HardAlt Final Review Meeting, Brussels

Next HardAlt final review meeting to be held on 26th January 2017 in Brussels. Click here for draft Agenda.

HardAlt 30M Progress Review Meeting, Brunel University London


The  HardAlt 30M progress review meeting was held on the 26th May 2016. The project's progress was presented and discussed.

HardAlt 24M Progress Review Meeting, University of Southampton, Southampton

The HardAlt 18M progress meeting was held at the University of Southampton 5th October 2015. The meeting focused of the pulse plating of NiP and composite coatings and their their coresponding characteristics (WP 4, 5 and 6). Future deliverables associated with training and dissemination and IP (WPs 7, 8 and 9) were also discussed. Minutes, Presentations and other documents can be found in the Partner's Area of this website.

In addition Dr T. Polcar from the University of Southampton also organized the "Functional Coatings for Industry" workshop on the 6th October 2015 for those interested in the latest coating developments. This year the meeting was organised together with the SEA, a HardAlt project partner, in order to achieve the maximum impact of the project within the industrial community.

The workshop is held annually and was well attended by both academia and industry. In the last two years the meeting, supported by KTN and IOP, has hosted over 70 participants from 40 companies and 5 universities. The presentations were followed by a formal discussion with industry about its need in the sector.



HardAlt Mid-Term Progress Review Meeting, Brunel University, London

The  HardAlt progress review meeting was held on the 8th July 2015. All but 2 partners were in attendance. The project's progress was presented and discussed with the EU PO and Project Reviewer. Where necessary deliverables were amended and the project is now in its second stage. 



HardAlt 12M Progress Meeting, Athens, Greece

The  HardAlt 12 month progress meeting was hosted by CERTH and held  in Athens, Greece, on Feb 8-9th, 2015. Partners can view minutes of the meeting in the Partner's Area.



HardAlt Presented to British Surface Treatment Suppliers Association (BSTSA), 9th December 2014

The HardAlt project and was presented to the British Surface Treatment Suppliers Association (BSTSA), which is part of the SEA, during their AGM, on 9th December 2014. The Association includes representatives from all of the major chemical suppliers to the coating's sector.



European Parliamentary Meeting, Brussels, 13th November 2014

 Mr D. Elliott (SEA) was invited to give a breakfast briefing hosted by MEP Paul Rübig on “EU 2020 and industrial competitiveness: SMEs in the surface engineering sector”. The event held on the 13 November 2014 in Brussels was attended by MEPs, EC officers, Mission, Media and Industrial Representatives. The meeting presented a platform on which to discuss the importance of HardAlt in achieving Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation & restriction of CHemicals (REACH) targets.  



HardAlt 6M Progress Meeting, Milan, Italy

The HardAlt 6 month progress meeting was held on the 29-30th May in Milan and incorporated the Italian Electroplater's Workshop. 


The two-day-meeting was held at the Department of Chemistry, Materials and Chemical Engineering of Politecnico di Milano. The first day was dedicated to discussing the progress over the past 6 months and the technical issues that have arisen, with updates on each workpackage shared between partners.


The second day was a symposium organised by AIFM (Associazione Italiana Finiture dei Metalli) to present the HardAlt project to Italian platers and users. Dr Brian McKay, Mr Dave Elliott and Dr Alex Zoikis-Karathanisis all presented at the event. The event was highly successful attracting over 80 attendees.


Partners can download a copy of the minutes in the Partner's area.

IndTech 2014, Athens, Greece

Industrial Technologies 2014 was held for the 3rd time in Athens, Greece, on April 9-11, 2014


The event was participated by over 1300 delegates, among which 150 high-level speakers presenting nanotechnology, biotechnology, advanced materials and new production technologies.

In parallel with the conference, the IndustryTech exhibition and a brokerage day were organized.


HardAlt project was presented at the poster session - poster number: P50. The poster was also available for visitors at CERTH's booth alongside with a leaflet describing the project.


For further information about the Industrial Technologies 2014 event, please visit their website at http://www.industrialtechnologies2014.eu/.


Meeting Held to Discuss WPs 1-5, Milan, Italy

Luca Magagnin, Ioanna Deligkiozi, Kostas Chrysagis and Alex Karathanisis held a meeting on 12-13th February at PoliMi to discuss in further detail, technical aspects regarding WPs 1-5.


It was finally decided that the project would start by introducing nano-particles such as SiC, B4C and nano-graphite. In the future MW-CNTs and combinations of Al2O3 with other particles may also be used.


HardAlt Kick-off Meeting, London, United Kingdom

The HardAlt  Kick-off meeting was held on 9-10th January 2014 at Brunel Univesity. Ten of the 12 partners were in attendance. An overview of the project was given followed by each partner making an introduction in terms of an outlinie of their role and capabilities. During the two day meeting issues related to the commencement, management, and finance of the project were reviewed.

The needs of the end users with respect to properties required from the coatings were also addressed. Technical discussions during the meeting focused on electroplating techniques, the generation of specifications and requirements for the new coating, bath designs and chemistry, materials and nanoparticles to be used, sample sizes, characterization methods, whilst "Other Business" reflected on communication between the partners, dissemination of results and website design. The next meeting will be held on 29th-30th May in Milan.

The HardAlt project received funding from the European Community’s Seventh Framework Programme managed by REA – Research Executive Agency, under grant agreement No: 606110. Funding scheme: SME-2013-2: Research for SME Associations
The HardAlt project received funding from the European Community’s Seventh Framework Programme managed by REA – Research Executive Agency, under grant agreement No: 606110. Funding scheme: SME-2013-2: Research for SME Associations

Latest News

HardAlt video available click here.


HardAlt: Real components coated with newly developed HardAlt coatings. For work progress click here.


June 2016 HardAlt members participate in European Commission Workshop to discuss REACH regulations. Click link for more information.


August 2016 HardAlt member has meeting with Rolls Royce Aerospace Engines to discuss future coatings.


HardAlt objectives presented at European Parliamentary Meeting. Click here to read more.



HardAlt final review meeting held on 26th January 2017 in Brussels. Click here for the Agenda and Minutes.