Patrik Karlsson

Patrik Karlsson

Patrik Karlsson

Senior Project Manager at the Institute for Research and Technology - Thessaly and Centre for Research and Technology - Hellas


Mr. Patrik Karlsson, MSc, Material Engineer, Luleå University of Technology, Luleå/Sweden and Institut National Polytechnique de Lorraine, EEIGM, Nancy/France, made his thesis at the Fraunhofer Institute for Organic Electronics, Electron Beam and Plasma Technology (FhG-FEP), Dresden/Germany. Following the thesis he stayed as scientific collaborator in the work group Sputtering on Plastic Foils between 1998-2000 and was involved in numerous industrial research projects with world leading companies in the field of optical thin films applications.

Between 2000-09, he worked in the R&D Department of the Greek company ZENON SA and participated in more than 20 R&D projects funded by the European Commission since FP5, both as technical and as project manager.

Last 6 years he is working with the Institute for Research and Technology – Thessaly and Centre for Research and Technology – Hellas as a Senior Project Manager and coordinator for EC research programmes. Recent projects include:

NMP-Pilots-02-2015 (Integration of novel nano materials into existing production lines): Protective composite coatings via electrodeposition and thermal spraying

FoF-12-2015 (Industrial technologies for advanced joining and assembly processes for multi-materials): Assembly of miniaturized PCBs by using low cost hyper-fine solder powders

EeB.NMP.2013-1 (Nanotechnology for multifunctional lightweight construction materials and components): Multifunctional facades of reduced thickness for fast and cost-effective retrofitting

FP7-SME-AGs-2013: HardAlt – New generation of protective coatings alternative to hard chrome.

FP7-SME -2013: AMSCopper – Anti-microbial, self-cleaning copper composite coatings applied in metallic objects against infections transmission

FP7-SME -2013: NanoDiGree – Low-cost, green, large scale manufacturing of new age conducting nanowires displays

FP7-SME-2012: SelfClean – Novel self-cleaning, anti-bacterial coatings, preventing disease transmission on everyday touched surfaces.



Wear and corrosion of materials cause losses of 3-4% of GDP in developed countries and billions of Euros are spent annually on capital replacement and control methods for wear and corrosion infrastructure. As a result many important industries are dependent on surface engineering of protective coatings, making it one of the main critical technologies underpinning the competitiveness of EU industry.

There are two main techniques that dominate the protective coatings sector: hard chromium (HC) plating and thermal spray (TS). However, HC plating faces a series of issues with most important the extremely negative health and environmental impact leading to the EC restriction of this method for using Cr+6 by the end of 2017. Similarly, recent toxicity studies concerning WC-Co cermet applied by TS have revealed that WC-Co particles are toxic in a dose/time-dependent manner. Consequently, there is the necessity of finding new, less hazardous methods and materials exhibiting the same or better performance compared to existing ones.

This presentation will show how the PROCETS project take advantage of the use of nano-particles to produce composite coatings with properties compared to current protective coatings. It will also present the pilot lines that are being used to coat components from Tenneco, Husqvarna, Chromomed, and Wienerberger. Main takeaway, composite coatings produced at industrial scale are expected to be the next generation of protective coatings.

Read more about Patrik and his work here.