The Project

What is SELECTA?

SELECTA ("Smart ELECTrodeposited Alloys for environmentally sustainable applications: from advanced protective coatings to micro/nano-robotic platforms") 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:
  1. Innovative protective coatings
  2. Resilient micro/nanoelectromechanical systems
  3. 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).



The project (H2020-MSCA-ITN-2014 no. 642642) brings together 9 Beneficiaries and 6 Partner Organizations (including 4 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 opportunties 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 eitherAcademia or Industry in an independent manner.






Among the diverse techniques to grow continuous or patterned metallic films (chemical vapour deposition, physical vapour deposition, sputtering, etc.), electroplating stands out from the rest for several reasons: simple set-up; cost-effective; it works at ambient pressure; deposition can be performed onto a wide variety of substrate shapes (also parts with undercuts); ease of operation; fast deposition rates; and ability to grow relatively thick homogeneous coatings.
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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Sklodowska-Curie grant agreement No 642642


SELECTA is a highly interdisciplinary initiative which has the primary goal of training young researchers in the field of smart electrodeposited metallic alloys suitable for environmental / sustainable development applications.



SELECTA project is a Marie Sklodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network that offers the possibility to pursue the PhD within the Network at different research centers.15 PhD positions are funded by the European Community under Horizon 2020 




SELECTA seeks to achieve the target purposes using a sustainable approach, designing alloy compositions without/with minimum amounts of scarce or toxic elements, while employing environmentally-friendly, minimally invasive electrolytic baths.