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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In the evolving landscape of development for new chemicals and materials, the principles of safety and sustainability have become paramount. Innovations need to be driven not only by the requirement for an effective function of new products, but also towards minimizing the harm to both human health and the environment. This is evidenced by a gradual shift from the traditional considerations of “Safe by Design” and “Sustainable by Design” towards a new, holistic approach: the concept of “Safe and Sustainable by Design” (SSbD).   SSbD aims to integrate safety and sustainability concerns from the inception of a new chemical or material, and, in an iterative approach, along the innovation pathway towards commercialization. To ensure the adoption of safety and sustainability criteria, and the implementation of the SSbD approach in a standardized manner, the European Commission and Joint Research Center have developed an SSbD framework, offering detailed guidance on the methodology and appropriate...

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Temperature plays a crucial role in electrodeposition processes, influencing both the kinetics and thermodynamics of the reaction. As temperature increases, the rate of electrodeposition generally accelerates due to enhanced mass transport of ions to the electrode surface and increased reaction kinetics. Additionally, higher temperatures often lead to changes in the morphology, structure, and composition of the deposited material, affecting its properties such as adhesion, density, and crystallinity. However, the effect of temperature on electrodeposition can be complex, as excessive heat may also promote side reactions, electrolyte decomposition, or changes in the electrode surface, potentially leading to poor-quality deposits or altered electrochemical behavior. Thus, optimizing temperature conditions is essential for controlling the quality, uniformity, and properties of electrodeposited coatings and films.   Through collaboration with our partners and leveraging machine learning (ML) techniques, we identified the optimal temperature for electrodeposition processes. Subsequently, we embarked on physics-based modeling efforts to understand the intricate relationship...

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In a period where sustainability is crucial, innovative solutions are necessary for establishing a safer and more sustainable future. And the 4SEE Cluster was born with this premise – a dynamic collaboration between 4 different projects, funded under the HORIZON-CL4-2021-RESILIENCE-01-12 topic, that aim to revolutionise metallic coatings and engineered surfaces for the European economy. NICKEFFECT, FreeMe, MOZART, and NOUVEAU are the members of this cluster that is set to redefine industry standards, and drive innovation.   The 4SEE Cluster is a collaborative initiative focusing on safe and sustainable-by-design metallic coatings and engineered surfaces. By combining resources, expertise, and knowledge, the cluster aims to address shared challenges, enhance collaboration, and accelerate progress towards safer and more sustainable solutions.   Central to the cluster's strategy are joint communication and dissemination activities. These efforts include organising workshops, webinars, and other events to share insights, foster dialogue, and promote the adoption of sustainable practices. By bringing together resources...

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