Environmental Interactions on Engineered Systems

The module aims at an increased understanding of the impact of environmental pollutants and aggressive substances on the integrity, reliability and functionality of engineered systems and at the assessment of reaction/leaching rates from material surfaces.

The core module activities are related to the development of experimental setups and methodologies combining surface analysis with electrochemical and analytical chemistry investigation addressing following questions:

  • Pollutants/materials interaction: Understanding of the environmental (temperature and humidity) interaction at the microscale in combination with material specific surface influence of aggressive chemicals (H2S, SO2, CO2, NO2, O3, Cl-) and nanoparticles.
  • Materials releasing/capturing mechanisms: Formulation of enhanced “electro”-chemical reaction models as the basis for development of improved materials and systems minimizing release/capture of metallic/ionic species, biocides and nanoparticles.
The obtained improved Lifetime Prediction for industrial system durability induces better products with less emission and environmental impact.