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The upgraded centre for the characterization and functionalization of fibre materials officially opened


On Tuesday, June 4, a specialized research infrastructure for the comprehensive study of renewable fibre materials was officially opened after the press conference. Events attended also Minister of Education, Science and Sport Jernej Pikalo and Tomaž Boh, Director of the Science Directorate.

The upgraded centre for comprehensive study of renewable fibre materials is a special research unit in the joint infrastructure of the InnoRenew project and is unique – not only in Slovenia, but also in a wider area.

The new research equipment complements the existing institute’s research infrastructure in three parts: fractionalization of biomass, characterization (evaluation) and functionalization (application) of fibre materials.

With modern research infrastructure, we can contribute to Slovenia’s competitive integration in R&D in the field of renewable materials, and support global development trends of the circular bio-economy, thus contributing to the competitiveness of the Slovenian research for knowledge development in this perspective field.

Before cutting the tape with the ICP’s director Mateja Mešl and InnoRenew Project Manager Andreja Kutnar, the minister said: “By linking research capacities, sharing knowledge between industry, institutes and universities, and with the help of specializes research equipment, we can build synergies, which is the purpose of such investments – more we invest in the knowledge, the better society we will become. Today’s event is an important stone in the mosaic of further development of Slovenia.”



Opening press conference (photo: Gregor Lavrič)


Minister Jernej Pikalo ceremonially cut the tape (photo: Gregor Lavrič)


Official opening of the new specialized research infrastructure (photo: Gregor Lavrič)


Minister Jernej Pikalo and Andrej Šinkovec, Head of Department – Materials and Technologies in Papermaking at ICP, looking at paper from invasive alien plants, made on a pilot paper machine at the ICP (photo: Gregor Lavrič)