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Toxic Free metallization process for plastic surfaces

Objective

Technological advancement has significantly transformed plating methods by introducing metal coatings on plastic substrates. Plating on plastics (PoP) has emerged as an effective solution in a wide range of applications in the automotive, aerospace and home appliances industry. There is a high preference for plating on plastic in the automotive industry, owing to its light weight, cost effectiveness and corrosion resistance. In the automotive industry, it not only adds aesthetic value but also helps in increasing fuel efficiency by reducing the overall vehicle weight.
Decorative chrome, copper and nickel plating is quite popular on various interior and exterior plastic parts such as knobs, handles, logos, emblems, trims, etc. ABS, PC, PET, Nylon, and PEEK are widely used polymers in plastic plating.
However, the current processes for PoP present some significant disadvantages related to environmental sustainability, occupational safety and quality of coatings i.e the use of hexevalent chromium in the etching process and the use of Palladium in the activation step.
FreeMe project proposes two revolutionaries approaches for the metallization of polymeric (plastic or resins) surfaces without the use of hexavalent chromium and palladium.
The first technology is based on the use of resins (e.g. epoxy-acrylate resins) with the additions of suitable nickel based precursors. This composite resin can be deposited uniformly in the surface of the plastic object either by spray deposition methods or other simple deposition methods. The nickel precursors are afterwards reduced utilizing appropriate reduction agents (e.g. NaBH4) creating the necessary nuclei for the next step of electroless deposition for the formation of the conductive layer.

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GASER OSSIDO DURO SRL
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Via Po 0027
20089 Rozzano
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Nord-Ovest Lombardia Milano
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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
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€ 0,00

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POLITECNICO DI MILANO
Italy
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Piazza Leonardo Da Vinci 32
20133 Milano

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Nord-Ovest Lombardia Milano
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CREATIVE NANO PC
Greece
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€ 490 000,00
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Leventi 4
12132 Peristeri

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SME

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Δυτικός Τομέας Αθηνών Aττική Αττική
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€ 0,00
ARISTOTELIO PANEPISTIMIO THESSALONIKIS
Greece
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€ 364 375,00
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Kedea Building, Tritis Septemvriou, Aristotle Univ Campus
54636 Thessaloniki

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Θεσσαλονίκη Κεντρική Μακεδονία Βόρεια Ελλάδα
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IDENER RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT AGRUPACION DE INTERES ECONOMICO
Spain
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€ 512 500,00
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Calle Early Ovington 24-8
41300 La Rinconada Sevilla

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Andalucía Sevilla
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Research Organisations
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IRIS TECHNOLOGY SOLUTIONS, SOCIEDAD LIMITADA
Spain
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€ 345 500,00
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Carretera D Esplugues 39 41
08940 Cornella De Llobregat

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Este Cataluña Barcelona
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UNIVERSIDAD DE BURGOS
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Hospital Del Rey
09001 Burgos

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Castilla y León Burgos
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EXELISIS IKE
Greece
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€ 368 500,00
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Skra 12 & Dekeleias 215
143 42 Nea Filadelfeia

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The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

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Κεντρικός Τομέας Αθηνών Aττική Αττική
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INNOVACION Y CONSULTING TECNOLOGICO DE LEVANTE, S.L.
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Ronda Narciso Monturiol, 6 - Centro Empresarial Destro, Edificio B, Local 112b
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Este Comunitat Valenciana Valencia/València
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CENTRO RICERCHE FIAT SCPA
Italy
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Strada Torino 50
10043 Orbassano

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Nord-Ovest Piemonte Torino
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ARCELIK A.S.
Turkey
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€ 263 250,00
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Karaagac, Sutluce Beyoglu Cad. No:2-6
34445 Istanbul

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İstanbul İstanbul İstanbul
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ISRAEL AEROSPACE INDUSTRIES LTD.
Israel
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€ 327 280,00
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Ben Gurion International Airport
70100 Lod

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