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Institute for Frontier Materials


Graphene coatings make steel corrosion-resistant

IFM researchers have grown graphene flakes directly onto stainless steel, improving the metal's resistance to corrosion.

New research to realise the sensor 'pipe dream'

A novel sensor is set to help extend the operational life of energy pipelines by decades.

Ion man receives Alfred Deakin Medal

Materials engineering researcher Anthony Somers has been awarded an Alfred Deakin Medal.

Arresting the corrosion factor

Deakin's new Corrosion Research Centre offers unique research access to Australia's critical infrastructure sectors.

Seeing a future in the pipeline

New National Facility for Pipelines Coating Assessment launched at Waurn Ponds.

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Dr Timothy Khoo

Strategy and Industry Engagement


+61 (3) 924 46795


Ivi Cicak

Research Engineer
Energy Pipeline CRC Coatings


Corrosion Research

Corrosion Research

Corrosion research at Deakin University targets desalination and water infrastructure, oil and gas refining and production, defence and aerospace, mining and power industries.

The Deakin Corrosion Research Centre (DCRC) is a centre for research in corrosion engineering and surface sciences. Established in 2010 as the Deakin Corrosion Group, it is dedicated to a flexible approach towards research and development in a wide range of areas, including infrastructure durability, materials and alloy development, corrosion monitoring and prevention, biocorrosion, and coatings and inhibitors for surfaces and interfaces.

Led by Professor Maria Forsyth and Professor Mike Yongjun Tan, the Centre is distinct in developing comprehensive expertise in corrosion science and is driven by both fundamental research and the needs of industry and end-users.

The Centre draws together researchers from a range of disciplines including chemists, physicists, engineers and microbiologists.

The Centre comprises researchers from both the School of Engineering and the Institute for Frontier Materials, spanning across two campuses in Waurn Ponds, Geelong and Burwood, Melbourne.

Mission and Objectives

The Deakin Corrosion Research Centre aims to:

  • Build and develop our reputation as a leader in corrosion engineering and research.
  • Explore and study the fundamental characteristics of corrosion behaviour and utilise this knowledge to develop new technologies and processes to help solve challenging problems and issues.
  • Partner with industry and continue to foster relationships to tackle pressing corrosion and surface related demands affecting our society.

Deakin University acknowledges the traditional land owners of present campus sites.

19th February 2015