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Design and develop a new generation of color PVD coatings for decorative applications

Objective

We all like aesthetical pleasant colors in our every day products: kitchen and bath accessories; domestic appliances; architectural, nautical or automotive fittings; electronics components; jewelry; medical devices. In fact color coatings are present in most everyday products. PVD is one of the most promising coating processes offering brilliant and decorative finishes, superior hardness and wear resistance and lack of environmental concerns. Unfortunately PVD processes lack of reliability and high costs limit the use of PVD technologies to uncolored coatings, expensive components or large series.
In Nano4Color we will develop a new strategy for the production of PVD hard decorative coatings based on nanocomposite coatings consisting of a dielectric matrix with imbibed metallic nanoclusters. Nano4color will work with two hybrid technologies; RMS/Cluster Gun and RMS/HIPISM to produce nanocomposite coatings that yield tailored optical properties with a single metal/metal oxide system.
Our approach will allow overcoming the last barrier associated to the use of PVD coatings with a single composition color tailored solution resulting in greater freedom for color generation; including green and red tones. In addition we intend to design new industrial coating process, which are more reliable and cost effective.
Nano4Color aims at making affordable PVD coatings for the production of everyday appliances while providing an extended color palette, increased wear resistance and lower toxic emissions. Nano4Color is expected to have a big impact on the 18,000 European SMEs working on decorative coatings with an estimated value of €11,350 M. These innovations will benefit the overall surface treatment sector by reducing production costs, increasing commercial margins and addressing industrial legislations. Furthermore these advantages will also benefit the industrial manufacturers who will be able to offer more pleasant products with lower costs and environmental emissions.

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/materials engineering/coating and films
  • /engineering and technology/materials engineering/colors

Call for proposal

FP7-SME-2012
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Funding Scheme

BSG-SME - Research for SMEs

Coordinator

TECNOLOGIA ENGENHARIA E MATERIAIS SA
Address
Parque Industrial De Taveiro 41-42
3045-504 Taveiro Coimbra
Portugal
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 296 838
Administrative Contact
Ricardo Alexandre (Mr.)

Participants (7)

PVDCO SARL
France
EU contribution
€ 232 812
Address
Rue Du Haut Buisson Zi Sud
54120 Baccarat
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Frederic Perry (Mr.)
KCS EUROPE GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 204 247
Address
Am Handwerkerzentrum 1
52156 Monschau
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Rainer Cremer (Dr.)
TECNOLOGIAS AVANZADAS INSPIRALIA SL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 13 992
Address
Calle Miguel Villanueva 2 6 Piso Puerta 3
26001 Logrono
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Alfredo Sanchez (Mr.)
INSTITUTO PEDRO NUNES ASSOCIACAO PARA A INOVACAO E DESENVOLVIMENTO EM CIENCIA E TECNOLOGIA
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 10 500
Address
Rua Pedro Nunes
3030-199 Coimbra
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Teresa Mendes (Ms.)
UPPSALA UNIVERSITET
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 4 800
Address
Von Kraemers Alle 4
751 05 Uppsala
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Marianne Asplund (Mrs.)
ALLIANCE CONCEPT SARL
France
EU contribution
€ 124 747
Address
Avenue Du Pont De Tasset 4
74960 Cran Gevrier
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Gilles Veyrat (Mr.)
ALEA INNOVACIONES TECNOLOGICAS, SL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 142 064
Address
Calle Sanchis Albella 4 1 A
12001 Burriana Castellon
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Lidon Gines Camahort (Mrs.)