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Development of smart nano and microcapsulated sensing coatings for improving of material durability/performance


Project timeline
January 2015
48 months
December 2018
General Information
The project aims to develop an innovative approach to impart sensing functionality and detect substrate degradation. The degradation processes targeted will be corrosion of metallic substrates and mechanical damage by impact on fibre reinforced plastics and composites (FRP), used as structural components in the vehicle industry worldwide. The innovative sensing materials are based on controlled release of active species, encapsulated in polymeric and inorganic capsules with sizes ranging from several micrometres down to the nanometre range. These will be designed and prepared in a way that responds to specific triggers associated with the nature of the degradation process. The functional materials will be subsequently incorporated as additives in organic and hybrid organic-inorganic coating
matrices, or directly impregnated in the substrate (FRP). The goal is to get coatings capable of sensing substrate degradation at early stages, making maintenance operations cost-effective without jeopardizing safety. The range of selected materials encloses systems conceptually designed to be prepared and tested for the first time at lab scale (high breakthrough at research level) and others already studied at lab scale with promising results and which can already be tested at pilot scale (high innovation level). Furthermore, the characterization encompasses lab-scale, cutting-edge technologies and modelling, as well as upscaling and industrial validation. The consortium has strong knowledge and relevant experience from previously conducted projects on the topic. The project foresees intensive exchange of staff between the involved partners, which are from both the academic and non-academic sector. Also, staff exchange with a partner organization outside the EU is planned.
EU-Programme Acronym and Subprogramme AreaH2020-MSCA-RISE-2014
Project TypeMarie Skłodowska-Curie Research and Innovation Staff Exchange (RISE)
Contract NumberGrant Agreement 645662
Co-ordinatorUniversidade de Aveiro (PT)
Funding for the Project (€) Funding for Hereon (€)
Contact Person at Hereon Dr. Nico Scharnagl, Institute of Surface Science Functional Surfaces, MOF, Phone: +49 4152 87 1947
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Belarussian State University (BY), Latvijas Universitates Polimeru Mehanikas Instituts (LV), SMALLMATEK - Small Materials and Technologies LDA (PT), Synpo, akciova spolecnost (CZ), Universidade De Aveiro (PT)
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Last Update: 16. April 2021