SELECTA - PhD student training network for smart electrodeposited metallic alloys

​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.

The division of Materials and Manufacture at the department of Industrial and Materials Science is involved in the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Networks (ITN-ETN) called SELECTA ("Smart ELECTrodepositedAlloys for environmentally sustainable applications: from advanced protective coatings to micro/nano-robotic platforms" H2020-MSCA-ITN-2014 no. 642642) which is a highly inter-disciplinary initiative with the primary goal of training young researchers in the field of smart electrodeposited metallic alloys suitable for environmental / sustainable development applications. 

The project brings together 9 Beneficiaries and 6 Partner organizations (including 4 private companies), belonging to 10 EU Member States (plus Switzerland and Serbia). SELECTA seeks to achieve the target purposes using a sustainable approach, designing alloy compositions without or with minimum amounts of scarce or toxic elements while employing environmentally-friendly, minimally invasiveelectrolytic baths. 

The UN’s Sustainable Development Goals are taken into account. Hence, the following compositional restrictions are taken into account in SELECTA:
  • Avoid the use ofrare-earths (RE) and noble metals (NM)in the electrodeposited alloy compositions.
  • Avoid the use of highly toxic metalsand avoid (or minimize) the use of hazardous chemicalsin the electrolytic baths, in particular those related to the “substances of high concern”, as stipulated by the European Chemicals Agency.
  • Avoid the use of cobalt or nickel.
  • Minimize the use of gallium and phosphorus.Sustainability is recognized as the driver for resource-productivity and improved competitiveness of the automotive industry. 
The abundant use of metalworking fluids in manufacturing processes and the associated costs and environmental impacts have been a major sustainability concern. Increased awareness of the need for sustainability has led us to research in new and more sustainable manufacturing processes such as near-dry and cryogenicmachining. 

In a project engaging all three major Swedish automotive companies, i.e. Volvo Car Corporation, Volvo Group, and Scania, researchers at the division of Materials and Manufacture are providing an assessment system to include a number of machining processes (use-cases) with different supply for cooling-lubricants and treatment processes for waste. Simulation results and own data are used as an input for sustainability assessment to identify hotspots and risks at an early stage.


For more information, please contact:
Uta Klement, Professor in Materials Science and Head of Division Materials and Manufacture

Published: Mon 12 Feb 2018.