BARRIER-PLUS is a consortium of European companies and universities. The Coordinator is Prof Joseph Keddie at the University of Surrey, while the Dissemination Manager is Véronique Dehan of ECCS. If you have a general question for us, please contact Joseph Keddie. ECCS represents BARRIER-PLUS at European steel and coatings conferences (the ECCS website contains details of which conferences they are attending.) so if you are attending one of these meetings please drop by ECCS and say hello.
The picture of the consortium at the top was taken at a consortium meeting hosted by Sherwin-Williams at Bolton in 2016.
The partners are:
- University of Surrey Surrey is responsible for experimental studies of coating drying, film formation and characterisation, and modelling these processes. Here the team consists of two Research Fellows, Drs Andrea Fortini and Nacho Martin-Fabiani (now at the University of Loughborough), led by the consortium coordinator, Prof Joe Keddie, and Dr Richard Sear. The team is shown to the right. Andrea performed the simulations, and Nacho the experiments for the work the consortium published in the prestigious journal Physical Review Letters.
- ECCS (European Convention for Constructional Steelworks) promotes the use of steelwork in the construction sector by the development of standards and promotional information. It also helps influencing decision makers through the management of working committees, publications, conferences, and by active representation on European and International Committees dealing with standardisation, research and development and education. In the BARRIER PLUS project, ECCS coordinates Work Package 6: Dissemination and exploitation.
- University of Lyon/C2P2 The C2P2 group (Chemistry, Catalysis, Polymers and Processes) from the University Claude Bernard Lyon 1 works essentially on all domains of polymer chemistry and, among others, has two main research activities: one is devoted to polymer catalysis with the synthesis of polyolefins and the other one is devoted to polymer and hybrid colloids via classical radical polymerization or controlled/living radical polymerization in dispersion, emulsion and miniemulsion. In the Barrier Plus project, the C2P2 is responsible for WP1 (Development of amphiphilic block copolymers and surfactant-free latices) and WP2 (Development of organic/inorganic hybrid latices). The team consists of two research fellows, Drs Jennifer Lesage de la Haye and Ming Liang Koh, led by Franck D’Agosto, Elodie Bourgeat-Lami and Muriel Lansalot.
- The Norwegian Steel Association (NSA) is an association that is dedicated to the development of the steel industry. The aim of this association is to develop the utilization of the resources that are available in order to encourage the exploitation of steel. The main office of this association is situated in Oslo, Norway. This association works with steel manufacturers, sheet metal manufacturers, steel wholesalers, steel contractors, entrepreneurs, consulting engineers and many more.
- Megara resins is a manufacturer and supplier raw materials for industrial and architectural coatings. Megara manufactures alkyd and acrylic resins as well as, amongst other products, unsaturated polyesters for composites as well as the production of water based dispersions for the paint and adhesives industry. Megara is situated to the west of Athens, Greece. It is widely regarded as being the most innovative Greek supplier to the coatings industry through its continued investment in R&D, technical support and new product development.
- Tuinsa Norte carries out metalworking activities for, amongst others, the energy, petrochemicals, cement, and shipbuilding industries. They provide engineering, design and assembly services.
- Sherwin Williams Protective and Marines coatings manufactures protective and marine coatings, and is the Sherwin Williams hub for Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
- Centre for Research in Engineering Surface Technology (CREST) at the Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) is an industry-focused research centre, of approximately 30 staff, academics and associates within DIT.
Picture at the left was taken at a consortium meeting at ECCS in October 2016.