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A look at Corrosion Science

Webinars 14 April 2021

TWI Innovation Network Webinar: A Look at Corrosion Science: Materials and Coatings Research by the Materials Innovation Centre

The Materials Innovation Centre (MatIC) is a long-term strategic partnership between TWI and the University of Leicester.  The Centre brings together expertise from different organisations to focus on the fundamental understanding of metallic materials, both theoretical and experimental, and how properties and performance are related to processing-dependent microstructures.

This webinar, to celebrate ‘Corrosion Awareness Day 2021,’ will discuss some of the technical highlights of the FlexiBat project to develop thin, flexible printed batteries, the GeoHex project to develop advanced materials and coatings for geothermal heat exchangers, and the INHALE project to develop halide-free ionic liquids for the electrodeposition of zinc and zinc alloys.

Who should attend?

All are welcome but this talk is particularly suited to corrosion engineers, electro-chemists, chemists and materials engineers working in the energy, aerospace, automotive and other industries.


Dr Shiladitya Paul - Director of MatIC

Dr Shiladitya Paul

Director of MatIC

As the Director of MatIC, Shiladitya is responsible for leading the development and execution of the Centre’s long-term research strategy.  He has a PhD in Materials from the University of Cambridge and has achieved over 90 publications in the field of materials, coatings and corrosion.  Shiladitya is a peer-reviewer and member of the editorial team for several journals, Vice Chair of the European Federation of Corrosion WP9 and Chair of the NACE Corrosion 2021 Symposium on Corrosion in Supercritical Systems.  He is also a member (Judge) of the International Thermal Spray Conference (ITSC) and the Journal of Thermal Spray Technology (JTST) Best Paper Award committees, and a Fellow of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3).

Dr Vikas Kumar - Post-doctoral Research Associate

Dr Vikas Kumar

Post-doctoral Research Associate

Vikas is an experienced research professional with a PhD and five years’ post-doctoral research experience in photovoltaics and energy storage materials. Prior to joining MatIC in 2019 as Research Associate for the FlexiBat project, Vikas worked in the higher education sector. His work on FlexiBat focuses on the development of a zinc-carbon based, flexible, primary battery for use in smart devices such as sensors, smart watches and other wearables. Vikas’ research background includes synthesis of energy and carbon composite materials, flexible devices (thin film solar cells on flexible metals), low energy electron microscopy, hyperspectral imaging and stability studies of energy generation materials in different environments.

Dr Garima Mittal - Post-doctoral Research Associate, MatIC

Dr Garima Mittal

Post-doctoral Research Associate, MatIC

Garima joined MatIC in early 2020 as a Research Associate on the GeoHex project which is developing advanced materials, with anti-scaling and anti-corrosion properties, for cost-efficient and enhanced heat exchanger performance for geothermal applications.  Her work on GeoHex is focused on modifying the surface of different substrates using nanostructures to enhance the heat exchanger’s performance.  Garima has a background in the synthesis of nanomaterials, thin films, coatings and nanocomposites together with improving the mechanical, thermal and tribological properties of reinforced polymer composites.  Prior to joining MatIC, Garima worked as a Post-Doctoral Fellow at Kyung Hee University in South Korea. She has also accomplished over 18 publications.

Dr Kranthi Maniam - Marie Curie Fellow, MatIC

Dr Kranthi Maniam

Marie Curie Fellow, MatIC

Kranthi joined MatIC to work on the INHALE project: Investigation of halide free ionic liquids for the electrodeposition of zinc and zinc alloys. Kranthi's experience includes research into: the development of efficient, low toxicity, environmental friendly, halide-free ionic liquids, as an electrolyte for the electrodeposition of zinc and zinc alloy coatings for corrosion resistant applications; and employing light weight structures to reduce materials usage, which is one of the main issues associated with this technology. He also has extensive knowledge of numerical modelling and simulation of physical systems using MATLAB and COMSOL, and has undertaken lab work on material synthesis, formulation development and characterisation.

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