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Standardised metrology of Nano-sTrUctuRed CoAtings with Low surface energy

Objective

There is a growing range of applications that would benefit from the use of nanostructured coatings. The functional performance of a surface is intimately linked with its structure. The ability to characterise nanostructured coatings is therefore an essential part of their future uptake. However, the ability to examine and characterise at the nano-scale is currently limited to sophisticated, time-consuming laboratory based equipment.

The standards body (ISO TC229) recognises that there are no current procedures that relate the functional performance of a surface or coating to its nanostructure, however, it is recognised that loss of the nanostructure frequently leads to a loss of performance.

The NATURAL project will develop methods that allow rapid evaluation of surfaces at the nanoscale and correlate the measured surface structure with functional performance. This step change in measurement methodology will enable new lifetime determination methods and enhance the knowledge base for providers of nanostructured coatings and surfaces to tailor their products and technologies towards the end-user needs. This will facilitate the entrance into the market place of novel nanostructured coatings with proven capability to improve properties such as fouling resistance. In order to achieve this, NATURAL will focus on the development of surface profilometry methods to allow the rapid resolution of surfaces at the nanoscale. These methods will be correlated with the physical and physico-chemical characteristics of surfaces to allow their rapid, reliable and accurate assessment. The change of the surface nano-morphology and the functional performance will be related to allow the estimation of durability and to enable the development of new methods for lifetime determination and, ultimately, prediction of in-service performance throughout the lifetime of the surface structure.

Call for proposal

FP7-NMP-2012-SME-6
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Coordinator

TWI LIMITED
Address
Granta Park Great Abington
CB21 6AL Cambridge
United Kingdom
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 521 764,50
Administrative Contact
Alicia Sanchez (Ms.)

Participants (10)

NEDERLANDSE ORGANISATIE VOOR TOEGEPAST NATUURWETENSCHAPPELIJK ONDERZOEK TNO
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 280 271
Address
Anna Van Buerenplein 1
2595 DA Den Haag
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Corne Rentrop (Dr.)
L'UREDERRA, FUNDACION PARA EL DESARROLLO TECNOLOGICO Y SOCIAL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 230 104
Address
Área Industrial Perguita C/a N°1
31210 Los Arcos
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Claudio Fernandez (Mr.)
NPL MANAGEMENT LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 250 000
Address
Hampton Road Teddington
TW11 0LW Middlesex
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Charles Clifford (Dr.)
APPLIED MATERIALS TECHNOLOGY LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 225 000
Address
Farrier Road Lydon Business Park Units 6-7
LN6 3RU Lincoln
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Iain Glass (Mr.)
SIGNALGENERIX LIMITED
Cyprus
EU contribution
€ 217 500
Address
Grigori Afxentiou 23C Mesa Geitonia
4003 Limassol
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Anastasis Kounoudes (Dr.)
GENERAL BLADE TECHNOLOGY II BV

Participation ended

Netherlands
Address
De Stek 12
1771 SP Wieringerwerf
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Ogier Gravendeel (Dr.)
SIMULACIONS OPTIQUES SL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 140 685
Address
Calle Sant Quirze P 5 Pta 91
08221 Terrassa
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Pizarro Carles (Dr.)
DANTEC DYNAMICS AS
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 218 750
Address
Tonsbakken 16-18
2740 Skovlunde
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Palle Gjelstrup (Mr.)
OCHOA MAQUINARIA SL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 132 500
Address
Calle Mayor 25
31262 Allo
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Silvia Ochoa (Ms.)
BRIGHT COMPOSITES BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 117 175,50
Address
De Stek 12
1771 SP Wieringerwerf
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Amber De Haas (Ms.)