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Prof Mike Yongjun Tan

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Position

Professor Of Applied Electrochemistry And Corrosion Technologies

Faculty

Faculty of Sci Eng & Built Env

Department

School of Engineering

Campus

Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus

Qualifications

GCHE Not Required, Deakin University, 2015
Doctor of Philosophy, Curtin University, 1997
Master of Engineering, , 1989
Bachelor of Engineering, , 1983

Contact

mike.tan@deakin.edu.au
+61 3 522 72443

Biography summary

Dr Tan’s principal professional interests are in corrosion science and engineering and their applications for enhancing the reliability and durability of civil and industrial infrastructures, in particular underground oil&gas pipelines, hydrogen fuel systems and offshore infrastructures. His work spanned the range from fundamental study on issues such as electrochemical heterogeneity and corrosion science, applied research on issues such as corrosion testing and monitoring, localised corrosion measurement and prediction, corrosion inhibition, anti-corrosion coatings and cathodic protection, to industry contracted research on issues such as coating performance assessment, pitting and weldment corrosion of desalination plants. More specifically, Dr Tan has actively engaged with the Australia’s energy pipelines, future fuels and offshore infrastructure industries, and served as a Program Leader for the Energy Pipelines Cooperative Research Centre (EPCRC) in its “Extension of Safe Operating Life of New and Existing Energy Pipelines” research program. He has led more than 30 research projects over the past decade to address critical engineering issues that affect the reliability and durability of underground pipelines and offshore oil & gas infrastructures. These include major research projects for the EPCRC (14 projects), the Future Fuels CRC (FFCRC, 6 projects), National Centre of Excellence in desalination Australia (NCED, 1 project), National Energy Resources Australia through its National Decommissioning Research Initiative (NDRI, 1 project), Australian Research Council (ARC, 2 projects), as well as various short-term industry projects (approximately 20 projects). He has led the establishment of the National Facility for Pipeline Coating Assessment (NFPCA), which has won a CRC innovation award and acquired NATA accreditation. The NFPCA is currently the only one of its type in Australia and plays a vital role in increasing security of energy pipelines and infrastructures. Outcomes and benefits from these research projects have included the review and subsequent revision of the Australian Cathodic Protection Standard AS2832.1 criterion for cathodic protection of pipelines subject to stray current; a revision of AS4853 of the test voltage applied to pipeline coating; the development of a real time remote monitoring system of pipeline corrosion rates; a greater understanding of the corrosion mechanism under disbonded shielding coatings.

Dr Tan has received NACE Fellow honour ‘in recognition of distinguished contributions in the field of corrosion and its prevention’. He is an author of over 200 referred publications including some 33 papers in Corrosion Science journal todate. His original contribution to electrochemical methods for corrosion testing and monitoring have been highlighted in an invited research book (Y.J. Tan, 2013, Heterogeneous Electrode Processes and Localized Corrosion, John Wiley & Sons Inc., USA, 246pp). Dr Tan’s research output is often also in the form of confidential research reports to industry (some 200 industry reports todate). He is also the Asia Pacific Editor for the Corrosion Engineering, Science and Technology (previously known as the British Corrosion Journal since 1965). He has also served as the Chair of the Technical Committee, Australasian Corrosion Association (ACA) Conference 2019 - the largest Corrosion Conference and Exhibition in the Southern Hemisphere. He also contributed consistently to ACA technical committees and has received a Best Review Paper Award and an AMAC award from the Organisation.

Dr Tan has developed and taught educational and training courses including ‘Materials Performance and Durability’, ‘Corrosion Engineering’, 'Applied Chemistry', ‘Corrosion Chemistry’ and ‘Flowline Corrosion’ during his varioous academic appointments.

Career highlights

Dr Tan has received NACE Fellow honour ‘in recognition of distinguished contributions in the field of corrosion and its prevention’, specifically the Fellowship recognises his work developing a technology which can detect localised corrosion – which can occur in and on pipelines (for the development of an electrochemically integrated multielectrode array, namely the wire beam electrode method).

Dr Tan has over 25 years of research, teaching and industry engagement experiences in the field of applied electrochemistry and corrosion technologies. His substantial contribution to electrochemical methods for corrosion testing and monitoring has been reviewed/highlighted in an invited research book (Y.J. Tan, 2013, Heterogeneous Electrode Processes and Localized Corrosion, John Wiley & Sons Inc., USA, 246pp).

Dr Tan has successfully coordinated/taught undergraduate courses including ‘Corrosion Engineering’ and 'Applied Chemistry', and also postgraduate courses including ‘Corrosion Chemistry’ and ‘Flowline Corrosion’. Dr Tan's teaching and research are associated with the Deakin Corrosion Engineering laboratories at Deakin University's Waurn Ponds campus.

Research interests

  • Corrosion science and engineering
  • Applied electrochemistry with particular focus on localised electrode processes such as localised corrosion 
  • The reliability and durability of civil and industrial infrastructures such as oil and gas flowline, water and wastewater facilities 

Affiliations

Program Leader (Program 2 on corrosion prediction, pipeline coating, cathodic protection), Energy Pipeline Cooperative Research Centre

Journal Asia Pacific Editor – Corrosion Engineering, Science and Technology

Teaching interests

  • Corrosion science and engineering
  • Engineering chemistry
  • Materials selection and performance
  • Engineering projects

Units taught

  • SEM 329 Materials Selection and Performance
  • SEN701 / SEN702 Professional projects 1 / 2
  • SEN719 / SEN720 Industry project 1 / 2
  • SEJ441 – Engineering Project A

Major academic Units taughts previously:

  • Engineering Chemistry 100 (1st year undergraduate unit )
  • Material Chemistry units 231 and 331 (2nd and 3rd year undergraduate units)
  • Physical Chemistry units 301 and 302 (3rd year chemistry units)
  • Chemistry units 123/124 (1st year chemistry units)
  • Large classes with typically 180 students.
  • Corrosion Chemistry (Graduate certificate unit)
  • Flowline Corrosion (Graduate certificate unit at Curtin University)
  • Applied Chemistry (3rd year materials engineering unit)
  • Corrosion Engineering (4th year materials engineering unit)

Knowledge areas

Corrosion science and engineering

Applied electrochemistry

Materials performance and selection

The durability of civil and industrial infrastructures

Professional activities

Fellow NACE

Committee Member: ACA Oil and Gas Committee; ACA Water Infrastructure Committee

Member ECS, NACE, ACA

Research groups

Postdoctoral fellows / Research Engineer:

  • Dr Jianyu Xiong, Research Engineer and Facility Manager, Energy pipeline coating research and assessment projects
  • Dr Facundo (Bob) Varela, Research Fellow supported by FFCRC and Deakin University
  • Dr Ying Huo, Research Fellow supported by FFCRC and Deakin University
  • Dr Majid Laleh, the Alfred Deakin Postdoctoral Research Fellow supported by Deakin University, conducting a research project entitled 'Additive Manufacturing for Superior Corrosion Resistance'

Current and recent PhD students

  • Sha Ji, Multifunctional coatings (supported by ARC)
  • Sara Falahat, Hydrogen embrittlement of addiditively manufactured metals and alloys (supported by Deakin University and FFCRC)
  • Peng Zhang, Hydrogen embrittlement of future fuels / hydrogen pipeline steels (supported by FFCRC)
  • Mauricio (Max) Leonel Latino, Understanding cathodic shielding and corrosion under disbonded coatings (support by an EPCRC scholarship)
  • Ke Wang, Corrosion sensing and detection technology methods (support by an EPCRC scholarship)
  • Majid Laleh, Understanding passivity and its breakdown processes (supported by a Deakin University scholarship)
  • Yunze Xu, Erosion corrosion sensor technology, (supported by a Chinese Scholarship Council scholarship)
  • Aifang Amy Wei, Protecting concrtet structure corrosion by carbon fibres (supported by a Deakin University industry scholarship)
  • Reza Parvizi, Understanding heterogeneous electrode processes (supported by a Deakin University scholarship)
  • Fariba Mahdavi, A fundamental electrochemical on organic coating disbondment (support by an EPCRC scholarship)
  • Shyama Ranade, The detection and measurement of the initiation and propagation of pipeline coating damage under various environmental and cathodic protection conditions (support by an EPCRC scholarship)

Masters project and Honours students, approximately 10-20/year, for example,

  • Moayad Alsulaiman, Corrosion testing of cooling water systems (4th year mechanical engineering student project, with Prof Bruce Hinton)
  • Robarte Theyers, Simulating crevice corrosion in seawater desalination environments (4th year engineering student project, with J Xiong)
  • Mohamed Al Qubaisi, Underground corrosion and cathodic protection the effect of stray currents (4th year engineering student project, with Y Huo and R Gupta)
  • Tong Wang, Rare earth metal compounds as corrosion inhibitors for Al 5xxx (4th year engineering student project, with M. Forsyth and R Gupta) Hussain AlomoratModeling galvanic corrosion of metals (Principal Supervisor: Subrat Das)
  • Thomas Hallifax-Ballinger, Modelling pipeline coating flexibility testing (Summer scholarship project, and EPCRC Research Assistant funds)

Projects

Sample research projects:

2021: M. Tan, B. Varela, Prototyping and demonstrating a new pipeline corrosion control technology, Future Fuels CRC, $251,000 (cash)

2020: M. Tan, R.  Melchers, Developing a tool for predicting the lifespan and corrosion behaviour of decommissioned O&G metallic infrastructure in the ocean, National Energy Resources Australia, $298,300 (cash)

2019: B. Varela, M. Tan, Validation of quality assurance tests for two-part epoxy coatings, Future Fuels CRC, $459,000 (cash)

2020: B. Varela, M. Tan, Methods for keyhole coating damage treatment based on corrosion mitigating fluids, Future Fuels CRC, $342,800 (cash)

2019: ARC DP200100568, Peter Junk, Mike Yongjun Tan, Glen Deacon, Understanding and improving rare earth corrosion inhibitors, $420,000 (cash)

2018-2021: ARC IH150100006, Wenhui Duan...Mike Yongjun Tan... Hub for Nanoscience based Construction Material Manufacturing, $5m for the Hub

2019, Gap analysis of smart monitoring and data analytics for fuel infrastructural networks, Future Fuels CRC $78,000 (cash), $105,500 (in-kind), $183,500 (total) Mike Tan,  Yong Xiang, Bruce Hinton, Indivarie Ubhayaratne and Bob Varela

2019-2022, Assessing Atom Probe Tomography for understanding hydrogen interactions with steel pipelines Future Fuels CRC $305,066 (cash), $ 762,500 (in-kind), $1,050,566 (total) Tim Hilditch and Mike Tan (joint project leaders), Daniel Fabijanic,  Ross Marceau

2019-2020, A scoping study of a closed-loop cathodic protection system for existing and future fuel networks, Future Fuels CRC, $192,000 (cash), $269,000 (in-kind), $466,000 (total), Bob Varela and Mike Tan

2016 – 2017, Shore-crossing cathodic protection program, $177,600 ($60,000 in cash), Energy Pipeline CRC, Mike YJ Tan (Project Leader)

2016-2019, Predicting pipeline failure through corrosion modelling, $438,500 ($114,100 in cash), Energy Pipeline CRC, Mike YJ Tan (Project Leader), Daniel Fabijanic

2015-2018, Method for assessing coating integrity and CP efficiency under complex pipeline conditions, $855, 240 ($308,000 in cash), Energy Pipeline CRC, Mike YJ Tan (Project Leader), Maria Forsyth, Bruce Hinton

2015-2018, Cathodic Shielding & Corrosion under Disbonded Coatings, $1,056,360 ($318,800 in cash), Energy Pipeline CRC, Mike YJ Tan (Project Leader), Maria Forsyth, Bruce Hinton

2015-2018, Pipeline condition monitoring sensors, $1.579,680 ($489,800 in cash), Energy Pipeline CRC, Mike YJ Tan (Project Leader), Maria Forsyth, Bruce Hinton

2012 - 2015 Energy pipeline health monitoring and life prediction Energy Pipeline CRC $1,452,540 ($429,500 in cash) over 3 years from 2012 Mike YJ Tan (Project Leader) Bruce Hinton, Subrat Das, Alex Stojcevski

2012 - 2015 Evaluating and understanding coating failure due to cracking and disbondment Energy Pipeline CRC $940,000 ($293,000 in cash) over 3 years from 2012 Mike YJ Tan (Project Leader), Qipeng Guo, Maria Forsyth

2012 - 2015 Transient loss of cathodic protection Energy Pipeline CRC $822,500(299,000 in cash) over 3 years from 2012 Mike YJ Tan (Project Leader), Maria Forsyth, Subrat Das

2012 - 2015 Smart Materials for Corrosion Management National centre of excellence in desalination Australia $450,000 cash (2012-2015)
Maria Forsyth (Principal Investigator), Jim Efthimiadis, Lingxue Kong, Peter Hodgson, Daniel Fabijanic, Bronwyn Fox, Yongjun Mike Tan (Project Manager), Nick Birbilis, Frank Collins, Frédéric Blin, Sarah Furman, Peter Hillis, Gabriel Xiourouppa, Terry Little, Michael Keough, Rudolph G. Buchheit

2012 Electrochemical testing /study of stainless steel weldments on desalination pipelines Sussex Material Solutions Pty Ltd Contracted industry research funding $17,750  Mike YJ Tan (Project Leader)

Publications

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Funded Projects at Deakin

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Supervisions

Principal Supervisor
2021

Majid Laleh

Thesis entitled: Localised corrosion characteristics of additively manufactured austenitic stainless steel

Doctor of Philosophy (Engineering), School of Engineering

2019

Ke Wang

Thesis entitled: A study on enhancing the reliability of corrosion monitoring using electrochemical corrosion probes

Doctor of Philosophy (Engineering), Institute for Frontier Materials

Mauricio Leonel Latino

Thesis entitled: Measuring and understanding cathodic protection current through disbonded organic coatings and its effect on corrosion.

Doctor of Philosophy (Engineering), Institute for Frontier Materials

2017

Shyama Deepak Ranade

Thesis entitled: Measuring and understanding coating degradation under combined mechanical, electrochemical, and environmental effects

Doctor of Philosophy (Engineering), Institute for Frontier Materials

Reza Parvizi

Thesis entitled: Electrochemical and Interfacial Characterisation of Localised Corrosion at Heterogeneous Structures in AA2024

Doctor of Philosophy (Engineering), School of Engineering

Fariba Mahdavi

Thesis entitled: Measuring and Understanding the Cathodic Disbondment of Organic Coatings Using Electrochemical Techniques

Doctor of Philosophy (Engineering), Institute for Frontier Materials

2016

Ying Huo

Thesis entitled: A study of the effects of potential excursions and the environment on the effectiveness of cathodic protection

Doctor of Philosophy (Engineering), Institute for Frontier Materials

Facundo Varela

Thesis entitled: Electrochemical methods for monitoring localized corrosion under cathodic protection

Doctor of Philosophy (Engineering), Institute for Frontier Materials

2015

Phillip Nicholas John Wyld

Thesis entitled: Understanding the Effects of Crevice and Galvanic Corrosion for Seawater Desalination Plants Management

Master of Engineering, School of Engineering

Associate Supervisor
2019

Aifang Wei

Thesis entitled: Improving Corrosion Resistance of Reinforced Concrete Structures Using Carbon Fibres

Doctor of Philosophy (Engineering), School of Engineering

Guangwu Guan

Thesis entitled: Synthesis and Properties of Self-emulsifying and VOC-free Alkyd-acrylic Hybrid Dispersion

Doctor of Philosophy (Engineering), Institute for Frontier Materials

Haoguan Gui

Thesis entitled: Tunable porous polymers by high internal phase emulsion templating

Doctor of Philosophy (Engineering), Institute for Frontier Materials

2017

Francois-Marie Jacques Allioux

Thesis entitled: Hybrid Ion-Exchange Membrane-Electrode for Advanced Catalysis and Desalination Processes

Doctor of Philosophy (Engineering), Institute for Frontier Materials