Implementation of sustainable market applications
Protective coatings with high wear and corrosion resistance (at room and high temperatures) will be developed in line with the compositional restrictions of SELECTA.
New types of magnetic MEMS/NEMS with outstanding physical (magnetic, mechanical, thermal) and physico-chemical (corrosion, tribocorrosion) properties.
This includes: ultra-sharp tips for magnetic force microscopy (MFM), watch components, high-temperature magnetic actuators or magnetic nano-springs/helices. Metallic glasses are attractive for ultra-fine scale patterning of structures because of no competing effects arising from grain boundaries.
New types of electroplated porous membranes for water purification and “all electrodeposited” wireless magnetically-actuated micro/nano-robotic platforms, for environmental-oriented applications with special attention on water remediation (photocatalysis-mediated removal of organic pollutants) and antibiocide applications.
Robotic platforms will consist of hybrid structures in which lithographed magnetic parts will be assembled with catalytically-active and/or antibiocide porous structures (foams) produced by electrochemical means (electrodeposition or dealloying). The advantage of these magnetic robotic platforms is that it will be possible to recover them after use, by means of magnetic fields, so that they can be reutilized multiple times in a sustainable manner. SELECTA also aims to exploit prototype systems for environmental applications to an industrial level.