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CONVENTION EUROPEENNE DE LA CONSTRUCTION METALLIQUE ASBL (ECCS)

Project coordinator and single point of entry (SEP). ECCS will connect the NewSkin OITB to the Steel Industry and will provide route to market services to support the deployment of high performance and functional nano-coatings in the steel industry.

Based in Brussels, ECCS, the European Convention for Constructional Steelwork, is a not-for-profit association which was set up in 1955 in parallel with the creation of the European Community for Coal and Steel. The mission of ECCS is twofold: (i) to improve the market of structural steel through research, innovation and marketing solutions, using the wide network of universities, design offices, institutional bodies and industrialists in the field of construction, (ii) to promote the use of steelwork in the construction sector by the development of standards and promotional information. It also helps to influence decision makers through the management of working committees, publications, conferences, and by active representation on European and International Committees dealing with standardisation, research and development and education.

Its membership includes 18 national associations of steelwork contractors, Technical Research Institutes, Steel Promotional Organisations, Technical Universities, Design Offices, Architectural Offices, and steel fabricators. Supporting Members are the steel producers, Paint manufacturers, Resin Producers and European Galvanizers association.

ECCS will act as project coordinator and Single Entry Point during the Open Execution. ECCS will lead the creation of the OITB New Legal Entity and the definition of its structure.

ECCS will provide route to market services and will promote the market uptake of novel KETs that will increase constructional steel competitiveness as well as providing powerful tools to meet Sustainable Development Goals.

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FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V. (FHG)

Non-profit research organisation for applied science, FHG is a holding comprising more than 70 different research institutes. It is Europe’s largest application-oriented research organization. FHG’s research efforts are geared entirely to people’s needs: health, security, communication, energy and the environment. As such, work undertaken by their researchers and developers has a significant impact on people’s lives.

FHG’s R2R Technologies department will participate in this project. The experience of this department dates back to the institute foundation in the nineties of the previous century. The department boasts of multiple laboratories as well as pilot scale coaters. The available technology was proven in various projects.

Two roll-to-roll CVD coating units will be made available for the Innovation Ecosystem:

  1. A new facility for the continuous deposition as monotomic graphene layers for the large-scale manufacturing of graphene membranes.
  2. A set of CVD continuous processes for the deposition of SiO2-like organic-inorganic hybrid materials on flexible substrates.
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GOTTFRIED WILHELM LEIBNIZ UNIVERSITAET HANNOVER (LUH)

Leibniz Universität Hannover (LUH) is a member university of the TU9 group. LUH is dedicated to research and education. Its faculties of civil engineering and mechanical engineering has currently about 5700 students and 1220 employees. The Institute of Steel Construction (IfS) and the Institute of Dynamics and Vibration Research (IDS) will be the departments of LUH, which are mainly responsible for LUHs part in the project.

About 55 researchers work in the teams of both institutes. The research interests of IfS ranges from fire/heat resistance of steel constructions to structural safety of constructions. IDS research areas cover dynamics of turbine blades, ultrasonic systems to dynamic contacts including sealing contacts. Both institutes work in close collaboration with industrial partners in the framework of collaborative projects and consultancy services.

Two LUH departments will be involved in the NewSkin OITB overseeing the following activities:

  1. Test bed for corrosion and mechanical performance of large sized bolted connections (up to M72) and steel structures
  2. Testing facility for component friction, energy efficiency and durability/wear behavior of nano-modified and coated components
  3. Model-based development and definition of friction optimized surface properties (multiscale texture and wettability)
  4. Lab environment for powder-based Intumescent coatings (IC)
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KARLSRUHER INSTITUT FUER TECHNOLOGIE (KIT)

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) Chair of Steel & Lightweight Structures Otto-Ammann-Platz 1 D-76131 Karlsruhe Germany. KIT is a public research university and one of the largest research and educational institutions in Germany. KIT was created in 2009 when the University of Karlsruhe (Universität Karlsruhe), founded in 1825 as a public research university and also known as the "Fridericiana", merged with the Karlsruhe Research Centre. KIT is one of the leading universities for engineering and the natural sciences in Europe, ranking sixth overall in citation impact.

KIT’s role in the project will be the development of test methodologies for organic and non-organic coatings including nano technology for protection of surfaces against corrosion or fire. For intumescent coatings a methodology or a testing procedure for determining the degradation and thus the remaining thermal insulation effect shall be developed. In the scope of the project, KIT will provide for the industry the access to testing bed within the open calls.

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UPPSALA UNIVERSITET (UPP)

Founded in 1477, Uppsala University is a state-owned higher education organisation. It is a comprehensive university with 9 faculties spanning from humanity, social sciences, language, medicine, pharmacy, to natural sciences and technology. The university has been consistently ranked top 100 by several well recognised international ranking systems. It has today about 4,700 academic staff (teachers and researchers) of which 716 full professors, 2300 administrative staff, 23,700 full-time master and bachelor students and 2,300 doctoral students. This project is undertaken by the Department of Engineering sciences, Uppsala University, part of the Ångström Laboratory.

The Laboratory contains most of the science and technology groups in chemistry and physics devoted tom materials and energy science and technology, which are also two of the priority areas of UU. Thin film technologies are widely used in the research carried out both at the Department and within the whole Ångstrom laboratory.Up-scaling of Physical Vapour.

Deposition coatings, development of PVD processes and materials using HiPIMS in batch and continuous processes.

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SSPA SWEDEN AB. (SSPA)

SSPA offers a wide range of maritime services, including ship design, energy optimization, finding the most effective ways to interact with other types of transportation, and conducting maritime infrastructure studies together with safety and environmental risk assessments. Decades of experience and research have placed SSPA at the forefront of consulting services and innovation. They provide sustainable, innovative and world leading theoretical and practical solutions for every need arising within the maritime field on the global market.

Responsible for evaluation of cavitation erosion and hydrodynamics effects of nano-enabled hulls, propellers, vessels components and immersed components in hydrodynamic environments.

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DUBLIN CITY UNIVERSITY (DCU)

Dublin City University is a young, dynamic and ambitious university which is ranked among the top 50 Universities worldwide (ranked 44th in QS World 'Top 50 under 50' 2017). As a research-intensive university of enterprise with a focus on translating knowledge into benefits for society and the economy, DCU is focused on areas of recognized strength to address global societal challenges. Capabilities are integrated to ensure that science and research is aligned with national and international priorities in the areas of sustainability, information technology, health technologies, and societal resilience. DCU has a strong track record of collaborating with industry and is known as the “University of Enterprise” in Ireland due to its strategic focus on developing linkages and solutions for companies. In research, with involvement in over 80 FP7 projects (29 as coordinator) in the period 2007-2013. DCU staff are involved in H2020, INTERREG, Joint Technology Initiatives, Erasmus, EU Health, EU Security, Erasmus Mundus and Leonardo da Vinci Programmes.

Within DCU, responsible researchers on the NewSkin project are based within the Advanced Processing Technology Research Centre (APT) (http://www.aptcentre.com/) and within the Water Institute (WI) (https://dcuwater.ie/).

DCU’s primary responsibilities will be the development and optimization of laser machining techniques for micro-texturing surfaces and membranes. This will include fabrication of superficial textures through localized laser texturing of metallic, ceramic and polymer materials. Applications include enhancing anti-microbial and biocompatibility of ceramic water membranes, improving fuel efficiency of automobiles by texturing automotive components, and enhancing the corrosion and cavitation resistance of pump impellers and steel propellers. DCU will also be responsible for testing novel material solutions  in pumping applications under harsh cavitation environments. It will provide one of the 9 dedicated testing facilities of the Open Innovation Test Bed. In addition, DCU will undertake LCA of the novel product coatings to assess performance: economic and environmental.  

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TECHNION - ISRAEL INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY (IIT)

Founded in 1912, IIT is Israel’s first university and its largest centre of applied research. IIT is ranked among the leading technological universities worldwide. A major source of the innovation and brainpower that drives the Israeli economy, IIT is the engine behind Israel’s renown as the iconic “Start-up Nation.” IIT people, ideas, and inventions have made, and continue to make tremendous scientific contributions in fields such as medicine, sustainable energy, computer science, water conservation, and nanotechnology. It is one of a handful of technological institutes worldwide with a medical school, facilitating the rapid development of advanced therapies and devices, from the laboratory to the patient's bedside.

IIT’s success is attributed to its unwavering commitment to excellence in education and research. The University is proud of its four Nobel laureates – Aaron Ciechanover, Avram Hershko, Dan Shechtman, and Arieh Warshel. IIT currently ties with MIT in 8th place for the number of Nobel Prize winners this century.

IIT offers degrees in all fields of science and engineering, architecture and town planning, medicine, industrial management, education, and environmental studies. It houses 18 faculties, 60 research centres and institutes, and 10 interdisciplinary research frameworks. There are 14,500 students (10,000 undergraduate and 4,500 graduate) and 550 faculty members. Since 1929, 110,000 degrees have been conferred. IIT City’s 300-acre campus sits atop Mount Carmel and encompasses 108 main buildings, with additional campuses located in Haifa and Tel Aviv.

Development of a test methodology and models to evaluate the performance of nano-enabled membranes and allow the efficient design of low energy consuming and high selective membranes for micro, nano and ultra-filtration and well as reverse osmosis systems.

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SIRRIS HET COLLECTIEF CENTRUM VAN DE TECHNOLOGISCHE INDUSTRIE (SIRRIS)

Sirris is the collective centre for and by the technological industry. We offer companies three key assets to help them remain innovative: years of experience and comprehensive expertise in a wide range of industries; high-tech testing infrastructure spread across the country; and an extensive network of partners. This way we help large and smaller players in industry make the right technological choices and achieve sustainable economic growth. The OWI-lab specialized in wind energy, performs research and provides services in particularly in condition monitoring in harsh conditions and in climate chamber testing of large components. The Sirris Coating Lab is specialized in development, modification, and deposition and testing of functional and smart coatings on industrial products in real applications and harsh environments.

In the NewSkin project, Sirris provides testing and validation solutions of nano-enabled coatings on full scale components in harsh environments including icing/di-icing cycles and accelerated temperature/humidity testing in an temperature range of -60° to +60°C and relative humidity of 2-95%RH. It will improve the icing testing capability by adding a large nozzle-spray array to produce different kinds of ice types on large scale components. . Coated and weathered (UV-aging, heat, wear, corrosion) components will be monitored and tested against their functionality and durability for icing events. A methodology will be developed to perform ice-adhesion testing on large components.

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ASOCIACIÓN DE IVESTIGATIÓN METALÚRGICA DEAL NOROESTE (AIM)

AIMEN is a non-profit private research association with more than 100 industrial members, established to increase the technological competence in the manufacturing industry, through the following activities: (i) R&D+I projects, (ii) Monitoring technology evolution, (iii) Acquire and develop emergent technologies, (iv) Promote technology innovation in the companies. The R&D+I activities can be grouped into the following research fields:

  • Materials processing with laser technologies at macro and micro-scale (laser machining, drilling, precision cutting and welding, surface engineering and nanofabrication).
  • Joining technologies and advanced forming processes. Solutions for multi material and special applications.
  • Materials Science, metallurgy, plasturgy, multimaterial systems, hybrid materials, composites and coatings.
  • Robotics and control: process monitoring, embedded systems, RT control, adaptive production machines.
  • Environmental technologies: waste management, water quality, lifecycle management.

The Laser Applications Centre of AIMEN provides facilities and expertise for R&D and validation activities in laser materials processing.

AIMEN will work in the Case Studies 3 and 4 of the project, which are related to the production of nano-enabled coatings and surfaces (Case Study 3), and the mass production processes for the manufacturing of nano-enabled surfaces and membranes (Case Study 4). In Case Study 3, AIMEN’s activities will be focused on the laser texturing of moulds and rolls for the generation of nano-textures and 3D nano-structured coatings. In the Case Study 4, the nano-structured and coated rolls manufactured in Case Study 3 will be use in roll to roll processes for the mechanical transfer of nano-structures on steel coils, wind blade strips and plastic surfaces.

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TECHNALIA RESEARCH & INNOVATION

TECNALIA is one of the largest private, independent, non-profit applied research and technology organisations in Europe. It is dedicated to transforming technology into commercial products and services that improve people’s quality of life. Through its 7 business divisions covering economic sectors of Energy, Environment, Industry, Transport, Construction, Health and ICT, TECNALIA generated business opportunities for over 4,000 clients, including more than 30 spin-off companies. TECNALIA is also a key agent in the European Research Area (ERA).

It actively participates in governing bodies of several European Technology Platforms, PPPs and JTIs (EEB, FOF, SPIRE, ARTEMIS…). TECNALIA is also a member of EARTO and of EUROTECH, linking together the most important research organisations in Europe.

TECNALIA will participate with one of the PVD-HIPIMs pilot plants, tribology, corrosion at high temperature and pressure and ageing in lab and field scale test beds. Here, TECNALIA will be in charge of the adaptation of different coatings for specific applications:

  • Solid lubricant coating and CrAlN based coatings.
  • Anti-reflective anti-soiling coatings.
  • Determination and performance of relevant lab scale artificial weathering cycle tests, real offshore ageing tests and non-destructive coating characterization techniques.

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FUNDACION PARA EL DESARROLLO Y LA INNOVACIÓN TECNOLOGICA (FUNDITEC)

The Foundation for Development and Technological Innovation (FUNDITEC), is a private not-for-profit-foundation based in Madrid and created in 2003 committed to stimulate and foster innovation and technology advancement as key propellers for economic and social promotion of our clients. On an applied research basis and hands-on approach, we develop innovative and efficient solutions for our industrial clients in advanced materials that improve their sustainability and benefit.

FUNDITEC has a matched experience on the management and development of European (FP7, H2020) and National R&D projects. The successful management of the research and technical team is backed by a track record of more than 60 research projects delivered at an international scale.

FUNDITEC will participate in the Case Study 1 under WP4, in two areas:

  • Sol-gel coatings: FUNDITEC and REAGENT will validate two hybrid sol-gel with high wear resistance, anti-corrosion release nano-coatings developed during the SoftSlide and MouldTex projects.

  • Nano-formulated organic protective coatings: FUNDITEC and HEMPEL will evaluate the barrier wear and anticorrosion properties of graphene and nano-carbon dispersions (Carbon Waters, SP Nano) for nano-enhanced water-borne polyurethane top-coats in water-borne protective systems, including both corrosion protection and fire protection.

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INSTITUTO TECNOLOGICO DE ARAGON (ITA)

ITA is a non-profit technology centre whose main objective is to promote competitiveness in the industrial sector by means of the development, acquisition, adaptation and transfer of innovative technologies. ITA offers its services with a clear market orientation, providing real and innovative solutions from its lines of research and development, which transform and accelerate the technological processes of companies or new challenges in our society. The staff is composed of 222 employees, of which 81 are women and 36 hold a PhD degree. ITA is structured into different technological areas: Materials & Components, Mechatronics & Robotics, Power Electronics, Logistics, Software Engineering and Multimedia technologies ITA will be responsible for the characterization of nano-coatings in terms of adhesion and friction for manufacturing as well as the optimization of TDM in the materials for different texturing processes.

This role includes the following major tasks:

  • Analysis and characterization of nano-enhanced coatings in terms of adhesion, friction and durability.
  • Analysis and characterization of TDM along time for mass production processes.
  • Upscaling demolding test rig and testing facilities.
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ACONDICIONAMIENTO TARRASENSE ASSOCIACION (LEITAT)

LEITAT is a Technological Centre that undertakes R&D activities in the areas of materials sciences, environment, surface treatments, biotechnologies and renewable energies with deep knowledge and experience in technological transfers to several industrial sectors. LEITAT takes part each year in many projects financed by the regional and national governments, participates in projects co-funded by the European Commission, and executes private R&D projects funded by industrial partners. LEITAT is recognized by the Spanish Government as a CIT (Centre of Technological Innovation) and is one the 5 Technology Centres that is accredited by the Regional Government of Catalonia. Finally, it is member of FEDIT (Federation of Technological Centres in Spain) and the IT Network of the Catalan Regional Government. Within NewSkin project, Surface Treatment, Material Chemistry, the Human and Environmental Health and Safety (HEHS), Robotics and the Energy Conversion & Photonics (EC&P) divisions will be involved.

Development and validation of up-scaled facilities:

  • Automated remote atmospheric pressure plasma system for surface activation of 2D and 3D objects to improve wetting and adhesion before coating/painting processes.
  • Upgraded direct atmospheric pressure plasma system for surface activation and generation of nano-roughness (1-40 nm of porous size) onto few-atomic layered graphene sheets for wastewater treatments.
  • Upgraded and automated vertical flow paint booth for developing integrated fast, reliable, environmentally-friendly, safe and cost-efficient optimization of painting/coating and drying/curing processing at process development stage in order to promote faster and reliable industrial up-scaling. It will include: consulting in the design of solutions for the development of membranes (selection of the optimal thickness, pore size and/or functionalization).
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CONFINDUSTRIA EMILIA AREA CENTRO

CONFI is the association of companies and industries born from the path of integration between Unindustria Bologna, Unindustria Ferrara and Confindustria Modena which led to the creation of a single businesses association capable of guaranteeing greater representation to a territory that represents the second Italian manufacturing centre. CONFI, whose constitutive act was officially signed on May 3rd 2017, represents and protects the Emilian more than 3200 small, medium and large enterprises located in the provinces of Bologna, Ferrara and Modena, to whom it offers the excellence and quality of services and business culture, in order to support its members in responding to the needs of the global market and the competitive scenarios of the future.

CONFI will lead WP6 (Open Calls execution), participate in Task 5.3 “Use Case 3: Batch processes to produce nano-enabled coatings and surfaces” as well as participate in creation of the innovation ecosystem (WP7) and exploitation and dissemination (WP8).

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m27 FINANCE GmbH

m27's core expertise is preparing the best possible structuring proposal and optimised financing plan for a project and implementing the best possible concept taking into account the strategic course set. Our consulting service is characterised by productive, critical querying of the client’s project ideas. Through vigorous analysis and scrutiny, we ensure that they receive a viable, promising and financially feasible basis for the implementation of the project plans. Permanent knowledge transfer ensures that we find the best solution depending on the phase in which a company finds itself. In order to achieve this, we put together a specific mix of optimally coordinated instruments.

We ensure that customer plans are fully financed generally for the next 18-24 months, before any further financing round is required.

Since every phase in the life of a company is characterised by individual challenges and risk profiles, different investors come into question as potential financing partners depending on the phase. In addition, public financing instruments (grants, preferential loans, etc.) at national and European level constitute a very important element for the optimisation of financial needs.

The role of m27 within the project lies in the broad area of finance. m27 will help the customers of the OITB to establish their businesses or maintain their growth, by assisting in obtaining private and public funds.

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DREAM CLUSTER WATER & ENVIRONMENT

The DREAM cluster is a French competitiveness cluster that brings together key players in the fields of research and training, as well as economic stakeholders. It is now the recognized representative for the field of green technology related to water and aquatic environment as well as water cross thematic such as circular economy and digital technology. It develops tailor-made, sustainable solutions, both technical and socio-economic. The cluster supports growth and competitiveness of its SMEs through innovation, a focus on research and technology transfer.

The cluster works closely with the two other French water clusters gathering, between the three of them, 500 members including 400 companies. In addition, the water clusters are the founders of France Water Team which is a worldwide reference brand and network for water sector companies to improve their economic performances in a dynamic and growing international environment. FWT gathers 700 actors of the water sector (including 200 international exporters).

The water French clusters, involved in the case study 2, will bring their water companies network and their expertise and needs of the sector. Including all relevant stakeholders working together in the water treatment sector, the water French clusters represent an efficient way for disseminating the project outcomes to the water ecosystem.

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ASSOCIATION POUR LA PROMOTION ET LE DÉVELOPPEMENT DU PÔLE EUROPÉEN DE LA CÉRAMIQUE

The association for the development and promotion of the European ceramic centre also known as the European Cluster of Ceramics, is a competitiveness cluster specialised in ceramics and related materials and processes (decorative and technical ceramics, mineral raw materials and surface coatings/treatments). It promotes products and know-how of its members. The cluster represents 120 manufacturers, 36 laboratories and 5 RTOs from France, Portugal, Switzerland, Belgium, Italy, and Germany.

The cluster is also a part of other associations including Groupement Français de la Céramique (French learned society about ceramics), and Cerame-Unie (with membership drawn from national ceramics associations across Europe). Furthermore, the European Ceramic Cluster actively participates and influences the regional roadmap on advanced materials.

The cluster's strategy is defined around four strategical markets considered as priority by the study of economic indicators:

  • Luxury and Creation (watchmaking, jewellery, tableware, cosmetics ...).
  • Health Environment and Habitat (dental and orthopaedic prosthesis, filters, tiles, bricks...).
  • Transport and Energy (reactor nozzles, mechanical components, energy storage devices, catalysts...).
  • Ceramics for the electronics and photonics (electrical components, fuses and insulators, optical fibre, laser and light source...).

This strategy is based on two key technological domains: The factory of the future applied to ceramics (additive ceramic manufacturing processes, modelling of manufacturing processes and materials...) and surface treatments (plasma technology, vapour deposition technology…).

EUCER will lead WP7 which has to do with establishment of Innovation Ecosystem and networking for OITB sustainable and efficient operation. They will also participate in WP1, WP5, WP6 and WP8 as part of the NewSkin OITB member.

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ALPHA RLH

ALPHA - Route des Lasers & des Hyperfréquences® (ALPHA-RLH) competitiveness cluster works with companies, laboratories and technology transfer/in-service training centres in setting up, evaluating and fostering public-private funding of innovative projects. It is based on six Strategic Fields of Activity and one Cross-Disciplinary Field of Activity. The organisation is structured around two key Strategic Fields of Activity: Photonics-Lasers (laser sources and processes, optical components, instrumentation...) and Microwaves-Electronics (integrated circuits, radio communication systems, radar systems…), with the support of digital tools (Digital Solutions & the Factory of the Future Cross-Disciplinary Field of Activity), and promotes the notion of collaborative innovation in four markets (applied Strategic Fields of Activity): Health and Medical devices, Communications and Security, Aeronautics-Space and Defence, Energy and Smart Building.

The Photonics-Lasers Strategic Field of Activity covers the value chain for new industrial processes using photonics and laser-based technologies:

  • Development of new laser sources.
  • Creation of techniques and systems for developing, transporting and deflecting laser beams.
  • Research and development into processes for testing and transforming materials using laser sources.
  • Advanced photonic instrumentation:
    • digital modelling for new imaging techniques, characterisation of living elements, new types of sensors
    • innovative virtual reality concepts, smart sensors, signage systems (These technologies enable manufacturers to offer innovative industrial solutions to meet market needs).

This strategy is based on two key technological domains: The factory of the future applied to ceramics (additive ceramic manufacturing processes, modelling of manufacturing processes and materials...) and surface treatments (plasma technology, vapour deposition technology…).

In the project and as a competitiveness cluster, we will participate in the OITB in the activities of dissemination and animation. In our cluster, we have connections with SMEs, research laboratories and technology centres such as ALPHANOV that have skills and experience in the nano-texturation and in the characterisation of such materials.

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EUROPEAN DESALINATION SOCIETY (EDS)

EDS is a Europe-wide organization made up of individuals, corporations, universities, research institutes, government agencies and all concerned with desalination and membrane technologies for water treatment. EDS unites Europeans interested in promoting desalination, water reuse and water technology. EDS activities include research, applications, consulting, contracting, operation and maintenance, manufacturing, marketing, economics and legislation. EDS welcomes members from other regions outside Europe interested in furthering world-wide cooperation in the field of desalination and water reuse.

Dissemination of information through conferences, workshops, training courses, scientific journal articles. Involvement in the project Innovation Strategy and Cross Cutting activities.

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KEMICA COATINGS

With more than 30 years of experience, Kemica Coatings is a French innovating SME, founded by René Massard. Being an expert in the field of polyurethane (PU) and poly (urea-urethane)-based high performance, 100% solventfree resins applied, manually or using a machine spraying system, on concrete or steel substrate for any type of problem in the field of waterproofing, floor coating and corrosion protection, we have participated in different construction projects in more than 15 countries, on 3 continents. We own 1,100m2 of industrial layout with a resin production capacity of 7,000tons/year (on a 2-shift basis), an R&D laboratory and a workshop for the manufacturing of new electrostating spray equipment at ZA du Bois Gueslin at Mignières, France.

Test 100% solids Polyurethane coatings nano-formulated with carbon nano-particles nano-complexes (SP Nano and FUNT), with improved performance in terms of wear resistance, increased Tg and improved barrier properties.

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FLUBETECH, S.L.

Since incorporation in 2006, Flubetech has been developing, fabricating and commercialising of ceramic and functional PVD and CVD coatings. Their coatings, which provide excellent characteristics in terms of hardness, wear resistance and low-friction coefficient, are needed in in a variety of applications such as cutting and forming dies, plastic and die casting moulds, cutting tools and high productivity tools and components in general. The company utilises cutting-edge technology in PVD coatings (Magnetron Sputtering), HiPIMS (High Power Impulse Magnetron Sputtering) and HT-CVD coatings (Hot Filament-Chemical Vapour Deposition) to provide clients knowledge and state-of-the-art coatings to enhance their competitiveness and product quality.

Offer surface engineered solutions based on MS-PVD technologies including HiPIMS variants.

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SC MGM STAR CONSTRUCT SRL

MGM is a private company specialising in physical and chemical vacuum deposition, lithography technology, optical manufacturing, and construction works in civil area and R&D activities. Activities are targeted for services, manufacturing prototypes and small series based on requirements and needs of the market customers. R&D activities reflected through national and international research projects – the promoter for technology development and new products.

MGM will prepare HiPIMS nano-coated components based on functional oxides produces by reactive sputtering: 6 batches of 16 samples of photocatalytic TiO2 on glass, ceramic tiles and steel plates for the production of highly efficient and durable photo-catalytic/self-cleaning/antibacterial components. Additionally, Si, fused silica, and steel substrates will be coated for functional testing. The deposition temperature, oxygen supply, and thickness will be analysed. HiPIMS and standard reactive sputtering will be compared.

4 batches of HiPIMS DLC on Si and Ge pieces for the production of wear resistant IR coatings on lenses to be implemented in its line of manufacturing optical components. As a first stage of the project, two thicknesses of adherent DLC will be coated on 25mm diameter witness pieces.

3 batches of HfO2 for antifogging optical coatings will be deposited on Si, Ge, glass and fused silica. HfO2 coatings will be optimized to reduce intrinsic stress and to improve adhesion of the coatings.

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CARBON WATER SAS

CW is a start-up specialising in the production of graphene-based coatings, formulations and nanofluids. Established in 2017, CW is a result of over 10 years of research that yielded a breakthrough in graphene production, deposition onto surfaces or as additive. The company produces aqueous-based graphene dispersions using its new patented liquid exfoliation process and is protected by 3 patents. The company has a long history of attracting funding having been so far financed by NACO, ACI, and Techno’Start and has won several innovation awards including by JEC World, M2i and Hello Tomorrow.

CW will prepare (i) metal coated with graphene for corrosion, wear and scratch protection, (ii) graphene coated membranes for water filtration (1-100 nm).

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PULVERIT POLSKA SP.ZO.O

Pulverit Polska is a subsidiary of Pulverit Group (holding Pulverit SPA, Italy) situated at its production Plant in Tichy (Poland). The company specialises in developing, manufacturing and selling thermosetting powder coatings since 1973, and has over the years become the leading producer of powder coatings in Italy, with 11,000 tons production and €39.3 million revenue in 2014. To sustain our growth we have opened over the last decade production sites in Poland (2000) and Brazil (2010), as well as new commercial sites in Germany (2007) and Spain (2009). Currently our sales out of Italy represent 45% of our revenue. Our main product lines comprise epoxy, epoxy-polyester, polyester and polyurethane powder coatings for general metal finishing, architectural applications, household appliances and industrial vehicles. We have more than 1,500 customers, including companies like FERRARI, IVECO, INDESIT, ELECTROLUX and BTWIN.

PULV, due to its commitment to research and development has studied and realised an Intumescent Powder Coating nano-enhanced with ATH nano-coated ZHS. In addition, PULV will evaluate nano-coatings for improved corrosion and wear resistance without using Zinc. PULV will also provide samples for testing intumescent and anticorrosive properties.

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GXC COATINGS GmbH

GXC Coatings was founded in the year 2000 in Goslar/Germany and is an innovative and fast growing high-tech company for functional surface modifications. The company develops and manufactures functional coating materials based on nanotechnology (e.g. sol-gel) and apply these coatings on plastics, glass and metal surfaces. Major functionalities include anti-fog, scratch resistance, hardcoat, easy-to-clean, self-cleaning and anti-fingerprint. The quality and appearance of the surfaces coated by GXC is substantially upgraded and will remain so in the long term. GXC combines chemistry with product development and process engineering resulting in new, intelligent products that were previously unthinkable. Our customers benefit from increased security, perfect appearance, high energy efficiency, quality and user comfort. GXC is active in growth markets such as the automotive industry, electric vehicles, autonomous driving, optical sensor technology, renewable energy (e.g. solar and wind), consumer electronics, household appliances and medical technology.

Based on previous experience, GXC will build upon the sol-gel coatings developed by TECNALIA, reproduce those small-scale development results, test them and then upscale them to pre-industrial standard. Those up-scaled coatings might go through a number of alterations to make them applicable in a cost-effective way suited to later industrial needs.

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ALBANIAN UNIVERSITY CENTER (UAC)

UAC is among the first private institutions of higher education licensed in April 2004 by the Ministry of Education and Science, the Council of Ministers of the Republic of Albania and accredited by the Board of Accreditation. It enrolled its first students for the 2004-05 academic year, with the initial course of study in dentistry. Since the first year of its activity, the institution brought at the centre of academic life the support for its intellectual product and the blending of teaching and research. Now UAC has been operating for more than a decade, currently organized into three faculties: Faculty of Medical Sciences, Faculty of Applied and Economic Sciences and Faculty of Social Sciences. UAC is located in Tirana, the capital of Albania and provides the appropriate infrastructures for the development of teaching and scientific research activities. The University offers 39 study programmes in three cycles of studies across its faculties and using the European Credit Transfer System. There are 16 programmes of study in the first cycle of studies, 21 second cycle and 2 third cycle. AU has its own academic journal “OPTIME” and publishing house “AU Press”. Today AU has about 4,628 students and over 335 academic staff. AU consistently aims for higher levels of excellence, innovation, internationalization and entrepreneurship.

UAC will actively implement a Wavefront Shaping system for optimised laser lithography. By using nonlinear feedback they will compensate for distortions of the laser pulse. As an extra advantage they will use the Spatial Light Modulator to create multiple patterns in parallel.

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ALPhANOV (A-NOV)

A-NOV is a private, non-profit organization and is the Technology Centre of the French “Route des Lasers” competitiveness cluster. It provides technical resources and expertise required to fulfil R&D challenges and innovative development in photonics, optics and lasers. Located in the Bordeaux area, A-NOV employs about 40 highly skilled Researchers, Engineers and Technicians. The Technological Centre offers dedicated facilities and equipment for laser developments, implementation and characterisation. It has strong expertise in laser micromachining and processing developments, optical design and prototyping in vision, microscopy and spectroscopy, and fibre Laser sources and optical fibre components.

With a starting point of demonstrated TRL 5, A-NOV will transfer the nano-texturing by laser into existing pilot lines, which will establish the end-users as leaders in their respective sectors.

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ML ENGRAVING

ML Engraving is one of Europe's leading 3D laser engraving companies focusing on 3D laser engravings on moulds and components. ML Engraving has made a formidable evolution path, climbing the peaks of the European market and establishing itself as excellent partner for engraving and laser etching. On the side of the Service business unit, ML Engraving has an internal engineering for develop innovative machines and technologies.

ML will participate in production of nano-structure for low friction seals (WP5).

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REINTRIEB GMBH

REINTRIEB GmbH is an Austrian-German start-up in Vienna for the development of profitable cleantech. The company was founded in 2016 to develop oil-free transmissions and environmentally sustainable propulsion systems. After the initial market of maritime propulsion systems, REIN plans to expand its market into other industries in need of oil-free transmissions (such as the food industry, wind and hydro-electric energy, cranes, pharmaceutical production lines, etc.) The REIN business model is based on a licensing model, i.e. REIN develops and patents the relevant technology. The production of products with REIN technology is left to licensed industrial partners which already have the relevant product and market experience and customer base to market REIN products.

REIN prototypes and ambient transmission system will be used as demonstrators of laser systems up-scaled in the project (WP5).

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PINTURAS HEMPEL, SAU

HEM is a world-leading supplier of protective coatings to decorative, marine, container and yacht markets. HEM is present in more than 80 countries around the world. HEM has over 5,200 employees, 24 factories, 48 sales offices and more than 150 stock points located strategically around the globe. HEM has 15 R&D centres with over 250 scientists located in Europe, Asia, Middle East and USA. From these R&D centres, HEM develops new products and technologies and provides technical support to the organization around the globe.

Hempel will provide coatings with nano-particles and know-how about coatings formulation. Some of the products will be:

  • Solvent Borne: Nano-coatings
    • Avantguard based system for C5.
    • Standard system for C5.
    • Intumescent coatings.
    • Intumescent coating with nano-enabled top-coat
  • Water-Based nano-coatings:
    • Water-based protective system (for the maximum C available)
    • Water based protective system (with nano-enhanced formulated systems, top-coat)
    • Intumescent coating standard.
    • Intumescent system with nano-enabled top-coat.
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NANOFABER

NANOFABER is an innovative SME committed to the development of nano-biotechnology products and smart polymers for several advanced engineering sectors. Current products and services based on proprietary technology are:

  • Electrospun polymeric membranes for water filtration (unlimited scalable upward)
  • Graphene and graphene-oxide solutions for water filtration
  • Patented microsystems and nanoscale (plasmonic) systems

The company has a solid R&D background in nanotechnology and engineering, being founded and directed by experienced scientists and being officially associated with ENEA, the second largest Italian public R&D Institute. Based in Rome, the main production site is in the ENEA Casaccia Centre. The plasmonic elements are produced in exclusive for Nanofaber at the University of Vigo. Both institutions (ENEA and University of Vigo) are officially linked third parties of NFAB and have business relations with it.

Fabrication of electrospun graphene coated or graphene containing polymeric membranes to be supplied to GVFiltri for cartridge assembly and electrospinning hollow nanotubes by means of co-axial electrospinning.

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GV FILTRI

GV has been designing and producing industrial filters for more than 30 years and has a comprehensive range of microfiltration filter elements for critical liquid, gas and air applications for the following process industries: Oil & Gas, Chemical and Petrochemical, Water Treatment, Power Generation, Food and Pharmaceutical, Industrial. GV specializes in the production of tailor-made filter elements. For their fabrication, GV daily uses special filter media such as metal alloys (Hastelloy, Monel 400, SMO254, ...), sintered metal fibres (AISI 316, Inconel®601, FeCrAlloy®), non-woven filter media (Polyethylene, Polypropylene, Polyester, Polyphenylene Sulfide, PTFE, Fiberglass, Polymide, PVDF), paper (high-grade cellulose fibres impregnated with special resins). The competences and facilities available at GV allow for production of filter elements in different shapes, pleated or not, without affecting the filtration characteristics. Supporting these activities, GV has equipped design facilities including full 3D modelling capacity, finite element analysis and design calculation software.

GV will develop and evaluate performance of novel anti-fouling nano-enabled membranes solutions and mono-atomic graphene enabled membranes.

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CHROMOGENICS (CMG)

ChromoGenics (CMG) was established in 2003 as an outcome of over 20 years of research on electrochromic materials by Professor Claes-Göran Granqvist and his team at the Ångström Laboratory at Uppsala University in Sweden.

CMG is a leading manufacturer of dynamic smart glass based on electrochromic foils on flexible substrates. CMG’s patented electrochromic technology, ConverLight®, with controllable heat and light transmission provides sustainable solar control for increased indoor comfort and energy efficiency. ConverLight® reduces cooling needs in buildings and contributes to Green Building certifications.

CMG has a strong IP portfolio consisting of proprietary know-how and patents covering essential materials, processes and applications in eighteen patent families, and additional patents are pending, and more than 15 related international patents

CMG will participate in production of electro-chromic doped NiO coatings on polymer foils (WP5)

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APERAM

Aperam is a global player in stainless, electrical and specialty steel, with customers in over 40 countries. Aperam has 2.5 million tonnes of flat stainless and Electrical Steel capacity in Brazil and Europe and is a leader in high value specialty products. Aperam has a highly integrated distribution, processing and services network and a unique capability to produce stainless and specialty from low cost biomass (charcoal). Its industrial network is spread in 6 production facilities located in Brazil, Belgium and France. The business is organized in three primary operating segments: Stainless & electrical Steel, Services & Solutions and Alloys & Specialities. All is supported by a strong R&D, located in 3 different locations (France & Brazil).

Aperam will be an OITB end user of the Case Study 4 (Mass Production processes for manufacturing of nano-enabled surfaces) and will more especially collaborate with Alpha-Nov regarding the continuous laser process. Aperam will provide of course the stainless steel products on which all the tests will be performed, whatever the format (coil, blank...). But Aperam will also provide the guidelines of the expected final products to steer the industrial development supported by this project in line with the market needs and requirements, to converge at the end through an efficient cost-effective solution.