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Jožef Stefan
Postgraduate School

Jamova 39
SI-1000 Ljubljana

Phone: +386 1 477 31 00
Fax: +386 1 477 31 10


Course Description

Materials and Ecology


Ecotechnologies, third-level study programme


doc. dr. Srečo Davor Škapin


Students shall become acquainted with various types of traditional and modern materials from the standpoint of their physical and chemical properties, their production, use, and their role in ecology. On this basis, they shall be prepared for research and applied work in this area.


1. Overview of materials from the viewpoint of structure and microstructure which reflect in the physical properties of materials

2. Environmental impact of materials:
- ecologically questionable materials and their alternatives
- ecologically questionable production of materials and its alternatives
- technological processes involving the minimum consumption of energy
- recycling of waste materials and by-products

3. Use of materials in ecology with emphasis on understanding the relations between structure-physical properties-use in:
- pollution control
- pollution reduction
- protection against pollution
- generation of ecologically sound sources of energy.

Course literature:

• D. R. Askeland. The Science and Engineering of Materials. Cheltenham: Stanley Thornes (1998), 854 p., ISBN 0-74874083-X

• C. H. Snyder. The Extraordinary Chemistry of Ordinary Things. New York: John Wiley&Sons (1997), 656 p., ISBN 0471-41575-8

• T. A. Ring. Fundamentals of Ceramic Powder Processing and Synthesis. San Diego: Academic Press (1996), 961 p., ISBN 0-12-588930-5

• S. D. Stookey. Explorations in Glass. Westerville: Am. Ceram. Soc. (2000), 75 p., ISBN 1-57498-124-2

• A. Boyd, S. Mindess, and J. Skalny. Materials Science of Concrete: Cement and Concrete - Trends and Challenges, Westerville: Am. Ceram. Soc. (2002), 583 p., ISBN 1-57498-069-6

• Selected scientific literature

Significant publications and references:

LOGAR, Manca, JANČAR, Boštjan, SUVOROV, Danilo, KOSTANJŠEK, Rok. In situ synthesis of Ag nanoparticles in polyelectrolyte multilayers. Nanotechnology (Bristol), 2007, vol. 18, 325601-1-32506-7.

MAČEK, Marjeta, MEDEN, Anton, SUVOROV, Danilo. The correlation between the structure and the dielectric properties of KxBa (1-x)Ga(2-x)Ge(2+x)O8 ceramics. J. Eur. Ceram. Soc., 2007, vol. 27, issues 8-9, 2957-2961.

JANČAR, Boštjan, SUVOROV, Danilo. The influence of hydrothermal-reaction parameters on the formation of chrysotile nanotubes. Nanotechnology (Bristol), 2006, vol. 17, 25-29.

PIRNAT, Urša, VALANT, Matjaž, JANČAR, Boštjan, SUVOROV, Danilo. Formation characteristics of the commensurate fluorite-type B2O3-Nb2O5 solid solution. Chem. mater., 2005, vol. 17, str. 5155-5160.

JANČAR, Boštjan, VALANT, Matjaž, SUVOROV, Danilo. Solid-state reactions occurring during the synthesis of CaTiO3-NdAlO3 perovskite solid solutions. Chem. mater., 2004, vol. 16, 1075-1082.

PIRNAT, Urša, SUVOROV, Danilo. Dielectric properties and phase transitions of Bi3Nb(1-x)TaxO7 fluorite-type dielectrics. J. Eur. Ceram. Soc.. [Print ed.], 2007, issues 13-15, vol. 27, 3843-3846.

HU, Xing, ŠKAPIN, Srečo D., SUVOROV, Danilo. Synthesis and characterization of aurivillius phases in the Bi-Ag-Ti-O system. J. Am. Ceram. Soc., 2007, vol. 90, no. 8, 2363-2366.

UDOVIČ, Marko, SUVOROV, Danilo. Sintering and dielectric characterization of pseudoternary compounds from the Bi2O3-TiO2-TeO2 system. J. Am. Ceram. Soc., 2007, vol. 90, no. 8, 2404-2408.


Seminar and oral exam, in which the candidate demonstrates his/her knowledge and understanding of the essential course content, and presents how this new knowledge can be included in his/her research project – in front of the course leader and postgraduate's project

Students obligations:

Seminar and oral exam.