Gabriele Saleh

Computational design of non-corrosive metallic alloys

The ‘noCorrosion’ project is devoted to the design of new corrosion-resistant materials for the electronic industry. It includes two aspects: high-throughput materials search and study of corrosion mechanism. The former consists in developing an approach to quickly estimate the corrosion tendency of a material by means of simplified quantum mechanical laws. This approach will be used to single out promising candidates out of materials databases (that contain hundreds of thousands of compounds). The second aspect is the atomic-level investigation of the corrosion process, so as to gain important insights into the corrosion mechanism and predict more accurately what materials are more apt for the targeted applications in the electronic industry. This project is carried out in collaboration with Nokia Bell Lab, where the ultimate experimental tests on the selected materials will be carried out.