M-ERA.NET published a Success story on the project COR-ID, acronym for Design of corrosion resistant coatings targeted for versatile applications. Project is coordinated by dr. Ingrid Milošev of the Department of Physical and Organic Chemistry and comprises partners from Slovenia (Talum d.d. Kidričevo), France (ENSCP, CNRS) and Hungary (Eötvös Loránd University). The objective of the project is to design multifunctional coatings which would simultaneously act as high-quality corrosion inhibitors and offer additional properties like hydrophobicity. These coatings will be used also for less corrosion resistant Al alloys or secondary Al alloys by industrial partner Talum. A “virtual laboratory” is being established to enable the construction of parameters used in larger-scale simulations, such as, semi-empirical based molecular-dynamics. Pilot device for large-scale testing is under construction. The project goals are being realized through the ICME (Integrated Computational Materials Engineering) paradigm consisting of integration of three fundamental disciplines: multi-scale modeling, multi-scale chemical synthesis, and high-throughput electrochemical and corrosion experimental testing and verification.
Journal of The Electrochemical Society published the review on conversion coatings based on zirconium and/or titanium written by I. Milošev and G.S. Frankel (Fontana Corrosion Center, The Ohio State University, USA). Conversion coatings based on Zr or Ti seem to a good choice as an alternative technology to legacy chromate and phosphate conversion coatings associated with the health and environmental issues. This literature review summarizes the scientific results in this rapidly growing area of research. Following the description of composition of conversion bath and deposition mechanism, the effects of process parameters for conversion baths are presented together with coating characteristics such as composition, morphology and thickness. The effects of the type of substrate and substrate pre-treatment are explored for the most-studied substrates. The corrosion performance of the conversion coatings is discussed, as well as adhesion of organic coatings. Advantages and potential drawbacks are also presented.
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.