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Laboratory for Stone, Aggregates and Recycled Materials

The laboratory performs applicative research and development work, including research programs and research projects, as well as applicative research work that is ordered by various clients, and expert, consulting, and surveillance activities from the following fields:

  • aggregates
  • stone (particularly correct installation)
  • recycling of waste in building composites
  • materials for the cultural heritage
  • remediation of polluted soils and water
  • mineraloške analize

Performs:

  • mineralogical and petrographic analyses (asbestos)
  • Life cycle assessments (LCA)

Important research equipment:

  • Computed tomography
  • Microscopy
  • Spectroscopy
  • Porozimetrija and particle size
  • Equipment for non-destructive testing
  • Software for environmental evaluation
  • Chambers to simulate environmental influences

Important projects:

Ongoing projects
International projects Funds Duration
CO2TREAT
Accelerated CO2 treatment of alkaline residues for low-carbon binders
Coordinator: VITO (Belgium), ZAG partner
ERA-MIN3 2022 – 2025
RIS Internship – RIS Internship programme
Broadening University-Business Cooperation
Coordinator: the University of Zagreb, Faculty of mining, geology and petroleum engineering (Croatia), ZAG partner
EIT RawMaterials 2022 – 2024
RIS Education & Entrepreneurship
Coordinator EIT RM- ECLC, ZAG partner
EIT RawMaterials 2022
DIM ESEE-2
Dubrovnik International ESEE Mining School
Coordinator: the University of Zagreb, Faculty of mining, geology and petroleum engineering (Croatia) ZAG partner
EIT RawMaterials 2021 -2025
LIFE proETV
Promotion and implementation of ETV as an EU voluntary scheme for verifying the performance of environmental technologies
Coordinator: Institute for Ecology of Industrial Areas (Poland) ZAG partner
LIFE 2020 – 2022
EIT Urban Mobility RIS HUB Slovenia
Founder: ZAG
EIT 2020 – 2026
RIS-RESTORE
Evaluation of Red Mud Tailings in the ESEE region
Coordinator: ZAG
EIT RawMaterials 2020 – 2022
EURAD
European Joint Programme on Radioactive Waste Management
Coordinator: Agence Nationale Pour La Gestion Des Dechets Radioactifs (France) Linked Third Party: ZAG
H2020-Euratom-1.2. 2019 – 2024
LIFE HIDAQUA
Sustainable water management on high water demanding industries
Coordinator: ZAG
LIFE 2019 – 2023
CINDERELA
New Circular Economy Business Model for More Sustainable Urban Construction
Coordinator: ZAG
H2020-EU.3.5.4. 2018 – 2022
EIT RawMaterials Hub
Regional Center Adria
Co-founder: ZAG
EIT RawMaterials Since 2018
Bilateral research projects Funds Duration
Green and Sustainable Construction Materials from waste Industrial By-products
Red Mud and Waste Gypsum
SLO-IND bilateral project in cooperation with School of Infrastructure (Bhubaneswar, Odisha)
ARRS 2022 – 2024
National projects Funds Duration
J1-3029: Holistic sustainability evaluation of critical raw materials – closing gaps and developing new methodological approaches
Coordinator: ZAG
ARRS 2021 – 2024
L7-3185: Investigation of interconnected processes for sustainable management of sewage sludge for the purpose of its material recovery and recycling
Coordinator: ZAG
ARRS 2021 – 2024
Completed projects since 2000
International projects Funds Duration
2sDR
Upscaling of the two-step dust recycling process for EAF dust
Coordinator Montanuniversität Leoben (Austria), ZAG partner
EIT RawMaterials 2020 – 2021
3DBriefcase
Learning the use of minerals through non-conventional and digital tools
Coordinator: Gomez Pardo Foundation (Spain) ZAG partner
EIT RawMaterials 2020 – 2021
SPL-CYCLE
Closing the loop of the Spent Pot-line (SPL) in the Al smelting process
Coordinator: ZAG
EIT RawMaterials 2018 – 2021
PaperChain
New market niches for the pulp and paper industry waste based on circular economy approach
Coordinator: Acciona Construction SA (Spain) ZAG partner
H2020 2017 – 2021
RIS-CuRE
Zero waste recovery of copper tailings in the ESEE region
Coordinator: ZAG
EIT RawMaterials 2019 – 2021
WhISPER
Waterless Iron Silicate Production with Energy Recovery
Coordinator: Atlantic Copper S.L.U., ZAG partner
EIT RawMaterials 2019 – 2021
Mine Tour
Active conservation and evaluation of the natural and cultural heritage of mines and mining for the development of sustainable tourism
Coordinator: Municipality of Labin (Croatia), ZAG partner
ERDF, Interreg Sl-HR 2018 – 2021
REEBAUX
Prospects of REE recovery from bauxite and bauxite residue in the ESEE region
Coordinator: The University of Zagreb, Faculty of Science; ZAG partner
EIT RawMaterials 2018 – 2021
RIS-RECOVER
Regional innovation scheme for zero waste extraction of critical raw materials
Coordinator: ZAG
EIT RawMaterials 2018 – 2021
INNOMAT
Innovation Management through integration of LCA Training Packages
Coordinator: Technische Universiteit Delft (Nederland), ZAG partner
EIT RawMaterials 2018 – 2020
URBAN SOIL 4 FOOD
Establishment of Innovative Urban Soil Based Economy Circles to Increase Local Food Self-sufficiency and Minimise Environmental Footprint
Coordinator: City Municipality of Maribor (Slovenia) ZAG partner
UIA 2017 – 2020
INNOCAT
Innovative CRM substitution technology for public authorities’ vehicle catalysts
Coordinator: Monolithos Ltd (Greece), ZAG partner
EIT RawMaterials 2019 – 2020
Retracking
Towards the circular economy: traceability of manufactured products made from Fibre-Reinforced Composites (FRC)
Coordinator: Polo Tecnologico Pordenone ScpA (Italia), ZAG partner
ERDF, Interreg ITA-SLO 2017 – 2019
BusiSource
Waste from companies as a secondary source
Coordinator: Technische Universiteit Delft (The Netherlands), ZAG partner
EIT RawMaterials 2017 – 2020
ESEE DC
ESEE Dialog Conference
Coordinator: Montanuniversität Leoben (Austria), ZAG partner
EIT RawMaterials 2017 – 2018
FLAME
FLy Ash to valuable MinErals
Coordinator: Vlaamse Instelling voor Technologisch Onderzoek NV VITO (Belgium), ZAG partner
EIT RawMaterials 2017 – 2020
Visual3D
Visualisation of 3D–4D models in exploration and geosciences
Coordinator: Luleá University of Technology (LTU, Sweden) ZAG partner
EIT RawMaterials 2017 – 2020
DIM ESEE
Dubrovnik International ESEE Mining School
Coordinator: The University of Zagreb, Faculty of mining, geology and petroleum engineering (Croatia), ZAG partner
EIT RawMaterials 2016 – 2020
VirtualMine
VirtualMine as a modelling tool for Wider Society Learning
Coordinator: KGHM Cuprum (Poland), ZAG partner
EIT RawMaterials 2017 – 2019
STORM
Industrial Symbiosis for the Sustainable Management of Raw Materials
Coordinator: National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development (ENEA, Italy), ZAG partner
EIT RawMaterials 2016 – 2018
OREVAL
Experts and facilities for ore characterisation
Coordinator: Université de Liège (Belgium), ZAG partner
EIT RawMaterials 2018 – 2020
RMCONFDIF
RM metallurgy annual conferences cycle
Coordinator: Universidad Politecnica de Madrid (Spain), ZAG partner
EIT RawMaterials 2016 – 2018
LIFE RusaLCA
Nanoremediation of water from small wastewater treatment plants and reuse of water and solid remains for local needs
Coordinator: ZAG
LIFE 2013 – 2016
LIFE ReBirth
Promotion of the Recycling of Industrial Waste and Building Rubble for the Construction Industry
Coordinator: ZAG
LIFE+ 2011 – 2014
MIRAVEC
Modelling Infrastructure Influence on RoAd Vehicle Energy Consumption
Coordinator: Austrian Institute of Technology (Austria), ZAG partner
ERA-NET ROAD 2011 – 2013
MIRIAM
Models for rolling resistance In Road Infrastructure Asset Management Systems
Coordinator: The Danish Road Directorate (Denmark), ZAG partner
Funds contributed by the participating organisations 2010 – 2016
ULTRAGRIP
Design Tools for high grip surfaces
Coordinator: KELME (Spain), ZAG partner
EU FP7 CRAFT 2010 – 2012
FIRECON
Fire resistant concrete made with slag from the steel industry
Coordinator: University of Zagreb, Faculty of civil engineering (Croatia), ZAG partner
EUREKA E!4166 2009 – 2011
CHEF
Cultural Heritage Protection against Flooding
Coordinator: Bundesanstalt für Materialforschung und –prüfung (Germany), ZAG partner
EU FP6 2007 – 2009
SPENS
Sustainable Pavements for European New Member State
Coordinator: ZAG
EU FP6 2006 – 2009
GRAFFITAGE
Development of a new antigraffiti system, based on traditional concepts, preventing damage of architectural heritage concepts
Coordinator: Fundación Labein (Spain), ZAG partner
EU FP6 2005 – 2008
PETROSCOPE
An optical analyser for construction aggregates and rocks
Coordinator: Petromodel Ltd (Iceland), ZAG partner
EUREKA E!2569 2001 – 2005
TEAM
Testing and assessment of marble and limestone
Coordinator: SP Swedish National Testing and Research Institute (Sweden), ZAG partner
EU FP5-GROWTH 2000 – 2005
The revitalisation of the Chartusian Monastery at Žiče
Coordinator: ZAG
Culture 2000 2005 – 2006
Bilateral research projects Funds Duration
The revitalisation of metallurgical deposits and zero waste recycling with the use of recycled residues in the construction sector
SLO-AUT bilateral project in cooperation with Montanuniversität Leoben
ARRS 2018 – 2019
Use of industrial waste in the production of concrete
SLO-SRB bilateral project
ZAG in collaboration with the Institute for testing of materials-IMS Institute
ARRS 2016 – 2017
The durability of sustainable natural fibres cementitious composites in Alpine regions
SLO-AUT bilateral project
ZAG in collaboration with the Technische Universität Wien
ARRS 2016 – 2017
The new, ecologically acceptable thermal insulation mortar based on fly ash and expanded perlite
SLO-MNE bilateral project
ZAG in collaboration with the University of Montenegro Faculty of Metallurgy and Technology
ARRS 2016 – 2017
The investigation of UV inks interaction
SLO-CZE bilateral project
The University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Natural Sciences and Engineering in collaboration with the University of Pardubice, ZAG partner
ARRS 2008 – 2009
Stone cultural heritage from east Slovenia and south of the Czech republic with special emphasis on historical stone structures of quartz sandstone
SLO-CZE bilateral project
The University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Natural Sciences and Engineering in collaboration with the Masaryk University, Faculty of Science, ZAG partner
ARRS 2005 – 2006
National projects Funds Duration
J2-9196: Mass concrete – technological optimisation by advances experimental methods
Coordinator: the University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Civil and Geodetic Engineering, ZAG partner
ARRS 2018 – 2021
J2-9197: Synthesis and characterisation of alkali-activated foams based on different waste
Coordinator: ZAG
ARRS 2018 – 2021
L7-2629: Evaluation and remediation of sediments for further use in the building sector (READY4USE)
Coordinator: ZAG
ARRS, Dravske elektrarne Maribor, d. o. o. 2020 – 2023
Z1-1889: Optimisation of the electrocoagulation process for the purpose of remediation of heavily contaminated industrial and municipal wastewater
Coordinator: ZAG
ARRS, Deltaplan d.o.o. 2019 – 2021
Z1-1858: Recycling of waste titanogypsum in cement composites (TiGy CEM)
Coordinator: ZAG
ARRS 2019 – 2021
L1-9190: Influence of geotechnical fills from recycled materials on groundwater
Coordinator: ZAG
ARRS, Termit d.d., Snaga d.o.o., Hmezad-TMT d.o.o. 2018 – 2021
Contents of potentially toxic elements in soil microplastic particles from selected Slovenian urban gardens in agricultural land and effective remediation RS, MESS 2017 – 2020
Optimisation of cleaning of leaching water from landfills and preparation of building composites from the concentrate of leaching water and industrial wastes RS, MESS 2017 – 2020
J1-7148: 3D and 4D microscopy ­ development of new powerful tools in geosciences
Coordinator: ZAG
ARRS 2016 – 2018
V1-1649: In situ immobilisation of contaminated soil using innovative nanotechnology for processing and use as urban soils
Coordinator: ZAG
ARRS, MESP 2016 – 2018
J7-7100: Natural resources of karst show caves: a balance among protection, exploitation, and promotion
Coordinator: ZRC SAZU, ZAG partner
ARRS 2016 – 2018
L7-6747: In-situ remediation of polluted ground in the area of the Old Zinc-Works at Celje
Coordinator: ZAG
ARRS 2014 – 2017
L1-5453: Development of novel bioresistant and stainfree stone surfaces
Coordinator: ZAG
ARRS 2013 – 2016
L3-5501: Treatment effectiveness of fixed orthodontic appliances in correlation with surface changes of their metal parts
Coordinator: the University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Medicine, ZAG partner
ARRS 2013 – 2016
Perkmandeljc – Arrangement of the Padež lead mine as a natural geological value
Coordinator: Municipality of Laško, ZAG partner
RS, MAFF 2012 – 2013
L1-4240: Improving performance and environmentally friendly production of asphalt by optimising the addition of secondary raw materials in asphalt mixtures
Coordinator: National Insitute of Chemistry (Slovenia), ZAG partner
ARRS 2011 – 2014
L1-4311: Sediments in aquatic environments: their geochemical and mineralogical characterisation, remediation, and use as secondary raw materials
Coordinator: ZAG
ARRS 2011 – 2014
KC TIGR
Competence Center – Sustainable and Innovative Construction
Coordinator: Institute for Sustainable and Innovative Construction, ZAG partner
RS, MESS 2011 – 2013
DEDI II
The extension of the Encyclopedia of Natural and Cultural Heritage in Slovenia
Coordinator: XLAB d.o.o., ZAG partner
RS, MESS 2009 – 2010
Construction errors
Condition analysis and instruments for monitoring construction errors
Coordinator: ZAG
RS, MEDT 2008 – 2009
L2-7521: The use of new materials from the recycled industrial by-products and building rubbles in civil engineering
Coordinator: Institut Jožef Stefan, ZAG partner
ARRS 2005 – 2008
L2-6410: Research and development of materials in historical buildings
Coordinator: ZAG
RS, MEDT 2004 – 2006
Black steel slag as high-quality aggregate in road construction
Coordinator: The University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Natural Sciences and Engineering, ZAG partner
RS, MEDT 2000 – 2002
CONTACT US

Head of Laboratory:
Assist.Prof.Dr. Ana Mladenović
e-mail: ana.mladenovic@zag.si
Phone: 01 280 43 94
Mobile Phone: 041 788 407

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