Surface Modifications for Advanced Applicatons

FP7-PEOPLE-2012-IRSES – Grant agreement ID: 318903.

The SUMA2-Network was a collaboration in the field of materials surface modification for advanced applications and ran from 1 January 2013 till 31 December 2016. It was composed of 3 Universities and 1 research center in Europe:

  • Saarland University (GER), 
  • Fraunhofer Institut for Material and Beam technology IWS Dresden (GER),
  • National Politecnical Institute of Lorraine (FRA) and
  • Linköping University (SWE)

as well as 5 Universities in Latin America

  • Universidad Nacional de Río Cuarto (ARG),
  • Universidad Nacional del Comahue (ARG),
  • Universidad Tecnológica Nacional (ARG),
  • Potificia Universidad Católica de Chile (CHI),
  • Universidade de Caxias do Sul (BRA). 

The purpose of this multidisciplinary network was to combine different areas of expertise in physics, chemistry, materials science, materials engineering, mechanical engineering and electronic engineering towards the development of optimized surfaces for different applications, such as: gas sensors, transparent p-n junctions, organic solar cells, electrochemical electrodes and wear resistant and anticorrosive surfaces. To achieve this goal, different processing techniques were applied and combined. These include plasma-based deposition techniques, plasma-assisted thermochemical diffusion treatments, and laser patterning. This was complemented with excellent characterization facilities including FIB/SEM, high resolution TEM, and atom probe tomography.Moreover, specially designed facilities for property testing (electrical, mechanical, sensing) were used. 80 exchanges were completed giving place to a strong interaction among the project partners. Besides the project meetings, three further workshops were realized in Latin America: Santiago de Chile (2014), Río Cuarto (2015) and Montevideo (2016). European and Latin American researchers participated on them designing new collaboration strategies for the future. Through the activities of the project, more than 38 peer-reviewed publications and 40 contributions in conferences were achieved.