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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


Rare Earth and Ionic Liquid Inhibitors for Light Alloys Corrosion Prevention

Alloys of the light metals magnesium (Mg) and aluminium (Al) suffer severe corrosion in saline environments. In the past, chromate conversion coatings have been used for protection as they offer excellent paint adhesion and corrosion resistance. However, chromium (VI) is extremely toxic and carcinogenic. We have an extensive research program to develop greener and safer alternatives.

Rare earth inhibitors (Ce, La and mischmetal coupled with diphenylphosphate) have been researched for use on Al alloys. Their corrosion protection is significant and ongoing research is being conducted to fully understand how they work.

Ionic liquids have only recently been investigated for use to form corrosion inhibiting films on both Mg and Al alloys. Successful surface films have been formed, however the influence of chemistry, applied potential, temperature and time are still unclear and are being investigated. Research into the use of ionic liquids as electrolytes for anodisation and to control corrosion of Mg alloy stents used to treat coronary artery disease is also underway.

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27th February 2015