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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The eagerly anticipated third consortium meeting of the NICKEFFECT project, signifying the culmination of one year of dedicated work, took place on June 20th, 2023, in Kahl am Main, Germany. The meeting was meticulously organized in a hybrid format, allowing participants the flexibility to attend either in person at the esteemed premises of Singulus Technologies or virtually.   During the meeting, the NICKEFFECT consortium seized the opportunity to showcase the notable progress achieved in each work package. Furthermore, engaging discussions were held to deliberate upon the future steps and strategic direction of the project. Our esteemed hosts, Berthold Ocker and Jürgen Langer, warmly welcomed the partners and provided them with an exclusive guided tour of the state-of-the-art premises and cutting-edge laboratories at Singulus Technologies, further enhancing the collaborative atmosphere.   The conclusion of the consortium meeting was that NICKEFFECT is on a good path to revolutionise the field of coating materials by developing innovative...

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The 8th International Conference on Health and Safety Issues for a socially responsible approach to nanomaterials, known as nanoSAFE, took place in Grenoble, France from June 5th to 9th, 2023. This biennial conference has been a key platform for researchers and experts to share the latest findings on health and safety concerns related to nanomaterials. However, this year's event is special as it combines forces with the NanoSafety Cluster, opening up new opportunities for collaboration and knowledge exchange.   Among the notable participants at the conference were representatives from the NICKEFFECT project, including researchers from IRES (Institute of Research and Engineering of Surfaces) and CEA (Commissariat à l'énergie atomique et aux énergies alternatives). The NICKEFFECT project focuses on Safe and Sustainable by Design material development, with a particular emphasis on metal nanocatalysts.   During the conference, K. Chatzipanagiotou of IRES presented the NICKEFFECT project, offering insights into the research methodology and the progress made...

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On May 4th 2023, the NOUVEAU and NICKEFFECT projects, two initiatives that are leading examples of innovation and research in sustainable materials with a focus on industrial applications, hosted a joint webinar. The webinar was a unique opportunity for the attendees to gain insights into the two projects, their goals and the impact they aim to achieve with their collaboration. It counted with the participation of experts in the field, the project coordinators and also had a dedicated Q&A session.   Nerea Bilbao, Project Adviser for HADEA started by giving an overview of how the two projects were created under the umbrella of the Horizon Europe programme.     "With Horizon Europe, we step up and ambition for a sustainable future. The programme will maximise its impact by strengthening our scientific and technological bases, boosting our innovation capacity, driving the green and digital transitions and supporting and inclusive recovery." - Mariya Gabriel, Commissioner for Innovation, Research,...

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