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By Leah Nairn

Ohio University’s corrosion research director named to National Academy of Sciences committee

(Athens, OHIO) August 1, 2012 – The leader of Ohio University’s corrosion research institute has been selected as a member of a National Academy of Sciences (NAS) committee.

Srdjan Nesic, director of the Russ College of Engineering and Technology’s Institute for Corrosion and Multiphase Technology (ICMT), and Russ Professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering, will serve on a new Transportation Research Board (TRB) committee formed to analyze whether transportation of diluted bitumen – or dilbit – by transmission pipeline has an increased risk of release compared with pipeline transportation of other liquid petroleum products.

Srdjan Nesic"I am confident this is big step forward for ICMT and will only lead to further confirmation of our leadership position in this field," Nesic said.

"This is recognition of the relevance of the work we have been doing at the ICMT related to corrosion of major pipeline infrastructure," Nesic said.

The committee will address concerns surrounding the transport of Canadian crude via the Keystone XL pipeline, in which researchers are concerned that dilbit may pose more risks than other liquid petroleum products.

“With all of the controversy surrounding Keystone XL, it is very important that the right team analyzes the risks, if any, of diluted bitumen,” said Bob Chalker, executive director of the National Association of Corrosion Engineers . “NAS has put together the right group for the job,” he added.

If the committee determines that increased risk exists, it will complete a comprehensive review of federal hazardous liquid pipeline facility regulations to determine whether they are sufficient to mitigate the increased risk.

The TRB, which focuses on all means of transportation including railways, aviation and pipelines, is one of six major divisions of the National Research Council — a private, nonprofit institution that is the principal operating agency of the National Academies in providing services to the government, the public, and the scientific and engineering communities.

The NRC is jointly administered by the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering and the Institute of Medicine. TRB’s varied activities annually engage more than 7,000 engineers, scientists, and other transportation researchers and practitioners from the public and private sectors and academia

Nesic has led the Institute for Corrosion and Multiphase Technology (ICMT) as director since 2002. The largest facility of its kind in the world, the ICMT performs corrosion research sponsored by the leading oil and gas companies across the globe.

An international fellow of NACE, he was awarded NACE’s H.H. Uhlig Award for outstanding effectiveness in post-secondary education.


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