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Novel Self-cleaning, anti-bacterial coatings, preventing disease transmission on everyday touched surfaces

Objective

Hygiene/antimicrobial issues in public places (hospitals, schools, hotels, public transportation etc) are of crucial importance as inattention could lead to spread of viral diseases or epidemics and consequently to deaths. A typical example is that of hospital acquired infections (HAI). According to The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) in the EU, about 3,000,000 are infected annually with HAI and about 25,000 patients die from this. Such infections also bring extra healthcare costs and annual productivity losses of at least €1.5 billion. It is estimated that 15% of these infections is due to transmission through inanimate objects. Although sanitization and disinfection of surfaces using chemical liquids as chlorine or alcohol is a common practice to prevent transmission of diseases, many times such procedures are skipped, skimped or in the case of public transportation not practically feasible.
There exists a great need for anti-bacterial/viral surfaces to reduce the spread of diseases. The SMEs of the consortium having identified this need propose the solution of self-cleaning, antibacterial electrolytic coatings of high aesthetics and durability. These composite coatings will consist of Sn-Ni matrix with doped TiO2 nanoparticles as a reinforcing mean. Doped-TiO2 nanoparticles having the ability to absorb visible light can be activated indoors and thus present enhanced photocatalytic activity.
The incorporation of these doped-TiO2 nanoparticles in the Sn-Ni matrix will have as a result the self-cleaning and antibacterial properties. Of crucial importance is the percentage of the incorporated nanoparticles. In order to increase the co-deposition rate and consequently the photocatalytic activity, pulse current plating will be utilized. With this method higher co-deposition rate of nanoparticles can be achieved compared to the conventional direct current plating.
These kind of coating will be able to operate under indoor light irradiation and can be applied to common touched objects (knobs, taps, handles) reducing the risk of infection’s transmission by 50-100%.

Call for proposal

FP7-SME-2012
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ETHNICON METSOVION POLYTECHNION
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Heroon Polytechniou 9 Zographou Campus
157 80 Athina
Greece

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Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Georgia Mertzelou (Ms.)
EU contribution
€ 36 096

Participants (9)

ELPLATEK AS AF 1995
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 321 060,26
Address
Bybjergvej 7
3060 Espergaerde

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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Jan Boye Rasmussen (Mr.)
KAMPAKAS METALLOURGIKI TECHNIKI EMPORIKI KAI VIOMICHANIKI AE
Greece
EU contribution
€ 316 001,69
Address
Anatolikis Thrakis 2
16122 Kaisariani

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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Nikolaos Kampakas (Mr.)
RISE RESEARCH INSTITUTES OF SWEDEN AB
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 29 260
Address
Brinellgatan 4
501 15 Boras

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Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Peter Leisner (Dr.)
TEKNISKA HOGSKOLAN I JONKOPING AB
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 28 000
Address
Po Box 1026
551 11 Jonkoping

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Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Sandra Dahlman (Mrs.)
INSTITUTTET FOR PRODUKTUDVIKLING - IPU
Denmark
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€ 40 726,20
Address
Produktionstorvet 425
2800 Kongens Lyngby

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Other
Administrative Contact
Anette Alsted Rasmussen (Dr.)
ETHNIKO KENTRO EREVNAS KAI TECHNOLOGIKIS ANAPTYXIS
Greece
EU contribution
€ 16 000
Address
Charilaou Thermi Road 6 Km
57001 Thermi Thessaloniki

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Administrative Contact
Elias Houstis (Prof.)
KENTRO EREVNAS TECHNOLOGIAS KAI ANAPTYXIS THESSALIAS

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Greece
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Technologiko Parko A Vipe
38500 Volos

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Administrative Contact
Elias Houstis (Prof.)
METROPOLITIKO THERAPEFTIRIO PERSEYSYGEIONOMIKIS MERIMNAS
Greece
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€ 29 423,08
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Ethn. Makariou 9 & El. Venizelou 1
18547 Athina

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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Sergios Stamboulous (Mr.)
NADICO TECHNOLOGIE GMBH
Germany
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€ 322 432,77
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Haus Gravener Strasse 155
40764 Langenfeld

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Administrative Contact
Axel Schiemann (Mr.)