Corrosion: Fundamentals and Experimental Methods


Next Offering:

October 16, 2023 – November 17, 2023


Course Description

The Corrosion: Fundamentals and Experimental Methods course covers the fundamentals of corrosion and various electrochemical techniques. Lectures and laboratories are used to illustrate how electrochemical techniques are applied, when they should be used, and how the various techniques can be integrated to solve complex problems. The course will be useful for people entering the corrosion field and for professionals looking for a refresher course.

This course is offered in an online format, with recorded video lectures and lab demonstrations. The course is taught by Dr. Gerald Frankel, Dr. Jenifer Locke, and Dr. Rudy Buchheit, Dean of the College of Engineering, University of Kentucky.


CLICK HERE to view the Autumn 2023 course schedule and covered topics. 

CLICK HERE to learn more about the course's structure. 


Online Delivery

The instructional material and content for this course consists of pre-recorded lectures and laboratory exercises previously recorded from a five-day offering in May 2023. The labs show the real time activities of a teaching assistant doing the experiment and the computer screen of the software controlling the instrumentation, along with the narration by an instructor.

There are roughly 30 hours of pre-recorded material students will be able to watch via streaming at their own pace once registered and until December 1, 2023. This will allow for a relaxed pace providing students with plenty of time to work through the material. It’s recommended that students make time for this course beyond just watching all of the recorded content. Students should plan to note their questions and either attend a discussion period or make use of the discussion board on the course website. Students should also make time to analyze the lab data provided to them to complete the lab exercises.

On one day of each week during the five-week course from October 16, 2023, to November 17, 2023, the instructors will be available for live questions and discussion sessions. On those days, the live question and discussion sessions will be held at five different hour-long periods spaced between 7:00am EST to midnight EST. This will allow students anywhere around the globe to find times convenient for joining a live discussion.


The course will include these topics:

  1. Thermodynamics of corrosion
  2. Kinetics of corrosion
  3. Polarization
  4. Corrosion rate measurement techniques
  5. Passivity/localized corrosion
  6. Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy
  7. Environment Assisted Cracking
  8. Corrosion protection with Coatings
  9. Atmospheric Corrosion

Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:

  • Understand the basic science underpinning the corrosion of metals.
  • Recognize the various forms of corrosion and their underlying causes.
  • Be aware of various approaches for mitigating corrosion.
  • Know how to perform electrochemical measurements to assess corrosion rate and susceptibility.



The students will self-select based on their interest in the field of corrosion and training needs. It is strongly recommended that participants have a degree in engineering or science, or work experience in the field of corrosion.


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Registration is closed. 


Course Fee:

$1,150 per person


Early Bird Discount:

$1,050 per person if registered & paid by Monday, September 25, 2023. 


Cancellations and Refunds

A full refund, minus a $75 administrative fee, will be made if cancellation is received three weeks prior to the start of the course.

No refunds will be issued within three weeks of the course start date. 


G. Frankel

Gerald S. Frankel is Distinguished Professor of Engineering, Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, and Director of the Fontana Corrosion Center at the Ohio State University. He is a fellow of NACE International, The Electrochemical Society, and ASM International. His technical interests are in the areas of passivity, localized corrosion, protective coatings, and atmospheric corrosion. He is also involved with corrosion issues associated with nuclear waste storage and disposal.


J. Locke

Jenifer Locke is Assistant Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at OSU. She specifically has examined the ability of specific microstructures to self-inhibit the deleterious effects of a corrosive environment or the ability of chemical inhibitors to produce passivity to inhibit the deleterious effects of a corrosive environment. Professor Locke began work in alloy development and thermo-mechanical processing at Alcoa. She came to The Ohio State University in Jan 2015 and primarily performs research in corrosion and environment-assisted cracking.


R. Buchheit

Rudy Buchheit is the Dean of the University of Kentucky College of Engineering.  Prior to joining UK, Dr. Buchheit was the associate dean for academic affairs and administration of the College of Engineering at The Ohio State University and Professor of Materials Science and Engineering. His research is in the area of the chemistry and electrochemistry of corrosion, corrosion modeling and corrosion prediction. He has also worked in the area of surface engineering, including surface modification and corrosion resistant coatings. He is a fellow of NACE International and the Electrochemical Society.


Dr. Xiaolei Guo

Xiaolei Guo is a research associate in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at The Ohio State University. He earned Ph.D. degree in Materials Science and Engineering from The Ohio State University in 2016. His research interests include localized corrosion of alloys, near-field corrosion interaction between different nuclear waste forms, smart coatings for corrosion mediation, and additive manufacturing. He is the author of over 30 research articles, including Nature Materials and Chemical Reviews. In 2016, he was nominated as the deputy director of the Center for Performance and Design of Nuclear Waste Forms and Containers (WastePD).