Armines, HEF, PSA Peugeot Citroën
Gold is an important material in cable connectors because it is inert, highly conductive, and highly malleable. But price volatility makes it hard for cable makers to plan production costs--essential for their business strategies. The connector industry spends some 9.6 billion on gold every year, at today's gold price of 41,000/kg. So an alternative material would have major scope for delivering considerable cost savings.
The Plug In Nano project aims to develop breakthrough technology that can replace the gold in connectors, initially for high-frequency and automobile applications. The project team will look at wet and dry deposition systems and develop measurement devices to characterize the electrical and mechanical properties of the coatings used in the target applications.