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Deakin Research

Institute for Frontier Materials


Corrosion Research Centre

corrosion lab

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


  • Engineering research solutions to corrosion
  • Materials testing in simulated environmental conditions
  • Corrosion inhibitors and protective coatings
  • Corrosion monitoring and prediction
  • Applied electrochemistry and cathodic protection
  • Metallurgy (including fatigue and fracture analysis)
  • Materials engineering / composites / structural polymers/ coatings
  • Stress corrosion cracking & new alloys development



Energy Pipeline Cooperative Research Centre  (EPCRC)
ARC Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science
National Centre of Excellence in Desalination (NCEDA)


  • National Facility for Pipeline Coating Assessment
  • Reactor /autoclave for corrosion testing in high temperature / high pressure / highly corrosive environments
  • Electrochemical facilities for general and localised corrosion testing and research including potentiostats, scanning probes and array electrode systems
  • Surface characterisation equipment including scanning electron microscopes, optical profilometry, ATR-FTIR spectroscopy
  • Testing facilities for various mechanical tests
  • Heat treatment and surface engineering

Focus areas

  • Corrosion, infrastructure reliability and durability
  • Materials selection for corrosion control (e.g. protective coatings for underground pipeline and metals / alloys for desalination plants)
  • Pipeline corrosion and prevention Energy Pipeline CRC
  • Carbon dioxide corrosion and inhibition (e.g. corrosion inhibitors in oil & gas production environments)
  • Biocorrosion and microbiologically induced corrosion (MIC)
  • Light metals & reactive metals coatings and inhibitors


Dr Timothy Khoo
Mr Davi Abreu




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

27th February 2015