Our people

Core team

Our core team combines industry experience and scholarly expertise.

Mariano Iannuzzi - B&W
Mariano Iannuzzi

Professor & Director

Education, environmental cracking, hydrogen embrittlement, localized corrosion, high-strength materials, cathodic protection, and photography.

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Mariano Iannuzzi - B&W
Mariano Iannuzzi

Professor & Director

Mariano Iannuzzi is the Director of the Curtin Corrosion Centre and the Chevron and Woodside Chair in Corrosion, Professor of materials and corrosion science at Curtin University. Mariano also holds an Adjunct Professorship at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU).

Mariano earned his Doctor of Philosophy degree in Materials Science and Engineering from The Ohio State University and his Bachelor of Science degree from the "Instituto de Tecnología Profesor Jorge Sabato" (Institute of Technology, Professor Jorge Sabato) in Argentina. Before joining Curtin University, Mariano was a Principal Engineer and Subject Matter Expert (SME) in Corrosion Engineering at General Electric - Oil and Gas (now BHGE) in Norway, an Assistant Professor at The University of Akron in the U.S., and a Senior Researcher at DNV-GL in both the U.S. and Norway.

Mariano focuses on solving corrosion and materials challenges. He is particularly interested in exploring the environmental and design boundaries of conventional technologies, combining his academic and industry experience to find pragmatic solutions. Mariano specialises on hydrogen embrittlement and sulfide stress cracking of ferrous and non-ferrous materials, advanced characterization tools and electrochemical methods, localised corrosion of corrosion-resistant alloys— including super duplex stainless steels and nickel-based alloys—as well as corrosion integrity and management.

Mariano received the Doctoral New Investigator Award from the American Chemical Society - Petroleum Research Fund, U.S., in 2013, the Morris Cohen Award for Outstanding Graduate Research in Corrosion Science from The Electrochemical Society in 2009, as well as the Marcel Pourbaix award for the best poster presentation on Corrosion Science and the NACE Foundation Book Award for Outstanding Graduate Research in Corrosion Science from the NACE Foundation in 2006.

Mariano is a NACE International member and actively participates in several task groups dedicated to solving various corrosion problems in oil and gas production. Likewise, he is an active member of The Electrochemical Society since 2003. Mariano is also a passionate photographer, enjoys baking at home and hiking, especially in the spectacular Western Australian scenery.

Brian Kinsella - B&W
Brian Kinsella

Emeritus Professor

Education, ACA Gold Medal, NACE Fellow, pipeline corrosion, inhibitors, electrochemical techniques, electroanalytical chemistry.

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Brian Kinsella

Emeritus Professor

Professor Kinsella early career was in the field of electroanalytical chemistry. He was the Distinguished Visiting Scientist, National Research Council of Canada in Ottawa (1987-1988) where his work was centred on the ultra-trace analysis of heavy metals in seawater using electrochemical techniques. Soon after returning to Perth he moved into corrosion science and has worked in the area of corrosion in oil and gas production for over 35 years. He founded and directed the Western Australian Corrosion Research Group (WACRG) at Curtin University (1987-2007), which has evolved into the present Curtin Corrosion Centre. The Centre is widely recognised for its services to the industry. Brian was instrumental in negotiating with Woodside and Chevron to establish the inaugural Chevron, Woodside Chair in Corrosion in 2008. He retired from Curtin to take up the prestigious position of Stocker Visiting Professor, Ohio University (2008-2011), where he worked at the Institute for Corrosion and Multiphase Technology, mentoring graduate students and developing new methods to study the mechanical properties of corrosion inhibitor films. He was invited to return to Curtin in October 2013, where he directed the applied research and testing for industry and worked closely with senior research staff.

Brian’s main areas of interest are internal pipeline corrosion, scale/corrosion inhibitors and electrochemical techniques where he has authored and co-authored over 100 journal publications and over 300 confidential reports for industry. He is a recipient of the Australasian Corrosion Association (ACA) Gold Medal (2016) for outstanding scientific or technological work in the field of corrosion in Australasia, an ACA member and a NACE Fellow. His NACE Fellow Honour, Excellence Award, was given for sustained contribution made to corrosion control well recognised over the years. Brian is a member of the NACE Technical Working Group for Mitigation of UDC and the European Cooperative Group on Corrosion Monitoring of Nuclear Materials (ECG-COMON). Professor Kinsella retired from Curtin University in June 2018 and was awarded the title Emeritus Professor by the Council of Curtin University in recognition for distinguished service, strategic leadership of the Curtin Corrosion Centre, and vision and commitment to the University. Professor Kinsella remains active in assisting staff and students in the Corrosion Centre at Curtin University and as a corrosion consultant to industry.

Laura Machuca-Suarez - B&W
Laura Machuca Suarez

Senior Research Fellow

Microbiology, electrochemistry, microbiologically influenced corrosion, biocides, fouling, bioinformatics, and bioremediation.

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Laura Machuca-Suarez - B&W
Laura Machuca Suarez

Senior Research Fellow

Dr Laura leads microbiologically influenced corrosion (MIC) research activities at the Curtin Corrosion Centre. Laura is an environmental microbiologist and a corrosion specialist with over 15 years’ experience in the energy sector.

Laura’s research activities focus on the interactions of microbes with metals and the role of microbes in deterioration processes, mainly, those relevant to the oil & gas and marine industries. She currently supervises research and industry projects in the fields of MIC, biofouling of subsea equipment, bioremediation of hydrocarbon pollutants and biodeterioration of cultural heritage assets. Laura has recently expanded her research to study the microorganisms inhabiting the deep sea and their interaction with steel structures and with submerged infrastructure under cathodic protection. She is currently a chief investigator in multi-disciplinary collaborative projects involving the development of novel environmentally friendly compounds to control biofilm formation and MIC. Laura has active collaboration with industry groups including Santos, Woodside Energy Ltd and Chevron and has been invited to present her work nationally and internationally to a variety of audiences including industry, public and academic.

Prior to joining the Curtin Corrosion Centre in 2009, Laura worked for the oil and gas industry in her native country, Colombia, for 3 years. After moving to Australia, Laura’s research activities focused on understanding the susceptibility of corrosion resistant alloys to microbial corrosion, a PhD research project sponsored by Chevron. For this work, Laura received a Chancellor’s commendation for her outstanding doctoral thesis.

In collaboration with Alfred Deakin Professor Maria Forsyth  and her team at Deakin University, Laura has been awarded a Discovery Project by the Australian Research Council in 2018, Best Review Paper and Best Research Paper Awards by the Australianasian Corrosion Association (ACA) in 2015, several international travel awards and was nominated for the Woodside Early Career Scientist of the year award in 2016. Her work on the risk of localized corrosion during tie-ins of subsea equipment was awarded the highest impact project globally by WA:ERA-Chevron ETC in 2012.

Laura' research interests include: (i) environmentally friendly corrosion and microbial inhibitor compounds, (ii) bioremediation of hydrocarbon pollutants, (iii) biofilm composition, structure and activity on metals, (iv) electromicrobiology, (v) deepwater microbiology and biodeterioration, and (vi) localized corrosion of corrosion resistant alloys.

Katerina Lepkova
Katerina Lepkova

Senior Research Fellow

Analytical methods, inhibitors, corrosivity of bulk cargoes, surface science, under-deposit corrosion, metal recovery, and characterization.

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Katerina Lepkova
Katerina Lepkova

Senior Research Fellow

Kateřina Lepková is a corrosion and material scientist with over 15 years of experience from both academic and industrial engineering institutions in Europe and Australia. Kateřina is currently a Senior Research Fellow at the Curtin Corrosion Centre, Curtin University and holds Adjunct Professorship at Ohio University, the Institute for Corrosion and Multiphase Flow Technology. Her key research interests are in investigating corrosion mechanisms and in development of test and monitoring methods for both fundamental and applied industrial research in the oil and gas and mining sectors.

Kateřina obtained her Doctorate degree at the Material and Surface Science Institute, University of Limerick, in Ireland as a recipient of PhD scholarship award under the Supramolecular Self-Assembly of Interfacial Nanostructures Research and Training Network funded by European Commission. Kateřina holds an MSc degree in Chemical Engineering (Chemical Processing of Fuel and Energetics) from the University of Chemistry and Technology Prague, Czech Republic. During her career, Kateřina also gained research experience from the Technical University of Denmark (Department of Geochemistry and Geophysics), oil and gas distributor in Germany, and mining sector in Western Australia. She served as a business development manager in a bi-national Chamber of Commerce.

Kateřina is the leading scientist of corrosion inhibition and corrosion in mining programs at Curtin Corrosion Centre, with a primary focus on mechanistic investigations of reactions at liquid-solid interfaces using advanced analytical methods, including synchrotron-sourced and neutron-based techniques. She supervises numerous PhD projects at Curtin University and in collaboration with leading national and international scientists. Kateřina has been a principal investigator in research projects sponsored by oil and gas and mining industries. Her current projects involve corrosion inhibition, under-deposit corrosion, microbiologically influenced corrosion, cathodic protection, the corrosiveness of bulk cargoes, and recovery of metals from minerals.

Kateřina is a member of NACE International, the Australasia Corrosion Association and the European Cooperative Group on Corrosion Monitoring of Nuclear Materials, and regularly presents the work of her team at national and international conferences and symposiums.

Kod Pojtanabuntoeng (B&W)
Kod Pojtanabuntoeng

Senior Lecturer

Internal and external pipeline corrosion, corrosion under insulation, top-of-the-line, sensors, inhibitors, carbon dioxide, and education.

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Kod Pojtanabuntoeng (B&W)
Kod Pojtanabuntoeng

Senior Lecturer

Dr Thunyaluk (Kod) Pojtanabuntoeng is a Senior Lecturer at the Curtin Corrosion Centre, WASM-MECE, and a Course Coordinator for Curtin’s MSc in Corrosion Engineering.

Kod completed her PhD in Chemical Engineering from the Institute for Corrosion and Multiphase Technology, Ohio University, USA and MSc in Petroleum Technology from Chulalongkorn University, Thailand. Her PhD and Master research focused on corrosion of carbon and low alloy steels in upstream oil and gas production; i.e. Top of the Line Corrosion and CO2 corrosion of production tubing and natural gas transportation lines.

After joining Curtin University in October 2012, Kod further expanded her research areas into external corrosion and corrosion prevention. She is currently working with industry partners on corrosion under insulation (CUI) and has an interest in exploring alternative strategies in controlling CUI. Kod also specialises in internal corrosion in the upstream oil and gas production, corrosion monitoring using electrochemical methods both in fields and in laboratory, surface and chemical characterization methods.

Kod focuses on the synergism between academia and industry and strives to find tangible solutions to corrosion problems. She has been principal investigators for many industry-funded research projects relating to failure analysis, corrosion and corrosion management predominantly in the oil and gas industry.

Kod is a member of NACE International and Australasian Corrosion Association (ACA), a steering committee of Oil & Gas technical group, ACA, and an active participant in many task groups.

Mobin Salasi - B&W
Mobin Salasi

Research Fellow

Education, tribocorrosion, biomaterials, additive manufacturing, electrochemistry, electron microscopy, metallurgy, and traveller.

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Mobin Salasi - B&W
Mobin Salasi

Research Fellow

Mobin Salasi is a Research Fellow at the Curtin Corrosion Centre and Mechanical Engineering Discipline of School of Civil and Mechanical Engineering, Curtin University. In 2012, he received a PhD from School of Mechanical and Chemical Engineering, the University of Western Australia on "Synergism between Abrasion and Corrosion."
At the Curtin Corrosion Centre Mobin carries out industrial and fundamental studies on several aspects of corrosion and materials with special focus on tribocorrosion behaviour of wear and corrosion resistant alloys.
Mobin also teaches competitive manufacturing processes and manufacturing for mechatronics within the disciplines of mechanical and mechatronics engineering. Throughout the teaching programs, he covers aspects of metal additive manufacturing of which he has active collaborative research projects with Curtin's John de Laeter Centre. 

Mobin received the Best Student Research Paper award in 2011 at the 18th International Corrosion Congress and ACA’s Marshall Fordham Research Paper Award in 2015. 

His main research interests are: (i) tribocorrosion and Tribo-electrochemistry, (ii) materials and Metallurgical Aspects of Metal Additive Manufacturing, and (iii) tribocorrosion behaviour of novel alloys and coatings.

Mobin enjoys travelling with his partner Marjan, exploring endless beauties of earth's nature and historical heritage. 
Andy Viereckl - PNG
Andy Viereckl

Senior Research Officer

Mechanical testing, environmentally assisted cracking, metallography, materials characterization, high-strength steels, and surfing.

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Andy Viereckl

Senior Research Officer

Andy Viereckl is a Senior Research Officer at the Curtin Corrosion Centre. He received his master’s degree in 2008 from the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany in Materials Science and Engineering before migrating to Australia.

In his role at the Curtin Corrosion Centre, he is the principal investigator for the “High strength low alloy steels for sour service applications” – project, one of the Corrosion Centre’s strategic research project in collaboration with Chevron and Woodside. Additionally, he also manages the “Environmental Assisted Cracking” – Laboratory, providing technical support and advice to students, researchers and his colleagues with test design and test setup.

Before joining the Curtin Corrosion Centre, Andy gained extensive work experience in research focused facilities. Some of the projects he was involved in focused on the application of ultra-hard CVD-Diamond coatings on silicon-carbide, the manufacturing and characterization of carbon-nanotube/magnesium composites and the implementation of various 3D-printing techniques including Electron Beam Melting (EBM), Fused Deposition Modelling (FDM) and 3D-printing of ceramic powders.

In his private life, Andy likes spending time in the outdoors, travelling to new places and experience different cultures and ways of living. His two biggest passions are snowboarding and surfing.

Varun Ghodkay - B&W
Varun Ghodkay

Senior Research Officer

Chemical Engineering, coatings, corrosion protection, corrosion and integrity management, oil & gas, traveller and explorer.

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Varun Ghodkay - B&W
Varun Ghodkay

Senior Research Officer

Varun Chandrashekar Ghodkay holds the position of Senior Research Officer at Curtin Corrosion Centre. Varun is the focal point for industry “demand-driven research” activities carried out at the Corrosion Center.

Varun has 10 years of experience in solving corrosion and integrity related challenges for the oil & gas and marine/shipbuilding industries. A chemical engineer by trade, Varun obtained his bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from M. S. Ramaiah Institute of Technology, Bangalore - India and a Master’s degree in Chemical Engineering from Curtin University, Perth - Western Australia. Prior to joining Curtin Corrosion Centre – Varun worked on various materials and corrosion related challenges at General Electric’s Global Research Centre (GRC) at John.F.Welsh Technology Centre in Bangalore – India.

Varun’s main area of interest is the validation of corrosion mitigation strategies for asset optimization and life extension.

Varun has been the Principal Investigator for various industry-funded projects with proven ability to develop strong relationships across a wide range of stakeholders that have contributed to exceptional results. Through these projects, Varun has demonstrated proficiency in oilfield corrosion management and corrosion control measures for both upstream and downstream assets.  He also has lead projects that involved testing of upstream production chemical under appropriate oil & gas process conditions and further conducting corrosion evaluation and analysis of various materials. Varun has also been involved in a number of failure analysis for oil & gas and shipbuilding industry. With the outcomes of these activities, Varun has gained valuable experience and ability to identify risks to asset integrity and to explore opportunities to develop strategies to ensure optimisation.

Varun also holds all necessary tickets and certification required for travel to remote locations (Offshore). Varun is also a NACE-certified Internal Corrosion Technologist, Coating Inspector and Cathodic Protection Tester. He is also a Certified Associate in Asset Management (CAAM) by Asset Management Council – Australia. 

An avid traveller, Varun has explored most of West Australian spectacular coastline and a number of scenic locations around the east coast and South East Asia. Varun leads an active lifestyle with a mix of mountain biking and basketball. He is also a keen follower of AFL and backs the West Coast Eagles.

Hoda Ehsani - B&W
Hoda Ehsani

Research Officer

Electrochemistry, corrosion inhibitors, advanced characterization, optical and electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction and photoelectron spectroscopy.

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Hoda Ehsani - B&W
Hoda Ehsani

Research Officer

Hoda is a Research Officer at Curtin Corrosion Centre. In 2013, she received her MSc degree from the School of Chemistry, Curtin University. She then joined Curtin Corrosion Centre and gathered years of experience on applying corrosion measurement techniques to complete a broad range of industry projects. She has extensive experience in chemical qualification testing for the purpose of chemical treatment in the oil and gas industry. She is also experienced in the corrosivity evaluation of minerals to comply with the requirements of the IMSBC Code for Shipping of Bulk Cargoes.

Her responsibilities also include producing and reviewing experimental work procedures and related technical documents associated with experimental setup and electrochemical techniques, providing technical support and advice to students and researchers with test design and test setup. Hoda is an advanced user of chemical and surface analysis instruments such as X-ray powder diffraction (XRD), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and scanning electronic microscopy-energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (SEM-EDS).

Yu (Louis) Long - B&W
Yu (Louis) Long

Technical Officer

Laboratory management, experimental design, Extreme Lab, H2S testing, chemical engineering, spectroscopy and chromatography, biofuels, energy.

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Yu (Louis) Long - B&W
Yu (Louis) Long

Technical Officer

Yu (Louis) Long is a Technical Officer in Curtin Corrosion Centre who provides technical support to industrial projects, PhD students, and other researchers. Yu (Louis) is responsible for managing and optimizing the allocation of resources (properties), material and instruments procurement, and involved in project design and implementation.

Yu (Louis) manages the Extreme Laboratory (corrosion and mechanical tests under pure H2S environments) to develop a safe operating procedure under the extreme environment, which is the first extreme lab in Western Australia.

Yu (Louis) holds double master degrees in chemical engineering and environmental engineering management from the University of Sydney and University of Technology Sydney, respectively. Meanwhile, Yu (Louis) is a part-time PhD at Curtin University majoring in bio-sugar generated from biomass via the mechanochemical process and low-temperature pyrolysis. Yu (Louis) is a specialist in chemical analysis and analysis instruments such as Fourier-transform Infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), Ion chromatography and mass spectrometry, HPLC, ICP-OES, and MS; therefore, Yu (Louis) focuses on developing analysis methods or providing advice to support the projects and researches in Curtin Corrosion Centre.

Edgar Hornus - B&W
Edgar Cristian Hornus

Research Associate

Electrochemistry, localized corrosion, iron contamination, cathodic protection, laboratory management, microscopy, superalloys, traveller.

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Edgar Hornus - B&W
Edgar Cristian Hornus

Research Associate

Edgar Cristian Hornus is an Industrial Engineer and M.Sc. and PhD in Materials Science and Technology from Instituto Sabato, which belongs to the Universidad Nacional de San Martín (UNSAM) and the Argentinean Atomic Energy Commission (Comisión Nacional de Energía Atómica – CNEA), located in Buenos Aires, Argentina. His areas of expertise include corrosion science, specifically in localized corrosion in superalloys. Starting in July 2018, he took on a postdoc position, working as Research Associate at the Curtin Corrosion Centre, Curtin University, Perth, Australia.

Edgar has expertise in (i) laboratory management and handling testing equipment and resources, (ii) conducting scientific and technological research and elaborating technical and academic reports, and (iii) providing technical assistance to his colleagues and commercial lab suppliers.

At the Curtin Corrosion Centre, Edgar works on different demand-driven projects, addressing innovative solutions to several problems of high impact on the industry, both in terms of localized corrosion and general corrosion.

In his private life, he likes spending time in the outdoors with his daughters, travelling to new places and immerse himself in different cultures. His two biggest passions are surfing and cave exploring.

Krishna Venkidusamy - B&W
Krishna Venkidusamy

Research Associate

Microbiology, bioremediation, microbial corrosion, electro-microbiological interactions, spectroscopy, and green biocides.

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Krishna Venkidusamy - B&W
Krishna Venkidusamy

Research Associate

Dr Krishna has specialisation in Environmental Microbiology and Bioremediation with over nine years’ of experience in the field of Microbiology. Krishna’s research focuses on electromicrobiology and their applications in bioremediation and biodeterioration processes. Her interdisciplinary advanced remediation research links electromicrobiology, anaerobic microbiology and microbial physiology, bio-electrochemistry, bioremediation, molecular microbiology and bio-nanotechnology with applications in engineered microbial electrochemical systems. She has active national and international collaborations for her multidisciplinary research involved in electromicrobiology projects.

Dr Krishna completed his PhD in Environmental remediation and Public health at the University of South Australia, Adelaide. During her PhD, Dr Krishna awarded International Postgraduate Research Scholarship by Federal Government of Australia to conduct the research on next-generation hydrocarbon bioremediation technologies using microbial electrochemical systems. This research was highly appreciated and awarded by various professional organizations’ specifically, outstanding doctoral dissertation award (CRC CARE&SHELL), ISMET’2015 (Arizona, USA), best research papers, best posters, keynote speaker, travel awards, cash awards and media attention (national and international).

Prior to commencing the employment in the CCC,  Krishna was employed in the University of South Australia (Australia) and Qatar University with active research on electro-microbiological interactions in oil-contaminated marine sediments and wastewater remediation systems. Before moving to Australia for her doctoral research, Krishna served as a senior research fellow with the active research projects on sulfur-oxidizing microorganisms and their interactions with legumes plants funded by Department of Biotechnology, Government of India.

Dr Krishna’s current research focuses on “underpinning the electro-microbiological interactions and their mechanisms in microbial induced corrosion systems (EMIC) and relevant industrial projects (Chevron Energy Technology Pty Ltd WA Oil bacterial corrosion: Microbial corrosion and relevant treatments, Woodside etc.).

Her research interests include: (i) electromicrobiology and microbial physiology, (ii) microbial extracellular electron transfer and uptake in relevance to electro-bioremediation and corrosion mechanisms, (iii) microbe-metal interactions in various environments, (iv) microbially induced corrosion and green biocides, (iv) anaerobic photosynthesis in relevance to bioremediation and electron transfer mechanisms, and (v) next-generation bioremediation technologies with the particular reference to recalcitrant contaminants.

Yang Hou
Yang Hou

Research Associate

Machine learning, sensors, electrochemical methods, corrosion under insulation, materials, corrosion inhibitors.

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Yang Hou
Yang Hou

Research Associate

Yang Hou is a research associate in Curtin Corrosion Centre. She obtained her Doctor of Philosophy degree in Mining and Metallurgical Engineering from Curtin University, Australia. She also holds a Master’s and Bachelor’s degree in Metallurgical Engineering obtained from Taiyuan University of Technology (TYUT) and Inner Mongolia University of Science and Technology (IMUST) in China, respectively.

Yang Hou is particularly interested in corrosion monitoring sensors and methodology development in combination with electrochemical testing and Machine Learning methods. Her PhD research project was monitoring of corrosion processes by use of electrochemical noise, mainly aiming at the development of automatic on-line monitoring schemes to detect and identify localised corrosion. She is currently working on the evaluation of self-inhibiting insulations and volatile corrosion inhibitors for mitigating corrosion under insulation (CUI), along with the development of a corrosion monitoring tool for CUI management. Other research interests include (but not limited to): Materials evaluation based on metallurgical and mechanical as well as anti-corrosion properties; under deposit corrosion; atmospheric corrosion; external corrosion of buried pipeline; selection and evaluation of corrosion inhibitors.

Marisa Yookhong - B&W
Marisa Yookhong

Researcher Assistant

Corrosion testing, wet parking, Raman and Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy, characterization, sample preparation.

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Marisa Yookhong - B&W
Marisa Yookhong

Researcher Assistant

Marisa Yookhong is a Researcher Assistant at the Curtin Corrosion Engineering Industry Centre. Her main research activities focus on set up corrosion experiment based on client/company requirement and demonstrate how to operate laboratory equipment for post- and undergraduate students.

Some of her publications include:

  • Supakeat K, Marisa Y. et al. 2016. “Production of carboxymethyl cellulose under low concentration of basicity”, Thailand Patent, Application no.1501000399, Patent filing 9 Aug 2016, Assignee: SCG Paper PCL.
  • Marisa W.; Apichat I. and Ponwason E. 2008. “Extraction of heavy metal ions from leachate of cement-based stabilized waste using purpurin functionalized resin” Journal of hazardous materials, 154(1-3): 739-747.
  • Marisa W.; Ponwason E. and Apichat I. 2007. “Characterization of Amberlite XAD-2 functionalized with Purpurin by Infrared and Raman spectroscopy”, Scientific and technological research equipment centre, 15(1): 47-55.
Lana McQueen - B&W
Lana McQueen

Administrative Officer

Administrative officer, accounting, counselling, administration, legal, family, reading, WA beaches, learn about other cultures.

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Lana McQueen - B&W
Lana McQueen

Administrative Officer

I was born in New Zealand, but have been in Western Australia for 11 and a half years. I have been at Curtin for 5 years, and worked in Curtin's Kalgoorlie campus 4 of those years, as Administrative Officer for WA School of Mines.


I trained as a Legal Executive in New Zealand, where most of my work experience was in conveyancing. I worked as a consultant for two legal firms in Hamilton. I currently, work as Administrative Officer, for WA School of Mines, Minerals, Energy and Chemical Engineering, where I cover the Curtin Corrosion Centre, the Fuels and Energy Institute and the main administration office on Bentley campus.

 

I enjoy being with family, reading, learning about other cultures, the beach and strive to keep a healthy balance in my life.

Affiliates

Our Affiliated Scholars complement and expand our knowledge, bringing years of industry and academic experience.

Ahmed Barifcani - B&W
Ahmed Barifcani

Associate Professor

Education, chemical & petroleum engineering, petrochemical industry, facility manager, large scale testing, pilot plants, LNG, CO2, corrosion.

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Ahmed Barifcani

Associate Professor

Ahmed Barifcani is an Associate Professor at Curtin University involved in teaching and research in the Petroleum Engineering discipline, chemical engineering discipline and the corrosion centre.

Ahmed earned his BSc, MSc & PhD degrees in chemical engineering from the University of Birmingham, UK; his research areas cover CO<sub>2</sub> capture by cryogenics, flow assurance, hydrates, LNG, NG gas processing, low-temperature gas separation processes, MEG research and enhanced oil recovery.

Ahmed uses his 30 years of previous industrial experience in Iraq related to the operation, engineering, construction, project management, in the fields of oil refining, gas processing and petrochemical industries in the research areas above.

Ahmed has over  13 years of  teaching and research experience at Curtin University and is combining his industrial and academic skills to solve problem’s related to CO2 capture from flue gases by cryogenics , MEG research, flow assurance problems related to hydrate formation and mitigation, LNG, enhanced oil recovery, low temperature  research and sour gas separation.  He has supervised 26 MSc & PhD theses, has over 80 peer-reviewed publications and filing of four patents.

Ahmed was the first prize winner of the Curtin Innovation award in 2009 and Curtin Business School prize winner in 2017; he was also the supervisor of the best final year chemical engineering design project in Australia & New Zealand for the years 2013 & 2014.

Ahmed is a Fellow (FIChemE) and a chartered scientist (CSci) of the institution of chemical engineers.

Garry Leadbeater - B&W
Garry Leadbeater

Senior Lecturer

Education, physical metallurgy, alloy design, nickel alloys, steels, titanium, mechanical testing, manufacturing, biomaterials, motorbikes.

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Garry Leadbeater

Senior Lecturer

Garry graduated from Nottingham University (UK), in1978, in Metallurgy and Materials Science and subsequently received his PhD at the same university in the field of fatigue and tribology related to aerospace alloys. After a 2-year post-doctoral period at the Technological University of Nagaoka, Japan, working on fretting fatigue projects in alloy steels, he moved to South Africa to work in the mining tools industry for Boart International. This led to a move into the stainless steel research, specifically on alloy development at the Council for Mineral Technology (MINTEK).


This was followed by a move back to the UK in 1988, working for a short time at the International Tin Research Institute (ITRI), and then on to a more technical/commercial role as Industry Manager, specialising in high nickel alloys with INCO Alloys International Limited (now Special Metals). This specialisation continued after a move to Western Australia with Specialty Metals PTY Ltd. He took up his present position at Curtin University in 1998, undertaking teaching and research duties.


From 2006 - 2014 Garry was the Academic Director of the Curtin Engineering Foundation Year program, and research activities at Curtin have included work on aluminium alloy welding processes, the development of porous β-titanium alloys for biomedical applications, and more recently on corrosion and integrity studies on stainless steels and high nickel alloys.

In his spare time, Garry enjoys sporting activities such as swimming, cycling, football and checking out the WA scenery on his motorbike.

Zakaria Quadir - B&W
Zakaria Quadir

Research Facility Manager

Expert microscopist, additive manufacturing, physical metallurgy, materials characterization, alloy design, education.

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Zakaria Quadir

Research Facility Manager

Md Zakaria Quadir is the Head of Microscopy and Microanalysis Facility (MMF) unit within Curtin’s centralised research infrastructure hub John de Laeter Centre (JdLC). MMF comprises a wide range of electron microscopy instrumentations for advanced characterisations for academic and industrial research of materials. He provides research and technical leadership in multidisciplinary physical science projects.


Zakaria was awarded his Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Hong Kong (HKU). Previously, he obtained a BSc Engineering in Metallurgy with an honours distinction from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET). Before joining Curtin, Zakaria held research academic and instrument scientist appointments at HKU, University of New South Wales (UNSW) Australia and Australian Research Council-Centre of Excellence (ARC-CoE) for Light Metal Research. He also holds several honorary appointments in Australian and overseas institutions for research collaborations. Currently, Zakaria is the representative of the state of Western Australia for the national professional society of microscopy, Australian Microscopy and Microanalysis Society (AMMS).


Zakaria’s carriage in cutting-edge Electron Microscopy and Physical Metallurgy is well manifested. He conducted research in the thermomechanical processing of  Fe-, Al-, Cu-, Mg-, Ti-, Ni-based alloys, and their composites, with particular emphasis on the mechanisms of microstructure and crystallographic texture evolution during solidification, deformation processing, solid-state phase transformation and heat treatments. His current research includes additive manufacturing by 3D printing of metals, thermo-mechanical processing of metals and their composites and material characterizations concerning environmental degradation. His research yields over 130 peer-reviewed book chapter, journal and conference articles.

Collaborators

Our national and international collaborators enrich the Centre, contributing world-class expertise in corrosion.

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Maria Forsyth

Professor

Fellow Australian Academy of Sciences, Galileo Galilee, corrosion, electromaterials, batteries, polymer electrolytes, corrosion inhibitors.

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Maria Forsyth

Professor

Professor Maria Forsyth “FAA” (Fellow Australian Academy of Sciences), is the Director of ARC Industrial Transformation Training Centre in Energy Storage Technologies, StorEnergy, past ARC Laureate fellow and currently an Alfred Deakin Professorial Fellow at Deakin University and an Ikerbasque Visiting Professorial Fellow at University of the Basque Country.  She is the Associate Director in the ARC Centre of Excellence in Electromaterials Science (ACES) and Deputy Director of the Institute for Frontier Materials (IFM) at Deakin University in Australia, where she leads the research effort in energy storage and corrosion science.   Specifically, her work has focused on understanding the phenomenon of charge transport at metal/electrolyte interfaces and within novel electrolyte materials.  Such materials have included a range of novel ionic liquids, polymer electrolytes and plastic crystals.  This has provided a basis for understanding the behaviour of such materials, and thus moving towards overcoming the performance limitations, of applications ranging from novel fuel cell designs and battery storage to corrosion prevention technologies. 

Professor Forsyth leads collaborative projects in lithium and sodium battery technologies funded through recent Australian Research Council grants and with various industries.  She is a co-author of over 550 journal and conference publications attracted more than 20000 citations.  She has delivered more than 25 invited and plenary talks in the past 5 years. She was one of the team that delivered the ACOLA report “The Role of Energy Storage in Australia’s Future Energy Supply Mix” to the Chief Scientist in 2017.  Professor Forsyth has served on several editorial boards and is currently senior editor for Journal of Physical Chemistry letters. She is the recipient of the Galileo Galilee award for her contributions to the Polymer Electrolyte and energy storage field, has received the Australian Corrosion Association Corrosion Medal and was awarded to The Victorian Prize for Science and Innovation (VESKI) in 2017.

Srdjan Nesic Formal Photo
Srdjan Nesic

Russ Professor & Institute Director

Transport phenomena & electrochemistry, CO2 & H2S corrosion modeling, erosion, computational fluid dynamics and multiphase flow.

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Srdjan Nesic

Russ Professor & Institute Director

Srdjan Nesic, a Russ Professor, has also been the director of the Institute for Corrosion and Multiphase Flow Technology since 2002. Having taught courses related to thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, and corrosion, he has also been a principal adviser for more than 50 masters and doctoral students.

Nesic’s research lies at the intersection of transport phenomena and electrochemistry, with applications in corrosion and erosion corrosion. Responsible for more than $30 million in external research funding, almost all from private industry, he is author of more than 10 articles in books including the best known corrosion handbooks such as Uhlig's Corrosion Handbook and Shriers's Corrosion, covering acid gas corrosion and erosion-corrosion, more than 100 peer-reviewed journal papers, 200 conference papers, and 50 scientific reports in the field of corrosion.

His publications have received over 5000 citations. Nesic, a NACE fellow, serves as associate editor of NACE’s CORROSION journal and Elsevier’s Corrosion Science Journal. He has received numerous awards and honours such as CORROSION journal’s best paper for 2010 and 2015, NACE’s H.H. Uhlig Award for 2007, and British Corrosion Journal’s Bengough award for 1998. His graduate students have won the A.B. Campbell award twice, in 2009 and 2015, for CORROSION journal’s most outstanding manuscript by young authors.

Dr Nesic also has extensively consulted on corrosion issues for the oil and gas industry, from design to operations to expert witness testimony including the Deepwater Horizon Spill in 2010.

Roy Johnsen
Roy Johnsen

Professor

Cathodic protection, coatings, hydrogen, localized corrosion, corrosion-resistant alloys, tribology, and integrity management.

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Roy Johnsen
Roy Johnsen

Professor

After receiving a Dr.ing. degree from NTH in 1984, I joined Statoil Research Centre in Trondheim in 1985 to work within their “Material Technology” group.  During this period I was involved in several research projects, material selection activities for new fields and failure analysis for existing fields.  I also worked as Department Manager for some years.

In 1991 I joined CorrOcean in a combined management/technical position to develop the company from a small national company to be a leading international company within “Corrosion monitoring and corrosion management”.  During my 13 years with CorrOcean the company grew from 30 people to 350 people with activities in all the major oil regions in the world.  I also got the opportunity to visit the most important regions with oil activities in the world including Asia, Australia, South America, North America and Europe working with the leading oil companies and supplier industry.  During my years in CorrOcean the company was listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange.

After 20 years in the oil industry, I accepted an offer to be a Professor within “Corrosion and Surface Technology” at IPM in 2004.  I still have good contact with the industry and use my contact and experience to develop my courses and to get interesting industrial related projects both for master students and for PhD candidates.

I am present manager for the Strategic Area Materials (Tematisk Satsingsområde Materialer) at NTNU.

Warren Green
Warren Green

Adjunct Professor

Education, concrete corrosion, cathodic protection, localized corrosion, corrosion engineering, marine, infrastructure, structures.

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Warren Green
Warren Green

Adjunct Professor

Warren Green is a Visiting Adjunct Associate Professor within the Curtin Corrosion Centre. He is also the lecturer of the Concrete Unit within the MSc in Corrosion Engineering and a co-supervisor of post-graduate research students. Warren contributes to various research projects within the Centre.

He is also is a Director and Principal Corrosion Engineer at Vinsi Partners, based in Sydney. He is a Fellow and Chartered Professional Engineer (CPEng) with Engineers Australia. Warren has over 30 years of experience in corrosion engineering and materials technology covering marine, infrastructure, industrial, civil and building structures.

He is also an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Institute for Frontier Materials at Deakin University, an Industry Lead with the Australian Centre for Infrastructure Durability (ACID) and a Conjoint Fellow of the School of Engineering at the University of Newcastle.

Moreica Pabbruwe
Moreica Pabbruwe

Biomedical Engineer

Biomedical, biomaterials, corrosion, tissue responses, bioreactors, orthopaedics, animal studies, cell-based therapy, Perth Hospital.

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Moreica Pabbruwe
Moreica Pabbruwe

Biomedical Engineer

Early in her career as a PhD student, Moreica had the opportunity to learn all basic skills necessary for a complete evaluation of tissue-biomaterials interactions: from cells in the lab (in vitro) to complex system, in animal studies. These early training allowed to work in the development of state of the art technologies including novel bioreactor system, new therapies for cartilage repair, innovative bone graft substitutes and biomaterials coatings.

After receiving her PhD in November 2002, Moreica worked as a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Bath (2003-2005) in bioreactor systems for tissue engineering of meniscus. Later on, she joined the University of Bristol as research associated (2005-2008) developing a new cell-based therapy for repair of meniscus, cartilage and bone called “cell bandage”.

Subsequently, she took a new path, still doing research but with a commercial focus, as a Biomedical Specialist for Worley Parsons (2007-2008), Medical Device Research (MDR) Australia & UK (2008-2012) on a part-time basis. She has the opportunity to collaborate on a range of projects: characterizing animal studies, developing novel bone graft substitutes, evaluating cytotoxicity testing of novel biomaterials, and failure analysis of orthopaedic implants: from engineering, clinical and biological perspective.

After moving back to Australia in 2011, she started another company (2012-2014), preparing applications and managing clinical studies for orthopaedics companies. Her current job is as a Biomedical Engineer (2013-Present), leading the Implant Retrieval program at Royal Perth Hospital, a state-wide service evaluating retrieved and new orthopaedic devices; using analytical techniques to understand the factors that affect the clinical performance of orthopaedic implants. The overarching goal of this work is to gain information that can be used in the development of better biomaterials, to create implants with improved properties.

Moreica has worked as a consultant in a range of technical areas, most notably in the biomedical field, liaising directly with orthopaedic surgeons and orthopaedic companies. She has gained extensive experience in the evaluation of the tissue response to wear debris in failed joint replacement components by examining numerous (+4000) explanted devices. This work has been performed as both an independent consultant to orthopaedic companies and a biomedical engineer at Royal Perth Hospital. She has developed relevant international collaborations with Universities and Hospitals including Sydney University, University of Bristol, UNSW, Curtin University and Southmead Hospital in Bristol (UK).

Most of the work she has performed in academia and companies has an interdisciplinary nature, working with clinicians, researchers and major orthopaedic companies with the aim to solve or understand highly relevant clinical problems. She also has the opportunity to supervise several undergraduate and postgraduate students.

Alan Kop
Alan Kop

Biomedical Engineer

Biomedical, biomaterials, alloy manufacturing, mining, corrosion, tissue engineering, additive manufacturing, Royal Perth Hospital.

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Alan Kop
Alan Kop

Biomedical Engineer

PhD, Swinburne University, Melbourne, Comaclo Research Centre, Melbourne

Alan has extensive experience in the application of materials in manufacturing, the mining industries and biological systems.  As a materials engineer, researcher and consultant he has worked for companies including Comalco Aluminium, RioTinto, Transfield Engineering, Argyle Diamond Mines Pilbara Iron, BHP and Bristile Ltd.  Currently, and for the last 19 years, Alan has worked as a Biomaterials Engineer at Royal Perth Hospital (Dept. of Medical Engineering and Physics). Alan is a Charted Professional Engineer (MIEAUST) with national engineering registration in the practice areas of Biomedical and Mechanical Engineering. 

Alan currently works in the areas of tissue engineering, medical device retrieval analysis and custom implant technology.  He was awarded a Churchill Fellowship in 2012 to travel overseas and study in the area of translational tissue engineering.  His research focus lies in the application of materials for tissue engineered products, incorporating medical modelling, 3D printing and the application of stem cells to produce clinically relevant constructs for bony and soft tissue reconstruction.  He is an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Faculty of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences (University of Western Australia, UWA) with interests in Biomedical and Materials Engineering.

Afrooz Barnoush
Afrooz Barnoush

Professor

Nano- & micro-scale characterization, hydrogen embrittlement, environmental fracture & fatigue, multiscale computational materials.

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Afrooz Barnoush
Afrooz Barnoush

Professor

Dr. Barnoush received the B.A. degree in extractive metallurgy of nonferrous alloys in 1997, and the M.Sc. degree in corrosion engineering in 1999, from the Sharif University of Technology in Tehran. After four years working in the industry as a consultant engineer in the field of corrosion and corrosion protection, he moved to Germany where he received his PhD from Saarland University in Germany. The topic of his PhD thesis was “Hydrogen embrittlement revisited by in situ electrochemical nanoindentations”. After four years of research and teaching at Saarland University as a tenure-track (Habiltant), he moved to NTNU, Trondheim. His current research is centred on the development of novel nano and microscale examination methods to study the environmental effects on mechanical properties.  

When asked to describe his research interests, Dr Barnoush writes, "Degradation of materials mechanical properties under the simultaneous effect of mechanical loading and environments like hydrogen embrittlement or stress corrosion cracking is a serious industrial problem which is responsible for large economic loss or even sometimes fatal accidents. The main challenge in gaining a better understanding of this phenomenon is its complex nature where microstructural and sub-microstructural evolution, chemical and electrochemical reactions, surface reactions, as well as dislocation dynamics interplaying together. Therefore, a Multiscale interdisciplinary approach is required to tackle this problem and this what I devoted myself to.”

He describes that "While research has a very substantial role in my life, I cannot possibly envision a rewarding career without teaching. As a teacher, my goal is to infect the students' curiosity and interest in the physics of materials and to inspire them to become future industry leaders and academics.

Mariano Kappes
Mariano A Kappes

Adjunct Professor

Thiosulfate, environmental cracking, hydrogen embrittlement, radiation-induced cracking, localized corrosion, aluminium alloys, biking.

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Mariano Kappes
Mariano A Kappes

Adjunct Professor

Mariano Kappes obtained his Bachelor's degree in Materials Science and Engineering at the Instituto Sabato in Argentina in 2006. He obtained his PhD in 2011 at the Ohio State University. His PhD thesis, supervised by Prof. Gerald Frankel, was focused on the simulation of sour environments with thiosulfate solutions, and its application to corrosion fatigue studies of carbon steels. He did a postdoc from 2012-2014 at The University of Akron, where, under Prof. Mariano Iannuzzi supervision, he worked on hydrogen embrittlement of magnesium alloys, sulfide stress cracking of low alloy steels with nickel additions and localized corrosion of aluminium alloys. Since 2014 he is a research scientist at the National Agency of Atomic Energy in Argentina, and he holds a position at the National Scientific and Technical Research Council as a scientist since 2015. Since 2014 he is an Adjunct Professor at the National University of General San Martin and at the Sabato Institute. He is the co-author of 17 peer-reviewed papers in the field of corrosion and materials science. He served as co-chair of the symposium “Environmentally assisted cracking of high strength alloys” in 2018 MSE congress in Darmstadt, Germany, and has participated as an author in +20 congress presentations. He serves as a consultant on corrosion problems of components for nuclear power plants and has authored 10 technical reports in this field.  

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Benjamin Tuck - B&W
Benjamin Tuck

PhD Student.

Properties of Multispecies Biofilms on Steel in Seawater & Relationship with Corrosion and Corrosion Inhibition.

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Benjamin Tuck - B&W
Benjamin Tuck

PhD Student.

Sofia Hazarabedian - B&W
Sofia Hazarabedian

PhD Student

Understanding of deleterious nano-size intergranular precipitates in Age Hardened Ni alloys.

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Sofia Hazarabedian - B&W
Sofia Hazarabedian

PhD Student

Esteban Rodoni - B&W
Esteban Rodoni

PhD Student

Hydrogen embrittlement of intercritically hardened dual-phase low alloy steels. Photographer.

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Lina Silva Bedoya - B&W
Lina Silva Bedoya

PhD Student

Deep-water MIC of steel and the influence of CP on calcareous deposits and microbial growth.

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Lina Silva Bedoya - B&W
Lina Silva Bedoya

PhD Student

Adam Soames
Adam Soames

PhD Student

Optimisation of Mono-Ethylene Glycol Regeneration Chemistry and Corrosion Inhibition Strategies

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Silvia Salgar Chaparro - B&W
Silvia Salgar Chaparro

PhD Student

Microbiologically Influenced Corrosion of Carbon Steel Pipelines: Methodology to Assess Failure Probability.

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Silvia Salgar Chaparro - B&W
Silvia Salgar Chaparro

PhD Student

Giles Harrison
Giles Harrison

PhD Student

Cathodic protection applications in mining - preventing gold plating and other complications.

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Giles Harrison
Giles Harrison

PhD Student

Basit Raza
Basit Raza

PhD Student

Corrosion inhibition mechanisms and synergistic effects in mitigating CO2 corrosion of carbon steel.

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Basit Raza
Basit Raza

PhD Student

Ahmed Reyad
Ahmed Reyad

MPhil Student

Pushing the boundaries of Corrosion Resistant Alloys in Seawater Applications.

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Ahmed Reyad
Ahmed Reyad

MPhil Student

Erika Suarez-Rodriguez - B&W
Erika Suarez-Rodriguez

PhD Student

Corrosion inhibition of deposited steel surfaces in the presence of bacteria.

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Erika Suarez-Rodriguez - B&W
Erika Suarez-Rodriguez

PhD Student