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Nanostructured waterborne polymer films with outstanding properties

Objective

The development of many industrial sectors (coatings, adhesives, cosmetics and additives for paper and textiles) is limited by the inability of existing technology to produce nanostructured polymer films via a sustainable technology. The objective of this industry-led project is to make possible a generation of radically-new products by developing a technology platform to produce films with controlled nanostructure without organic solvent or residual monomer, in compliance with impending European directives on solvent emissions. The breakthrough idea is to use waterborne nanocomposite (polymer-polymer and polymer-inorganic) nanoparticles with carefully controlled structure as building blocks for the films. Nanoparticle production, processing and properties (including biocompatibility) will be studied in an integrated technology platform. Industrialists will ensure the proper scale up and product development. Among the expected breakthrough properties are good adhesion to porous substrates, increased hardness, strength and wear-resistance with low dirt pick-up, higher impermeability to liquids and gases, and greater fire resistance. The technology will offer energy savings in production and transport. To achieve this objective, work programmes will integrate the contributions of 9 EC companies (including 3 SMEs) with that of academics from 12 centres of excellence. To retain and nurture European technological excellence, the project integrates activities in training and education along with programmes to exploit and disseminate the knowledge in the wider communities. As a result of the project, European industry - especially SMEs - will benefit from the introduction of new, value-added products into a competitive world market. As an example, in coatings alone there are 2500 European companies (including 1500 SMEs), employing a total of ca. 100,000 people and making products with a value of 15.4 billion Euros.

Call for proposal

FP6-2003-NMP-NI-3
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Coordinator

UNIVERSIDAD DEL PAÍS VASCO / EUSKAL HERRIKO UNIBERTSITATEA
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Barrio Sarriena S/n
Leioa
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Participants (18)

BASF AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT
Germany
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Carl Bosch Strasse No.38
Ludwigshafen

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CELANESE EMULSIONS GMBH
Germany
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Frankfurter Str. 111
Kronberg

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CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE
France
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3, Rue Michel-ange
Paris

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CYTEC SURFACE SPECIALTIES S.A.
Belgium
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Marie Curieplein 11
Brussels

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ECOLE POLYTECHNIQUE FÉDÉRALE DE LAUSANNE
Switzerland
Address
Ecublens
Lausanne

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GENTHE -X- COATINGS GMBH
Germany
Address
Im Schleeke 27-31
Goslar

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INSTITUT NATIONAL DES SCIENCES APPLIQUÉES DE LYON
France
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20, Avenue Albert Einstein
Villeurbanne

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L'OREAL S.A.
France
Address
14 Rue Royale
Paris

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NUPLEX RESINS B.V.
Netherlands
Address
Synthesebaan 1
Bergen Op Zoom

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QUIMICA EUROPEA DE RESINAS S.A.
Spain
Address
Ctra Nacional 111 Logroño-pamplona Km 2
Oyon

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TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITÄT CLAUSTHAL
Germany
Address
Adolph-roemer-strasse 2a
Clausthal-zellerfeld

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THE CHANCELLOR, MASTERS AND SCHOLARS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE
United Kingdom
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The Old Schools, Trinity Lane
Cambridge

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THE UNIVERSITY OF BATH
United Kingdom
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Claverton Down
Bath

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THE UNIVERSITY OF SURREY
United Kingdom
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Guildford

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UNIVERSITY OF SHEFFIELD
United Kingdom
Address
Western Bank
Sheffield

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UNIVERSITÄT ULM
Germany
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Albert-einstein-allee 11
Ulm

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WACKER CHEMIE AG
Germany
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Hanns-seidel-platz 4
Munich

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YKI, YTKEMISKA INSTITUTET AB
Sweden
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Drottning Kristinas Vaeg 45
Stockholm

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