Projects

  • 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

  • Title of the operation:
    »RESYNTEX – A new circular economy concept: from textile waste towards chemical and textile industries feedstock«
  • Brief description of the operation:
    RESYNTEX is a research project which aims to create a new circular economy concept for the textile and chemical industries. Through industrial symbiosis, it aims to produce secondary raw materials from textile waste. The RESYNTEX project will: 1) Create a strategic design for a complete value chain from textile waste collection through to the generation of new feedstock for chemicals and textiles; 2) Improve collection approaches and increase public awareness of and social involvement with the issue of textile waste; 3) Enable traceability of waste processing using data aggregation. The collected data will evaluate the performance of the new value chains by means of a life cycle assessment (LCA) and life cycle costing (LCC), compared to existing end-of-life scenarios; 4) Develop innovative business models for the chemical and textile industries; 5) Demonstrate a complete reprocessing line for basic textile components, including liquid and solid waste treatment. IOS role: Project Co-coordinator: Pilot plant development, solid and liquid waste treatment technology development and implementation Official project webside:
    http://resyntex.eu/
  • Promotion:
  • 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