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Rudolph Buchheit

  • Professor, Materials Science Engineering
  • Assoc Dean, Acad Aff and Admin, COE Administration & Planning
  • 2070 Neil Ave
    169 Hitchcock
    Columbus, OH 43210
  • 614-292-0479


Co-Director, Fontana Corrosion Center

Rudolph G. Buchheit is Professor and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Administration in the College of Engineering. He earned a BS in Engineering Science at Loyola University Maryland, and MS and PhD in Materials Science from the University of Virginia. He was a Senior Member of the Technical Staff in the Materials and Process Sciences Directorate at Sandia National Laboratories New Mexico until joining the faculty in the Fontana Corrosion Center in Materials Science and Engineering at Ohio State. He has served as Department Chair of Materials Science and Engineering at Ohio State.
His research is in the area of corrosion science and engineering with emphasis on the chemistry and electrochemistry of corrosion, localized corrosion, corrosion protection, corrosion modeling and corrosion prediction. He has also worked in the area of corrosion inhibition, surface modification and corrosion resistant coatings.
He is a Fellow of NACE International, and past Chair of the Research Committee. He is also a Fellow of the Electrochemical Society, and serves on the Executive Committee for the Corrosion Division. He has serves on the Editorial Board for Corrosion Engineering, Science and Technology and is a former Editorial Board Member for Corrosion and for the Journal of Materials Research. He is an ABET Program Evaluator for materials-oriented programs, and is a member of the executive committee of the University Materials Council. He is the recipient of the H.H. Uhlig Educator’s Award from NACE, and the Morris Cohen Award from the Corrosion Division of the Electrochemical Society. He is also the recipient of the Stanley E. Harrison Faculty Award from the College of Engineering at Ohio State, and is a two-time recipient the Charles Ellison MacQuigg Award for outstanding teaching.



  • 2006

    Charles E. MacQuigg Award for Outstanding Teaching. .

  • 2006

    Fellow. .

  • 2004

    Stanley E. Harrison Faculty Award. .

  • 2002

    H.H. Uhlig Educator Award. .

  • 1993

    Morris Cohen Award. .

Journal Articles


  • Sukiman,N,L; Gupta,R,K; Buchheit,R,G; Birbilis,N, 2014, "Influence of microalloying additions on Al-Mg alloy. Part 1: Corrosion and electrochemical response." CORROSION ENGINEERING SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY 49, no. 4, 254 - 262.
  • Sukiman,N,L; Gupta,R,K; Zhang,R; Buchheit,R,G; Birbilis,N, 2014, "Influence of microalloying additions on Al-Mg alloy. Part 2: Phase analysis and sensitisation behaviour." CORROSION ENGINEERING SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY 49, no. 4, 263 - 268.


  • Sukiman,N,L; Shi,H; Gupta,R,K; Buchheit,R,G; Birbilis,N, 2013, "Electrochemical and Corrosion Response of Commercially Pure Aluminum Alloyed with Binary Additions of Strontium." JOURNAL OF THE ELECTROCHEMICAL SOCIETY 160, no. 8, C299 - C304.
  • Ralston,K,D; Buchheit,R,G, 2013, "An Initial Exploration of Corrosion Inhibition of AA6061 and AA7075 by Aqueous Vanadates." ECS ELECTROCHEMISTRY LETTERS 2, no. 9, C35 - C38.


  • Cavanaugh,M,K; Birbilis,N; Buchheit,R,G, 2012, "Modeling pit initiation rate as a function of environment for Aluminum alloy 7075-T651." ELECTROCHIMICA ACTA 59, 336 - 345.
  • Ma,Jia; Sahai,Yogeshwar; Buchheit,Rudolph,G, 2012, "Evaluation of multivalent phosphate cross-linked chitosan biopolymer membrane for direct borohydride fuel cells." JOURNAL OF POWER SOURCES 202, 18 - 27.


  • Ma,Jia; Choudhury,Nurul,A; Sahai,Yogeshwar; Buchheit,Rudolph,G, 2011, "A high performance direct borohydride fuel cell employing cross-linked chitosan membrane." JOURNAL OF POWER SOURCES 196, no. 20, 8257 - 8264.
  • Choudhury,Nurul,A; Ma,Jia; Sahai,Yogeshwar; Buchheit,Rudolph,G, 2011, "High performance polymer chemical hydrogel-based electrode binder materials for direct borohydride fuel cells." JOURNAL OF POWER SOURCES 196, no. 14, 5817 - 5822.
  • Ma,J; Choudhury,N,A; Sahai,Y; Buchheit,R,G, 2011, "Performance Study of Direct Borohydride Fuel Cells Employing Polyvinyl Alcohol Hydrogel Membrane and Nickel-Based Anode." FUEL CELLS 11, no. 5, 603 - 610.
  • Suedholz,A,D; Kirkland,N,T; Buchheit,R,G; Birbilis,N, 2011, "Electrochemical Properties of Intermetallic Phases and Common Impurity Elements in Magnesium Alloys." ELECTROCHEMICAL AND SOLID STATE LETTERS 14, no. 2, C5 - C7.
  • Choudhury,Nurul,A; Sahai,Yogeshwar; Buchheit,Rudolph,G, 2011, "Chitosan chemical hydrogel electrode binder for direct borohydride fuel cells." ELECTROCHEMISTRY COMMUNICATIONS 13, no. 1, 1 - 4.
  • Choudhury,Nurul,A; Sahai,Yogeshwar; Buchheit,Rudolph,G, 2011, "Polyvinyl Alcohol Chemical Hydrogel Electrode Binder for Direct Borohydride Fuel Cells." JOURNAL OF THE ELECTROCHEMICAL SOCIETY 158, no. 6, B712 - B716.
  • Hurley,B,L; Qiu,S; Buchheit,R,G, 2011, "Raman Spectroscopy Characterization of Aqueous Vanadate Species Interaction with Aluminum Alloy 2024-T3 Surfaces." JOURNAL OF THE ELECTROCHEMICAL SOCIETY 158, no. 5, C125 - C131.


  • Cavanaugh,M,K; Buchheit,R,G; Birbilis,N, 2010, "Modeling the environmental dependence of pit growth using neural network approaches." CORROSION SCIENCE 52, no. 9, 3070 - 3077.
  • Ma,Jia; Sahai,Yogeshwar; Buchheit,Rudolph,G, 2010, "Direct borohydride fuel cell using Ni-based composite anodes." JOURNAL OF POWER SOURCES 195, no. 15, 4709 - 4713.


  • Birbilis,N; Buchheit,R,G, 2008, "Investigation and discussion of characteristics for intermetallic phases common to aluminum alloys as a function of solution pH." JOURNAL OF THE ELECTROCHEMICAL SOCIETY 155, no. 3, C117 - C126.
  • Birbilis,N; Cavanaugh,M,K; Kovarik,L; Buchheit,R,G, 2008, "Nano-scale dissolution phenomena in Al-Cu-Mg alloys." ELECTROCHEMISTRY COMMUNICATIONS 10, no. 1, 32 - 37.


  • Cavanaugh,M,K; Birbilis,N; Buchheit,R,G; Bovard,F, 2007, "Investigating localized corrosion susceptibility arising from Sc containing intermetallic Al3Sc in high strength Al-alloys." SCRIPTA MATERIALIA 56, no. 11, 995 - 998.


  • Yoon,Y; Buchheit,R,G, 2006, "Dissolution behavior of Al2CuMg (S phase) in chloride and chromate conversion coating solutions." JOURNAL OF THE ELECTROCHEMICAL SOCIETY 153, no. 5, B151 - B155.
  • Birbilis,N; Cavanaugh,M,K; Buchheit,R,G, 2006, "Electrochemical behavior and localized corrosion associated with Al7Cu2Fe particles in aluminum alloy 7075-T651." CORROSION SCIENCE 48, no. 12, 4202 - 4215.


  • Yoon,Y; Buchheit,R,G, 2005, "The effect of Cu content on chromate conversion coating formation of compositional analogs of the eta phase Mg(Zn,xCu)(2)." ELECTROCHEMICAL AND SOLID STATE LETTERS 8, no. 11, B65 - B68.
  • Birbilis,N; Padgett,B,N; Buchheit,R,G, 2005, "Limitations in microelectrochemical capillary cell testing and transformation of electrochemical transients for acquisition of microcell impedance data." ELECTROCHIMICA ACTA 50, no. 16-17, 3536 - 3544.
  • Birbilis,N; Buchheit,R,G, 2005, "Electrochemical characteristics of intermetallic phases in aluminum alloys - An experimental survey and discussion." JOURNAL OF THE ELECTROCHEMICAL SOCIETY 152, no. 4, B140 - B151.
  • Birbilis,N; Buchheit,R,G; Ho,D,L; Forsyth,M, 2005, "Inhibition of AA2024-T3 on a phase-by-phase basis using an environmentally benign inhibitor, cerium dibutyl phosphate." ELECTROCHEMICAL AND SOLID STATE LETTERS 8, no. 11, C180 - C183.


  • Buchheit,R,G; Paglia,C,S, 2004, "Localized corrosion and stress corrosion cracking of friction stir welded 7075 and 7050." CORROSION AND PROTECTION OF LIGHT METAL ALLOYS 2003, no. 23, 94 - 103.
  • Wong,F; Buchheit,R,G, 2004, "Utilizing the structural memory effect of layered double hydroxides for sensing water uptake in organic coatings." PROGRESS IN ORGANIC COATINGS 51, no. 2, 91 - 102.


  • Zhang,W; Hurley,B; Buchheit,R,G, 2002, "Characterization of chromate conversion coating formation and breakdown using electrode arrays." JOURNAL OF THE ELECTROCHEMICAL SOCIETY 149, no. 8, B357 - B365.
  • Buchheit,R,G; Mamidipally,S,B; Schmutz,P; Guan,H, 2002, "Active corrosion protection in Ce-modified hydrotalcite conversion coatings." CORROSION 58, no. 1, 3 - 14.


  • Buchheit,R,G; Boger,R,K; Carroll,M,C; Leard,R,M; Paglia,C; Searles,J,L, 2001, "The electrochemistry of intermetallic particles and localized corrosion in Al alloys." JOM-JOURNAL OF THE MINERALS METALS & MATERIALS SOCIETY 53, no. 7, 29 - ?.

Papers in Proceedings


  • Buchheit,R,G; Guan,H; Mahajanam,S; Wong,F "Active corrosion protection and corrosion sensing in chromate-free organic coatings." JOURNAL: "PROGRESS IN ORGANIC COATINGS." in 2nd Workshop on Nanoscale Approaches to Multifunctional Coatings. (9 2003). 174 - 182.