Corrosion: Fundamentals and Experimental Methods


Next Offering:

October 11, 2021 - November 19, 2021 


The Corrosion: Fundamentals and Experimental Methods course will cover 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 will be offered in an online, asynchronous format, with pre-recorded lectures and lab demonstrations from a live, online course offered in May 2021. Students will have access to all these recordings once they register and will continue to have access until December 4. They will be able to view the recordings at their own pace during that time. There will also be many opportunities between October 18th – November 19th to interact in live, synchronous sessions with the instructors to ask questions or discuss issues as described in below. Please note that there are topics that students will need to cover prior to the Monday, October 18th live session. 

Click Here to view the course schedule and covered topics.

The dates for live sessions will be as follows:

  • Monday, October 18
  • Tuesday, October 26
  • Wednesday, November 3
  • Thursday, November 11
  • Friday, November 19


Online Delivery

The instructional material and content for the course consists of pre-recorded lectures and laboratory exercises previously recorded from a five-day offering in May 2021. 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 stream at their own pace once registered and until December 4, 2021. This will allow for a relaxed pace providing students with plenty of time to work through the material. On one day of each week during the five-week course from October 18, 2021 to November 19, 2021, the instructors will be available for live questions and discussion sessions. On those days (listed above), the live question and discussion sessions will be held at five different hourlong 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. Students will also be able to ask questions at any other time using the discussion board on the course website, which will be monitored by the course instructors.

The times for the live sessions will be as follows, given in Eastern US time (to convert to your local time use

0700 - 0800

1100 - 1200

1500 - 1600

1900 - 2000

2300 - 2400


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.


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 within three weeks of the course start date. 


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.


Thank you to our program sponsor - Gamry Instruments

Gamry Instruments



Registration closes Friday, November 12th.




Course Fee:

$995 per person

Early Bird Discount:

$950 per person 
If registered & paid by September 27th. 



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 member of the editorial board of The Journal of the Electrochemical Society and Corrosion and a fellow of NACE International, The Electrochemical Society, and ASM International. From 2012-2016, he served as a member of the Nuclear Waste Technical Review Board after being appointed by President Obama. In 2016, he became the director of a DOE-funded Engineering Frontier Research Center focused on the performance of nuclear waste forms.


J. Locke







Jenifer Locke is Professor of Materials Science and Engineering. 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 also 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.


E. Schindelholz







Eric Schindelholz is a Professor of Material Science & Engineering and has numerous collaborations with federal agencies and academic institutions across the US. His diverse professional experience includes conservation activities with the U.S. Department of the Interior and The Mariners Museum. He has interests in additive manufacturing and the degradative aspects associated with materials produced by this new manufacturing method. 



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; mostly related to aluminum alloys and products. 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 his Bachelor’s degree in Polymer Science and Engineering from Zhejiang University (China) in 2010 and his 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. He is also a topic board editor of Coatings journal. In 2016, he was nominated as the deputy director of the Center for Performance and Design of Nuclear Waste Forms and Containers (WastePD), a DOE-funded Engineering Frontier Research Center. 


Please contact:

Darla da Cruz
College of Engineering