Manufacturing systems

Objectives and competences

The aim of this course is to teach the students understanding of basic modern production systems integrated environmental protection in new product design. Discussed issues are complemented by a number of practical examples and excursion. Students in this course prepare seminar, with a more detailed discussion on the issues addressed.

Students will acquire the following competences:
Environmentally-friendly and economical management of modern production systems.


Required prerequisit knowledge from courses: Technical mathematics, Technical physics, Engineering chemistry.


  1. Basics of production systems
    1.1 Production line
    1.2 Production and technical operations
    1.3 Machinery and apparatus
    1.4 Techniques of measurement and regulation

  2. Materials
    2.1 Division of Materials
    metals, non-metals, composite materials
    2.2 Properties of materials
    chemical, physical, mechanical, technological
    2.3 Classical manufacturing processes
    2.4 Modern manufacturing processes
    e.g. 3D printing

  3. Basic manufacturing systems
    3.1 Metallurgical production systems
    Acquisition of base metals from ores and secondary raw materials and their further processing.
    3.2 Production systems of non-metallic materials
    Examples of cement, ceramics and glass productions.
    3.3 Rafineries and biorafineries
    Acquisition of basic chemicals and intermediates from oil and biomass as well as further acquisition of consumer products (eg. plastics, pharmaceuticals).

  4. Integrated environmental protection in manufacturing system
    4.1 Waste reduction
    4.2. Use of wastes as raw materials in other processes
    4.3 Waste management
    4.3.1 Solid waste
    4.3.2 Wastewater
    4.3.3 Waste gas

  5. New product design
    5.1 Need
    5.2 Idea
    5.3 Choice
    5.4 Production

  6. Education on-site (field trip to the factory)

Intended learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding:

Understanding of basic principles of manufacturing systems.
Knowledge of the production systems from non-renawable and renawable resources.
Knowledge of integrated environmental protection.
Knowledge of new product design.



• J. T. Black, R. A. Kohser, DeGarmo's Materials and Processes in Manufacturing, 13th Edition, 2019 E-version
• recent scientific literature (review articles)


Written exam from theory.
Public presentation and defense of seminary. 80/20

Lecturer's references

Prof. Dr. Nataša Novak Tušar, full professor for material science
Nataša Novak Tušar is a head of the Laboratory for environmental sciences and engineering at the Department for Inorganic Chemistry and Technology at the National Institute of Chemistry in Ljubljana. She is additionally employed at the University of Nova Gorica as full professor and director of doctoral programme Materials at Postgraduate School. Her current research focuses on development of new catalysts for improving manufacturing systems for environmental technologies (production of chemicals and fuels from biomass and purification of water and air).
Nataša Novak Tušar received faculty degree in Chemical technology in 1991 and PhD in Chemistry in 2000 from the University of Ljubljana. Before PhD she was for one year employed in industry (DINOS company for recycling wastes) and one year at Fraunhofer institute for environmental chemistry (Fraunhofer Institut für Umweltchemie und Ökotoxikologie) in Schmallenberg, Germany. She was a post PhD researcher in 2003-2004 as an EU Individual Marie Curie Fellow at synchrotron ELETTRA and University of Trieste, Italy. Between 2010 and 2015 she was additionally employed at the Centre of Excellence for Low-Carbon Technologies (CONOT) in Ljubljana. From 2015 she is a representative of Slovenia in management boards of ENMIX (European Nanoporous Materials Institute of Excellence) in EFCATS (European Federation of Catalysis Societies).

Selected bibliography:

1.DJINOVIĆ, Petar, RISTIĆ, Alenka, ŽUMBAR, Tadej, DASIREDDY, Venkata D. B. C., RANGUS, Mojca, DRAŽIĆ, Goran, POPOVA, Margarita, LIKOZAR, Blaž, ZABUKOVEC LOGAR, Nataša, NOVAK TUŠAR, Nataša. Synergistic effect of CuO nanocrystals and Cu-oxo-Fe clusters on silica support in promotion of total catalytic oxidation of toluene as a model volatile organic air pollutant. Applied catalysis. B, Environmental. July 2020, vol. 268, p. 118749.

  1. ŠULIGOJ, Andraž, ARČON, Iztok, MAZAJ, Matjaž, DRAŽIĆ, Goran, ARČON, Denis, COOL, Pegie, LAVRENČIČ ŠTANGAR, Urška, NOVAK TUŠAR, Nataša. Surface modified titanium dioxide using transition metals : nickel as a winning transition metal for solar light photocatalysis. Journal of materials chemistry. A, Materials for energy and sustainability, Jun. 2018, vol. 6, iss. 21, p. 9882-9892..
    IF = 9.93

  2. ŠULIGOJ, Andraž, LAVRENČIČ ŠTANGAR, Urška, RISTIĆ, Alenka, MAZAJ, Matjaž, NOVAK TUŠAR, Nataša TiO2-SiO2 Films from Organic-free Colloidal TiO2 Anatase Nanoparticles as Photocatalyst for Removal of Volatile Organic Compounds from Indoor Air, Applied Catalysis B Environmental, May 2016, vol. 184, p. 119-131,
    IF = 9.45

  3. BIRSA ČELIČ, Tadeja, GRILC, Miha, LIKOZAR, Blaž, NOVAK TUŠAR, Nataša. In situ generation of Ni nanoparticles from metal-organic framework precursors and their use for biomass hydrodeoxygenation. ChemSusChem, ISSN 1864-564X. Online izd., May 2015, vol. 8, iss. 10, p. 1703-1710.
    IF = 7.66

  4. POPOVA, Margarita, SZEGEDI, Agnes, RISTIĆ, Alenka, NOVAK TUŠAR, Nataša. Glycerol acetylation on mesoporous KIL-2 supported sulphated zirconia catalysts. Catalysis science & technology, ISSN 2044-4753, Nov. 2014, vol. 4, iss. 11, p. 3993-4000IF = 5.43

  5. POPOVA, Margarita, RISTIĆ, Alenka, LAZAR, Karoly, MAUČEC, Darja, VASSILEVA, Mihaela, NOVAK TUŠAR, Nataša. Iron-functionalized silica nanoparticles as a highly efficient adsorbent and catalyst for toluene oxidation in the gas phase. ChemCatChem, 2013, vol. 5, issue 4, p. 986-993.
    IF = 5.04

  6. NOVAK TUŠAR, Nataša, MAUČEC, Darja, RANGUS, Mojca, ARČON, Iztok, MAZAJ, Matjaž, COTMAN, Magda, PINTAR, Albin, KAUČIČ, Venčeslav. Manganese functionalized silicate nanoparticles as a fenton-type catalyst for water purification by advanced oxidation processes (AOP). Adv. funct. mater. (Print), 2012, vol. 22, issue 4, p. 820-826.
    IF = 9.77