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Active environmental friendly coatings for light metals based on a combination of nano- and micro-containers


Project timeline
September 2018
42 months
February 2022
General Information
The project is devoted to the development of novel environmental friendly active anti-corrosion coating systems for light metal structures (Mg, Al) used in automotive and aeronautical design. The present project approaches this issue from the side of synergistic inhibition integrated in protective coatings applied onto the metal substrates. The main idea is to find the environmental friendly synergistic inhibitive combinations, which can provide effective suppression of corrosion of light metals, also for galvanically coupled dissimilar joints. Controlled release of inhibitors is obtained by loading them into appropriate nano-containers. The essential step is the introduction of inhibiting compounds into the protective layers based on an multi-layer concept consisting of PEO (Plasma Electrolytic Oxidation) coating for promoting adhesion and providing macro-containers, additional or integrated primer layers and final polymer top coats. This approach is used because the loss of nano-containers to the environment should be minimized thus the containers are added into the open pores of PEO coatings creating a "container in container" solution.
The achievement of these goals is not possible without extensive support of multi-scale modelling approaches on different stages of development process from inhibitor selection to the final design of the protective system and testing of the release of the inhibitors from the coatings. Molecular modelling approaches will be utilized in the case of inhibitor interaction with metallic, inorganic or polymer interfaces and selection of environmental friendly inhibitors.
Hereon is the coordinator of the project. ACTICOAT is funded in the frame of ERANET RUS Plus (‘Strengthening STI links between Russia and the European Research Area'), which is an ERANET Cofund scheme of Horizon 2020 of the European Commission.
EU-Programme Acronym and Subprogramme AreaERANET RUS Plus
Project TypeERANET RUS Plus project
Contract Number477 / 01DJ18007
Co-ordinatorHelmholtz Zentrum Hereon (DE)
Funding for the Project (€) Funding for Hereon (€)
Contact Person at Hereon Dr. Maria Serdechnova, Institute of Surface Science, Functional Surfaces, MOF, Phone: +49 4152 87 1907
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A. N. Frumkin Institute of Physical Chemistry and Electrochemistry RAS (RU), National University of Science and Technology MISiS (RU), University of Tartu (EE)
Last Update: 18. May 2021