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Ohio University’s Institute for Corrosion and Multiphase Technology (ICMT), out of the Russ College of Engineering and Technology, was recently awarded the National Association of Corrosion Engineers International 2021 Distinguished Organization Award.

The internationally recognized award was received by ICMT for its outstanding contributions in the field of corrosion science and engineering over a sustained period. The award was given by the Association for Materials Protection and Performance.

“NACE recognizes that we have a trend of turning out excellent graduates year after year, and that there is longevity and stability in what we do. I’m very proud of that,” said Srdjan Nesic, professor and director of the ICMT.

“The Association Awards are an opportunity to celebrate those individuals who have made significant contributions to our industry, whether it be in corrosion science, engineering, education, or extraordinary service to the association,” said Tim Bieri, Chair of AMPP. “It is an honor to recognize the extraordinary efforts and achievements of our members like Ohio University who have done so much to advance the association and the industry.”

About ICMT

Established in 1993 as a National Science Foundation Industry-University Cooperative Research Center, ICMT is dedicated to better understanding and combatting corrosion in multiphase systems, like oil and gas.

Under the direction of Nesic, the Institute looks at corrosion through a corruption lens, meaning that when left unchecked, corrosion can lead to rapid deterioration of an infrastructure—think bridge collapse, leaks and explosions of underground pipelines and rusting of car parts. It is with this in mind that graduate students and researchers investigate ways to fight the corrosion for a variety of industrial clients.

OHIO University

Ohio University’s Institute for Corrosion and Multiphase Technology (ICMT), out of the Russ College of Engineering and Technology was recently awarded the National Association of Corrosion Engineers International 2021 Distinguished Organization Award.

“Corrosion is everywhere,” Marc Singer, Ph.D. ’13, associate professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering said. “It is the tendency of every metallic structure around us to return to its ore mineral state, which is often not good news since it also comes with a degradation of its mechanical properties. You need to make sure those are maintained so that they continue to work as intended.”

Primarily, ICMT operates six large project teams comprised of graduate students, undergraduate students, faculty, postdoctoral researchers, lab engineers and technicians. The teams are led by Nesic with all key research activities performed by students.

“The projects and challenges the students work on come straight from the industry, and then the students meet with their sponsors to get direct feedback,” Nesic said. “[ICMT] is a football field-sized lab with a lot of equipment and they get to do things that very few other students can do in their laboratories because we have the equipment which enables us to simulate the real-life problems that companies have.”

Over the course of their combined research efforts, the students fulfill the academic requirements for their masters and doctoral degrees and leave OHIO with a better understanding of how their work can impact the industry.

“This experience prepares students very well for the next step because they have learned from working with us how to apply the right set of tools and knowledge,” said Singer.

Because corrosion will not magically disappear, even as oil and gas productions decrease, ICMT intends to continue its mission to prevent and help mitigate the disastrous effects that can come from it.

“Oil and gas will remain here for at least the next 10-20 years, but we need to also look at other industries,” Singer added. “Embracing this change and being ready to address the new challenges coming up is not impossible at all. We have the expertise, the knowledge and the equipment to position ourselves very well.”

Previous ICMT Awards

Looking at research lead, Nesic received the prestigious Willis Rodney Whitney Award in 2018, which recognizes significant contributions to the corrosion science. In 2007, Nesic also received the H.H. Uhlig Award which recognizes an educator’s outstanding effectiveness in post-secondary corrosion education. Nesic has been the director of the ICMT since 2002 and continues to lead the institute into new discoveries.

More recently, in 2020, Singer was awarded the H.H. Uhlig Award from NACE. In his involvement with ICMT, Singer was first a student in 2002, and went on to adopt leadership roles and to complete his Ph.D. while working in research at the ICMT. By 2013, Singer joined the faculty of the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. He has now led various students and research fellows into new roles, continuing the important work in the corrosion field.

Student and research success from ICMT continues to grow, with new achievements occurring constantly for the institute. Previous accolades just from NACE International include:

  • In 2020(opens in a new window), current Ph.D. student Fazlollah Madani Sani won the Outstanding Student Award;
  • In 2019, Ph.D. student Hamed Mansoori won a first prize poster in the Mars Fontana category. Yuan Ding, Ph.D. student, also took second prize poster in the Harvey Herro category;
  • In 2018, Juan Dominguez Olivo, a Ph.D. student, won the First Prize in the Marcel Pourbaix category for Corrosion Science;
  • In 2017, Ph.D. student Saba Navabzadeh Esmaeely received the Outstanding Student Award;
  • Also in 2017, Ph.D. student Shujun Gao won the best poster award in the Marcel Pourbaix Category for corrosion science and Ph.D. student Aria Kahyarian received the Graduate Student Book Award;
  • Gao also took first prize poster in the Mars Fontana category in 2017; and
  • In 2016, former ICMT students Dr. Yao Xiong and Dr. Yougui Zheng, along with Nesic, received the 2016 CORROSION Best Paper Award, the highest honor a corrosion paper can achieve.

“We are fortunate to have a very high rate of job placement right in the industry for our students, with some into prestigious and national labs,” Singer said. The pride that he and Nesic have for their students, past and current, is obvious when discussing the students’ successes.


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