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Corrosion, the environmental degradation of materials, is a major area of research in materials science and engineering. It is estimated that corrosion costs U.S. households, businesses and government agencies more than $400 billion dollars a year. In the MSE department, research conducted at theĀ Fontana Corrosion Center(FCC) focuses on the study of aqueous corrosion in our effort to develop better methods to protect materials from the adverse impacts of the environment. Topics of research at the FCC, which has earned an international reputation for excellence, include:

  • Mechanisms of localized corrosion
  • Fundamental studies of corrosion inhibition
  • Development of environmentally-friendly protective coating systems
  • Studies of coating adhesion and degradation
  • Predictive modeling of corrosion damage accumulation
  • Novel applications of scanning probe microscopy to corrosion
  • Corrosion and cracking of steel and H2S-containing environments