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The FUNCTIONAL project is aimed to achieve the strengthening cooperation between the EU with third countries such as Brazil and Mexico for transferring knowledge in the development of functional and high-performance surfaces.

Key points are:

  • Strengthening collaboration between European R&D centres and third countries
  • Development of new research capacities
  • Maintaining sustainable research cooperation between EU countries and Brazil and Mexico during the project and beyond it.

The FUNCTIONAL exchange programme is technically focused on:

  • Developing high-performance wear and corrosion resistant coatings.
  • Using new advanced techniques such as laser and friction stir based techniques in order to create these functional surfaces.

The four participating institutions are the following:

  • Asociación de Investigación Metalúrgica del Noroeste – AIMEN (ES), Coordinator of the Project.
  • Helmholtz Zentrum Geesthacht - Centre for Materials and Coastal Research -HZG (DE)
  • Universidade Federal de Pernambuco – UFPE (BR)
  • Corporación Mexicana de Investigación en Materiales - COMIMSA (MX)

FUNCTIONAL project(Grant Agreement nº 295254) has received funding from the European Commission under the programme FP7-People- Marie Curie Actions- International Staff Exchange Scheme, IRSES, a new implementation modality aiming to help research organisations to set up or strengthen long-term cooperation with others, through a coordinated exchange programme for their staff.