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Agency: Cordis | Branch: H2020 | Program: MSCA-ITN-ETN | Phase: MSCA-ITN-2015-ETN | Award Amount: 3.57M | Year: 2015

Today, industrial markets demand highly added value products offering new features at a low-cost. To this extent, technologies to modify surfaces instead of creating composites or applying coatings on surfaces can offer new industrial opportunities. Current state of the art identifies short pulsed(SP)/ultra-short pulsed(USP) laser-material processing as a promising technology for structuring surfaces and thus for embedding new functionalities for industrial applications. The LASER4FUN research programme pursues to go far beyond the current state through the development of new surface micro/nano-structuring/patterning methods by using emerging SP/USP laser technologies (LIPSS, DLIP, DLW & hybrid tech). The research will focus on the interaction of laser energy with several materials (metals, semiconductors, polymers, glasses & advanced materials) and on new surface functionalities like tribology, aesthetics and wettability. Moreover, LASER4FUN establishes an innovative training programme that aims at coaching a new generation of creative, entrepreneurial and innovative early stage researchers (ESRs) focused on laser surface engineering. This novel programme will contain both scientific and general skills training activities and it will benefit from training at a network (e.g. secondments). In total, 14ESRs will be enrolled, developing individual research projects within LASER4FUN programme. After 36 months of research and training, the ESRs will be PH Doctors prepared to face EU laser-engineering new challenges. LASER4FUN consortium involves 8 Academic partners (4 Universities one of them as associated partner- and 4 RTD institutions) ensuring the progress beyond the state of the art, and 3 industrial partners guaranteeing that final solutions will be close to the market. They are from 6 different EU countries. The close cooperation among multidisciplinary partners will ensure knowledge transfer to cross the death valley between science and the market.

18% of the European consumption of bananas is produced in Canary Islands. Around 10 million banana plants are grown annually in Gran Canaria. The fibre obtained from the superposed layers of the pseudo-stem is called badana. In the past, the banana plant waste was used as a support element for tomato plants, and, for some decades, it was used in handicrafts such as basket-making and artificial flowers. The plant waste was used as fodder for cattle and goats, but factory farming has replaced it by pre-digested fodder. Today, however, these vegetable wastes are deposited in ravines where they become decomposition material. An estimated 25,000 tonnes per annum of natural fibre is found in this waste. The BADANA project will develop a process to extract high-quality natural fibre from this waste and to exploit the fibres properties in polymer composites to be used in rotational- and injection-moulded products. This will be for the benefit of SMEs involved in the production of bananas and SMEs that supply OEMs and end-users with sustainable moulded composite products in the automotive, packaging, and consumer goods industries. This will provide the SMEs new market opportunities through satisfying the rapidly-growing demand of product manufacturers for ecoaesthetic (green) materials. The fibre production will be integrated in a food production cycle where a fish culture in dams provides water to banana cultivation. The fish will be fed with flour made from banana wastes. This provides a truly sustainable process of materials production that is complementary to existing food production practices and will not displace food production.

Bsh Electrodomesticos Espana S.A. | Date: 2006-07-14

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Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP | Phase: FoF-ICT-2011.7.1 | Award Amount: 5.91M | Year: 2012

The future in manufacturing is oriented to more flexible and adaptable systems. Customization is also a great challenge and a way of giving added value to the products. And aesthetic personalization is one of the main ways for achieving customization.\nUV-Marking project aims at demonstrating that unitary customization (individual configurations/designs of each customer) is possible, by developing a new laser in the ultraviolet (UV) range that provides high quality marking on different materials.\nA final user will be able to select or create its own aesthetical design (colour, size, text, pictures...) using easy ICT applications and these will be marked easily by manufacturers using the new UV-laser system. The marking process will achieve high quality on marks, and high durability compared to current printed techniques.\nThe new UV-laser system will help manufacturers with customized products, allowing shorter cycles, environmental friendliness, energy efficiency, higher integration and automation. One of the main goals will be to do the marking on-line at the end of the assembly line. It opens very interesting opportunities and possibilities for customization, but also for process optimization: delivery time, environmental impact, flexibility, shorter launching time, etc.\nThe marking customization will be achieved by:\n\tDeveloping a new laser in the UV range\n\tAdapting existing materials for having a better beam absorption\n\tIntegrating the laser in the industrial process\n\tDeveloping a user application for demonstrating the unitary customization with real customers\nBSH, one of the most important companies of the home appliance sector, will lead the project. They are the perfect validators because they use several materials and aesthetics for commercial purposes is very important for them. ROFIN will be the laser developer, which is a leader company in this sector. U-MARQ is an ICT company that will work in the software for the integration of the laser in the industrial process, and the user application; WIRTHWEIN and DATALASE are leader companies and will work with plastic materials to improve the absorption properties and to obtain concrete colors different than black or white. ILVA and TORRECID will work in the field of glass and ceramic materials. Finally, 3 different groups of ICMA (from University of Zaragoza and CSIC) will participate as experts on laser and materials.\n\nThe company Merck has also contributed to UV-Marking during the first months of the project, before the incorporation of DATALASE.

Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: BSG-SME | Phase: SME-1 | Award Amount: 872.78K | Year: 2009

The project aims to develop a novel high performance scratch resistant coating technology for plastic pieces at a low cost using an environmental friendly and tailor-made process, over a broad range of plastic materials. These coated plastics can substitute weighty materials, as metallic or glassy components, and high cost engineering plastic materials. The new coating technology to develop is based on self assembly nanotechnology. Nowadays, plastic materials present limited scratch and mar resistance when compared with materials as ceramics, glass or metals. After a short period of use, plastic parts surface is damaged and aesthetically defects appear (blisters, cracks, scratches). Scratches can be an ideal breeding ground for bacteria, reducing the hygienic properties of plastics materials. These negative properties limit the usability of these materials in a broad range of applications and leading companies are making constant efforts to overcome this problem. NANOSCRATCH approach will provide a novel technology based on the facts that the surface of certain plastics can be modified through a mild oxidation and chemical functionalization process, using self-assembled molecules. This new technique will provide an effective bond between the plastic surface and the nanoparticle coating, due to a highly cross-linked network formed at the surface, avoiding the traditional adhesion problems of coatings applied onto plastics, due to its low polarity, while maintaining the aspect of the original part. The new technique involves three steps: mild oxidation, self-assembly and co-deposition of nanoparticles. Among the main potential applications, the project will focus on high scratch resistance plastic pieces for the automotive industry and white-goods appliances manufacture in order to replace weighty, expensive and non-recyclable Engineering Thermoplastics and glass by PP filled grades, transparent plastics (mainly PC) and ABS

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