Corrosion: Fundamentals and Experimental Methods


Next Offering:

To be announced. 

Course Description

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, with live video lectures and lab demonstrations. The course will be taught online by Dr. Gerald Frankel, Dr. Jenifer Locke, and Dr. Eric Schindelholz from the department of Materials Science and Engineering and also Dr. Rudy Buchheit, Dean of the College of Engineering, University of Kentucky.

This course is based on the long running corrosion short course that occurred annually at Penn State University and was taught in part by the lecturers of this course at OSU. The content and approach will be very similar. However, changes will be made to accommodate the online format.


CLICK HERE to view the 2022 course schedule and covered topics. 

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


Online Delivery

The instructional material and content for the course consists of live lectures and laboratory exercises. 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. 


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.


A special thanks to our course sponsor



Registration is closed. 



Course Fee:

$1,995 per person

Early Bird Discount:

$1,895 per person if registered & paid three weeks prior to the 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.


E. Schindelholz







Eric Schindelholz is Assistant Professor of Material Science and Engineering at OSU, joining from Sandia National Laboratory in 2019. 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. He also has made significant contributions in the area of atmospheric corrosion.


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). 


Please contact:

Darla da Cruz
College of Engineering