Herman Terryn receives American award for preventing corrosion of materials
Herman Terryn, part-time professor at the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, will receive the ‘H.H. Uhlig corrosion award’ on 3 October for his pioneering research on the corrosion of metals. Preventing corrosion is extremely important because corrosion causes huge economic damage. The award will be presented during a conference of the Electrochemical Society in National Harbor (Washington DC).
From bicycle to nuclear plant
Corrosion and protection against it arise in all kinds of applications: the rust on your bicycle at home, the rust in your car after an accident, the concrete degradation in tunnels, the safety of aeroplanes and boats, and safety issues at nuclear plants. Herman Terryn primarily studies the protective nature of metal through thin coatings of oxides and paint. He also recently worked on models that make it possible to predict the corrosion of metal. Indeed, this is the subject professor Terryn will focus on during his lecture on occasion of the award.
H.H. Uhlig (1907-1993), after whom the award is named, was head of the prestigious corrosion laboratory at the renowned Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He is generally considered to be one of the founders of local corrosion phenomena.
Herman Terryn is full professor at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) and part-time professor at 3mE. He is chairman of the Department of Materials and Chemistry. In the SURF research group he manages the Methusalem project, which focuses on oxide layers in metals. In 2014, he received the European Corrosion Medal. In 2016 he was awarded a Francqui chair at the University of Antwerp on the theme of the sustainability of metals.
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