Plenary Speakers

Prof. Maria Forsyth (Australia)

Alfred Deakin Professor
Chair Electromaterials and Corrosion Sciences
Deakin University, Burwood Campus
Burwood Highway, Burwood 3125, Australia
phone:  + 61 3 92446821

Title: Environmentally friendly multifunctional corrosion inhibitor systems


Professor Maria Forsyth “FAA” (Fellow Australian Academy of Sciences), is the Director of ARC Industrial Transformation Training Centre in Energy Storage Technologies, StorEnergy, past ARC Laureate fellow and currently an Alfred Deakin Professorial Fellow at Deakin University and an Ikerbasque Visiting Professorial Fellow at University of the Basque Country.  She is the Associate Director in the ARC Centre of Excellence in Electromaterials Science (ACES) and Deputy Director of the Institute for Frontier Materials (IFM) at Deakin University in Australia, where she leads the research effort in energy storage and corrosion science.   Specifically, her work has focused on understanding the phenomenon of charge transport at metal/electrolyte interfaces and within novel electrolyte materials.  Such materials have included a range of novel ionic liquids, polymer electrolytes and plastic crystals.  This has provided a basis for understanding the behaviour of such materials, and thus moving towards overcoming the performance limitations, of applications ranging from novel fuel cell designs and battery storage to corrosion prevention technologies.

Professor Forsyth leads collaborative projects in lithium and sodium battery technologies funded through recent Australian Research Council grants and with various industries.  She is a co-author of over 550 journal and conference publications attracted more than 20000 citations.  She has delivered more than 25 invited and plenary talks in the past 5 years. She was one of the team that delivered the ACOLA report “The Role of Energy Storage in Australia’s Future Energy Supply Mix” to the Chief Scientist in 2017.  Professor Forsyth has served on several editorial boards and is currently senior editor for Journal of Physical Chemistry letters. She is the recipient of the Galileo Galilee award for her contributions to the Polymer Electrolyte and energy storage field, has received the Australian Corrosion Association Corrosion Medal and was awarded to The Victorian Prize for Science and Innovation (VESKI) in 2017.



Theo Hack (Germany)

Airbus Central R&T (Germany)

Title: Drivers for Corrosion Protection in Aeronautics – Challenges to be overcome by Industry and Academia


Theo Hack is Senior Expert for Corrosion and Corrosion Protection at Airbus Central Research and Technology, the research organisation of Airbus (former European Aeronautics Defence and Space Company, EADS). He is Materials Science Engineer with focus on Metallic Materials, Corrosion and Surface Technology. In 1986 he started his industrial career as Corrosion Research Engineer at MBB/Deutsche Aerospace followed by Daimler Benz Research/DaimlerChrysler AG, R&T) and from 2001 on he is working for EADS and now Airbus research organisation as corrosion expert. He has been coordinating European research projects on corrosion testing methods, Corrosion Simulation and new corrosion inhibition concepts (FP6/FP7 and Ho2020). Key aspects of activity cover the development of new corrosion resistant aluminium alloys, the understanding of corrosion failure behaviour, design and improvement of protection systems, and development corrosion test methods. He is currently chairman of the Working Party Aerospace Corrosion Control of the European Federation of Corrosion.



Giuseppe G. Daquino (Belgium)

Project Officer Materials & Structures Technologies
The European Defence Agency (EDA)

Title: Is corrosion relevant to the Materials Strategic Research Agenda for European Defence?


Giuseppe G. Daquino is a nuclear engineer, with a PhD in nuclear and industrial safety and a Master in Business Administration. He has worked at the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission (EC), at the CERN in Geneva and, just before entering the European Defence Agency (EDA), at the Research Executive Agency of EC as Project Officer dealing with Space Research. In the latter context, he developed a long experience in project management, the portfolio being mainly composed by space critical technologies, including materials and structures, and enabling technologies for satellite communication.

Giuseppe Daquino is now the EDA project officer of materials and structures technologies. In this role, he contributes to the EDA Research, Technology & Innovation Directorate initiatives aimed at defining capability-led priorities and projects, he moderates and steers the EDA Member States expert group (CapTech) for Materials and Structures and related electronic fora on the EDA Collaboration Platform, he liaises with the EC and EU Agencies, companies and industry associations involved in military and dual use R&T in the materials and structures area of responsibility. He is responsible for the maintenance/update of the Materials CapTech’s Strategic Research Agenda, whose technology building blocks contain corrosion-related activities.



Dr Carol Frances Glover (USA)

Research Associate, Scully Group
Centre for electrochemical science and engineering
University of Virginia
395 McCormick Road
P.O. Box 400745
Charlottesville, VA

Young EFC proposal

Title: The many colours of metal-based primers: corrosion protection mechanisms and latest developments


Carol is a post-doctorate research associate at the University of Virginia where she specializes in developing Cr-free coatings. She has worked on multiple coatings projects for TATA Steel, PPG Industries and Axalta Coating Systems and has enjoyed contributing to the corrosion community’s on-going battle with understanding the corrosion mechanism of magnesium and its alloys. She teaches an undergraduate “Corrosion and Batteries” course and previously spent time teaching at Harbin Engineering University, China. She gained her doctorate at Swansea University in the beautiful South Wales, UK. Her favourite things, besides saving metals from rusting, are running and climbing mountains!



Dr Oumaïma Gharbi (France)

Adjunct Lecturer
Sorbonne Université, Campus Pierre et Marie Curie
Paris (France)

Young EFC proposal

Title: The additive manufacturing of high strength Al alloys: a new challenge in corrosion science


Oumaïma Gharbi is an adjunct lecturer at Sorbonne University, Paris, France. Dr. Gharbi’s research is focused on materials durability, including the corrosion of 2xxx and 7xxx series aluminium alloys, electrochemistry, and surface chemistry. She carried out her PhD research at the IRCP- Chimie Paristech and was awarded her doctorate in 2016 from Pierre and Marie Curie University, Paris, France. Her research highlights include the application of novel electrochemical methods, coupled with electron microscopy, to deterministically reveal corrosion mechanisms of complex alloys. Dr. Gharbi joined Monash University, Australia, in 2017 as a postdoctoral research fellow, where she studied the durability of additively manufactured Al-alloys. Since September 2018, she joined Sorbonne University as an adjunct lecturer, where she is applying her expertise on the durability of light metals in Ionic Liquids.


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