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Belgian SME is looking for partners to further develop and implement new low pressure plasma coating technology for biocidal nanocoatings

Country of origin:
Country: 
BELGIUM
Opportunity:
External Id: 
TOBE20210805001
Published
05/08/2021
Last update
06/08/2021
Expiration date
07/08/2022

Keywords

Partner keyword: 
Coatings
Surface treatment (painting, galvano, polishing, CVD, ..)
Nanomaterials
Vacuum
Micro- and Nanotechnology
Surgical implants
Surgical instrumentation and equipment
Other medical/health related (not elsewhere classified)
Sporting goods, hobby equipment and athletics clothes
Manufacture of other chemical products n.e.c.
Manufacture of machinery for textile, apparel and leather production
Manufacture of other special-purpose machinery n.e.c.
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Summary

Summary: 
A Belgian SME, active in plasma technology, is developing a new coating technology for deposition of truly biocidal nanocoatings in one single step. It is a dry and clean coating process that can be applied both on three-dimensional (3D) products and roll-to-roll (R2R) substrates. The company is looking for suppliers of complementary technologies and/or potential end users to further develop and scale this new coating technology under a research or technical cooperation agreement.

Description

Description: 

The Belgian company is specialised in innovative nanocoating solutions using low pressure plasma technology, for which it has developed processes and equipment. During the years the company has built a portfolio of patents as well for the equipment as for the processes. The core applications are found in wearables, nonwovens and medical products.

Conventional coating methods have several limitations which make them difficult to apply on 3D structures or materials.
The Flemish SME is developing a new coating technology that can deposit in one single step truly biocidal nanocoatings, meaning that they are able to kill both bacteria and viruses. The technology will be using low pressure plasma polymerisation, which is a dry and clean coating process that can be applied both on three-dimensional (3D) products and roll-to-roll (R2R) substrates. This technique ensures a deposition of an ultra-thin continuous coating layer (50-500 nm), without using nanoparticles.
The photocatalytic effect of the new coating has been demonstrated in the lab.

The technology will allow biocidal coating of 3D products with complex shapes such as surgical instruments, surgical implants, hearing aids, electronic wearable and portable devices, sporting and outdoor shoes and gear, as well as flexible materials with complex structures such as nonwovens and other technical fabrics for surgical clothing, mouth masks, sporting and outdoor.

The company is now looking for suppliers of complementary technologies and/or potential end users to further develop and scale this new coating technology into real applications. It is interested in both technical cooperation and research cooperation. That is why it is looking to build or join a consortium (e.g. for the call HORIZON-CL4-2021-RESILIENCE-01-20, with deadline 23/9/2021) to further develop the technology with complementary research and technology partners, and it needs also validating customers. International cooperation can be considered in large consortia or small projects with 2-3 partners (e.g. for Eurostars project, etc.).

Advantages & innovations

Cooperation plus value: 
Key advantages of the low pressure plasma coating technology: • Coating is applied in one single process step. • Deposition of an ultra-thin continuous coating layer (50-500 nm). There is no use of nanoparticles. • Dry and clean method of application using low pressure plasma technology. • Unique technology for conformal coating of 3D products with complex shapes such as electronic or medical devices. • Coating can be applied roll-to-roll with unique ability to cover technical textiles and membranes throughout their structure. Existing coating solutions typically incorporate nanoparticles embedded in a matrix material and application requires several production steps. Existing solutions consist of line-of-sight vacuum deposition techniques or wet chemical dipping or spraying. All these conventional methods have limitations so that they are difficult to apply on 3D structures or materials.

Stage of development

Cooperation stage dev stage: 
Under development/lab tested

Partner sought

Cooperation area: 
The Flemish company is looking for partners from research and industry as suppliers of complementary technologies and/or potential end users to further develop and scale this new coating technology into real applications. Technical cooperation and research cooperation will be discussed depending on the case. A research agreement with a consortium for the call HORIZON-CL4-2021-RESILIENCE-01-20 is sought (deadline call 23/9/21). Other suitable calls are also of interest, both to join large consortia and to form smaller consortia (e.g. ERA-net, Eurostars, etc.).

Type and size

Cooperation task: 
SME 11-50,University,R&D Institution,SME <10,>500 MNE,251-500,SME 51-250,>500