Invited Speakers

Dr. Rick-Wouter Bosch

Nuclear Corrosion Session (WP4)

Rik-Wouter Bosch has a PhD in material science from the KU Leuven (Belgium) and is working at SCK•CEN (Belgian Nuclear Research Centre) since 1998. He is a senior scientist and project leader working in the Structural Materials Expertise group of the Nuclear Material Science institute. He has more than 20 years' experience in corrosion, electrochemistry and stress corrosion cracking research in high pressure, high temperature water (nuclear) systems. In addition, he is lecturer for the corrosion courses of the BNEN (master-after-master programme in nuclear engineering).


Prof. Sannakaisa Virtanen

Corrosion Mechanisms, Methods and Modelling Session (WP6 & WP8)

Sannakaisa Virtanen is a professor for Surface Science and Corrosion at the Department of Materials Science of the University of Erlangen-Nürnberg (Germany). Her research interests are on the elucidation of reaction mechanisms at solid/liquid- and solid/gas-interfaces: corrosion, passivity, and high-temperature oxidation of advanced metallic materials. A strong focus of her recent research activities is on the corrosion behaviour of metallic materials used in biomedical applications, including biodegradable metals.


Dr. Nadine Pébère

Coatings Session (WP14)

Dr.Nadine Pébère is currently Senior Researcher at CNRS in the CIRIMAT laboratory, University of Toulouse, France. She works in the area of corrosion and corrosion protection by inhibitors and coatings, especially in the case of light alloys, such as Mg and Al alloys. She contributes to the development of the local electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (LEIS) to investigate localized corrosion phenomena. She was and is involved in several collaborations with industrial partners. She is author of 130 peer‐reviewed papers. Some of them resulting from international collaborations (Brazil, United States, Italy, Vietnam and Venezuela).


Dr. Laurent Diguet

For more than 25 years, Laurent Diguet has been a specialist in the field of material selection and damage analysis for the chemical company Solvay.

From a chemical and electrochemical background, he has developed a strong industrial experience in plastic, metal and ceramic solution for the CPI industry (Chemical Process Industry), providing support to industrial or research projects and to corrosion issue on all Solvay plants all over the world.


Prof. Dawei Zhang

Atmospheric corrosion session (TF)

Dawei Zhang is a Professor at University of Science and Technology Beijing and Director of International Relations of Chinese Society for Corrosion and Protection. His research interests include smart coatings and surfaces, microbial corrosion and corrosion machine learning. He has published over 110 papers on journals including Nature, Journal of Materials Chemistry A, Corrosion Science and ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces. He is currently an Editor of Corrosion Science and serves on the editorial boards of several journals including npj Materials Degradation Acta Metallurgica Sinica (English Letters).


Cédric Dombard

Cathodic protection session (WP16)

Cédric Dombard is cathodic protection method manager for Fluxys Belgium, the operator of the high-pressure gas transmission network in Belgium. He has been working for this company since 2005 and has been involved in the field of corrosion protection since 2012.


Prof. Christine Blanc

Corrosion control in Aerospace (WP22)

Christine Blanc is Professor in ENSIACET –INPT / CIRIMAT (UMR-CNRS 5085). She is Head of a teaching section for third year students “Innovative Materials” with a specific class “Durability” in the ENSIACET and Head in INPT of Master 2 “Structural Materials for Aeronautics and Space applications". Her field of research is corrosion, stress corrosion cracking, hydrogen embrittlement of metallic materials with a focus about the coupling between microstructure – mechanics – environment. She is President of the Scientific and Technical Comity and of the “Stress corrosion cracking – Hydrogen embrittlement – corrosion fatigue” commission of the CEFRACOR, France.


Tony Hughes

Tony Hughes (B. App. Phys (distinction), M. App. Sci., RMIT, Ph. D, RMIT University) has been retired since 2014, but holds honorary positions as an Adjunct Professor at the Institute for Frontier Materials at Deakin University and a CSIRO Fellow at CSIRO Mineral Resources. He has nearly 40 years of experience in characterisation in materials science, specialising in catalysis and surface science, solid oxide ceramics, coatings development, corrosion and corrosion inhibition mainly for Al-alloys. His current research interests include novel physico-chemical characterisation techniques applied to corrosion, corrosion inhibitors and coatings research.


Mats Ström

Mats Ström has an MSc in Chemical Engineering at Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg where he also conducted doctoral studies in atmospheric corrosion and the electrochemistry of iron oxides and at the institution of Inorganic Chemistry. M.S. was employed by Volvo Cars in 1986 and has since been working as a specialist and technical leader in corrosion in different international constellations and in a wide area of corrosion related topics. M.S. has been extensively involved in development of new, generally applicable corrosion test methods, exemplified by ISO 16701, and the ACT 1 and ACT 2 test procedures, used also outside Volvo, e.g. CETP 00.00-L-467 in Ford Motor Company. This work area has also included development of new corrosion test chambers, corrosion monitoring designs and devices. M.S. has developed procedures for special test applications, e.g. for heat exchangers, electrical components and stainless steels, as well as corrosion test procedures for complete vehicles and their implementation in proving grounds around the world. A frequent topic of M.S: in later years, not limited to corrosion, is surveying and analyzing various field issues and their root causes, aiming for long-term hardware quality assurance by improved design guidelines and requirements, rather than by testing.


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