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Eco-friendly corrosion protective coatings based on smart nanotechnology platforms for a circular economy


Project timeline
May 2021
48 months
April 2025
General Information
The need to develop and use products made out of residues or sub-products from industry is creating pressure over fields where more traditional, linear economy concepts prevail. COAT4LIFE addresses one important stage of the life cycle of products, particularly trying to extend its service life, thereby contributing for advances towards circular economy via increase in durability of materials and use of greener materials. In particular, this project addresses the problem of protection and monitoring of corrosion of metallic substrates used in different applications. Structured following previous experience with the recently finished MSCA-RISE project SMARCOAT (GA 645662, 2015-2018), COAT4LIFE aims at developing eco-friendly multifunctional coatings with capacity to protect and detect corrosion based on different mechanisms combining nanostructured inhibiting and sensing additives. Two types of coating systems are intended to be developed, one for temporary protection during storage and transportation based on biodegradable materials and another on thermosetting polymers obtained using raw materials from sustainable sources. A relevant part of this project includes the study of fate and ecotoxicity of different coating components and Life cycle analysis, which will be equaled as a figure of merit with performance factors to select the most promising systems and launch demonstrators for standard and field tests.
Hereon leads the work package ‘Coating development’.
EU-Programme Acronym and Subprogramme AreaH2020-MSCA-RISE-2020
Project TypeMarie Skłodowska-Curie Research and Innovation Staff Exchange (RISE)
Contract NumberGrant Agreement 101007430
Co-ordinatorUniversidade De Aveiro (PT)
Funding for the Project (€) Funding for Hereon (€)
Contact Person at Hereon Dr. Nico Scharnagl, Institute of Surface Science, Department of Functional Surfaces, MOF, Phone: +49 4152 87 1947
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COLORLAK a.s. (CZ), Kauno Technologijos Universitetas (LT), Latvijas Universitate (LV), SINTEF (NO), SMALLMATEK - Small Materials and Technologies LDA (PT), Synpo, akciova spolecnost (CZ), Tehnolabor OU (EE), Universidade De Aveiro (PT), University of Tartu (EE)
COAT4LIFE website SMARCOAT website
Last Update: 09. November 2021