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Development of new hard decorative coatings based on transition metal oxynitrides

Objective

The project aims at the development of new functional coatings for decorative and micro-optoelectronics applications. The coatings based on transition metals oxynitrides will be deposited by Physical Vapour Deposition techniques. The idea is to combine the excellent mechanical properties of the nitrides with specific optical characteristics (colours) of the oxides. By tuning the deposition conditions, one can obtain coatings with compositions varying from oxides to nitrides, thus exploring the vast spectrum of their optical and mechanical properties. The main technical deliverable will be a clean coating deposition process that is cost-competitive as compared to traditional electroplating methods. The use of plasma-based technology is resource efficient and reduces the environmental impact, resulting in the "greening" of industry. During this project, new materials will be elaborated, characterised and their applications will be tested on an industrial scale. The oxynitride coatings will meet consumer demands because of their safety and extended lifetime. The project contributes to the development of knowledge about a novel class of materials. A better understanding of the fundamental properties of transition metal oxynitrides will be required to get insight i nto material's functionality. The consortium of 12 partners (6 research institutes and 6 industrial partners) from 5 European countries will bring together the critical mass of resources and competencies for this project. The role of the industrial partner s is to approve and implement the main project deliverables. The following widespread technology transfer aims at reinforcing the leading position of Europe in the decorative market and to improve its global competitiveness. The expected substitution of de corative electroplating surface treatments by a clean production process, resulting from the project, will contribute to environment protection, improvements of working and living conditions.'

Call for proposal

FP6-2002-NMP-1
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Funding Scheme

STREP - Specific Targeted Research Project

Coordinator

ECOLE NATIONALE SUPERIEURE DE MECANIQUE ET DES MICROTECHNIQUES DE BESANCON
Address
26 Chemin De L'epitaphe
Besancon
France

Participants (12)

HAUTE ECOLE NEUCHATELOISE
Switzerland
Address
Espacite 1
La Chaux-de-fonds
FORSCHUNGSINSTITUT FUER EDELMETALLE UND METALLCHEMIE
Germany
Address
Katharinenstrasse 17
Schwaebisch Gmuend
UNIVERSITE DE FRANCHE-COMTE
France
Address
Rue Claude Goudimel 1
Besancon
FACULDADE DE CIENCIAS E TECNOLOGIA DA UNIVERSIDADE DE COIMBRA
Portugal
Address
Colegio De S. Jeronimo, Largo D. Dinis
Coimbra
UNIVERSIDADE DO MINHO
Portugal
Address
The Rectory, Largo Do Paco
Braga
PVDCO SARL
France
Address
10 Rue Erckmann Chatrian
Nancy
ALLIANCE CONCEPT SARL
France
Address
4 Avenue Pont De Tasset
Cran Gevrier
NBS TECHNOLOGIES SAS
France
Address
Lieudit Villevieille Lot 45
Rousset
TEER COATINGS LIMITED
United Kingdom
Address
West Stone House, West Stone Berry Hill Industrial Estate
Droitwich-worcestershire
JADO IBERIA PRODUTOS METALURGICOS SA
Portugal
Address
Nogueira, Apartado 4
Braga
MONTBLANC MONTRE SA
Switzerland
Address
Rue Des Tourelles 10
Le Locle
ALMA CONSULTING GROUP SAS
France
Address
Domaine Des Bois D'houlbec
27120 Houlbec-cocherel