Institute of Corrosion Awards: 2020 Winners and 2021 Call for Nominations

Institute of Corrosion Awards: 2020 Winners and 2021 Call for Nominations

Recognising Outstanding Achievement in Corrosion

It’s that time of year again – corrosion awards season is approaching, and the Institute of Corrosion is calling for nominations. This is your chance to tell us who you consider would be a worthy recipient of one of the Institute’s awards that recognise outstanding achievement, extreme excellence, and superior service to the Institute and wider corrosion community.

Many of these awards are open to nomination by members and non-members. Take a look at the description of each award below. If you know someone who you think deserves one of the awards, then please let us know. We include how to nominate in each description.

The Lionel Shreir Award

This corrosion award is presented to the best student presenter at the Corrosion Science Symposium. A sub-committee of the Corrosion Science Division judges the presentations, and awards the certificate and a £125 cash prize based on criteria that include:

  • Originality
  • Evidence of knowledge of corrosion science
  • Clarity
  • Rapport with the audience
  • Clarity of answering questions

2020 Winner: Christos Kousis (University of Manchester)

Christos’s presentation was titled ‘An investigation of the effect of chloride ion concentration on the localised corrosion of the E717 magnesium alloy’. His talk discussed using the in-situ scanning vibrating electrode technique (SVET), coupled with time-lapse imaging, to study magnesium corrosion behaviour.

To be considered to present, please submit a 200-word abstract that details a 10-minute talk you would like to give at this year’s symposium. We’ll let you know if yours has been selected for presentation ahead of the symposium in September 2021.

For the opportunity to be awarded the highly sought-after certificate and cash prize, send your abstract to

The Galloway Award

The Galloway Award is presented to the student author that the judging committee decides is the best published paper that describes original research in corrosion science and engineering during the past 12 months.

The winner receives a cash prize (this year, £300) and a certificate, and a summary of the work is published in the Corrosion Management magazine. The Institute of Corrosion does not retain copyright of the material, allowing the winner to publish elsewhere.

2020 Winner: Arpit Goyal (Coventry University)

Arpit’s paper, ‘Predicting the corrosion rate of steel in cathodically protected concrete using potential shift’ was published in the Construction and Building Materials Journal. This work examined the possibility of predicting the corrosion rates using polarisation data and the Butler-Volmer equation to develop cathodic protection criterion for reinforced concrete exposed to the atmosphere.

Submissions for this year’s Galloway Award should be in the form of a paper published in the last 12 months (or a draft publication) and sent to the CSD Chair Julian Wharton by email.

The T.P. Hoar Award

This award is reserved for those authors who have papers published in Corrosion Science during the previous calendar year. A sub-committee of the Corrosion Science Division selects the winning paper, with the recipients announced by the end of the year. The winning authors receive a certificate and a cash sum of £400.

2020 Winner: Rigel Hanbury and Gary Was (University of Michigan)

Rigel and Gary jointly authored the paper titled ‘Oxide growth and dissolution on 316L stainless steel during irradiation in high temperature water’, which describes a novel approach to study 316L oxide growth and dissolution under simultaneous proton radiation and corrosion in 320 °C hydrogenated water, using a helium bubble. Helium implantation was chosen because it is chemically inert and, compared to heavier noble gases, it generates fewer radiation defects and has a greater implantation range.

The Paul McIntyre Award

This is the premier award of the Institute of Corrosion in the field of corrosion engineering. It is presented to a senior corrosion engineer who is a leader in their field and has advanced European collaboration and the development of international standards.

The recipient of this award receives an engraved trophy of a modern design and is asked to present a brief overview of their activities as well as prepare an article for publication in the Corrosion Management magazine.

The winner of the 2020 Paul McIntyre award was Carmen Andrade. Until her retirement, Dr Carmen Andrade was a Research Professor at the Institute of Construction Sciences “Eduardo Torroja” of the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), working in the field of concrete durability and reinforcement corrosion.

At present Dr Andrade is visiting Research Professor at the International Centre for Numerical Methods in Engineering (CIMNE). She is the author of numerous papers, has been editor of several  books, and has supervised around 30 PhD theses. She has received several awards, including the R. N. Whitney Prize 2013 by NACE, Robert L’Hermite Medal 1987 from RILEM,  “Manuel Rocha” of the Presidency of Portugal, and the “ALCONPAT  Prize” in recognition her distinguished career.

She is an honorary doctor of the University of Trondheim (Norway) and of the University Alicante (Spain).

She has participated in several standardisation committees at National, European and International level and has been President of several international organisations related to her specialty (UEAtc, RILEM, WFTAO and the Liaison Committee which brings together the Associations: CIB, FIB, IABSE, IASS, RILEM and ECCE).

At present she is also the President of ALCONPAT, the Latin American Association of Control of Quality, Pathology and Recovery of Structures. She has been General Director of Technology Policy of the Ministry of Education and Science, and advisor to the Secretary of State for Universities in the Ministry of Science and Innovation, Spain.

2021 Winner: To be announced on 28th April 28 2021

The winner is always announced at the annual Corrosion Engineering Division Working Day and Symposium. To attend this year’s Working Day, which will be held online via Zoom, on the subject of ‘Managing Corrosion in Low-Carbon Energy Technologies’ please download the information leaflet and return the registration form.

U.R. Evans Award

The premier scientific award of the Institute of Corrosion, the U.R. Evans Award is presented by the President of ICorr to an eminent researcher, corrosion scientist, academic, or industrialist as reward for outstanding achievements in pure or applied corrosion science.

The recipient is selected by a Corrosion Science Division panel and invited to give a talk at the Corrosion Science Symposium.

The recipient of this award receives a broadsword, and one that takes an edge – which has proved somewhat problematic in previous years. It can be difficult taking the sword back through airport security or displaying it in your office at university!

The sword symbolises our collective and eternal struggle against corrosion, and the U.R. Evans awardee is also recognised with the granting of an Honorary Life Fellowship of the Institute of Corrosion.

The sword’s design has been modified slightly over time, and is no longer made from stainless steel. While a proper sword, if kept in non-ideal conditions it can corrode slightly. “But clearly, the recipient should be able to deal with any corrosion, given their background,” says Dr Julian Wharton – to whom you should submit nominations via his email.

2020 Recipient: Robert Cottis (University of Manchester)

Professor Robert Cottis was appointed Professor Emeritus in Corrosion Science and Engineering on his retirement in 2011 after an exceptional career in the field of corrosion science. Here’s a potted history of his life in corrosion science:

  • Graduated in Natural Science, specialising in Metallurgy in 1967
  • Awarded a PhD in 1973 for work on electrodeposition in the fluidised electrode at the Department of Metallurgy and Materials Science at Cambridge
  • Appointed as a Project Manager, then Research Manager at the Fulmer Research Institute
  • Worked on long-term research in the general area of corrosion, especially on corrosion fatigue
  • Undertook many short-term failure investigations and other consultancy work
  • Joined the Corrosion and Protection Centre, UMIST in 1979, initially as a lecturer, then senior lecturer, reader, and professor

Active in the development of teaching in the field of corrosion, Professor Cottis was responsible for the development of a distance learning approach to the MSc in Corrosion Control Engineering.

He was the Director of the TLTP Consortium – which developed the Ecorr courseware to support corrosion teaching – and the founding editor of the open-access online Journal of Corrosion Science and Engineering.

In 2005 he was awarded the T.J. Hull Award of NACE International for services to NACE in the field of publications, and he is a NACE Fellow.

Who will be this year’s recipient of the U.R. Evans Award? Send your nominations to Dr Julian Wharton. Then watch for details of this year’s Corrosion Science Symposium to find out.

Corrosion Engineering and Low-Carbon Energy Technology with the CED

Corrosion Engineering and Low-Carbon Energy Technology with the CED

Working Day and Symposium: Managing Corrosion in Low-Carbon Energy Technologies

On April 28th, 2021, you’re invited to the latest in a series of working days hosted by the Institute of Corrosion’s Corrosion Engineering Division.

Because of coronavirus restrictions, you can participate from anywhere in the world. All you need to do is register and join us on Zoom. This symposium is also a designated meeting of the European Federation of Corrosion, so it is one that corrosion engineers and specialists won’t want to miss.

Why corrosion engineering and low carbon technology?

Over recent years, low carbon technologies have become a strategic priority. The whole of society, from governments to the man on the street, has become focused on green issues. Technology is playing its part, across most industries, as we seek to develop greater sustainability through green, carbon-neutral technologies and innovations.

However, many of the technologies and equipment are deployed in severe corrosive environments – such as off-shore and near-shore wind turbines and pipelines – as well as providing new corrosion challenges (as in the case of biofuels).

This working day and symposium will give all delegates the opportunity to learn and exchange information across many aspects of managing corrosion in low-carbon energy technologies.

A Great Opportunity to Network

Although this working day is being held online, once more it gives you the opportunity to do some serious networking with corrosion specialists from many different industry sectors. Of course, you will also learn about some of the latest developments in managing corrosion in low-carbon energy technologies, including:

  • Wind power
  • Biofuels
  • Nuclear power
  • Hydrogen power
  • Carbon capture and storage (CCS)

After the talks, we will break into the individual CED working groups, or join a general discussion group on corrosion in low carbon energy technologies. The agendas for these will be published here when possible.

The CED Working Day programme

We’ll convene online at 9:15 am. Our Chair, Nick Smart, will present a welcome address at 9:30am, and the technical talks will begin at 9:45am.

During the day, there will be five talks, each lasting 30 minutes, including discussion. Lunch break between 12:40am and 1:30pm will be preceded by presentation of the 2021 Paul McIntyre Award and a short talk by the recipient.

There will be one final talk after lunch, before we break for the CED Working Group meetings.

A closing discussion rounds the day off at 4:45pm.

(All times are BST)

About the talks

As ever, we have gathered some of the leading names in their respective fields to present to you. The five talks, in order of presentation, are:

·       Pipeline Materials in a Hydrogen Environment, presented by Nancy Thompson (SGN) and Dr Julia Race (University of Strathclyde)

Nancy Thomson is experienced in high pressure oil and gas pipelines, onshore and offshore around the world. With an MSc, Nancy’s most recent work includes innovation projects on the Local Transmission Network (LTS) and investigating the repurposing of the LTS for hydrogen and CO2.

Dr Julia Race has a wide range of research expertise in metallurgy, failure analysis, welding and corrosion in the power, petrochemicals, and energy sectors. She worked in industry for more than 20 years, and for seven years as an integrity consultant for GE Oil and Gas. Now in an academic career, she joined Strathclyde University in 2014, where she continues to research CCS and hydrogen transport.

·       Cathodic Protection of Offshore Wind Design Using Upcoming ISO 24656, presented by Birit Buhr Jensen (Ørsted)

Birit Buhr Jensen is a senior lead specialist at Ørsted, specialising in cathodic protection and corrosion protection of steel structures, and corrosion evaluation and monitoring, assessment, repair, and sustainability of reinforced concrete structures.

·       Corrosion Challenges for Reliable Biorefineries, presented by Francois Ropital (IFPEN)

Francois Ropital is qualified as a Materials Engineer, Doctor of Chemical Engineering, and HDR (Habilitation à Diriger des Recherches) in Applied Chemistry and Industrial Process Engineering. He has been Editor-in-Chief of the journal ‘Oil and Gas Science and Technology – Revue d’IFP Energies Nouvelles’, is co-director of the ‘Study of reaction mechanisms on an adapted scale’ of IFPEN fundamental research, and is the associate university Professor (PAST) at INSA-Lyon, MATEIS Laboratory and Department of Materials Science and Engineering. He is also Chairman of the Working Party “Corrosion in refinery and petrochemistry” of the European Federation of Corrosion. Francois has authored two books, several book chapters, more than 50 peer-reviewed publications, and 20 patents.

·       Advanced Testing methods for PWR Environments that Could Support Other Zero Carbon Technologies, presented by Stuart Medway (Jacobs)

Dr. Stuart Medway works for Jacobs, where he is the technical lead for high temperature corrosion within the Material Science and Structural Integrity (MSSI) business. Stuart has been performing and developing laboratory research programmes to understand material performance in representative environments for over 14 years. Many of these have been focussed on stress corrosion cracking (SCC) of materials in the primary cooling circuit of pressurised water reactors, where he is a recognised expert in this field. Stuart has been part of the EPRI expert panel for SCC of nickel-based alloys for a number of years and is the current technical chair for the Environmental Degradation of Materials in Nuclear Power Systems conference.

·       Methodology for Corrosion and Environmental Assisted Cracking Risk Assessment for Industrial Carbon Capture, Utilisation and Storage (CCUS), presented by Ivan Gutierrez (Pace Flow Assurance), Brad Healey (Oil and Gas Corrosion Ltd), and Matt Healey (Pace Flow Assurance)

Ivan Gutierrez is a national expert member of several national and international corrosion committees and task forces, and helps oil and gas operating companies to manage the risk of corrosion, delivering technical support throughout the life cycle of assets, from concept and Front End Engineering Design (FEED), through Engineering, Procurement, Installation and Commissioning (EPIC) operations, integrity management and evaluating options for asset life extension.

Brad Healey is a process engineer at Oil and Gas Corrosion Ltd. He works on global projects, manages a team of engineers, and has presented at the NACE conference. He has completed an industry-backed dissertation project regarding offshore H2S disposal methods and is now an industrial supervisor for an MEng project investigating the long-term environmental impact of scrubber discharges related to offshore H2S management.

Matt Healey is director at Pace Flow Assurance, with around 20 years of experience in CCUS, oil & gas, and large infrastructure projects.

How do you register for the working day?

You can register for this exciting Working Day and Symposium by downloading the event information and registration form and following the registration instructions. We look forward to seeing you there, from the comfort of your own home or workspace.

For details about membership of the Institute of Corrosion, visit our membership page.

Corrosion Under Insulation

Corrosion Under Insulation

I am happy to announce that our highly-demanded masterclass is coming back this May. As corrosion hasn’t slowed down in the current climate, make sure to join us online live!

Corrosion Under Insulation
26 – 28 MAY 2021 | 9:00 – 13:00 CEST

These are your key takeaways from attending:

  • Understand the options available to combat CUI and their strengths and limitations
  • Learn about common mistakes
  • Learn about the CUI innovation initiatives
  • Benefit from the combined experience of ourtrainers
  • Engage in technical and scientific discussion
  • Is a life expectancy of 25+ years possible?

For more information, please visit the event website.or download the event brochure to see the detailed program

“Great course, gave excellent insight and provided us with the tools to tackle this problem at our own plant.”Leon Kanters, Reliability Engineer, Trespa, Netherlands