Thu, 14 October, 2021
Final year PhD student – with the National Structural Integrity Research Centre (NSIRC) and the Materials Innovation Centre (MatIC), a partnership between the University of Leicester and TWI) – Adamantini Loukodimou, has won one of three free places available to attend this year’s SURF Electrochemical Doctoral School.
Organised by the Research group of Electrochemical and Surface Engineering (SURF), at Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), the title of this year’s online school, taking place over four sessions during the weeks of 15 and 22 November 2021, is Corrosion: from Analysis to Modelling.
In order to secure one of the free places, entrants to the competition had to compose a ‘Corrosion Quote’, from which the best three would be selected. Adamantini’s winning quote was “Corrosion research is the salt of life and salt give life to corrosion research”, and she will now be one of 50 attendees gathering together for the interactive School. The competition prizes were supported by the Young European Federation of Corrosion (YEFC).
Adamantini’s PhD topic is: ‘Development of novel coating systems for mitigating corrosion of offshore wind turbines’, and her research focuses on the development of self-healing microcapsules for application in offshore coatings, while simultaneously looking into the different electrochemical aspects of these coatings. Adamantini’s industrial supervisors are Dr Shiladitya Paul, Director of MatIC and Prof Alan Taylor of TWI. Her academic supervisors are Dr David Weston and Dr Dimitrios Statharas, both University of Leicester. Adamantini is also a student at the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Innovative Metal Processing (IMPaCT) at, and led by, the University of Leicester. Her PhD sponsor is Lloyd's Register Foundation (LRF).
Speaking about her achievement, Adamantini explained “I would like to attend this school because lectures giving novel insights into electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS), surface analysis, modelling and other interesting corrosion related topics will be given by academic experts and industrial stakeholders from Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) and VOM (Beyond treatment of surfaces).” Going on to say “In addition, I will also have the opportunity to discuss my technical topic of interest with other participants from industry and academia undertaking PhDs, gain a more in-depth understanding of electrochemical phenomena, and meet new people from all over the world with the same interest in corrosion research as myself.”