Next HardAlt final review meeting to be held on 26th January 2017 in Brussels. Click here for draft Agenda.
The HardAlt 30M progress review meeting was held on the 26th May 2016. The project's progress was presented and discussed.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
For further information about the Industrial Technologies 2014 event, please visit their website at http://www.industrialtechnologies2014.eu/.
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.
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.