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Corrosion: Fundamentals and Experimental Methods


Next offering: 

May 1-5, 2023

Course Description

The Corrosion: Fundamentals and Experimental Methods course covers the fundamentals of corrosion and various electrochemical techniques. Lectures and laboratories are used to illustrate how electrochemical techniques are applied, when they should be used, and how the various techniques can be integrated to solve complex problems. The course will be useful for people entering the corrosion field and for professionals looking for a refresher course.

This course will be offered in an online format, with live video lectures and lab demonstrations. The course is taught by Dr. Gerald Frankel, Dr. Jenifer Locke, and Dr. Eric Schindelholz from the department of Materials Science and Engineering and also Dr. Rudy Buchheit, Dean of the College of Engineering, University of Kentucky.

CLICK HERE to view the 2023 course schedule and covered topics. 

CLICK HERE to learn more about the course's structure. 

Online Delivery

Participants are expected to be present for the live, virtual lectures held May 1-5, 2023. Please reference the course schedule for specific times. 

The times for the live sessions will be given in Eastern US time (to convert to your local time use

Most of the lectures will be live over Zoom, allowing interactions and live questions. However, to make the online delivery of the Corrosion: Fundamentals and Experimental Methods course more enjoyable and effective, breaks have been inserted and lecture lengths have been reduced. 

Labs are an important part of this course. The intent is to provide participants with experience using electrochemical methods to address corrosion problems. To provide the best lab experience, the labs will also be in a live, synchronous fashion. Teaching assistants will be in the laboratory performing each experiment, and the instructors will be narrating the activities. Students will be able to ask questions as it happens. Data from the labs will provided through the course website. 

After each lab, one hour at the end of the day (4:00-5:00PM) is set aside in the schedule for students to spend some time analyzing the data from the lab of that day. Professors will be available in breakout rooms to help with the analysis, but attendance during this time is not required. Students might opt to do this analysis later in the evening.

The instructors will be available every evening from 7:00-8:00PM for discussions, questions, data analysis, etc. They are also willing to discuss data from students’ work in breakout rooms. This time is also optional. 

The course will include these topics:

  1. Thermodynamics of corrosion
  2. Kinetics of corrosion
  3. Polarization
  4. Corrosion rate measurement techniques
  5. Passivity/localized corrosion
  6. Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy
  7. Environment Assisted Cracking
  8. Corrosion protection with Coatings
  9. Atmospheric Corrosion

Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:

  • Understand the basic science underpinning the corrosion of metals.
  • Recognize the various forms of corrosion and their underlying causes.
  • Be aware of various approaches for mitigating corrosion.
  • Know how to perform electrochemical measurements to assess corrosion rate and susceptibility.

Cancellations and Refunds

A full refund minus a $75 administrative fee will be made if cancellation is received three weeks prior to the start of the course. No refunds within three weeks of the course start date. 


The students will self-select based on their interest in the field of corrosion and training needs. It is strongly recommended that participants have a degree in engineering or science, or work experience in the field of corrosion.

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Course registration

Registration closes on Friday, April 28, 2023. 

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Course Fee:

$2,095 per person

Early Bird Discount:

$1,995 per person if registered & paid by April 10, 2023. 

Meet the instructors

Gerald Frankel, Materials Science and Engineering Ohio State University

Gerald S. Frankel is Distinguished Professor of Engineering, Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, and Director of the Fontana Corrosion Center at the Ohio State University. He is a fellow of NACE International, The Electrochemical Society, and ASM International. His technical interests are in the areas of passivity, localized corrosion, protective coatings, and atmospheric corrosion. He is also involved with corrosion issues associated with nuclear waste storage and disposal.


Jenifer Locke, Materials Science and Engineering, Ohio State University

Jenifer Locke is Assistant Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at OSU. She specifically has examined the ability of specific microstructures to self-inhibit the deleterious effects of a corrosive environment or the ability of chemical inhibitors to produce passivity to inhibit the deleterious effects of a corrosive environment. Professor Locke began work in alloy development and thermo-mechanical processing at Alcoa. She came to The Ohio State University in Jan 2015 and primarily performs research in corrosion and environment-assisted cracking.


photo of Eric Schindelholz, Ohio State

Eric Schindelholz is Assistant Professor of Material Science and Engineering at OSU, joining from Sandia National Laboratory in 2019. His diverse professional experience includes conservation activities with the U.S. Department of the Interior and The Mariners Museum. He has interests in additive manufacturing and the degradative aspects associated with materials produced by this new manufacturing method. He also has made significant contributions in the area of atmospheric corrosion.



Rudy Buchheit is the Dean of the University of Kentucky College of Engineering.  Prior to joining UK, Dr. Buchheit was the associate dean for academic affairs and administration of the College of Engineering at The Ohio State University and Professor of Materials Science and Engineering. His research is in the area of the chemistry and electrochemistry of corrosion, corrosion modeling and corrosion prediction. He has also worked in the area of surface engineering, including surface modification and corrosion resistant coatings. He is a fellow of NACE International and the Electrochemical Society.


Xiaolei Guo Ohio State

Xiaolei Guo is a research associate in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at The Ohio State University. He earned Ph.D. degree in Materials Science and Engineering from The Ohio State University in 2016. His research interests include localized corrosion of alloys, near-field corrosion interaction between different nuclear waste forms, smart coatings for corrosion mediation, and additive manufacturing. He is the author of over 30 research articles, including Nature Materials and Chemical Reviews. In 2016, he was nominated as the deputy director of the Center for Performance and Design of Nuclear Waste Forms and Containers (WastePD).