Corrosion Science and Surface Engineering (CSSE)

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Group Coordinator: Marta M. Alves



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 of 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 the 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



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.



Batteries as the central element for urban sustainability



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


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)



High-performance supercapacitors based on deep-eutectic solvent electrolytes


FCT-Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia


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


FCT-Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia


Bio-Based Smart Coatings for Corrosion Sensing and Corrosion Healing



Cadeia de Valor das Baterias em Portugal, Leader Petrogal

Pacto de Inovação CVB


New Generation Storage,  Leader DST solar

Agenda de Inovação NGS



Grant number: 101073266


CORK-based electrodes for eco-conscious supercapacitors - towards zero-emission energy storage


FCT-Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia