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Extended service-life and improved properties of wood products through the use of functional nanoparticles in clear coating and adhesive systems

Objective

The long term objective of the WOODLIFE project is to provide coated and glued wood products with substantially improved durability for a more sustainable society. The project aims to develop new water-based clear coating systems for wood with improved UV-absorbing properties, and to develop new water-based thermoplastic wood adhesives with improved mechanical properties. The new coating and adhesive systems will be designed through molecular manufacturing of inorganic nanoparticles, nanoclays and composite organic-inorganic binders with predictable and controllable properties. Wood is an excellent building material with a high strength/density ratio and it is a renewable resource. For outdoor use it is, however, necessary to enhance the durability of wood materials due to the high sensitivity for UV degradation. Traditionally, organic UV-absorbers are used in clear coatings for wood, however these substances degrade upon outdoor weathering. New UV-absorbing systems for clear coats will be developed in the project based on nanoparticles of CeO2, ZnO and TiO2. With these new systems the service-life of the coated wood will be extended and the cost for maintenance and wood replacement will be decreased. If the mechanical properties of water-based thermoplastic wood adhesives such as PVAc can be improved it would be possible to use the wood products based on these systems for a longer time, leading to a more sustainable society. It would also be possible to use PVAc adhesives instead of the more expensive MUF/PRF adhesives in some load-bearing applications. Engineered nanoparticles will be developed in the project and will be introduced into wood adhesives in order to improve the properties of wood-adhesive joints. The nanoparticles and nanoclays that will be developed in the project will either be added directly to water-based systems or incorporated in hybrid binders in order to improve the dispersion of the nanoparticles and to improve storage stability.

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/materials engineering/paper and wood
  • /social sciences/economics and business/economics/sustainable economy
  • /engineering and technology/materials engineering/coating and films

Call for proposal

FP7-NMP-2009-SMALL-3
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Funding Scheme

CP-FP - Small or medium-scale focused research project

Coordinator

RISE RESEARCH INSTITUTES OF SWEDEN AB
Address
Brinellgatan 4
501 15 Boras
Sweden
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 347 907
Administrative Contact
Marie Sjöberg (Dr.)

Participants (12)

SIRRIS HET COLLECTIEF CENTRUM VAN DE TECHNOLOGISCHE INDUSTRIE
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 225 182
Address
Boulevard Auguste Reyers 80
1030 Bruxelles
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
André Rahier (Mr.)
UNIVERSIDAD DEL PAIS VASCO/ EUSKAL HERRIKO UNIBERTSITATEA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 466 722
Address
Barrio Sarriena S N
48940 Leioa
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Ione Isasa (Ms.)
THE PAINT RESEARCH ASSOCIATION LIMITED BY GUARANTEE

Participation ended

United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 107 955,20
Address
Castle Mews 14 High Street
TW12 2NP Hampton
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Peter Collins (Mr.)
YKI, YTKEMISKA INSTITUTET AB

Participation ended

Sweden
EU contribution
€ 565 006
Address
Drottning Kristinas Vaeg 45
11486 Stockholm
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Marie Sjöberg (Dr.)
AKZO NOBEL HILDEN GMBH

Participation ended

Germany
EU contribution
€ 66 666
Address
Dusseldorfer Strasse 96-100
40721 Hilden
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Thomas Bernhofer (Mr.)
CASCO ADHESIVES AB
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 51 378
Address
Sickla Industrivag 6 Nacka
10061 Stockholm
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Erik Ronne (Dr.)
ENERGENICS EUROPE LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 131 526
Address
Woodstock Road Begbroke Hill Begbroke Science Park
OX5 1PF Begbroke Oxfordshire
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Yingqian Xu (Mr.)
LAVIOSA CHIMICA MINERARIA SPA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 94 041
Address
Via Leonardo Da Vinci 21
57123 Livorno
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Valentina Ermini (Dr.)
BYk Chemie GmbH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 92 040
Address
Abelstrasse 45
46483 Wesel
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Michael Berkei (Dr.)
Nouryon PULP AND PERFORMANCE CHEMICALS AB
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 56 607
Address
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445 80 Bohus
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Pantke Dietrich (Dr.)
AKZO NOBEL INDUSTRIAL COATINGS AB
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 23 883
Address
Staffanstorpsvagen 50
205 17 Malmo
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Filip Rickard (Mr.)
PRA TRADING LTD
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 152 485,80
Address
High Street Castle Mews 14
TW12 2NP Hampton
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Wendy Williams (Ms.)