D05 Department for Environmental Sciences and Engineering

Collaboration with industrial and other partners

The Department for Environmental Sciences and Engineering conducts interlaboratory comparison for Slovenian and foreign laboratories that monitor wastewater and solid wastes. The department advises domestic and foreign industrial partners and end-users on solving environmental problems, develop sustainable processes for wastewater and waste management, as well as conduct environmental impact assessment and other projects in the field of environmental protection. 


Process engineering

  • Designing processes and installations for wastewater treatment and sludge treatment
  • Designing processes and installations for biogas production from wastewater, waste slurry and waste


Process research and development

  • Research and development of new industrial products and processes, development of scale-up methods for chemical processes, industrial environmental protection, process simulation and optimization
  • Measurement of thermodynamic properties (e.g. L-V, L-L and L-S equilibria) of various industrially important multicomponent mixtures/systems in broad range of thermodynamic conditions and their modelling by means of statistical methods
  • Integration of pollution prevention and environmental protection measures in new or existing industrial processes, development of reclamation processes for various components from process waste streams
  • Development and implementation of methods and procedures for identification, classification and characterization of hazardous wastes; research and development of pretreatment processes for difficult effluents and hazardous wastes in order to minimise their quantity or hazardness
  • National inventories and balances of critical environmental contaminants, wastes and emissions; related risk assessment; identification and modelling of transport routes of selected contaminants in the environment, elaboration of environmental action programmes


Clean Technologies

  • Research, development and implementation of cleaner production principles, pollution prevention and waste minimization measures in the existing and new industrial processes
  • Assessment of large industrial and environmental protection plants with respect to BAT requirements, according to IPPC directive and BREF documents



  • Environmental impact assessment studies and reports
  • Waste management plans and waste assessment reports - ISO 14000 and EMAS audits, environmental impact assessments and revisions


Metrology in chemistry

The ability to make accurate measurements is one of the essential foundations of advanced industrial society. The continuing globalization of trade and economy requires confidence in measurement results of any kind, including chemical measurements.


Metrology is defined as “the science of measurements”. It is concerned with the development of a structured support system based on traceable standards. The principles of chemical and physical metrology are unique but the practical application to real chemical measurement problems in a systematic way is different due to great variety and complexity of chemical measurement tasks.


To ensure reliable and comparable chemical measurements in the 21st century, the following tasks must be established: use of validated test methods and equipment, procedures for determining measurement uncertainty, procedures and tools for establishing traceability, pure substance reference materials and calibration standards, matrix reference materials, independent evidence of performance (proficiency testing) and quality assurance and quality control. Generation of analytical data in environmental sector, which are “fit for purpose” is designated as “high” priority in the EU.


With the large increase in the use of chemicals in industry the potential contamination of air, water ad the general environment has dramatically increased. The major tasks of the proposed project are connected to water analysis: validation of test methods, development of measurement uncertainty evaluation strategies and procedures for establishing measurement traceability of measurement results, development and validation of pre-treatment techniques as a means of managing matrix effects in analytical methods, development of methodology for preparation of proficiency testing material, development of reference measurements for providing reference values in proficiency testing schemes, evaluation of benefits and disadvantages of proficiency testing scheme, operated under reference value, development of  methodology for preparation of in-house reference materials, relation of procedures to quality systems according to standards. Development of methodologies will be underpinned by worked examples, which will cover groups of chemical measurements in water and wastewater matrices. 


Partners and end-users