NICKEFFECT aims to develop novel ferromagnetic Ni-based coating materials to replace the scarce and costly Platinum and ensure high efficiency in key applications.

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Author: Danijel Pavlica

The European Commission is a major contributor to scientific research and innovation, and two projects funded under the Horizon Europe programme are a testament to this. The NOUVEAU project and NICKEFFECT are two innovative initiatives aimed at developing new materials for energy and industrial applications, respectively. Both projects have received funding under the Horizon Europe programme, specifically under the HORIZON-CL4-2021-RESILIENCE-01-12 call.   The NOUVEAU project will focus on the development of solid oxide cells (SOCs) using innovative La- and PMG-free electrode materials, solid electrolyte, and interconnects. The aim of the project is to reduce the amount of rare earth elements (REEs) used in the SOCs by 30% and to use recycled Yt and Cr. The project will employ advanced coating methodologies, modelling techniques, sustainable-by-design approaches, and recycling methods to achieve these goals.   NICKEFFECT, on the other hand, will concentrate on the development of novel ferromagnetic Ni-based coating materials. The project aims to replace...

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Nickel-based coatings have gained popularity in recent years as an alternative to platinum group metal (PGM)-based coatings, due to their cost-effectiveness, corrosion resistance, thermal stability, hardness, and surface finish. In this article, we will discuss the benefits of using nickel-based coatings and how they compare to PGM-based coatings.   One of the major benefits of using nickel-based coatings is their cost. Nickel is significantly less expensive than PGMs, making nickel-based coatings a more cost-effective option for many applications. This cost advantage can be significant for industries such as automotive and electronics where large volumes of coated parts are needed.   Another important benefit of nickel-based coatings is their corrosion resistance. Nickel has good corrosion resistance in a wide range of environments, making it a suitable choice for applications where exposure to corrosive substances is a concern. This makes nickel-based coatings ideal for use in industries such as chemical processing and marine engineering.   In addition to...

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