The School of Engineering is part of an innovative training network called mCBEEs, which is funded by the EU. The network is a joint venture between academia and industry with a primary goal to train young researchers in the field of corrosion and corrosion protection of micro- and nanodevices. The long title of the network is Advanced integrative solutions to corrosion problems beyond micro-scale: towards long-term durability of miniaturized biomedical, electronic and energy systems.


Corrosion phenomena occurring in micro- and nanodimensional components can develop in a completely different path than in their bulk counterparts and corrosion might influence the functional properties of small components in a much more severe manner. The following three main strategic fields where corrosion could seriously compromise the performance of micro- or nanodevices have been identified:

  • biotechnology (micro/nano-robotic implants, micro/nano-electrodes for recording and stimulating neuronal activity, or microfeatured prosthesis implants)
  • electronics (micro/nano-components in electronic boards, magnetooptical thin films, multiferroic micro/nano-devices)
  • energy technology (metallic foam-based micro- and nanostructured electrodes, self-standing nanoarchitectures)

In this network, several disciplines will converge to provide a multidisciplinary approach to accomplish mCBEEs' goals.


The network focuses on the study of corrosion mechanisms beyond microscale of components in miniaturized systems in different environments using localized techniques, and the development of multifunctional protective coatings to increase the long-term durability of such components. 15 different PhD students will perform 15 integrated multidisciplinary research projects and advance the state of the art in the field of corrosion and protection. The School of engineering will host one PhD school and is responsible for the training activities of the network.

Expected results

The mCBEEs ITN brings together 15 beneficiaries and 5 partners including 4 research institutes and 4 private companies belonging to 11 countries. The consortium complementarity will enable a high-level, multifaceted educational programme, where specials efforts will be made to bridge fundamental research with industrial applications. The educational programme is integrated with training in soft skills and aims at providing a network of highly qualified researchers able to tackle challenges both in Academia and Industry.

Collaboration partners

  • Universitá di Udine, Italy
  • RISE, Sweden
  • TUDelft, Netherlands
  • Vrje Universiteit Brussel, Belgium
  • ETH Zurigh, Switzerland
  • UPB, Romania
  • AGH, Poland
  • ITU, Turkey
  • Jozef Stefan Insitute, Slovenia
  • LIMA corporate, Italy
  • Universita Autonoma de Barcelona, Spain
  • Elsyca, Belgium
  • Magnes, Switzerland
  • INEB, Portugal
  • Universitá di Trento, Italy
  • CIDETEC, Spain
  • IGS research, Spain

Project duration and financing

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Sklodowska-Curie grant agreement No 764977.

Contact information

More information and partners can be found at External link, opens in new window..

If you would like to know more about the project, you are also welcome to contact Caterina Zanella, professor at the School of Engineering and training manager of mCBEEs.