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OHIO chemical engineering students, alumni receive top honors from NACE International

Jeff Zidonis | Mar 14, 2016

OHIO chemical engineering students, alumni receive top honors from NACE International

Jeff Zidonis | Mar 14, 2016

Students and alumni from Ohio University’s Institute for Corrosion and Multiphase Technology (ICMT) took home a slew of the year’s top awards from the National Association of Corrosion Engineers (NACE).

Travelling last week to Vancouver, Canada, for the NACE CORROSION 2016 conference, the world’s largest corrosion conference and exposition, former and current ICMT students presented their research to the more than 5,000 corrosion professionals and 400 companies in attendance.

Yougui Zheng, PHD ’15, received the 2016 A.B. Campbell Award for the “Best Young Author,” and fellow alumnus Yao Xiong, PHD ’11, received the CORROSION 2016 “Best Paper” award.

Chemical engineering doctoral student Saba Navabzadeh Esmaeely won first place in the Mars Fontana category in the student poster award session, chemical engineering junior Kody Wolfe was presented with a $5,000 NACE Foundation Academic Scholarship, and chemical engineering master’s student Maria Di Bonaventura received the $1,000 Graduate Student Book Award.

“It was a great experience to stand on the stage in front of so many people, getting an award that recognized my valuable work in ICMT at Ohio University,” Zheng said. “I feel the responsibility to do my best to combat corrosion.”

Zheng’s manuscript, titled "Electrochemical Study and Modeling of H2S Corrosion of Mild Steel," presented the first-ever electrochemical model of hydrogen sulfide corrosion, which he built as part of his doctoral project.

Xiong’s manuscript, titled “Atomic Force Microscopy Study of the Adsorption of Surfactant Corrosion Inhibitor Films,” demonstrated the power of a new analytical technique called atomic force microscopy (AFM). The technique enabled him to quantify the force with which corrosion inhibitor molecules adhere to a steel surface.

ICMT Director and Russ Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Srdjan Nesic said the projects take big steps in advancing corrosion research.

“Yougui’s paper is a landmark paper, as it essentially achieved something that was previously deemed impossible by the experts in the field,” Nesic said. “Yao’s paper and use of AFM is also significant as it enables researchers to answer some difficult and important questions which cannot be answered by using any other technique currently available.”