Decorative Applications for Self-Organized Molecular Electrochromic Systems

Project: EU project

Project Details


The DecoChrom project elevates printed graphics products to the age of interactivity, and empowers the creative industries with the tools and innovative advanced material sets to design and build aesthetically pleasing practical human interfaces to smart consumer goods and environments. The DecoChrom consortium develops printed electrochromics (EC) as the mass producible, print industry compatible, ultra low-power interactive graphics solution for ambient intelligence. DecoChrom will scale-up the production of advanced composite materials into 3 innovative ink EC colours, manufacturing process on different materials (plastic foil, paper, high-pressure laminates and 3D durable plastic parts), wide dissemination and creation of EC toolkits to introduce electrochromics to designers, makers and the printing industry, and finally the co-creation of more than 20 creative industry lead end-user prototypes and pilots for architecture, interior design, lifestyle and sports. The project brings together a strong interdisciplinary consortium of 15 partners, industry and research balanced, with state-of-the-art backgrounds in design, chemistry, printing, coatings and laminates, electronics system integration, and complete electrochromics solutions. This is complemented with the commitment of a multidisciplinary Industrial Advisory Board with representation of key industry end-users such as Ikea (furniture), Lego (toys), BMW (automotive), Fiskars (domestic tools), Hoffmann + Krippner (printed electronics, industrial printing) and GSB Wahl (ink production).
Effective start/end date1/01/1830/06/22

Collaborative partners

  • VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland
  • SURFORMA S.A. (Project partner)
  • University of Lapland (Project partner) (lead)
  • University of Vienna (Project partner)
  • Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der angewandten Forschung e. V. (Project partner)
  • University of Strasbourg (Project partner)
  • Centrum organické chemie s.r.o. (COC) (Project partner)
  • WeProductise Lda (Project partner)
  • Dynamic Environments Group S.L. (Project partner)
  • Thingk S.R.L. (Project partner)
  • Ynvisible Production AB (Project partner)
  • YD Ynvisible S.A. (Project partner)
  • Ynvisible GmbH (Project partner)
  • NOVA.ID.FCT - Associação para a Inovação e Desenvolvimento da FCT (NID) (Project partner)
  • Aalborg University (Project partner)

UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This project contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production


  • H2020
  • H2020-NMBP-2017-two-stage
  • Design innovation