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Rudolph Buchheit

  • 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.



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    Charles E. MacQuigg Award for Outstanding Teaching.

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  • 20040101

    Stanley E. Harrison Faculty Award.

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    H.H. Uhlig Educator Award.

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    Morris Cohen Award.

  • Morris Cohen Award.

  • Stanley E. Harrison Faculty Award.

  • H.H. Uhlig Educator Award.

  • Charles E. MacQuigg Award for Outstanding Teaching.

  • Fellow.

Journal Articles


  • Feng, Z.; Hurley, B.; Li, J.; Buchheit, R., 2018, "Corrosion inhibition study of aqueous vanadate on Mg alloy AZ31." Journal of the Electrochemical Society 165, no. 2, C94-C102 - C94-C102.
  • Klomjit, P.; Buchheit, R.G., 2018, "Characterization of inhibitor storage and release from commercial primers." Progress in Organic Coatings 114, 68-77 - 68-77.


  • Li, J.; Buchheit, R., 2017, "Development of zinc ferrocyanide ion exchange compounds for corrosion-inhibiting and sensing pigments." Progress in Organic Coatings 104, 210-216 - 210-216.
  • Guo, X.; Hurley, B.; Yang, F.; Buchheit, R., 2017, "A Novel Organic Conversion Coating based on N-Benzoyl-N-Phenylhydroxylamine Chemistry for the Corrosion Protection of AA2024-T3." Electrochimica Acta 246, 197-207 - 197-207.


  • Hughes, A.E.; Mol, J.M.C.; Zheludkevich, M.L.; Buchheit, R.G., 2016, "Introduction." Springer Series in Materials Science 233, 1-17 - 1-17.


  • Li, J.; Birbilis, N.; Buchheit, R.G., 2015, "Electrochemical assessment of interfacial characteristics of intermetallic phases present in aluminium alloy 2024-T3." Corrosion Science 101, 155-164 - 155-164.


  • Cavanaugh, M.K.; Li, J-C.; Birbilis, N.; Buchheit, R.G., 2014, "Electrochemical Characterization of Intermetallic Phases Common to Aluminum Alloys as a Function of Solution Temperature." JOURNAL OF THE ELECTROCHEMICAL SOCIETY 161, no. 12, C535-C543 - C535-C543.
  • Cavanaugh, M.K.; Li, J.C.; Birbilis, N.; Buchheit, R.G., 2014, "Electrochemical characterization of intermetallic phases common to aluminum alloys as a function of solution temperature." Journal of the Electrochemical Society 161, no. 12, C535-C543 - C535-C543.


  • Alyamac, E.; Gu, H.; Soucek, M.D.; Qiu, S. et al., 2012, "Alkoxysilane oligomer modified epoxide primers." Progress in Organic Coatings 74, no. 1, 67-81 - 67-81.


  • Paglia, C.S.; Buchheit, R.G., 2007, "The influence of a propane gas torch flame post-weld heat treatment on the mechanical and corrosion properties of a 2219-T87 friction stir weld." Welding and Cutting 6, no. 2, 96-102 - 96-102.
  • Kim, Y.; Buchheit, R.G., 2007, "A characterization of the inhibiting effect of Cu on metastable pitting in dilute Al-Cu solid solution alloys." Electrochimica Acta 52, no. 7, 2437-2446 - 2437-2446.


  • Paglia, C.S.; Jata, K.V.; Buchheit, R.G., 2006, "A cast 7050 friction stir weld with scandium: microstructure, corrosion and environmental assisted cracking." Materials Science and Engineering A 424, no. 1-2, 196-204 - 196-204.


  • Shell, E.B.; Buchheit, R.G.; Zoofan, B., 2005, "Correlation of residual fatigue life with quantified NDE measurements." International Journal of Fatigue 27, no. 2, 105-112 - 105-112.


  • Guan, H.; Buchheit, R.G., 2004, "Corrosion protection of aluminum alloy 2024-T3 by vanadate conversion coatings." Corrosion 60, no. 3, 284-296 - 284-296.
  • Buchheit, R.C.; Cuan, H., 2004, "Formation and characteristics of Al-Zn hydrotalcite coatings on galvanized steel." Journal of Coatings Technology Research 1, no. 4, 277-290 - 277-290.


  • Kendig, M.W.; Buchheit, R.G., 2003, "Corrosion inhibition of aluminum and aluminum alloys by soluble chromates, chromate coatings, and chromate-free coatings." Corrosion 59, no. 5, 379-400 - 379-400.
  • Laget, V.; Jeffcoate, C.S.; Isaacs, H.S.; Buchheit, R.G., 2003, "Dehydration-Induced Loss of Corrosion Protection Properties in Chromate Conversion Coatings on Aluminum Alloy 2024-T3." Journal of the Electrochemical Society 150, no. 9,
  • Zhang, W.; Buchheit, R.G., 2003, "Effect of ambient aging on inhibition of oxygen reduction by chromate conversion coatings." Corrosion 59, no. 4, 356-362 - 356-362.


  • Leggat, R.B.; Taylor, S.R.; Zhang, W.; Buchheit, R.G., 2002, "Corrosion performance of field-applied chromate conversion coatings." Corrosion 58, no. 3, 283-291 - 283-291.
  • Zhang, W.; Buchheit, R.G., 2002, "Hydrotalcite coating formation on Al-Cu-Mg alloys from oxidizing bath chemistries." Corrosion 58, no. 7, 591-600 - 591-600.


  • Kertz, J.E.; Gouma, P.I.; Buchheit, R.G., 2001, "Localized corrosion susceptibility of Al-Li-Cu-Mg-Zn alloy AF/C458 due to interrupted quenching from solutionizing temperatures." Metallurgical and Materials Transactions A: Physical Metallurgy and Materials Science 32, no. 10, 2561-2573 - 2561-2573.
  • Searles, J.L.; Gouma, P.I.; Buchheit, R.G., 2001, "Stress corrosion cracking of sensitized AA5083 (Al-4.5Mg-1.0Mn)." Metallurgical and Materials Transactions A: Physical Metallurgy and Materials Science 32, no. 11, 2859-2867 - 2859-2867.


  • Buchheit, R.G., 2000, "Electrochemistry of θ (Al2Cu), S (Al2CuMg) and T1 (Al2CuLi) and localized corrosion and environment assisted cracking in high strength Al alloys." Materials Science Forum 331,
  • Buchheit, R.G.; Martinez, M.A.; Montes, L.P., 2000, "Evidence for Cu ion formation by dissolution and dealloying the Al2CuMg intermetallic compound in rotating ring-disk collection experiments." Journal of the Electrochemical Society 147, no. 1, 119-124 - 119-124.


  • Buchheit, R.G.; Montes, L.P.; Martinez, M.A.; Michael, J. et al., 1999, "The Electrochemical Characteristics of Bulk-Synthesized Al2CuMg." Journal of the Electrochemical Society 146, no. 12, 4424-4428 - 4424-4428.


  • Buchheit, R.G.; Cunningham, M.; Jensen, H.; Kendig, M.W. et al., 1998, "A Correlation between Salt Spray and Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy Test Results for Conversion-Coated Aluminum Alloys." Corrosion 54, no. 1, 61-69 - 61-69.
  • Renk, T.J.; Buchheit, R.G.; Sorensen, N.R.; Cowell Senft, D. et al., 1998, "Improvement of surface properties by modification and alloying with high-power ion beams." Physics of Plasmas 5, no. 5 PART 1, 2144-2150 - 2144-2150.
  • Proskurovsky, D.I.; Rotshtein, V.P.; Ozur, G.E.; Markov, A.B. et al., 1998, "Pulsed electron-beam technology for surface modification of metallic materials." Journal of Vacuum Science and Technology A: Vacuum, Surfaces and Films 16, no. 4, 2480-2488 - 2480-2488.
  • Buchheit, R.G., 1998, "Copper removal during formation of corrosion resistant alkaline oxide coatings on Al-Cu-Mg alloys." Journal of Applied Electrochemistry 28, no. 5, 503-510 - 503-510.
  • Mansfeld, F.; Buchheit, R.G.; Cunningham, M.; Jensen, H. et al., 1998, "Discussion: A Correlation between Salt Spray and Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy Test Results for Conversion-Coated Aluminum Alloys." Corrosion (Houston) 54, no. 8, 595-597 - 595-597.


  • Buchheit, R.G.; Grant, R.P.; Hlava, P.F.; Mckenzie, B. et al., 1997, "Local dissolution phenomena associated with S phase (Al 2CuMg) particles in aluminum alloy 2024-T3." Journal of the Electrochemical Society 144, no. 8, 2621-2628 - 2621-2628.


  • Drewien, C.A.; Eatough, M.O.; Tallant, D.R.; Hills, C.R. et al., 1996, "Lithium-aluminum-carbonate-hydroxide hydrate coatings on aluminum alloys: Composition, structure, and processing bath chemistry." Journal of Materials Research 11, no. 6, 1507-1513 - 1507-1513.


  • Buchheit, R.G.; Wall, F.D.; Stoner, G.E.; Moran, J.P., 1995, "Anodic dissolution-based mechanism for the rapid cracking, preexposure phenomenon demonstrated by aluminum-lithium-copper alloys." Corrosion 51, no. 6, 417-428 - 417-428.
  • Buchheit, R.G.; Zavadil, K.R., 1995, "The Electrochemical Behavior of the AI3Ta Intermetallic Compound and Pitting in Two-Phase Al-Ta Alloys." Journal of the Electrochemical Society 142, no. 1, 51-58 - 51-58.


  • Buchheit, R.G.; Moran, J.P.; Stoner, G.E., 1994, "Electrochemical behavior of the T1(Al2CuLi) intermetallic compound and its role in localized corrosion of Al-2% Li-3% Cu alloys." Corrosion 50, no. 2, 120-130 - 120-130.
  • Matsushita, Y.; Tamura, M.; Noda, I.; Drewien, C.A. et al., 1994, "Vinylpyridine triblock copolymer Copper enrichment on Al 2024 surface after de-oxidizing treatment." Macromolecules 27, no. 13, 3680-3682 - 3680-3682.
  • Buchheit, R.G.; Bode, M.D.; Stoner, G.E., 1994, "Corrosion-resistant, chromate-free talc coatings for aluminum." Corrosion 50, no. 3, 205-214 - 205-214.


  • Scully, J.R.; Knight, T.O.; Buchheit, R.G.; Peebles, D.E., 1993, "Electrochemical characteristics of the Al2Cu, Al3Ta and Al3Zr intermetallic phases and their relevancy to the localized corrosion of Al alloys." Corrosion Science 35, no. 1-4, 185-195 - 185-195.


  • Buchheit, R.G.; Moran, J.P.; Stoner, G.E., 1990, "Localized corrosion behavior of alloy 2090. The role of microstructural heterogeneity." Corrosion 46, no. 8, 610-617 - 610-617.

Papers in Proceedings


  • Huang, I.W.; Buchheit, R.G. "Uniform corrosion dependence on temperature and ph of aluminum alloys 2024-T3." (1 2015).


  • Sukiman, N.L.; Gupta, R.K.; Birbilis, N.; Buchheit, R.G. "General aspects of the corrosion of aluminium alloys." (12 2012).


  • Cavanaugh, M.K.; Buchheit, R.G.; Birbilis, N. "Characterization of pit growth in Al alloys by neural networks." (12 2010).
  • Sukiman, N.L.; Birbilis, N.; Buchheit, R.G. "Corrosion maps for aluminium alloys." (12 2010).


  • Hansen, D.C.; Davenport, A.J.; Lillard, R.S.; Fujimoto, S. et al. "ECS Transactions: Preface." (12 2009).
  • Taylor, S.R.; Shiflet, G.J.; Scully, J.R.; Buchheit, R.G. et al. "Increasing coating functionality using nanodimensioned materials." (6 2009).


  • Cavanaugh, M.K.; Birbilis, N.; Buchheit, R.G. "A quantitative study on the effects of environment and microstructure on pit initiation in al-alloys." (12 2008).


  • Buchheit, R.G.; Chrisanti, S.; Ralston, K.D. "Molecular engineered ion exchange compounds for delivery of corrosion inhibitors and sensing environment ingress in coatings." (12 2007).
  • Buchheit, R.G.; Mahajanam, S.P.V. "Ion exchange compounds for corrosion inhibiting pigments in organic coatings." (12 2007).


  • Kumar, G.; Buchheit, R.G. "Development and characterization of corrosion resistant coatings using natural biopolymer chitosan." (12 2006).
  • Birbilis, N.; Buchheit, R.G.; Holloway, L.J. "Advances in monitoring the corrosion and protection of concrete reinforcement over the past decade." (12 2006).


  • Birbilis, N.; Cavanaugh, M.K.; Buchheit, R.G. "Electrochemical response of AA7075-T651 following immersion in NaCl solution." (12 2005).
  • Birbilis, N.; Cavanaugh, M.K.; Buchheit, R.G.; Harlow, D.G. et al. "Understanding damage accumulation upon AA7075-T651 used in airframes from a microstructural point of view." (12 2005).
  • Buchheit, R.G.; Birbilis, N.; Gambina, F. "Characterization and modeling of localized corrosion damage accumulation for aircraft structural integrity." (12 2005).
  • Buchheit, R.G.; Chrisanti, S.; Mahajanam, S. "Corrosion inhibiting and sensing ion exchange pigments for organic coatings." (12 2005).


  • Colijn, H.O.; Kelly, T.F.; Ulfig, R.M.; Buchheit, R.G. "Site-specific FIB preparation of atom probe samples." (9 2004).
  • Chrisanti, S.; Mahajanam, S.; Buchheit, R.G. "The use of ion exchange compounds as corrosion inhibiting and sensing pigments in organic coatings." (12 2004).


  • Paglia, C.S.; Ungaro, L.M.; Pitts, B.C.; Carroll, M.C. et al. "The corrosion and environmentally assisted cracking behavior of high strength aluminum alloys friction stir welds: 7075-T651 vs. 7050-T7451." (7 2003).
  • Mahajanam, S.P.V.; Buchheit, R.G. "Characterization of Zn-Al-V 10O 28 6- corrosion-inhibiting hydrotalcite pigments in epoxy resins." (12 2003).
  • Buchheit, R.G.; Kelly, R.G.; Missert, N.A.; Shaw, B.A. "Electrochemical Society Proceedings: Preface." (12 2003).
  • Jain, S.; Buchheit, R.G. "The effect of chromates and chromate conversion coatings on the corrosion of cast AL-SI alloy 356 and AL-SI-CU alloy 380." (12 2003).
  • Buchheit,R,G; Guan,H; Mahajanam,S; Wong,F "Active corrosion protection and corrosion sensing in chromate-free organic coatings." in 2nd Workshop on Nanoscale Approaches to Multifunctional Coatings. (9 2003).
  • Padgett, B.N.; Paglia, C.; Buchheit, R.G. "Characterization of corrosion behavior in friction stir weld Al-Li-Cu AF/C458 alloy." (7 2003).
  • Kim, Y.; Buchheit, R.G. "Electrochemical characterization of passivity and pitting in Al-Cu solid solutions." (12 2003).


  • Paglia, C.S.; Pitts, B.C.; Carroll, M.C.; Reynolds, A.P. et al. "Investigating Post-weld Heat Treatments to Increase the Corrosion and the Environmental Cracking Behavior of 7075-T6 Friction Stir Weld." (12 2002).
  • Paglia, C.S.; Carroll, M.C.; Pitts, B.C.; Reynolds, T. et al. "Strength, corrosion, and environmentally assisted cracking of a 7075-T6 friction stir weld." (12 2002).
  • Di Quarto, F.; Santamaria, M.; Mallandrino, N.; Laget, V. et al. "Physico-chemical characterization of chromate conversion coatings formed on Al substrates." (1 2002).
  • Leard, R.R.; Buchheit, R.G. "Electrochemical characterization of copper-bearing intermetallic compounds and localized corrosion of Al-Cu-Mg-Mn alloy 2024." (12 2002).
  • Searles, J.L.; Gouma, P.I.; Buchheit, R.G. "Stress corrosion cracking of sensitized AA5083 (Al-4.5Mg-1.0Mn)." (12 2002).


  • Buchheit, R.G.; Montes, L.P.; Maestas, L.M.; Hinkebein, T.E. "Corrosion monitoring of concrete-lined brine service pipelines using AC and DC electrochemical methods." (1 1998).
  • Buchheit, R.G.; Martinez, M.A.; Montes, L.P.; Celia, N. et al. "Inorganic Cr-free conversion coatings for high corrosion resistance and low electrical contact resistance." (1 1998).
  • Renk, T.J.; Johnson, D.J.; Senft, D.C.; Sorensen, R. et al. "Intense ion beams for surface treatment applications." (1 1998).
  • Buchheit, R.G.; Martinez, M.A.; Montes, L.P.; Celia, N.P. et al. "Non-electrolytic formation of Al-oxide surface layers by reversion of hydrotalcite." (1 1998).
  • Buchheit, R.G.; Maestas, L.M.; Hinkebein, T.E. "Effects of cement chemistry, admixtures, and inhibitors on Corrosion protection of steel pipelines by interal concrete liners." (1 1998).
  • Buchheit, R.G.; Cunningham, M.; Jensen, H.; Kendig, M.W. et al. "Rapid electrochemical corrosion testing of chemically passivated aluminum alloys." (1 1998).


  • Renk, T.J.; Buchheit, R.G.; Sorensen, N.R.; Senft, D.C. et al. "Surface treatment and alloying with high-power ion beams to improve properties in Al-, Fe-, and Ti-based metals." (12 1997).
  • Buchheit, R.G.; Martinez, M.A.; Cooper, C.B. "Corrosion resistant coatings for aluminum by hydrothermal film formation in alkaline Li-salt solutions." (1 1997).
  • Sorensen, N.R.; Buchheit, R.G.; Renk, T.J.; Thompson, M.O. "Electrochemical behavior of metal surfaces subjected to pulsed ion beam surface treatment." (12 1997).


  • Renk, T.J.; Buchheit, R.; Sorensen, R.; Thompson, M.O. et al. "Pulsed ion beam treatment of metals for improved surface properties." (1 1996).


  • Stinnett, R.W.; Buchheit, R.G.; Neau, E.L.; Crawford, M.T. et al. "Ion beam surface treatment: A new technique for thermally modifying surfaces using intense, pulsed ion beams." (12 1995).
  • Buchheit, R.G.; Maestas, L.M.; McIntyre, D.C.; Stinnett, R.W. et al. "Pulsed ion beam surface treatment for preparing rapidly solidified corrosion resistant steel and aluminum surfaces." (12 1995).
  • Buchheit, R.G.; Drewein, C.A.; Martinez, M.A.; Stoner, G.E. "Chromate-free corrosion resistant conversion coatings for aluminum alloys." (12 1995).
  • Stinnett, R.W.; McIntyre, D.C.; Buchheit, R.G.; Greenly, J.B. et al. "Ion beam surface treatment: a new capability for surface enhancement." (12 1995).


  • Stinnett, R.W.; Buchheit, R.G.; Greulich, F.A.; Hills, C.R. et al. "Thermal surface treatment using intense, pulsed ion beams." (1 1994).


  • Drewien, C.A.; Hills, C.R.; Buchheit, R.G. "Microstructural characterization of a corrosion-resistant hydrotalcite coating on aluminum." (12 1993).