Sustainability assessments of nanocoatings

The main objective of WP6 is to ensure the sustainable innovation of the antimicrobial coatings developed in WP2 and WP3. The whole life cycle from a sustainable synthesis until the end of life of the coatings will be considered. To ensure all aspects are considered during all stages of the development, a “Biocide-Safe and Sustainable by Design (SSbD)” strategy will be developed for the antimicrobial coatings, building on the Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability Towards a Toxic-Free Environment” by the EC, the EU Mapping study for the development of Sustainable-by-Design criteria, and the safe-by-design (SbD) concepts developed and applied in EU projects such as NanoReg2.

Additionally, this strategy will specify and apply the general SSbD concept and criteria developed by the EC (which will be communicated in late 2022) to antimicrobial coatings.

WP6 includes the following objectives:

  1. to develop the “Biocides-SSbD strategy and apply it to the NOVA-coatings
  2. to assess the sustainability of the NOVA-coatings
  3. to assess the environmental stability and release of the coatings
  4. to perform a toxicity screening of the antimicrobial coatings

Lead: Empa