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Development and design of novel multifunctional PEO coatings


Project timeline
January 2019
72 months
December 2024
General Information
The main objective of the project is the development of multi-purpose, multi-functional surfaces via environmentally friendly plasma electrolytic oxidation (PEO) treatments. With a novel approach, the weakness of the PEO process (the inherent porosity due to the discharges forming the coating is often responsible for poor properties) is used to functionalize the coating using the open pore structure as a reservoir for nanocontainers or to bring particles with certain functionalities deep into the coatings (fast pathways). The main targeted functionalities are enhanced fault tolerance and active protection against corrosive damage as well as improved tribological behavior. Moreover, to extend this typical field of applications of PEO treatments and address additional industries and aspects, a set of less common functionalities, such as photocatalytic, magnetic, thermo- and electro-conductivity will be added. This is challenging and goes far beyond the state-of-the-art introduction via post-treatments. To deal with such sensitive materials, changes in the power supply are required and this is addressed as one of the key points of the project as well.
The essential key of the project is the formation and development of an interdisciplinary R&D partnership, where participants from both academia (five) and private sector (four SME) in four EU Member States or Associated Countries and in one Third Country participate, promoting and sharing their ideas, expertise, techniques and methods to solve this demanding challenge. This partnership will be beneficial for all participants, since new PEO hardware, environmentally friendly processes and applications important for industry
are developed, evaluated and promoted by the research institutions via presentations and publications of the obtained results. Laboratory based training and intersectional transfer of knowledge are key aspects of the FUNCOAT project, and the partnership gathers the topmost competences to carry out the suggested research program.
Hereon acts as the project coordinator and leads the work packages ‘PEO modification for transport application’, ‘Coordination and management’, and ‘Ethics requirements’.
EU-Programme Acronym and Subprogramme AreaH2020-MSCA-RISE-2018
Project TypeMarie Skłodowska-Curie Research and Innovation Staff Exchange (RISE)
Contract NumberGrant Agreement 823942
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 and Dr. Carsten Blawert Institute of Surface Science, Functional Surfaces, MOF,, Phone: +49 4152 87 1991
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Chemical Agrosava d.o.o. (RS), Graphene Energy Sp Zoo (PL), MEOTEC GmbH & Co KG (DE), Satbayev University (KZ), SMALLMATEK - Small Materials and Technologies LDA (PT), Tehnolabor OU (EE), Universidad de Antioquia (CO), Universidade De Aveiro (PT), University of Belgrade (RS)
FUNCOAT website
Last Update: 11. January 2023