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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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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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    The Spanish Association for Standardization, UNE, is legally designated as the National Standardization Body of Spain. It is the national representative and member of the European (CEN and CENELEC), International (ISO and IEC) and Pan-American (COPANT) Standards Organizations, and a member of the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI).   Formally, it is a non-profit-making, private, independent and multisectoral organisation, recognised at National, European and International levels. Through its development of technical standards, UNE helps improve the quality, competitiveness and innovation of companies, products and services.   In NICKEFFECT, UNE will lead all the tasks and deliverables related to the creation of guidelines for standardization for the Industry.  ...

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  F6S Innovation drives technology growth with public funding programmes. They boost the growth and scaling of founders, startups, SMEs and other actors in the innovation ecosystem by managing public funded programmes. Opportunities include equity-free funding and value-driven services such as incubation and acceleration, mentoring, piloting, corporate matchmaking, soft-landing missions, and networking with investors. In public funded programmes, F6S often assumes the role of project coordinator, open call manager and support to third parties, and leader of communication, dissemination and exploitation.   In NICKEFFECT, F6S will lead the work package on dissemination, exploitation and guiding & standardization activities. More specifically they will be highly involved in creating a dissemination strategy, promoting awareness-raising activities and developing exploitation activities for NICKEFFECT.  ...

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      SINGULUS TECHNOLOGIES develops and assembles innovative machines and systems for efficient thin-film coating and surface treatment processes, which are used worldwide in the Photovoltaics, Semiconductor, Medical Technology, Packaging, Glass & Automotive as well as Battery & Hydrogen markets. The company’s core competencies include various processes of coating technology, surface treatment as well as wet-chemical and thermal production processes. The focus is: Environmental awareness Efficient use of resources Avoidance of unnecessary CO2 pollution   SINGULUS TECHNOLOGIES regards sustainability as an opportunity to position itself with innovative products that follow this spirit.   In NICKEFFECT, SINGULUS as a partner from the industrial and engineering sector will actively participate in most of the project tasks, playing a key role in the upscaling of project results and in the validation tasks. They will also be actively involved in the development of the new materials, as most interested in assessing the potentialities they can bring to their products, their technical feasibility,...

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Advent Technologies develops, manufactures, and assembles complete next-generation fuel cell systems, and the critical components for fuel cells in the renewable energy sector.    Advent has created highly efficient fuel cells that operate under extreme temperatures, humidity, and air quality performing in places no other energy solution can.  More importantly, Advent’s fuel cells are multi-fuel capable (hydrogen, e-methanol, e-fuels, natural gas), meaning they work on hydrogen as it comes in many different forms eliminating the need for complex hydrogen infrastructures.  Because of this, it allows our fuel cells to be placed anywhere in the world and makes it possible to decarbonize the world today.   Advent is headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts, with offices in California, Greece, Denmark, Germany, and the Philippines.   In NICKEFFECT, Advent will lead the work package about requirements updates and test plan definition. More specifically, they will be strongly involved in updating the technical specifications for the different use cases.  ...

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CEA-Liten is a major European research institute and a driving force behind the development of the sustainable energy technologies of the future. It is dedicated mainly to the energy transition. The institute is spearheading the EU’s efforts to limit dependency on fossil fuels and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. In order to meet these challenges, the Liten and its ecosystem innovate with the objective of creating value and transferring it to industry and the economic world.   In NICKEFFECT, CEA will be strongly involved in the materials' validation in relevant environments. Will also lead two tasks: (1) Qualitative chemical risk assessment, capsuling all the requirements to ensure that the health, the environmental and the goods' safety will be developed and implemented; and  (2) Strategies for recovering the used metals and reusing them in other applications. .  ...

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  For more than 50 years, Ansys engineering simulation software has enabled innovators across industries to push boundaries using the predictive power of simulation.   The market-leading Ansys Granta product range has been developed over 25 years to enable you to capture, safeguard and capitalize on your organization's Material Intelligence. Drive innovation with materials, from digital transformation to Industry 4.0. Use trusted, accurate materials data to boost the accuracy of your CAD, CAE and PLM systems. Simply make smarter materials choices.   In NICKEFFECT, Ansys is an Associated Partner, and is mainly focused on work related to creating the Decision Support Tool including a sustainable by-design approach, as well as leading the task pertaining to the realisation and validation of the decision tool. ...

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  Innovation in Research & Engineering Solutions (IRES), founded in 2015, is an independent consulting company, composed of chemical engineers, physicists, materials and data scientists with a mission to deliver world-class innovative solutions.   IRES provides specialised services in the fields of Environment, Health and Safety (EHS), Nanotechnology and Digitisation of Materials Characterisation, incorporating Data-driven methodologies (Machine Learning).   In collaboration with external bodies and related initiatives, IRES is part of, building upon and pushing the frontiers at new technological events, arising innovative technologies and strategic research trends.   In NICKEFFECT, IRES will be leading the task of defining and evaluating the different data sources that will be used for the decision support tool development, and also the task of risk, environmental and cost impact assessments. ...

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  Elsyca was founded in 1997 as a culmination of research efforts and derives its name from 'electrochemical system calculations'. Its purpose was to leverage electrochemical knowledge through software simulation tools and dedicated expert projects.   Today, Elsyca is active in the markets of corrosion design & engineering, cathodic protection & AC mitigation, surface finishing, and electrochemical manufacturing within a variety of industries – such as oil & gas, automotive, aerospace & defense, electronics and medical.   Elsyca is capitalizing on knowledge and expertise in electrochemistry to deliver unique comprehensive multiphysics digital twin solutions.   Elsyca's solutions support industries to guarantee the integrity of their assets, gain reduction in operational costs, increase their production capacity, and get early visibility on their products' quality.   In NICKEFFECT, Elsyca will be mainly involved in the Electrodeposition process modelling, through the implementation of the software to perform finite element method (FEM) modelling making use of the Multi-Ion Transport and Reaction modelling software (MitRem)....

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  Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) is located in Brussels and has a great focus on Electrochemical and Surface Engineering. The team of professors, postdoctoral researchers, Ph.D. students, engineers, and economists, supported by a professional technical and administrative staff wants to contribute to the societal and technological challenges of the 21st century.  With a strong emphasis on durability and sustainability, they aim for the development of the next generation of high-performing and multifunctional metal surfaces, their production and their applications.    Some of the reasons why VUB tackles those challenges are: Some of the key mineral resources in the current economy will be exhausted in the next few years if exploited at the present rates, bringing recycling and additive manufacturing into the picture. Corrosion of metals is yearly costing approximately 1 to 5 per cent of a nation’s GNP, based on direct costs only. Renewable energy sources call for revolutionary energy storage systems.    The way VUB...

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  Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) holds a leading position in the most prestigious and influential international university rankings. In recent years, this award has been favoured by the growing impact of the research, the constant improvement of the quality of teaching and the ability to attract international talent.   This progress has been decisive in going forward to leading positions among Spanish universities in the two main university rankings: the QS World University Ranking and the Times Higher Education World University Ranking.   The UAB was also one of the first Spanish universities to obtain recognition as a Campus of International Excellence.   In NICKEFFECT, UAB will be mostly involved in the development of coating materials with tuned porosity and characterisation of the ferromagnetic metallic coatings. They will be leading the tasks of coatings production at laboratory scale and model validation at laboratory scale....

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Maria Lekka, the Head of Unit at CIDETEC Surface Engineering is also the NICKEFFECT project coordinator. She kindly agreed to answer a few questions to explain a bit better this 4-year project, the motivations and expectations behind it, and also the entities that will be working on it....

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    CIDETEC is a key international player in research and innovation related to surface engineering and polymeric and composite materials. It specialises in processing surfaces and materials through disruptive technologies, ultimately aiming at technological transfer that will ensure the right solution for each customer. CIDETECT focuses on: Developing REACH-compliant* coatings and surfaces that provide multifunctional properties such as corrosion and wear resistance, protection against hydrogen embrittlement or fouling, electromagnetic transparency, customised aesthetics, omniphobicity and conductivity enhancement. Developing new innovative, sustainable polymeric materials based on biomass waste, self-healing elastomers, thermoplastic formulations with custom properties, and our own 3R patented technology (Reprocessable, Repairable and Recyclable thermoset composites).   CIDETEC is Spain's only technological centre specialising in Surface Engineering. Aligned with sustainability and environmental policies, it counts on state-of-the-art equipment and facilities paired with a multidisciplinary team of experts that will help accelerate the company's innovation process. In NICKEFFECT, CIDETEC is the Project Coordinator. In this role, it’s...

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  Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona and Professor Eva Pellicer have 2 vacancies for 2 PhD students in the scope of the NICKEFFECT project. Check below for more information.   TOPIC: Nickel-based coatings with tunable porosity for energy conversion applications NICKEFFECT, a new project co-funded by the European Commission's Horizon Europe programme, aims to develop novel nickel-based coating materials to replace the scarce and costly platinum while ensuring high efficiency in key applications. A PhD position is available at the “Group of Smart Nanoengineered Materials, Nanomechanics and Nanomagnetism (Gnm3 )” of the Physics Department at Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB). We are looking for a highly motivated candidate of any nationality that will work on the production of nickel-based coatings with tailored porosity by electrochemical means. The coatings will be thoroughly characterized by different techniques to assess their suitability for the target application, namely water electrolysis and proton-exchange membrane fuel cell. The thesis will be carried out under joint supervision between UAB and...

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  The new NICKEFFECT project – Ni-based ferromagnetic coatings with enhanced efficiency to replace Pt in energy & digital storage applications – held its kick-off meeting at the beginning of June 2022, hosted by CIDETEC, the project coordinators. The 12-partner multidisciplinary consortium team (CIDETEC, Universidad Autonoma de Barcelona, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Elsyca, IRES, ANSYS, Matgenix, CEA, Advanced Energy, Singulus Technologies, F6S and Asociación Española de Normalización) gathered for two days in San Sebastián, Spain.  The main focus of the meeting was to discuss in detail the objectives and work plan of this new 48-month project, co-funded by the European Commission. It was also a great opportunity for everyone to meet each other in person and establish a deeper personal connection.  During the first day and a half, all the partners presented the specific objectives of their Work Packages, as well as an initial plan on how and when to achieve the desired milestones and...

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  NICKEFFECT, a new project co-funded by the European Commission's Horizon Europe programme, aims to develop novel ferromagnetic Ni-based coating materials to replace the scarce and costly Platinum and ensure high efficiency in key applications. Running from June 2022 until June 2026, the NICKEFFECT project is led by a consortium that is a multidisciplinary team comprised of 12 partners from 7 different EU and HEU associated countries (Belgium, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Spain, and the United Kingdom). It covers stakeholders of the whole project value chain: scientific and technology developers, technology providers, end-users, as well as transversal partners.   What are the main objectives of the project? NICKEFFECT will develop and bring to the market new solutions and tools for materials and process modelling, as well as for decision-making criteria to support the European industry. Among several impacts the project will create, its main objectives are to:  Synthesise ferromagnetic coating materials to replace Platinum as raw...

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