This project is the outcome
of the European Thematic Network called “PLASMATECH” which
goal is to share knowledge on plasma technology applied to traditional
sectors such as textiles, food packaging and medical devices. This network
has been a great opportunity for SMEs to express their needs for integrating
this surface modification technology.
This proposal addresses clearly the needs of end-users in textiles, food and biomedical applications. It aims is to achieve breakthrough technology in plasma processing of materials to achieve hyper functional surface properties. For this, high-tech SMEs together with universities and research centres will set-up radically new technology which will be further developed with the help of end-users such that it solves problems with which the industry is struggling for many years. It will offer technology leadership in a powerful surface engineering technology with vast, multi-sectoral innovation potential. It will create in the traditional industries a new technology and business environment ideally suited to SMEs where the premium is on innovation, technology breakthrough, speed to market response, high added value and high growth opportunities.
The project aims also at a significant increase in penetration
of plasma technology in industry. This complies with the aims of the industry
to use environmental friendly and sustainable technology. It intents to
replace wet technology characterised by the consumption of large amount
of water and solvents, with dry technology.
The project comprises 10 work packages, 6 of which are RTD and technology development oriented. The work will be performed by 26 partners.