September 25, 2020
Dr Laetitia Marrot, researcher in the InnoRenew CoE Renewable Materials Composites (RMC) research group, was awarded a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) Individual Fellowship for her project “FAçade bio-CArbon based anti UV coating to prevent DEterioration of wooden buildings (FAÇADE)”. The project was granted with Standard European Fellowship at InnoRenew CoE under the supervision of Assoc. Prof. Dr. David B. DeVallance, RMC research group leader.
As an envelope for buildings, façades are crucial for building safety, comfort and aesthetics as they are in constant interaction with the outside environment. The façade weathering process induces colour changes and surface fibres to loosen and erode, allowing humidity to penetrate wooden façades and causing checks and a raised grain. It is crucial to limit the weathering effects that can lead to wood deterioration by using coatings to protect the façade surface. The FAÇADE project tackles these challenging concepts with innovative solutions and is expected to provide breakthroughs for advancing the use of bio-carbon in new applications as well as demonstrating a fundamental understanding of nanoscale carbon particles’ UV protection mechanisms.
As part of the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Framework Programme for Research and Innovation, “Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions support researchers at all stages of their careers, regardless of age and nationality. Researchers working across all disciplines are eligible for funding. The MSCA also support cooperation between industry and academia and innovative training to enhance employability and career development.”