TransCond Objectives

The consortium secured 886,600 Euros of EU funding for development of film and coating products to replace conventional high volatile organic content and heavy metal filled formualtions for the speciality electrically conductive coatings market.  The EU together with the consortium partners committed a total of 1,131,040 Euros to the project.

The purpose of the project was to replace electrically conductive coatings products comprising colloidal dispersion of silver, nickel and copper in organic solvents with water based dispersions of modified carbon and hybrid metal/carbon particles.  In addition, coatings for new applications in electronics where current technology cannot meet cost/performance demands would be formulated.

The idea was to develop particle and polymer modifications that would optimise the coatings leading to new formulations for the product portfolios of the partner SMEs permitting them to confirm to EU Directive 1999/13/EC on the limitation of emissions of volatile organic compounds adn Directive 94//9/EC for lighting in explosive environments.

It was intended that the products developed would be multifunctional polymer coatings featuring the following advancements over the state of the art :


  • Capable of conforming to ATEX Directive 94/9/EC for lighting in explosive environments
     
  • Electrical resistivity in the range 101 to 108 Ohm.cm
     
  • Transparency, in the visible spectrum, in the range 80 to 90%
     
  • 80 to 100% improved scratch resistance versus current coatings
     
  • Modulus and hardness of 100% versus current coatings
     
  • Permeability to water and air reduced to 50% versus current coatings
     
  • Or equivalent performance at 30% thinner coating versus current coatings
     
  • 30% cost reductions versus metallic shielding paints
     
  • 90% reduction in VOC versus current formulations

A Framework 7 Project

 

The research leading to these results has received funding from the European Union's Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/SME/2011) under grant agreement 285908

TransCond Products

Products developed within the TransCond project can be obtained from the following partners:

 

Project Partners

The project comprises 5 partners as follows:

West Pommeranian University of Technology and Kolor Mix S.A (Poland), TBA Electro Conductive Products Ltd and Smithers Rapra and Smithers Pira Ltd (UK) and APT Archimedes Polymer Technologies Ltd (Cyprus).