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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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On November 21, 2023, Elena Jubete, representing CIDETEC partner, attended the Workshop on Sustainable Materials, organised by AMI2030 & EMIRI in San Sebastián, Spain. This event brought together experts, researchers, and industry professionals to discuss and showcase advancements in sustainable materials.   Elena Jubete's contribution to the workshop was marked by her presentation on "Greener Pathways for Surface Treatments and Composite Materials." The speech provided valuable insights into CIDETEC's involvement in the NICKEFFECT project. The audience gained a deeper understanding of environmentally friendly approaches to surface treatments and composite materials, aligning with the broader theme of circularity in materials research.   In addition to the speech, a roll-up display featuring key information about the NICKEFFECT project was showcased, capturing the attention of attendees and fostering engagement with the project's objectives and outcomes. The NICKEFFECT activities related to Safe and Sustainable by Design (SSbD) were also highlighted during the round table discussions, underlining the project's...

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Nickel plating processes, while widely used, come with their own set of challenges, especially when it comes to upscaling from laboratory setups to larger plating cells. The NICKEFFECT project, aimed at developing Ni-alloy plated electrodes, faces not only the inherent limitations of nickel plating but also the complexities introduced by the porous structures.   Addressing Throwing Power Limitations:   One notable challenge in nickel plating processes is the limited throwing power compared to other methods, leading to edge effects with uneven deposit thickness near substrate borders. The NICKEFFECT project acknowledges this hurdle and seeks to overcome it during the upscaling process.   Managing Current Density Variations:   Ni-alloy plating introduces an additional layer of complexity, as the alloy content in the deposit strongly depends on current density. Factor in the three-dimensional structures, and you face varying current density and deposit thickness throughout the substrate. Achieving uniformity in thickness and alloy content becomes a formidable task, especially when upscaling...

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Whether we realize it or not, we use Nickel every day in our lives. Nickel can be found in household appliances and products, electronics, jewelry, coins, buildings, stainless steel, magnets, and even in our bodies, as a trace element. Nickel also has several important industrial applications as a catalyst, in both oxidation and reduction reactions, used for example in oil refining and hydrogenation reactions. An important application of Nickel towards the transition to carbon-neutral energy is its catalytic activity for Hydrogen production. Can Nickel be part of the solution for clean energy production in the future?   We believe it can. Researchers involved in the NICKEFFECT project are developing Nickel-based coatings for several applications, including the catalytic production of Hydrogen. While this reaction is already applied on a commercial scale, it typically uses Platinum as the catalyst, a scarce and expensive element. Instead, the researchers involved in NICKEFFECT aim to develop Platinum-free...

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