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Corrosion Initiation Mechanisms at the Nanometric/Atomic Scale

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Project "CIMNAS" data sheet

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address: RUE MICHEL ANGE 3
city: PARIS
postcode: 75794

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 Coordinator Country France [FR]
 Total cost 1˙657˙055 €
 EC max contribution 1˙657˙055 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.1. (EXCELLENT SCIENCE - European Research Council (ERC))
 Code Call ERC-2016-ADG
 Funding Scheme ERC-ADG
 Starting year 2017
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2017-09-01   to  2021-08-31


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 Project objective

The failure of metallic materials caused by corrosion strongly impacts our society with cost, safety, health and performance issues. The mechanisms of corrosion propagation are fairly well understood, and various means of mitigation are known even if research is still necessary to improve this knowledge or to develop corrosion protection for the application of new materials. The vision of CIMNAS is that a major breakthrough for corrosion protection lies in a deep understanding and control of the initiation stage triggering corrosion. Corrosion initiation takes place at the atomic/molecular scale or at a scale of a few nanometres (the nanoscale) on metal and alloy surfaces, metallic, oxidised or coated, and interacting with the corroding environment. The mission of CIMNAS is to challenge the difficulty of understanding corrosion initiation at the nanometric/atomic scale on such complex interfaces, ultimately aiming at designing more robust metallic surfaces via the understanding of corrosion mechanisms. The project is constructed on new ideas to achieve three knowledge breakthroughs, each answering a key question for the understanding of corrosion initiation on metal and alloy surfaces. It is envisioned that the model approach used and the achieved breakthroughs will open up a new horizon for research on corrosion initiation mechanisms at the nanoscale, and new opportunities for a knowledge-based design of novel corrosion protection technologies. Technologies presently at low TRL (Technology Readiness Level) will benefit from these breakthroughs. Resources will include a team of highly experienced and recognised researchers headed by the PI, a unique apparatus recently installed at the PI’s lab, integrating surface spectroscopy, microscopy, and electrochemistry for in situ measurements in a closed system, novel experimental approaches, and a strong complementarity of experiments and modelling.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2020 Zuocheng Wang, Antoine Seyeux, Sandrine Zanna, Vincent Maurice, Philippe Marcus
Chloride-induced alterations of the passive film on 316L stainless steel and blocking effect of pre-passivation
published pages: 135159, ISSN: 0013-4686, DOI: 10.1016/j.electacta.2019.135159
Electrochimica Acta 329 2020-03-12
2019 Zuocheng Wang, Francesco Di-Franco, Antoine Seyeux, Sandrine Zanna, Vincent Maurice, Philippe Marcus
Passivation-Induced Physicochemical Alterations of the Native Surface Oxide Film on 316L Austenitic Stainless Steel
published pages: C3376-C3388, ISSN: 0013-4651, DOI: 10.1149/2.0321911jes
Journal of The Electrochemical Society 166/11 2020-03-12
2019 Zuocheng Wang, Eirini-Maria Paschalidou, Antoine Seyeux, Sandrine Zanna, Vincent Maurice, Philippe Marcus
Mechanisms of Cr and Mo Enrichments in the Passive Oxide Film on 316L Austenitic Stainless Steel
published pages: Article 232, ISSN: 2296-8016, DOI: 10.3389/fmats.2019.00232
Frontiers in Materials 6 2020-03-12
2019 Li Ma, Frédéric Wiame, Vincent Maurice, Philippe Marcus
Origin of nanoscale heterogeneity in the surface oxide film protecting stainless steel against corrosion
published pages: 29, ISSN: 2397-2106, DOI: 10.1038/s41529-019-0091-4
npj Materials Degradation 3/1 2020-03-12
2019 Li Ma, Frédéric Wiame, Vincent Maurice, Philippe Marcus
Stainless steel surface structure and initial oxidation at nanometric and atomic scales
published pages: 8-12, ISSN: 0169-4332, DOI: 10.1016/j.apsusc.2019.07.166
Applied Surface Science 494 2020-03-12
2018 Li Ma, Frédéric Wiame, Vincent Maurice, Philippe Marcus
New insight on early oxidation stages of austenitic stainless steel from in situ XPS analysis on single-crystalline Fe–18Cr–13Ni
published pages: 205-216, ISSN: 0010-938X, DOI: 10.1016/j.corsci.2018.06.001
Corrosion Science 140 2020-03-12
2018 Vincent Maurice, Philippe Marcus
Current developments of nanoscale insight into corrosion protection by passive oxide films
published pages: 156-167, ISSN: 1359-0286, DOI: 10.1016/j.cossms.2018.05.004
Current Opinion in Solid State and Materials Science 22/4 2020-03-12
2018 Mohamed Bettayeb, Vincent Maurice, Lorena H. Klein, Linsey Lapeire, Kim Verbeken, Philippe Marcus
Nanoscale Intergranular Corrosion and Relation with Grain Boundary Character as Studied In Situ on Copper
published pages: C835-C841, ISSN: 0013-4651, DOI: 10.1149/2.1341811jes
Journal of The Electrochemical Society 165/11 2020-03-12
2019 Mohamed Bettayeb, Vincent Maurice, Lorena H. Klein, Linsey Lapeire, Kim Verbeken, Philippe Marcus
Combined in situ microstructural study of the relationships between local grain boundary structure and passivation on microcrystalline copper
published pages: 240-246, ISSN: 0013-4686, DOI: 10.1016/j.electacta.2019.03.054
Electrochimica Acta 305 2020-03-12

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