling of REE metal ions in order to improve REE selectivity and recycling rate, to achieve sustainable growth, increase in collection rates of e-wastes, greater social demand for more sustainable society, forcing industries to reuse waste as a feedstock, governmental legislation/changes to existing laws by providing incentives for recycling.
  • Acknowledgement:
    The project »MetRecycle« was supported by ERA-NET Cofound on Raw Materials (ERA-MIN 2) under Horizon 2020. We express our gratitude to European Commission and the national funding organisation Slovenian Ministry of Education, Science and Sport (http://www.mizs.gov.si/en/) for co-financing the project »MetRecycle«.
  • Budget: 0.78 mio. €.
  • Duration: 01.05.2018 – 30.04.2021.
  • Role of IOS Ltd.: Project leader

  • Partners: TELETECH Telekomunikacijske tehnologije, proizvodnja, posredništvo, trgovina in svetovanje d.o.o. (Lead partner; T. Gacnik); IOS, Institute for Environmental Protection and Sensors ltd (Partner; A. Lobnik)

    Description: The proposed R&D project presents the development of the personalized sensing system Sens4FoodQ, which will enable non-destructive detection of food quality / freshness based on advanced optical functional nanosensor receptors with the help of a miniaturized detection system related to mobile technology. The goal is to develop a highly technologically demanding sensor system, which, in its usefulness, will be easy, light, small, affordable and suitable for wider use.

    »The operation is partly financed by RS and EU funds (European Regional Development Fund).« (http://www.eu-skladi.si/?set_language=en)

    Budget: 982.515 €.

    Duration:  7.2.2018 – 6.2.2020

Partners: IOS, Institute for Environmental Protection and Sensors ltd (Lead partner; A. Lobnik); Institut Jozef Stefan; AquafilSLO, d.o.o.

Description: The project idea is to develop new UV sensor nanoparticles, which will change colour in the presence of excessive UV radiation by absorbing the UV radiation. A new technological approach will also be introduced in order to develop UV sensor PA fibre through the direct incorporation of the UV sensor nanoparticles. The project phases include the synthesis of UV-sensing nanoparticles, the preparation of UV-sensitive PA fibres and the scale-up production process of UV-sensing nanoaprticles.

Range in 2017: 1,05 FTE

»The project UV sensor nanoparticles embedded into PA fibres L2-8190 is financially supported by the Slovenian Research Agency.«

Budget:  325.576 €.

Duration: 1.5.2017 – 30.4.2020

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R&D project: »Development of Functional Nanomaterials (FNM) to achieve multifunctional characteristics – MultiNanoTex« (KKIPP-75/2017)

Applicant: IOS, Institute for Environmental Protection and Sensors ltd.

Description: MultiNanoTex involves the preparation of (multi)functional nanomaterials (FNM) with conductive and UV protective properties.

The specific objectives of the project are:

  1. to obtain high conductivity properties based on a) silver (Ag) nanomaterials, b) composite silver / polyaniline (Ag / PANI), c) copper (Cu) nanomaterials, and d) sol-gel nanomaterials based on tetratiafulvalene (TTF).
  2. additionaly synthesizing photocromic SiO2 nanomaterials and mixing the prepared FNM nanoparticles into the polyamide (PA), a) into melt PA polyamide (PA) and b) by mixing the FNM with the PA solution.
  3. FNM / PA nanocomposite materials will be subsequently optimized and prepared on a larger scale. Characterization, the toxicity test and performing LC / LCC analysis in paralel.

The operation is partly financed by RS and EU funds (European Regional Development Fund). (http://www.eu-skladi.si/?set_language=en)

Budget: 444.238 €.

Duration: 15.6.2017 – 14.12.2018

  • Name of the beneficiary:
    IOS, Institute for Environmental Protectionand Sensors ltd. (the applicant)
  • Partners:
    RESYNTEX has 20 project partners from across 10 different EU member states. Partners include industrial associations, businesses, SMEs and research institutes. Working together, the group creates an effective model for the whole value chain.
  • The duration of the operation:
  • Contact person:
    Aleksandra Lobnik, PhD, Prof., Technical Manager

“This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 641942”

The duration of the operation: 1.6.2015 – 30.11.2018 

ARRS Bilateral Project:Slovenia – India: »A robust fiber optic sensor to detect low level of ammonia for early detection of disease« (BI-IN/15-17-009)

  • Partners:
    IOS, Institute for Environmental Protection and Sensors ltd.; CSIR-Central Glass & Ceramic Research Institute, Kolkata, India.
  • Description:The aim of this multiphase research project is to demonstrate an absorption based fiber optic sensor for the detection of low level ammonia in the level of 50 to 2000ppb, insensitive to CO2 gas.

The specific objectives of the project are:

i) Design and fabrication of specialty silica optical fiber with modified cladding doped with suitable dopant like SnO2 with enhanced evanescent field.

ii) Develop ammonia sensing layer with enhance sensitivity without interference of CO2 absorption in the wavelength range of 550-650 nm.

iii) Evaluation of ammonia detection sensitivity of developed sensor probe.

 

  • Duration: 1.1.2015 – 31.12.2017
  • Role: Project leader

The authors acknowledge the project “A robust fiber optic sensor to detect low level of ammonia for early detection of disease” (BI-IN/15-17-009) was finacially supported by the Slovenian Research Agency.

ARRS Project:»Development, optimization and validation of new indicator systems in complex environmental matrixes« (L1-5446)

  • Partners:
    Institut Jozef Stefan; IOS, Institute for Environmental Protection and Sensors ltd.; Inštitut za fizikalno biologijo d.o.o.; Nacionalni inštitut za biologijo.
  • Description:
    The goal of the research project is the development, optimization and validation of new indicator systems in complex environmental matrixes for mercury determination. In framework of the project, IOS ltd. is responsible for: development and preparation of the sensing nanoparticles and theirs characterization; preparation of sensing membranes and theirs testing on laboratory and real samples. IOS will develop optical chemical sensor for Hg2+ions detection.

 

  • Duration: 1.9.2013 – 31.8.2016

The authors acknowledge the project »Development, optimization and validation of new indicator systems in complex environmental matrixes« (L1-5446) was finacially supported by the Slovenian Research Agency.

Project under the 2nd JR for co-funding by “A creative way to practical knowledge”:»The development of the sol-gel surface modified membranes for the removal of heavy metal ions from water«

  • Partners:
    IOS Ltd., University of Maribor, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering
  • Description:
    Master’s degree students wereengaged in the practice of the company IOS Ltd in the framework of the project “On a creative way to practical knowledge”. The students were involved in a real project planning process of municipal wastewater treatment in the laboratory scale. They acknowledged the planning of product development, modular devices for treatment of wastewater in a real working environment. At work they realized early stage of the product, which in the future will form part of the product range the company IOS Ltd.

Duration: 17.3.2014 – 30.9.2014

The project is partially financed by the European Union through the European Social Fund. The project is implemented under the Operational Program Human Resources Development for the period 2007-2013, developmental priorities 1. Promoting entrepreneurship and adaptability, and the priority directions 1.3 Scholarship schemes, within the approved operation “After a creative way to practical knowledge.”

  • Title of operation:
    »The development of the sol-gel surface modified membranes for the removal of heavy metal ions from water«
  • Partners:
    IOS Ltd., University of Maribor, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering
    Master’s degree students were engaged in the practice of the company IOS Ltd in the framework of the project “On a creative way to practical knowledge”. The students were involved in a real project planning process of municipal wastewater treatment in the laboratory scale. They acknowledged the planning of product development, modular devices for treatment of wastewater in a real working environment. At work they realized early stage of the product, which in the future will form part of the product range the company IOS Ltd.
  • Duration:
    17.3.2014 – 30.9.2014

  • Title of the operation:
    RRPO – WaterCleanBox
  • Brief description of the operation:
    The subject of the operation is development of a mobile-modular wastewater treatment plant WaterCleanBox. The operation is partly financed by EU funds (European Regional Development Fund) and MEDT. WaterCleanBox is a mobile-modular water treatment system, based on the combination of different modules, providing water quality, sufficient for the discharge directly into the surface water or reuse in the system (recycling). Any wastewater is unique and requires a specific treatment approach, for which, as a rule, one single purification method fails to be sufficient. Planned modules include physical, chemical and biological principles of water treatment. All modules are designed in a way that they can be freely arranged and combined in order to achieve the optimal water quality and they operate on the principle “Plug and Play”. The advantage of the WaterCleanBox is a container design of modules, making logistics easier and does not require any complex construction works and interventions in the facility or environment. WaterCleanBox is energy self-sufficient due to the use of solar panels, the energy is stored in lithium-ion batteries. The WaterCleanBox components are made of materials that can be recycled. The WaterCleanBox operation is automated with the possibility of remote monitoring of water quality parameters on the basis of low-cost M2M remote communication. In addition a risk assessment for the WaterCleanBox is being prepared, aiming to provide more secure wastewater treatment plant management and lower risk of water reuse. The WaterCleanBox performance itself is innovative and visionary, but in addition new ways of combined wastewater treatment are being examined, using a variety of new materials / nanomaterials for efficient adsorption of pollutants, as well as modified ultrafiltration membrane. Additional added value of the project are marketing activities that form the basis for the pricing policy of the planned product and its positioning in the market.
  • Name of the beneficiary:
    IOS, Institute for Environmental Protectionand Sensors ltd. (the applicant)
  • Partners:
    ROTO d.o.o., Em.tronic d.o.o, Piktronik d.o.o., Teletech d.o.o., IEI d.o.o.
  • The duration of the operation:
    January 1st, 2014 – December 31st, 2014
  • Contact person:
    Prof.dr. Aleksandra Lobnik

  • Partners:
    Kovinoplastika Štefan Pavlinjek, ing. s.p.; The operation is partly financed by MEDT.
  • Description:
    In the frame of this project we have developed a MULTINano optical chemical sensor set for water monitoring. It enables to determine pH, O2, T and NH3 in water media. The sensor system makes it possible to systematically and analyticaly monitor the water environment and predict the risk sites, which may be more exposed to higher discharges of toxic substances, organic compounds, nutrients.
  • Duration:
    1.7.2013 – 27.9.2014

  • Title of the operation:
    Absolute chlorine free system (ACF) for paper production using recycled fibers.
  • A brief description of the operation:
    Project under the Eurostars Programme is carried out with two consortium partners from Spain. In this project, we have a coordinating role. New advanced water treatment technology uses introduction of CO2 / O3 / O2 instead of chemicals based on chlorine and which are used in the paper industry. It is environmentally more acceptable, more efficient and of a better economic efficiency. The use of a combination of gases (CO2 / O3 / O2) for the closure of water circuits in the paper industry is innovative worldwide and helps to reduce the dosage of auxiliary chemicals and maintain a high quality product (paper, cardboard, tissue, …) using less water. The system completely free of chlorine will have a positive impact on production costs at the paper mill, as well as on the environment. The combination of the three gases (CO2 / O3 / O2) in a single production line is a completely new and innovative technology. There are no data on the use of these three gases in one production line and also no information about the synergistic impact of the gas. New advanced technology CO2 / O3 / O2 for water treatment represents a process without the addition of chemicals and without forming of waste and sludge.
  • Name of the beneficiary:
    IOS, Institute for Environmental Protection and Sensors Ltd. (Coordinator)
  • The duration of the operation:
    September 1st, 2011 – August 31st, 2014

  • Title of Operation
    Co-financing of a young researcher from the economy – 2010
  • Brief description of the operation:
    Co-financing the costs of implementing the program of research young researchers. The operation is partly financed from EU funds (European Social Fund) and TIA / SPIRIT.
  • Name of the beneficiary:
    IOS, Institute for Environmental Protection and Sensors Ltd.
  • The duration of the operation:
    1.2.2011 – 31.7.2014
    Researcher still employed at IOS, LTD.

  • Title of operation:
    Co-financing of a young researcher from the economy – 2009
  • Brief description of the operation:
    Co-financing the costs of implementing the program of research young researchers. The operation is partly financed from EU funds (European Social Fund) and TIA / SPIRIT.
  • Name of the beneficiary:
    IOS, Institute for Environmental Protection and Sensors Ltd.
  • The duration of the operation:
    1.12.2009 – 31.5.2014
    Researcher still employed at IOS, LTD.

  • Title of operation:
    KROP 2011 – Strengthening the Development Department in the company IOS Ltd
  • Brief description of the operation:
    Establishing a research group IOS OVT – Renewable resources and technologies. Within the operations were carried out two new employment. In the RS they were included: 1 young researcher, 3 researchers from JRO, hiring two experts and the transfer of 6 internal researchers. The operation is partly financed from EU funds (European Social Fund) and MEDT.
  • Name of the beneficiary:
    IOS, Institute for Environmental Protection and Sensors Ltd.
  • The duration of the operation:
    23.01.2012 – 31.05.2014
  • Contact person:
    Prof.dr. Aleksandra Lobnik

  • Title of operation:
    Fresh meat optical detection
  • Brief description of operation:
    Troletni European research project under the EUREKA tender 2009, we carried out with one Slovenian and two Hungarian consortium partners. The project resulted in a prototype sensor for the detection of biogenic amines.
  • Name of the beneficiary:
    IOS, Institute for Environmental Protection and Sensors Ltd. (partner)
  • Duration of operation:
    1.9.2009 – 31.8.2012

  • Title of operation:
    IOS Ltd/SOFINANCIRANJE appointment of the researcher
  • Brief description of operation:
    Co-financing of employment researchers – transition from PROs. Researcher in the company IOS Ltd water research field of technical textiles. The operation was partially financed from EU funds (European Social Fund) and JAPTI.
  • Name of the beneficiary:
    IOS, Institute for Environmental Protection and Sensors Ltd.
  • Duration of operation:
    03/01/1010 – 02/29/2012
    Researcher still employed at IOS, LTD.

  • Title of operation:
    IOS Ltd/SOFINANCIRANJE appointment of the researcher
  • Brief description of operation:
    Co-financing of employment researchers – transition from large companies. Researcher in the company IOS Ltd leading research area Environmentalism. The operation was partially financed from EU funds (European Social Fund) and JAPTI.
  • Name of the beneficiary:
    IOS, Institute for Environmental Protection and Sensors Ltd.
  • Duration of operation:
    1.9.2009 – 31.8.2011
    Researcher still employed at IOS, LTD.

  • Title of operation:
    SRRP meat-Track – Ensuring the safety and traceability of meat packaged food with sensor system
  • Brief description of operation:
    The two-year strategic research and development project was implemented as a researcher with the company – the notifier. The project resulted in a prototype optical chemical sensors for detecting pH, O2 and T. The operation was partially financed from EU funds (European Regional Development Fund) and the Higher Education-TIA.
  • Name of the beneficiary:
    IOS, Institute for Environmental Protection and Sensors Ltd. (A researcher)
  • Duration of operation:
    23.1.2009 – 22.1.2011

  • Title of operation:
    RIP: EIO – Energy from waste
  • Brief description of operation:
    Development investment project in response to the invitation TIA RIP 09 is carried out in a consortium of four partners and two external research groups, academic institutions. IOS l.l.c. the project developed a prototype sensor VT. The operation was part financirna from EU funds (European Regional Development Fund) and MG-thia.
  • Name of the beneficiary:
    IOS, Institute for Environmental Protection and Sensors Ltd. (partner)
  • Duration of operation:
    17.04.2009 – 21.09.2011