Two SELECTA ESRs from UAB (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona), Doga Bilican and Evangelia Dislaki, were nominated as “Fellows of the week” on the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) Facebook page on Friday 22nd of July 2016. The “Fellow of the week” action aims to enhance the visibility of researchers involved in MSCA and their scientific projects on the social networks. To access the publication on the MSCA Facebook page, please click on the following link: https://www.facebook.com/Marie.Curie.Actions/photos/a.443662259040646.98825.135877696485772/1167318616675003/?type=3&theater
The SELECTA Workshop entitled “Micro and nano-electrodeposition for MEMS/NEMS and micro/nano-robotic platforms. Overview of lithography methods. Impact to society” organized by HP (Happy Plating) will be held on 29-31 August 2016 in Wiener Neustadt, Austria. The SELECTA ESRs (Early Stage Researchers) will deliver oral presentations to explain their scientific progress and they will be trained in the following scientific topics: (i) electrochemical and laser micro-machining for sustainable MEMS/NEMS and (ii) bioengineering and biomicrorobotics. The compulsory training in soft skills of this Workshop will consist in: science communication in media, business and research and outreach activities.Please, find attached information concerning the registration fees, the accommodation and the programme of the event.
On 14th June 2016, several members of the SELECTA network participated at the “Armourers and Brasiers’ Cambridge Forum”. Prof. Jordi Sort from UAB (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona) delivered an invited lecture entitled “Nanoporous materials for magnetism and spintronics applications”. Prof. Lindsay Greer from University of Cambridge was the chair of the session. Besides, the ESRs from University of Cambridge, Wilhelm Hüttenes, Samer Kurdi and Sundararajan Thirumalai, presented a poster with their latest research results. The event, which was held in the Pippard Lecture Theatre at the Cavendish Laboratory on the University of Cambridge's West Cambridge Site,is a one-day international conference held annually at the University of Cambridge. The programme is devised by the universityDepartment of Materials Science and Metallurgywhich has strong links with the Armourers and Brasiers' Company and it brings together leading Materials Scientists from universities and industry.
The SELECTA ESR from UOI (University of Ioannina), Carla Cutrano, participated in the “13th International Conference on Nanosciences & Nanotechnoligies (NN16)” which was held on 5-8 July 2016, in Thessaloniki, Greece. The objectives of the conference focused mainly on the latest advances on N&N by hosting scientific discussions between experts from different disciplines, promoting the innovative ideas and products from different geographical areas worldwide, starting new collaborations in R&D related with N&N, synchronizing the scientific and community sectors with the new research developments and the benefits from the multidisciplinarity of the N&N fields. Carla Cutrano presented her research work in the framework of the SELECTA project through a poster entitled: “Structural, magnetic and electronic properties of CuFe nanoclusters by density functional theory”.
On the 4th May 2016, Prof. Christina E Lekka from University of Ioannina (UoI) presented the SELECTA training seminar «Computational studies of metallic-hybridic materials» which took place in the Sala de Graus 2, Facultat de Ciències, Department of Physics of the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB). Computational studies of metallic materials at different length scales were presented, aiming to train the SELECTA UAB’s early stage researchers (ESRs), to transfer the knowledge and to disseminate the UoI’s ERS (C. Cutrano) calculations in order to trigger fruitful discussions and collaborations within the project’s partners. Simulations of Cu and Al-based surfaces and FeCu coating were shown while their potential role for environmentally sustainable applications under the SELECTA project’s requirements were also discussed.
Two ESRs from UAB, namely Doga Bilican and Evangelia Dislaki, attended the “Meet the fellows 2016” which was held on 22 April 2016 at “La Corrala”, Madrid, Spain. This outreach event was intended to disseminate information about research projects to a non-scientific audience. Students from high school and college, as well as general public, had the opportunity to interact with the ESRs and learn how they perform the experiments in the laboratory. The two SELECTA fellows prepared a presentation to introduce themselves, their host institution and their scientific project within the framework of the SELECTA network. The presentation also included a short video to show the fundamentals of the electrodeposition process (see below). Finally, they answered questions from the audience concerning their research work and they shared experiences with other MSCA fellows.
The VU (Vilnius University) team presented their latest research results in the framework of the SELECTA project at the Chemistry & Chemical Technology 2016 | INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE OF LITHUANIAN SOCIETY OF CHEMISTRY, which was held on 28-29 April 2016, at the Lithuanian Academy of Sciences, Vilnius, Lithuania. The goal of the conference was to gather together scientists to discuss different topics in modern electrochemical, chemical and technological research. Prof. Henrikas Cesiulis gave a lecture about “Electrodeposition of Co-W alloys from macro- to nano- scale”. In turn, the SELECTA ESR, Aliona Nicolenco, presented a poster entitled: “New electrolyite for Fe-W alloys electrodeposition”. See below the abstracts of the VU team presentations.
The SELECTA Workshop entitled: “Training on research methodologies, characterization techniques and reporting scientific results” was held on 6-10 March 2016 at IFW (Leibniz Institute for Solid State and Materials Research), Dresden, Germany. During the Workshop the ESRs (Early Stage Researchers) presented their project progress and their future plans in talks of 20 min duration. They also attended training lectures on the following scientific topics: (i) structural characterization of materials: diffraction/imaging techniques, (ii) mechanical behavior of electrodeposited films and micro/nanostructures, (iii) corrosion and wear resistance of electrodeposited metallic coatings, (iv) tribocorrosion and (v) nanomagnetism and spintronic devices. Besides, training on how to deliver “effective oral presentations” was also provided to the ESRs. The knowledge acquired by the ESRs was evaluated at the end of the meeting. The successful completion of the Workshop was awarded with 2 credits as “mandatory training” and 1 credit as “training is soft skills”. In turn, the senior researchers discussed several important aspects concerning the management of the network: (i) secondments implementation, (ii) dissemination of the project, (iii) consortium management, (iv) financial distribution and (iv) scientific projects.
The second SELECTA Workshop entitled “Training on research methodologies, characterization techniques and reporting scientific results” will be held on 6-10 March 2016 at IFW (Leibniz Institute for Solid State and Materials Research), Dresden. The 15 ESRs of the network will present their project progress and they will attend to several lectures, as part of their compulsory training. The main scientific topics of the seminars will be: (i) structural characterization: diffraction/imaging techniques, (ii) Mechanical behavior of electrodeposited films and micro/nanostructures, (iii) Corrosion and wear resistance of electrodeposited metallic coatings, (iv) Tribocorrosion and (v) Nanomagnetism and spintronic devices. In addition training on “effective oral presentations” will also be provided to the ESRs, as part of their compulsory training in soft skills. Please, find attached information regarding registration, fees, hotel booking and the agenda of the event.
The SELECTA Workshop entitled “Fundamentals of electrodeposition of metallic alloys: state-of-the-art at European and International levels” was held on 3-7 November 2015 at “Solaris Resort”, in Vrnjacka Banja, Serbia. The recruited ESRs (Early Stage Researchers) and the senior researchers from the partner institutions attended the event. After the welcome presentations, the ESRs introduced themselves, their scientific background and their project. The senior researchers also briefly presented their institutions and their role within the SELECTA network. The main goal of the Workshop was to train the ESRs in the following scientific topics: (i) basic electrodeposition methods for the growth of sustainable amorphous and nanocrystalline alloys, (ii) electrochemical synthesis of porous alloys for environmental applications and (iii) training in metrology, calibration and standards. Additionally, training in soft skills was also provided to the ESRs. At the end of the Workshop the knowledge acquired by the ESRs was evaluated.