Corrosion Science Division (CSD)

Corrosion Science Symposium Report

The 61st Corrosion Science Symposium (CSS) was held online this year via Zoom between the 14th and 16th September. The CSS has been held annually since its launch in 1960 by Prof. L.L. Shreir, and is an ideal opportunity for students and younger researchers in corrosion science from across Europe to congregate, discuss their work, share ideas and, above all enjoy themselves in a stimulating/friendly environment. This year there were 17 oral presentations and the UR Evans award plenary talk.

Some highlights of the symposium included the talk by Mariana Folena (University of Leeds) who gave an interesting overview of her work studying rapid screen techniques for thiols as volatile corrosion inhibitors in real time monitoring carbon dioxide top-of-line corrosion. To date, no studies have been conducted to understand the efficiency of smaller thiol chains, nor the extent to which thiols partition into the condensate phase of the system. Mariana presented two new techniques to improve the understanding of the mechanism of volatile corrosion inhibitors; a biochemical method to quantify sulphydryl groups, and a miniature electrode cell configuration for real time corrosion monitoring and quantification of inhibitor adsorption kinetics. The new assay is rapid, cheap and can monitor the extent to which thiol-based chemistries partition into the condensate.

David Ruis-Izuriaga (University of Manchester) reported on his studies using near ambient pressure X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (NAP-XPS) to gain insights into sweet (carbon dioxide) corrosion mechanisms. Specifically, the NAP-XPS has been utilised to study in situ the interaction of carbon dioxide and water with an iron substrate.

Anastasija Lazareva (University of Leeds) gave a good overview into recent new insights into the initiation and propagation of localised corrosion of X65 pipeline steel in sweet corrosion in the presence of an evolving iron carbonate layer. Anastasija found that localised corrosion initiation takes place at the early stages of iron carbonate evolution and propagates further when full coverage of the carbonate surface is achieved.

The UR Evans award plenary talk was given by Prof Robert Cottis from the University of Manchester. The UR Evans Award is the Institute’s premier scientific award and is awarded annually in recognition of outstanding contributions to corrosion science and engineering. The award is in the form of an engraved sword and is presented at the annual Corrosion Science Symposium. The form of the Award symbolises the fight in which we are all engaged. Prof Cottis gave a detailed personal reflection of electrochemical noise – what is it and what it can tell us. He reviewed its history to study corrosion over the past 50 years, and highlighted that it still remains unclear whether there are generic interpretation methods that can provide useful information. The plenary elegantly introduced the various measurement methods of the technique, considered some of the source of noise, including the noise due to individual elementary reactions, pitting corrosion, bubble evolution, and turbulent flow. From these theoretical approaches the interpretation of the electrochemical noise was developed. Prof Cottis concluded by discussing the broad range of heuristic methods that have been developed and commented on their applicability.

The Shreir Prize is awarded to the best oral presentation by a registered student at the CSS. This year the prize was won by Christos Kousis (Swansea University) for his talk entitled ‘An investigation of the effect of chloride ion concentration on the localised corrosion of the E717 Mg alloy’. Christos gave an insightful talk on using an in situ scanning vibrating electrode technique, coupled with time-lapse imaging, to study E717 Mg corrosion behaviour. The intensity of the localised anodes is highly dependent on the chloride ion concentration, where higher anodic current density values are observed with increasing chloride ion concentration. In addition, volumetrically-determined hydrogen evolution rate is also shown to increase with increasing chloride concentration. Christos was able to utilise his imaging methods to effectively highlight the underlying mechanistic processes with good clarity.

The 62nd CSS will be a joint meeting with Advances in Corrosion Protection by Organic Coatings to be held in Cambridge (Christs’ College) between the 5th and 9th September 2021. Further details on registration and abstract submission will be announced shortly.

61st Corrosion Science Symposium (Online)

61st Corrosion Science Symposium (Online)

The 61st Corrosion Science Symposium (CSS) will be held online during the week commencing Monday 14th September 2020.  The CSS Online is the annual meeting for students and researchers working in all areas of Corrosion Science and Engineering.  The CSS has been held annually since its launch in 1960 by Prof. L.L. Shreir. Holding a physical event was not going to be possible this year but we believe it is important to keep the CSS running even during these COVID times.  There will be no charge for the event.

To register for the event please visit the Eventbrite page:  61st Corrosion Science Symposium

Abstracts are still being accepted.  Please contact Julian Wharton ( if you wish to submit an abstract.

With the alternative online arrangements, we plan a programme of several sessions staggered through the week.  Each session will focus on a series of short (10 min) presentations with extended abstracts made available beforehand.  The sessions will be immediately followed by more in-depth online open forum discussion with the presenters.

A key highlight for every CSS is U.R. Evans plenary talk and presentation of the award.  The UR Evans Award is the most prestigious ICorr award and recognises outstanding contributions to corrosion science and engineering.  This year the award is being made to Prof Robert Cottis.  Prof Cottis has been a champion of corrosion education throughout his entire career with seminal contributions within UMIST/University of Manchester and activities linked to the European Federation of Corrosion (EFC) WP6 Corrosion Education and NACE International.

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61st Corrosion Science Symposium (Online)

Corrosion Science Symposium – Same Prestige in a New Format for 2020

Corrosion Science Symposium – The Same Prestige in a New Format for 2020

Could your abstract win the Lionel Shreir Award?

The Corrosion Science Symposium is one of the premier events in the Institute of Corrosion’s calendar. This year, circumstances looked like causing it to be cancelled. However, we’ve discovered that coronavirus, lockdown and social distancing are no match for innovative minds, willpower, and technology.

It’s not going to be quite the same as in previous years. But we think you’ll like what we’ve done to ensure the Corrosion Science Symposium is as equally engaging and enlightening an event as it has always been, since it was first held in 1959. The key to its success, as ever, is those who attend: you.

What is the Corrosion Science Symposium?

The Corrosion Science Symposium (CSS) has traditionally been a two-day event held in a prestigious location befitting of its status. The 60th CSS was held as part of Electrochem 2019, hosted by the University of Strathclyde’s Innovation Centre in Glasgow.

This is an informal meeting of the Corrosion Science Division in which corrosion scientists, corrosion engineers and PhD students can gather, receive talks on corrosion, and discuss relevant corrosion issues.

Though it is an informal event, the CSS does include certain formalities. Presentations of some of the Institute of Corrosion Awards are made during the CSS including:

  • The UR Evans Award – the premier scientific award of ICorr
  • The Lionel Shreir Award – for the outstanding student talk given during the CSS

A new format for new normal times

With a more unpredictable future than at any time in our history, the CSS has been moved from a physical space to cyberspace this year. While the exact format is still being finalised, we’ve set the date and the outline format.

We’re going online, but, rather than what we believe would be an intense two days of sitting in front of a screen, we’re extending to three or four sessions during the week beginning 14th September 2020.

Nearer the date, we’ll announce the exact format, times, and technology we’ll be using. One thing is for certain, though – being online, the CSS will be more accessible this year than it has ever been. Consequently, we are expecting many more international students to take part, and that could lead to some exciting competition for the Lionel Shreir Award.

What is the Lionel Shreir Award?

Lionel Louis Shreir set incredibly high standards during a career spanning engineering, research and education. A recipient of the UR Evans Award in 1978, he is, perhaps, best remembered for his encouragement and mentorship of young authors attempting to write papers.

It is fitting, therefore, that the Lionel Shreir Award is presented to the student who gives the best presentation at the CSS, with criteria for the award being:

  • The originality and creativity of research
  • Knowledge of corrosion science and practice
  • Clarity of presentation and rapport with audience
  • Clarity when answering questions

Get involved with the 61st CSS

Last year, presentations at the CSS included:

  • David Kumar (University of Bristol), who gave an interesting overview of his work on hot water corrosion issues related to fusion reactor cooling circuits
  • Mariana Folena (University of Leeds) reported on her studies into the role of acetic acid in CO2 top of line corrosion using real-time corrosion measurements
  • Jessica Moulton (University of Manchester) gave a good overview into her recent studies modelling the behaviour of aluminium flakes in marine coatings using agar gels
  • Amelia Langley (University of Bath) – the eventual winner of the Lionel Shreir Award for her talk entitled ‘Chaotic copper corrosion: the influence of dissolved gas on the anodic passivation of copper in model seawater’

We are now accepting submissions of abstracts for this year’s CSS. All you need to do is to send a 200-word abstract of a 10-minute presentation/talk you’d like to give. We’ll review the abstracts, and select those that we believe can be coordinated into a cohesive programme of presentations through the week.

The winner of the Lionel Shreir Award is selected during the CSS, and we currently plan to present the award online on the final evening – though we must still figure out the logistics of doing so!

To enter your abstract, please send to by Friday 17th July 2020. Those selected will then be contacted and asked to send an extended abstract by Friday 28th August.