Smart ELECTrodeposited Alloys for environmentally sustainable applications: from advanced protective coatings to micro/nano-robotic platforms (SELECTA)
Research Project, 2015 – 2018

SELECTA is a highly inter-disciplinary initiative which has the primary goal of training young researchers in the field of smart electrodeposited metallic alloys suitable for environmental / sustainable development applications. The Network encompasses the fabrication and in-depth characterization of: (i) innovative protective coatings, (ii) resilient micro/nano-electromechanical systems, and (iii) wirelessly actuated micro/nano-robotic platforms for cutting-edge environmental applications. The project will explore new types of electrodeposited alloys (based on Fe, Cu or Al; free from hazardous and scarce raw elements), with tunable structure (amorphous, nanocrystalline), morphology (dense, nanoporous) and geometry (films, micropillars, nanowires), to meet specific technological demands (high wear/corrosion resistance, superior magnetic properties or hydrophobicity). SELECTA aims to integrate technological progress with environmental sustainability concerns, which is one of the major “Societal Challenges” listed in the Horizon 2020 Work Programme. Several disciplines (Physics, Electrochemistry, Engineering, Environmental Sciences, Biology and Robotics) converge together to provide a holistic approach to accomplish the SELECTA goals. The project brings together 10 Beneficiaries and 7 Partner Organizations (including 5 private companies), belonging to 10 EU Member States (plus Switzerland and Serbia). Special efforts will be devoted to bridge fundamental science with commercialisation of the research outcome. The complementarities among partners will render a high-level, multi-faceted educational programme. World-class research will be combined with unique training opportunities in soft skills, such as career planning, dissemination, intellectual property rights, entrepreneurship or management. The Network aims to provide highly-qualified specialists able to face future professional challenges in either Academia or Industry in an independent manner.


Uta Klement (contact)

Chalmers, Industrial and Materials Science, Materials and manufacture


Happy Plating

Wiener Neustadt, Austria

Istituto nazionale di ricerca metrologica (INRiM)

Torino, Italy

Leibniz Institute for Solid State and Materials Research Dresedn

Dresden, Germany

Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona (UAB)

Cerdanyola Barcelona, Spain

University of Cambridge

Cambridge, United Kingdom

University of Ioannina

Ioannina, Greece

University of Kragujevac

Kragujevac, Serbia

Vilnius University

Vilnius, Lithuania


European Commission (EC)

Project ID: EC/H2020/642642
Funding Chalmers participation during 2015–2018

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