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To develop a scratch resistance coating using a molecular self assembly nanotechnology for plastic products

Objective

The project aims to develop a novel high performance scratch resistant coating technology for plastic pieces at a low cost using an environmental friendly and tailor-made process, over a broad range of plastic materials. These coated plastics can substitute weighty materials, as metallic or glassy components, and high cost engineering plastic materials. The new coating technology to develop is based on self assembly nanotechnology. Nowadays, plastic materials present limited scratch and mar resistance when compared with materials as ceramics, glass or metals. After a short period of use, plastic parts surface is damaged and aesthetically defects appear (blisters, cracks, scratches…). Scratches can be an ideal breeding ground for bacteria, reducing the hygienic properties of plastics materials. These negative properties limit the usability of these materials in a broad range of applications and leading companies are making constant efforts to overcome this problem. NANOSCRATCH approach will provide a novel technology based on the facts that the surface of certain plastics can be modified through a mild oxidation and chemical functionalization process, using self-assembled molecules. This new technique will provide an effective bond between the plastic surface and the nanoparticle coating, due to a highly cross-linked network formed at the surface, avoiding the traditional adhesion problems of coatings applied onto plastics, due to its low polarity, while maintaining the aspect of the original part. The new technique involves three steps: mild oxidation, self-assembly and co-deposition of nanoparticles. Among the main potential applications, the project will focus on high scratch resistance plastic pieces for the automotive industry and white-goods appliances manufacture in order to replace weighty, expensive and non-recyclable Engineering Thermoplastics and glass by PP filled grades, transparent plastics (mainly PC) and ABS

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/materials engineering/coating and films
  • /engineering and technology/materials engineering/ceramics
  • /engineering and technology/nanotechnology
  • /natural sciences/chemical sciences/electrochemistry/electrolysis
  • /natural sciences/chemical sciences/inorganic chemistry/metals

Call for proposal

FP7-SME-2008-1
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Funding Scheme

BSG-SME - Research for SMEs

Coordinator

AIMPLAS - ASOCIACION DE INVESTIGACION DE MATERIALES PLASTICOS Y CONEXAS
Address
Calle Gustave Eiffel 4 Parque Tecnologico De Paterna
46980 Paterna Valencia
Spain
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 11 583
Administrative Contact
Valentin Polo Ramirez (Mr.)

Participants (9)

AVANZARE INNOVACION TECNOLOGICA SL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 153 462,43
Address
Avenida Lentiscares 4 6
26370 Navarrete
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Julio Gomez (Dr.)
POLYRAZ PLASTICS INDUSTRIES
Israel
EU contribution
€ 85 265,24
Address
Kibbutz Maoz Haim
10845 Maoz Haim
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Gal Segev (Mr.)
INEA INFORMATIZACIJA ENERGETIKA AVTOMATIZACIJA DOO
Slovenia
EU contribution
€ 89 158,29
Address
Stegne 11
1000 Ljubljana
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Igor Steiner (Mr.)
AKUMPLAST AD
Bulgaria
EU contribution
€ 114 678,37
Address
Ulica P Atanasov 20
9300 Dobrich
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Desislava Stojanova (Ms.)
TECHNOPLAST PROTOTYPING IPARI ES KERESKEDELMI KFT
Hungary
EU contribution
€ 109 089,37
Address
Vasgyari Utca 43
3540 Miskolc
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Peter Zai (Mr.)
FAURECIA INTERIOR SYSTEMS SALC ESPANA S.L.
Spain
EU contribution
€ 22 395,60
Address
Autovia A-3 Madrid-valencia Km 344,5
46930 Quart De Poblet
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Joaquin Martin Perez (Mr.)
BSH ELECTRODOMESTICOS ESPANA SA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 31 021,50
Address
Ronda Canal Imperial De Aragon Num 18 Parque Empresarial Pla-za
50197 Zaragoza
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Carlos Donaire (Mr.)
INSTITUTO DE TECNOLOGIAS QUIMICAS EMERGENTES DE LA RIOJA ASOCIACION
Spain
EU contribution
€ 2 159,77
Address
Calle San Francisco 11
26370 Navarrete La Rioja
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Andres Perez (Dr.)
SZECHENYI ISTVAN UNIVERSITY
Hungary
EU contribution
€ 2 112,48
Address
Egyetem Ter 1
9026 Gyor
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Gabor Dogossy (Mr.)