A two day annual meeting of the M-era.Net project "COIN DESC: Corrosion inhibition and dealloying descriptors" took place on 16–17 November, 2017, at Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya in Barcelona. The principle objective of the project is to design corrosion resistant copper-based alloy systems by using corrosion inhibitors and to deepen the mechanistic understanding of corrosion inhibition. The purpose of the meeting was twofold: (i) to present, review, and discuss the results obtained during the first project year, and (ii) to plan the project activities for the following year.
Annual meeting of the project COR_ID within M-ERA.NET (European Research Area, an EU funded network) took place on November 9 and 10, 2017 at the Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest. The main aim of the project Design of corrosion resistant coatings targeted for versatile applications (acronym COR_ID) is to design and engineer new coatings for aluminum alloys with targeted properties of increased corrosion resistance, specific hydrophobic properties, prolonged service life-time and reduced ecological impact. The project work-plan proceeds according to the integrated computational materials engineering (ICME) principles. The meeting was devoted to the presentation of the results and plan of future activities. Partners: Jožef Stefan Institute (Slovenia), Talum d.d. Kidričevo (Slovenia), Chimie ParisTech, CNRS (France) and Eötvös Loránd University (Hungary).
The CORROSION journal has published a special issue devoted to biocorrosion of metals in human body edited by Ingrid Milošev, Ph.D. Understanding the mechanism of biocorrosion and metal degradation in human body—identification of the metal corrosion and wear products, and their effects on human body is of paramount importance for the safety and long-term well-being of patients with metal implants. Special issue features twelve articles divided into in vitro studies, retrieval and model clinical studies. Two articles are review papers written by Jeremy Gilbert from Clemson University and Ingrid Milošev. The special issue is aimed for readers not yet familiar with the biocorrosion topic, as well as for researchers already devoted to this topic.
On Thursday, November 23, 2017, the award of the Zois prizes, the recognition of Zois and Puh's recognitions for the year 2017 was held at the Union Hall in Ljubljana. Doc. dr. Anton Kokalj from the Department of Physical and Organic Chemistry received Zois's recognition for important achievements in the field of molecular modeling of chemical processes on metal surfaces. Dr. Kokalj is a top international researcher with original and high ranking publications in the field of theoretical physicochemical studies of processes on the surfaces of technologically important metallic materials. His contribution to the development of software tools for molecular modeling is remarkable, the developed software is open source and freely accessible. Dr. Kokalj is the most frequently cited author in Slovenia in the field of chemistry, and he is also ranked at the top in other indicators of excellence.
The show "Ugriznimo znanost" (Let's take a bite of science) entitled "Boj proti rji" (The fight against rust) which aired on RTV Slovenija 1 on 19. 10. 2017, was dedicated to corrosion and methods used for corrosion prevention of metallic materials. "The industry is thought to have more than a trilion euro of yearly losses due to corrosion, moreover the cost often includes the loss of human life. How and why does it occur? How do we protect against it? How can we identify corrosion in tough to reach places, such as concrete pillars, constructions and other systems? New coatings are being developed at the Jožef Stefan Institute, with the aim of replacing the all around present but dangerous chromate based coatings. Will they be able to defeat corrosion?" Coworkers of the Department of Physical and Organic Chemistry appeared in the show. In the studio dr. Peter Rodič concisely explained and demonstrated how and why corrosion occurs. We demonstrated how modern corrosion prevention coatings, such as sol-gel, conversion, superhydrophobic and self-healing coating are developed at our department. Besides dr. Rodič, young researcher Urša Tiringer (MSc in Chemistry) and Barbara Kapun (BSc in Chemical Technology) also appeared in the show. Researchers from the Slovenian National Building and Civil Engineering Institute also appeared alongside our coworkers. Protection against corrosion is an extremely relevant field in all areas of life - from the protection of ordinary metallic fences and bridges to ships, cars, airplanes and it is even relevant in mobile phones and microelectronics.
Kick-off meeting for the project mCBEEs financed within the call H2020 MSCA – ITN – 2017 (Marie Skłodowska Curie Action – Innovative Training Network) took place on October 16-17, 2017 in Udine, Italy. mCBEEs is the acronym for »Advanced integrative solutions to Corrosion problems beyond Micro-scale: towards long-term durability of miniaturized Biomedical, Electronic and Energy Systems« (No. 764977). Duration of the project is from October 1, 2017 to September 30, 2021. Consortium comprises 15 beneficiaries and 3 partner organizations from 11 countries, 10 universities, 4 research centres and 4 industrial organizations. 15 early stages researchers (ESRs) will be trained within the project. Besides Department of Physical and Organic Chemistry (prof. dr. I. Milošev) also the Department of Complex Matter and CENN Nanocentre will collaborate in the project. Project coordinator is dr. Maria Lekka from the University of Udine.
Dr. Jerca Pahor, during the years 2012-2016 young researcher at the Department for Physical and Organic Chemistry, was awarded by Krka Award 2017 for her PhD thesis entitled »New approaches to the synthesis of prodrugs of phosphates and phosphorylated derivatives of pantothenic acid«. In the framework of PhD research, performed at Jožef Stefan Institute and ACIES BIO under supervision of Assist. Prof. Dr. Ajda Podgoršek Berke and Prof. Dr. Stojan Stavber and defended at Jožef Stefan International Postgraduate School in July 2017, Jerca Pahor synthesized numerous new derivatives of phosphopathotenate and phosphopantetheine suitable for further testing on their potential biological activity. The research has notably contributed to the still deficient knowledge in the field of the synthesis of phosphorylated derivatives of panthotehenic acid and acyloxyalkyl prodrugs of phosphates.