Context

The last decade has experienced a strong increase in technological developments for improved material functionality. One of these involves surface treatments, which employ complex (multilayer) structures designed to provide multifunctionality in a single solution. This definition includes functional and performance coatings on textiles, paints on plastics, foil lamination and adhesion layers for plastics parts (polymer-polymer and polymer-metal connections). These ‘coatings’ have a wide range of advantages and benefits but currently cannot be recycled because of their hybrid nature.

Aims

The main goal of DECOAT is to enable the circular use of textiles and plastic parts with (multilayer) ‘coatings’, which are typically not recyclable yet.

These ‘coatings’ comprise functional and performance coatings and paints as well as adhesion layers. Therefore, novel triggerable smart polymer material systems and the corresponding recycling processes will be developed. The triggerable solutions will be based on smart additives (like microcapsules or microwave triggered additives) for the ‘coating’ formulations and will be activated by a specific trigger (heat, humidity, microwave, chemical).

Within the larger theme of “debonding” a specific challenge is the recycling of scrap and end-of-life parts containing integrated electronics (from smart textiles, smart plastics and wearables).

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Consortium

  1. Centexbel BE (project coordinator)
  2. AIMPLAS - ASOCIACION DE INVESTIGACION DE MATERIALES PLASTICOS Y CONEXAS ES
  3. FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V. DE
  4. FUNDACION PARA LA PROMOCION DE LA INNOVACION, INVESTIGACION Y DESARROLLO TECNOLOGICO EN LA INDUSTRIA DE AUTOMOCION DE GALICIA ES
  5. NATIONAL TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY OF ATHENS - NTUA Greece
  6. VAUDE SPORT GMBH & CO KG DE
  7. Panasonic Eco Solutions Elektrik Sanayi ve Ticaret Anonim Sirketi TR
  8. MERCEDES-BENZ TURK AS TR
  9. MAIER SCOOP ES
  10. RESCOLL FR
  11. C-TECH INNOVATION LIMITED UK
  12. DEVAN-MICROPOLIS S.A. PT
  13. IRIS TECHNOLOGY SOLUTIONS, SOCIEDAD LIMITADA ES
  14. Ecomatters B.V. NL
  15. INNOVATION IN RESEARCH & ENGINEERING SOLUTIONS BE
  16. OPEN SOURCE MANAGEMENT LIMITED UK
  17. INTERNATIONAL SOLID WASTE ASSOCIATION AT

Acknowledgements

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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 H2020-NMBP-ST-IND-2018 - Smart plastic materials with intrinsic recycling properties by design (CE-NMBP-26-2018) - under grant agreement No 814505