Objectives and Benefits
Objectives and Benefits
The main objective of the Action is to support and promote high-quality research in electrochemical processing technologies and corrosion towards the development of miniaturized systems and devices.
The overall aim of the COST Action will be achieved by meeting each of the following secondary objectives:
- Expand and transfer the knowledge of electrochemical processing technologies between specialists and partners of other research areas and industry.
- Enhance the commitment to research and development of new processes in electrochemical fabrication of robust miniaturized systems with applications in MEMS and NEMS.
- Increase the competitiveness of micro- and nanosystems companies.
- Instigate the creation of new industries or reinforce existing ones in Europe in order to lead the world inelectrochemical fabrication technology.
- Train early stage researchers (ESRs) in a coordinated multidisciplinary style. The gender balance will be ensured.
- Create long-standing, collaborative research and industrial teams.
- Rationalize European research on miniaturized systems with particular emphasis on electrochemical processing and corrosion protection.
How networking within the Action will yield the objectives
The objectives of the Action will be achieved through the networking tools offered by the COST framework, such as meetings, training schools, exploitation of Short Term Scientific Missions, establishment of an ESR Think Tank, special outreach activities for women, and coordination of structured dissemination activities towards academia, industry and the general public.
Potential impact of the action
Impact of the Action at societal, scientific and technological levels is envisaged:
Societal: Europe is increasingly losing manufacturing demand due to low labor costs in other regions such as Asia. High-tech sectors, including micro- and nanosystems, are essential for innovation, growth and employment opportunities. European industry requires a manufacturing industry of high added-value products. In addition, the fabrication of miniaturized systems consumes lower amounts of material and energy. Moreover, small systems are designed to improve comfort, safety and health in society.
Scientific:Electrosynthesis of materials is a well-suited process for manufacturing miniaturized three-dimensional components. Both thin and thick structures, also deep patterns can be deposited with very high precision due to electric charge control. Alternative manufacturing techniques do not exhibit this range of capabilities in an economically viable sense.
Technological:Design and manufacturing of miniaturized components are well suited for specialized SMEs or a network of SMEs. This Action will help the electrochemical and surface finishing community to understand current challenges in terms of materials fabrication, integration, and measures against corrosion for miniaturized systems, in other research areas (e.g. robotics).
Target groups/end users
The target groups and end users of the main outcomes derived from the Cost Action are:
- Researchers in academia working in the area of surface finishing, chemical/electrochemical synthesis, corrosion, and related fields.
- European universities/research centers having research programmes in electrochemical processing technologies and device miniaturization.
- Young researchers in the area of micro- and nanoelectrochemical processing technologies. The Action is committed to foster the research career and employment opportunities of ESRs.
- SME’s across Europe within the micro- and nanosystems sector.
- Both specialized and non-specialized audience through a dedicated website which will display all the activities undertaken within the framework of the Action.
One of the main motivations of this COST action is a conflict between the importance of electrochemical processing in current technologies and the weak dissemination of knowledge accumulated in scientific laboratories in this field. Electrochemistry is considered as a part of physical chemistry, a field of high theoretical background, and electrochemical fabrication is only a minor part within electrochemistry. Since these fields are typically educated (at various levels) in the curriculum of chemists and chemical engineers, they gain a negligible role in the education of materials engineers, materials scientists and physicists. It is of top importance to include the fundamental background of electrochemical fabrication in the knowledge base of all researchers dealing with electrodeposition in order to enhance the level of expertise. This COST action offers an ideal platform for the communication between all interested parties and can serve as a knowledge transfer media between experts of various technical and scientific backgrounds.