Assoc.Prof. Dr. Lucia Knapčíková, Ing.Paed.IGIP

Title: Material Efficiency and 3R Objectives for Sustainable Industry Applications


Lucia Knapčíková works at the Department of Industrial Engineering and Informatics at the Faculty of Manufacturing Technologies (FMT) of Technical University of Košice. In 2017 she completed her Habilitation for Associate Professor at the FMT in the field “Manufacturing Technologies”. In 2011 she completed her Ph.D. study at the above mentioned Faculty. Assoc. Prof. Knapčíková, Ph.D., is the author more than 170 scientific papers in Slovakia and abroad and she is author of 6 utility models.  She participated in several international research projects, mainly in Germany. Most important project is H2020 Less Than Wagon Load (Project duration 2017-2020) in collaboration with Belgium, Germany, Netherland, Italy and Slovakia, where she´s position is Faculty project coordinator. Project has the objective to develop a SMART specialised logistics cluster for the chemical industry in the Port of Antwerp in order to shift transport volumes from road to rail freight.  Actually, she participated on project BRIDGE2ERA with collaboration of Technical University of Applied Sciences in Wildau (TH Wildau), Germany. She lectured at the universities in the Germany (TH Wildau), Czech Republic (TU Liberec) and Croatia (J.J. Strossmayer University of Osijek, Mechanical Engineering Faculty in Slavonski Brod). Her area of interest includes SMART technologies, SMART materials, applications possibilities directly in the industry. 

In the year 2018 she was awarded in the category “Personality of Science and Technology under 35 years“. The Ministry of Education, Science, Research and Sport of the Slovak Republic, in support of the development of science and technology and the recognition of the exceptional achievements in this field, awarded the Science and Technology Awards – the highest award in science and technology, for the year 2018.

She is member of European Alliance for Innovation, Belgium (, TEAM Society in Croatia. She is active member in the Editorial Board of Acta Logistica and Acta Tecnología Journals (Slovakia), SAR Journal (Serbia). She is Guest Editor for Special Issues in the Wireless Networks journal (IF 2,405), since 2017. From 1st of October 2019 she works as faculty coordinator for Erasmus + (KA107). Lucia Knapcikova is responsible person for organizing of International conferences under EAI organization- Conference on Management of Manufacturing Systems 2020 and previously MMS2019, MMS2018, MMS2017, MMS2016.


It has long been a challenge for us to contribute to waste reduction. That is why we have been dealing with the idea of ​​using waste windscreen foil for the production of sustainable materials for several years. Our “environmental friendly” 3R (Reduce-Recover-Recycle) composite materials for the customized industry represent a considerate environmental solution and are an excellent example of our comprehensive thinking. Application of the recycled materials into the industry depends on the customer’s interaction with the final product manufacturing process. The priority is to respect customer requirements directly on the production line. In their manufacture, recycled polyvinyl butyral (PVB) is used, which comes from the windscreen recycling process and reinforces are the high strength fabrics. Smart materials can be divided into two areas: load-bearing materials that ensure the rigidity and strength of the structure and at the same time impact protection, and materials providing certain active functions, especially process control, information transfer, servo drive, efficient conversion, energy storage, etc. Ideally, several functions are combined in one component using “smart materials”. The advantage of materials is that they minimize the environmental impact and contribute to raising awareness of the usefulness of this future commodity.

Keywords: Smart, Intelligent, Waste Material, PVB, industry.


Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Michael Herzog

Title: Future of Plastics


In many countries Plastic production is growing and is an important economic factor and represents the accession of wealth. The broad spectrum of optimized properties of plastics used in industrial and consumer goods. In many cases, these materials are difficult to replace. However, too much plastic waste ends up in the environment at the end of its life cycle. Especially for short circulating packaging materials the public acceptance is declining during the last decades. To make matters worse microplastics has been detected in virtually all environmental compartments. The aim of contemporary research is develop new competencies, methods and products for the circular plastics industry. The basic idea is simple: to minimize the extraction of fossil resources, minimize end-of-life losses, and at the same time enable real recycling. But the change from today’s largely linear global system to an efficient recycling economy requires systemic, technical and social innovations. Collection, separation and recycling technologies need to be enhanced to avoid downcycling. Where the release of microplastics is unavoidable, for example due to weathering and abrasion, or not feasible for reasons of resource efficiency, it must be ensured that they can rapidly degrade in the environment.

Keywords: Circular Economy, Recycling, Sustainability


Education (degrees, dates, universities)

1984-1989 Study of Chemistry, University Jena

Diplom-Chemiker 1989 University Jena

1993-1995 Ph.D. Student University Jena

Dr. rer. nat. 1995 University Jena

Career/Employment (employers, positions and dates)

Academy of science of GDR, Institute of chemical technology, research associate, 1989-1991 

University Tübingen, Institute of physical chemistry, scientific exchange programme, 1992

University Jena, Institute of physical chemistry, doctorand, 1993-1995 

University Jena, Institute of physical chemistry, research associate, 1995

Sheffield Hallam University, Materials research Institute, postdoctoral research fellow 1996-1997

WTTC Berlin, project leader, 1998-2002

Technical University Cottbus, scientific officer, 2003

FIRM e.V. Königs Wusterhausen, scientific officer, 2004

Technical University of Applied Sciences Wildau, Project coordinator 2005 – 2010

Technical University of Applied Sciences Wildau, Professor Materials Technology and Analytics 2011- present

Technical University of Applied Sciences Wildau, Professor Polymer High Performance Materials 2016- present


Main field

Materials science, polymers, high-performance materials, circular economy

Other fields

Technology transfer 

Current research interest

Plastics for the future, renewable resources

Honours, Awards, Fellowships, Membership of Professional Societies

Grant within the Scientific Exchange Program of Verband der Chemischen Industry 1992

Dissertation grant of Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung 1993-1995

Post Doc grant of Verband der Chemischen Industry 1996/97

Promotionspreis of University Jena 1996

Technology transfer Preis Brandenburg 2008

Honorary Professor University of Chemical Technology and Metallurgy Sofia (Bulgaria) 2016

Seifriz-Preis, Karlsruhe 2017, 

Visiting Professor Dedan Kimathy University of Technology Nyeri (Kenya) 2019