„Nanochemistry Solutions in Technical Lubricants Additive Improvements“

Project resume:

The main objective of the project is to develop a line of iron oxide based lubricant additives. Two promising nanoparticles have been synthesized in this area through the recently completed BlowUp project funded by the EIT RawMaterials Fund (part of Horizon 2020). In the BlowUp project, the iron oxide nanoparticles in form of cubes have shown excellent potential as the lubricant additive as indicated by the new LubriCAD logo above. The LubriCAD project will work mostly on the problematic of their stable dispersions.

Two international partners from this project will continue to support the PMF through expertise and co-financing the project by valuable highly sophisticated measurements. Specifically, support relates to TEM analysis of nanoparticles, liquid fluorescence particle size analysis, X-ray diffractometry (Italian National Scientific Council), nanotribological measurements on a state-of-the-art tribometer, and Raman spectroscopy (Salerno University).

Co-financing from the economy comes from the domestic lubricant factory „Tehnosint“. The main benefit of developing this type of additive would be the reduction of energy use in lubrication-requiring devices, which can achieve energy savings of over 40%. In Republika Srpska, this is especially important in the forestry and mining industries which use thousands of tons of lubricants. So far, international research is based on tests of copper or cobalt particles, more expensive metals whose accumulation in the environment carries health hazards, unlike iron oxide nanoparticles that will be developed through the presented project, which are non-toxic.

The largest part of the budget will be related to the procurement of the infrared spectrometer for the purpose of daily sample analysis, and the project will support the young researchers for few months in order to give them realistic experience in the scientific research in nanochemistry which is the scientific field in rise currently in Republic of Srpska.

Project news:

Project team:



Suzana Gotovac Atlagić Coordinator
University of Banja Luka Faculty of Science
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Vladimiro Dal Santo, Expert
CNR – Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche ISTM – Istituto di Scienze e Tecnologie Molecolari


Adolfo Senatore, Expert
Università degli Studi di Salerno, Dipartimento di Ingegneria Industriale


Milica Balaban, Expert
University of Banja Luka, Faculty of Science


Ljiljana Tankosić, Collaborate
University of Banja Luka, Faculty of Mining


Sanja Pržulj, Collaborate
University of Banja Luka, Faculty of Science


Ivana Petrović, young researcher
University of Banja Luka
Faculty of Technology, master student


Sunčica Sukur, young researcher
University of Banja Luka
Faculty of Science, student


University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain
Visiting Researcher, PhD Student



Ministry for scientific-technological development, higher education and information society of Republic of Srpska:

Blow Up project EIT RawMaterials

Tehnosint company

Fourier Transformed Infrared Spectrophotometer