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Ohio University doctoral student receives Outstanding Student Award from top corrosion research association

Baylee Demuth | Mar 2, 2020
Fazlollah Madani Sani - Ohio University

Ohio University doctoral student receives Outstanding Student Award from top corrosion research association

Baylee Demuth | Mar 2, 2020

Chemical and biomolecular engineering Ph.D. student Fazlollah Madani Sani has received the National Organization for Corrosion Engineers (NACE) 2020 Outstanding Student Award for his research on the effect of salt concentration on uniform CO2/H2S corrosion of carbon steel oil and gas pipelines.

The Outstanding Student Award was created in 2014 to recognize exceptional service to NACE International, NACE International Foundation, a NACE student chapter or the ACC Student Sub-committee. To be considered exceptional, the student’s participation must be recognized as significant to the growth of NACE or positively influencing the education of current or future students in the fields of corrosion science and engineering.

Madani Sani has been a member of NACE since 2015, and is the Chairman of NACE Ohio University Student Section. He will receive a $500 honorarium and a $1,500 travel reimbursement award to attend the NACE CORROSION 2020 Conference on March 17 in Houston, Texas.

Madani Sani joined the Institute for Corrosion and Multiphase Technology (ICMT) in 2017, where he developed a corrosion rate prediction model for uniform CO2 corrosion in high salinity environments. The model has been incorporated in MULTICORP™, an industrial software package provided by ICMT for its sponsors. The role of salinity is typically ignored in corrosion studies and corrosion prediction models, which can have profound consequences for the preservation of asset integrity, environmental protection and human safety.

“Currently, I am continuing my research on the effect of salt concentration on uniform H2S corrosion,” Madani Sani said. “Moreover, I am working on an invited book chapter for the 3rd edition of the highly successful ASTM book: ‘Corrosion Tests and Standards: Application and Interpretation.’ The chapter is on testing methods for flow-affected corrosion, and hopefully will stand as a reference publication for many years to come.”

Madani Sani believes his academic advisor Srdjan Nesic has always supported his research, pushing him forward and teaching him new things, as well as helping him present his achievements in the best shape for people in both academia and industry. Chemical engineering professor David Young is equally impressed with the steps Madani Sani has taken to positively in the fields of corrosion science and engineering.

“Fazlollah has made great strides to advance the understanding of how elevated salt concentrations impact corrosion processes, incorporating his research into our widely used MULTICORP™ corrosion prediction software,” Young said. “His award from NACE is worthy recognition of his achievements.”

Being recognized by the largest international association for corrosion engineers is an incredible honor to Madani Sani. He is looking forward to attending the award ceremony in March, celebrating with colleagues from ICMT, sponsors and other attendees.

“I think as a student in the field of corrosion engineering and science this is the most prestigious award one can receive,” Madani Sani said. “Therefore, it means a lot to me. It is really a huge honor for me to win this award. It shows to myself that I have been doing great and need to keep doing it.”