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  • Partners: IOS, Inštitut za okoljevarstvo in senzorje, d.o.o. (Slovenija);
  • Project value: 3.500.045 €
  • Duration of the project: 24M; 01. 04. 2023 – 31. 03. 2025
  • Description of the project:
    OpenLOOP is delivering a novel chemical recycling technology that:
    • Can be used to degrade any mixture and blend of PET (polyethylene terephthalate) plastic and CELLULOSE waste.
    • As a final output yields high-value feedstock: 5-HMF (5-hydroxymethylfurfural), LA (Levulinic acid), furfural, and rTA (recycled terephthalic acid).
    • Is environmentally friendly using and clean and can be successfully implemented in industrial environment.

The OpenLOOP technology consists of several IOS’s proprietary processing steps involving chemical and enzymatic hydrolysis to separate PET and CELLULOSE, neutral hydrolysis to depolymerise PET, rTA purification, chemical hydrolyses amd purification to to extract 5-HMF/furfural/LA.

OpenLOOP will mature the technology, integrate it into industrial environment – IOS’s DEMO plant, automate procedures to make them safe and simple to operate, validate it, engineer process steps to deliver optimal productivity and prepare it for market entry.


  • Projekt: Global Mercury Observation Training Network In Support to the Minamata Convention (GMOS Train – ITN EU)
  • Opis projekta:

    The Marie Skłodowska-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

    COORDINATING ORGANISATION: Jožef Stefan Institute on behalf of the GMOS-Train consortium

    RESEARCH FIELD: Environment and Health Science

    RESEARCH 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 Skłodowska-Curie Actions


    WORK LOCATION: Multiple locations
    (secondments to project partners)

    TYPE OF CONTRACT: Temporary

    JOB STATUS: Full-time, 36 Months



  • Partners: Surovina d.o.o. (Lead partner; J. Fišer); IOS, d.o.o. (Partner; A. Lobnik); MESSER SLOVENIJA d.o.o.; MIKRO+POLO, d.o.o.; OMEGA d.o.o.; ROTO d.o.o.; SNAGA d.o.o.; TEKSTINA d.o.o.: EKTC Maribor, so.p.
  • Description: The POLY CIRCULARITY project aims to develop innovative technologies for chemical and biochemical decomposition of packaging waste into high quality secondary raw materials with added value (gases, chemicals, oils / fuels, etc.) also suitable for incorporation into new products such as biopolymers. The focus is on packaging waste of natural origin, i.e. from cellulose/ lignocellulose and synthetic/ plastic packaging (PET, PA, PP, PE, XPE, etc.). The main goal of the project is to establish new advanced circular processes  and  circular business models for the recycling of  synthetic/ natural polymer packaging waste. The result of the project will be reflected in high-quality secondary raw materials for use in new products intended for the domestic and global market.

    »The operation is partly financed by RS and EU funds (European Regional Development Fund).« (

    Grant amount: 2.800.486,22 EUR.

    Duration:  1.9.2019 – 31.5.2022

This project has received funding from the Eurostars-2 joint programme with co-funding from the European Union Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme.

  • 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.


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