Corrosion Science and Surface Engineering (CSSE)

 

Our website: https://csseist.wixsite.com/csse-ist/

 

Group Coordinator: João Salvador Fernandes

Deputy Coordinator: Marta M. Alves

 

MISSION

The Corrosion Science and Surface Engineering Group (CSSE) has been dedicated to R&D in the areas of Electrochemistry, Corrosion Science and Engineering, and Functionalization of surfaces and interfaces. The main targets are to increase the knowledge on the mechanisms and kinetics of corrosion processes and develop materials with advanced properties and higher performance for industrial applications, namely in Aeronautics, Automotive, Construction, Medicine and Energy storage.

CSSE has a long record of publications and excellent international indicators. The facilities to develop the R&D activities include a fully equipped electrochemistry lab, where most of the modern tools are available and underpinned by solid skills in manipulating analytical and microscopic tools. The localised electrochemistry laboratory of the group is one of the most advanced in the world, and a lot of pioneering works have been developed.

The group research lines are Corrosion, Energy Storage, Applied Electrochemistry, Surface Functionalization and Nanomaterials, in collaboration with industrial partners from aeronautics, automotive, biomedical, oil & gas and energy sectors. Internationalisation is an essential factor, particularly in the frame of European funded projects, joint PhD training and industrial contracts

 

RESEARCH ACTIVITIES for 2018/2022

I Increased the durability of materials by using protective surface layers and adhesives;

II Tailoring of intelligent coatings for specific purposes;

III Engineering of supercapacitors using aqueous electrolytes, alternative to the less environmentally friendly organic liquids;

IV Design nanoparticles for multipurpose applications, using low-cost and low-impact syntheses procedures.

 

PROJECTS

Batteries as the central element for urban sustainability

PT2020 – COMPETE

 

Self-healing electrodes for hybrid supercapacitors: A new path to enable electrochemical energy storage

PTDC/QUI-ELT/2075/2020

FCT-Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia

 

Modelling of hydrogen activity from atmospheric corrosion in ultra-high-strength steels for light structure application

RFCS-2020 101034041

H2020-RFCS Program

 

Smart single layer polyolefin coatings for corrosion protection of steel parts (S2Coat)

NPRP11S-1226-170132

 

High-performance supercapacitors based on deep-eutectic solvent electrolytes

PTDC/EQU-EQU/4893/2021

FCT-Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia

 

Green multi-action products for the sustainable conservation of historic porous building stones

PTDC/ECI-EGC/2519/2020

FCT-Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia

 

Bio-Based Smart Coatings for Corrosion Sensing and Corrosion Healing

NPRP13S-0120-200116